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Mo Farah

Britain’s long distance runner Mo Farah delivered the goods in the 10,000 metres, taking the gold medal on an emotional Saturday night. Now, after qualifying with ease for the 5,000 metres final, he is the joint favourite for the 5,000 metres. With the confidence of one gold medal behind him and the home support at the Olympic Stadium, as long as Farah gets thing technically and tactically right on the night for the 5k, then he really should be bringing home the gold. His closest challenger with be Dejen Gebremeskel who is trading at the same price as Mo Farah at 7/4 with online bookmaker Bet365.

Farah has dominated things in the 5,000 metres for the past couple of years, taking the 2010 European Gold, The 2011 World Championships and the 2012 European title in the distance. Ethiopian Gebremeskel took bronze at the 2011 World Championships in the 5k and if Farah just posts somewhere near his personal best in the 5,000 final of the London 2012 Olympic Games, then Dejen Gebremeskel is probably not going to have enough speed to really challenge. So a great chance of a double gold for Mo Farah.

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8th August 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Olympics 2012 Betting

Kery-Anne Payne

Two time World 10km Open Water champion Keri-Anne Payne will look to add to Great Britain’s gold medal haul as she takes on the marathon on Thursday. Payne, the poster girl of British swimming took the silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Games in the sport, but after capturing the 2011 World Championship title, the 24 year old looks in great shape to bring home a gold. She is the favourite in the Olympic 10km Marathon event and as long as she gets things right on the day and avoids all the crowds scrambling for position, she should be in the top two at the end of the race. She is the one to catch, but she will come under pressure from Martina Grimaldi. The Italian took the silver behind Payne at the World Championships in 2011, and that was just by a gap of fractions of a second.

So that kind of challenge is going to be as close this time around between Payne and Grimaldi, but they are the stand out talents in the big pack of swimmers. In Olympic Swimming – Women’s 10km Marathon Winner Betting Odds, Keri-Anne Payne is trading at a price of 6/4 with online bookmaker Bet365, with Grimaldi not far back at 7/2. Greece’s Marianna Lymperta, who finished third at the World Championships is right back out at 8/1, with other competitors Melissa Gorman and Cecilia Bigaioli out further at 10/1. But all eyes at Hyde Park will be on Keri-Anne Payne, who has been training on the course and she will have massive support.

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8th August 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Olympics 2012 Betting

Hockey Center - Olympic Park (London)

Great Britain v Netherlands men’s Olympic hockey betting is the semi final showdown to look forward to. Team GB cut things pretty close in their group, almost blowing their lines in a pretty tough group. They started strongly with wins over Argentina and a Pakistan, but there was a disappointing draw against South Africa wedged in between those results, which could have cost them dearly. That is because in their penultimate match they had to go up against group leaders and tournament favourites Australia, which meant that Spain and Pakistan could close the gap on the Brits. Against the Aussies, Great Britain fell behind 3-0 in the match, but then staged a remarkable comeback. Goals from Clarke, Middleton and Tindall gave Team GB a rousing recovery to steal a point away from the Australians. That was a massive point in the end, because when it came down to their final group match, against Spain, all that Britain needed was a point in order to qualify for the semi finals. It was a point they got, just about, as Spain fiercely contested a penalty goal decision which they thought should have stood as a goal. If it had, then Spain would have qualified at the expense of Great Britain.

So, Team GB get their bite at trying to get their hands on a hockey medal, but they will be underdogs. While they remained undefeated in their group stage, showing some good resilience at times as well through their matches, they have to face up to the Netherlands. Holland went their their group stage winning five matches from five and scoring 18 goals along the way. That is the power which they possess and they have looked relatively untroubled in their progress and will start the semi final as a firm favourites over Great Britain. The Netherlands can produce a very controlled and powerful game and it is likely that Team GB will be on the back foot for most of the game, trying to chase possession. So they will need some of that steel in order to try and grab an unlikely win here. Their star striker Ashley Jackson will be needed to snap up any of the limited chances which will come their way.

Great Britain v Netherlands men’s Olympic hockey betting odds at online bookmaker Bet365
Netherlands Evens, Great Britain 2/1, Draw 10/3

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8th August 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Olympics 2012 Betting

Olympics 2012 Betting

Great Britain v Argentina Women’s Olympic Hockey betting is the semi final match up to look at. Great Britain qualified in second spot from their group behind the Netherlands and almost blew their chances after a strong start to their campaign. Suffering a 2-1 defeat against China in their penultimate match, put them at huge risk of going out because they faced the Dutch in the final game. Team GB lost that match 2-1, but they were offered a lifeline as China blew their lines against bottom side Japan. Had the Chinese won that, they would have qualified ahead of Team GB. So can the British Women’s Hockey side go one step further and guarantee themselves a medal at the London 2012 Olympics? Well, they are going to have a tough side against the current World Cup holders and the number one ranked side in the world. Argentina took the bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Games, but along with the Netherlands are one of the favourites to get the gold.

Argentina did suffer a couple of surprise results during their group stage, taking a shock defeat against the USA and being held to a 0-0 draw with Australia. So there are maybe signs that there are weaknesses, but they have also flexed their muscles with wins over Germany, New Zealand and a 7-1 thrashing of South Africa. The South Americans will be favourites in this semi final match and Team GB are going to have to dig deep. They need to get themselves more organised at the back, because the Argentina Lionesses are pretty clinical and ruthless when going forward. How much will those back to back defeats in the group stage have hurt Britain’s confidence too?

