The second half of 2019 presents many betting opportunities for sports punters, with numerous competitions beginning around the world. After looking through all the odds for those events, here are the standout three bets, which will not only provide you with some interest until the end of the year, but will hopefully be winning selections.
Cleveland Browns to Win the AFC North
— SNF on NBC (@SNFonNBC) June 21, 2019
The Cleveland Browns made huge progression in the second half of 2018, where they just missed out on the playoffs with a 7-8-1 record. Their first overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, Baker Mayfield, proved that they have finally found their franchise quarterback as he excelled in his opening season in the NFL and is likely to be even better this year. The former Heisman Trophy winner now has one of the best wide receivers in the league to throw to in 2019 as Cleveland traded for Odell Beckham Jr from the New York Giants earlier this year. The Browns have not won their division since 1989 when they were in the AFC Central. Their wait for a divisional title could be set to end this year, so back them at 5/4 to win the AFC North.
Gary Anderson to Win the PDC World Darts Championship
Two-time world champion Gary Anderson has had his problems with his back over the last 12 months, which has prevented him from being at his best at the oche. The Scotsman recently returned to action at the US Masters, though, and he now has a run of five months to find his best form ahead of the PDC World Championship at the Alexandra Palace, where he is 7/1 in the darts betting to land his third title. Michael van Gerwen, who beat Anderson in the semi-final last year, is obviously the man to beat but is far too short at 11/10. The Flying Scotsman does have the game to defeat the world number one so he looks fantastic value in the outright market. Those who want to back Anderson each-way require him to reach the final to pick up a pay-out and if he is in the other half of the draw to MVG, he should be able to advance through his half.
Ronnie O’Sullivan to Win the UK Championship
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) April 23, 2019
Ronnie O’Sullivan won the UK Championship for a record seventh time last December when he beat Mark Allen in the final 10-6. The Rocket went on to add the Players Championship and Tour Championship to his collection last season but he was surprisingly beaten in the opening round of the World Championship. At this stage of his career, O’Sullivan is more suited to the shorter-format tournaments such as the UK Championship, which consists of best of 11 matches until the final when it is a best of 19. Surprisingly, and for the first time in a long time, the Rocket is not the favourite to win the Triple Crown event; instead, he is second best in the betting behind world champion Judd Trump at 4/1. O’Sullivan is still the man they all have to beat so put your faith in his to make it win number eight in the tournament.
Let’s hope we are toasting the end of 2019 with a few winners!