Great Britain v Argentina Women’s Olympic Hockey betting odds at online bookmaker Bet365
Argentina Evens, Team GB 9/4, Draw 3/1

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7th August 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Olympics 2012 Betting

Hockey Center - Olympic Park (London)

Great Britain v Spain men’s hockey betting is the final match of the pool stage. Great Britain go into this final encounter level on points at the top of Pool A with Australia. A tremendous 3-3 tie against the Australians kept Great Britain in the hunt for a place in the semi final. There is still some work to do though in this incredibly tight group. A defeat for Great Britain against Spain would see the Spaniards leap-frog Great Britain, eliminating the host nation. Australia and Pakistan are also in the hunt as they go head to head and there is the same scenario there. So any four of the sides can get through and it is all down to the wire now. Great Britain struck back from 3-0 down against Australia in their previous match to tie things up and the confidence which they should have taken from that will be immense. That was a big momentum shift which they really need to convert on Tuesday.

Spain though, after a stuttering start with a draw and a win, have rattled off back to back wins against South Africa. So they are not going to be pushovers as they have a big agenda of their own here and will know what awaits them. The advantage that Great Britain will have though, is that they play the match last on Thursday, so they will know exactly what needs to be done. Add that up with the support of the home crowd, and there is a good chance for Team GB. As long as Pakistan don’t beat Australia, then Great Britain will know that a draw will be enough for them to get through to the knockout stage. So plenty of exciting scenarios to watch out for in Great Britain v Spain men’s hockey betting. This is the final step before the semi finals.

Great Britain v Spain Men’s Hockey Betting at online bookmaker Bet365
Great Britain Evens, Spain 2/1, Draw 3/1

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6th August 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Olympics 2012 Betting

Andy Murray (England) - Winner Shanghai 2011

It is all going swimmingly for Andy Murray at the London 2012 Olympic Games so far and Sunday will see the big Andy Murray v Roger Federer betting finale in the gold medal match. This is a remarkable repeat of the recent Wimbledon Grand Slam final, and while Roger Federer took the honours on that occasion, will the roles be reversed in the Olympic Games? Well, Andy Murray goes into the encounter as the underdog simply because of Federer’s world number one standing and the Swiss superstar’s triumph at SW19 this year. Federer’s craft was far too much for the British number one on that occasion, and it is Federer who starts at 4/6 favourite with online bookmaker Bet365. Both of the players are looking for their first individual Olympic gold medals, Federer does have a doubles one from four years in Beijing, but for Murray, a win on Sunday on centre court would be the biggest triumph and biggest moment of his career.

Murray played an almost flawless match against former world number one Novak Djokovic in his semi final match. It was a high quality match, and the defence from both players was absolutely superb It is that high level of ball retrieval that Murray will need in order to stand on an even keel with Federer on Sunday. There shouldn’t be too much difference between fitness levels, because although Roger Federer was embroiled in the longest ever Olympic tennis match in his semi final victory over Juan Martin del Potro, Murray played later on Friday and had to turn out in action twice as well on Saturday as he progressed through to the mixed doubles final with partner Laura Robson. Federer did admit that he was drained after his epic 19-17 victory in the deciding set against the Argentinian So can the world number one deliver after his four and a half hour semi final marathon?

The head to head stands 8-8 between Murray and Federer but the momentum is all with the Swiss star. Federer, including the win at Wimbledon this season has now won the last three on the bounce against Murray. But Andy Murray is looking confident, he is looking more relaxed in the Olympic atmosphere than he ever has done in the Grand Slams. Maybe, somewhat ironically at the end of the day, after all his failures in finals of Grand Slams, Murray will be the one to take the Olympic Gold.

Andy Murray v Roger Federer Betting Odds at online bookmaker Bet365
Federer 4.6, Murray 11/8

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4th August 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Olympics 2012 Betting

Olympics 2012 Betting

There is a massive crunch match of Great Britain v Netherlands women’s hockey betting to come on Monday, with Team GB eyeing up a spot in the semi finals. This match should have been a lot more comfortable for Britain’s women, but they came unravelled in their last match, taking a 2-1 defeat against China. If Great Britain would have avoided defeat there, they would have qualified for the knock-out stage already. However, their position is now precarious because if they are defeated and China win their final match against bottom side Japan, then the British women will be out. So there is tremendous pressure on this game now, pressure that really should not have been there. Britain have goals in them, they are the top scorers in Pool A, but they will come up against a very strong Netherlands side. Holland have won all four of their matches so far and they have already qualified and from a British point of view, hopefully they will be taking this match easy. That defeat against China, being unable to break down an extremely tight Chinese defence, may come back and haunt them.

The Netherlands won their 8th EuroHockey Nations Championship in 2011 in order to qualify for the Olympic Games and they are one of the strongest sides in the world, along with Argentina and Australia. China are unlikely to lost against Japan, so Great Britain may need at least a point in order to scrape through to the knock-outs. For that to happen they will want to keep as tight as possible to the Netherlands in scoring as a heavy defeat could be hugely detrimental for goal difference reasons. So the only positive certainty that can happen is that Great Britain beat the Netherlands and they will definitely join the Dutch in the next round. High pressure stakes on this one, and the Great Britain’s women’s hockey team have dug themselves into a bit of hole. Can they climb out of it on Monday?

Great Britain v Netherlands Women’s Hockey betting at online bookmaker Bet365
Netherlands 10/11,Great Britain 2/1, Draw 13/8

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4th August 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Olympics 2012 Betting

Olympics 2012 Betting

Great Britain v Australia Men’s Hockey betting is going to produce a fascinating match up on Sunday. This is a battle between the top two and there is not too much to split the teams. The Brits and the Aussies are top of Pool A level on points after two wins and a draw each. It is Australia who have a far superior goal difference though with a +11 compared to Britain’s +6. So this is a crucial match, because if Britain can get a win against their old rivals, then they will be in the driving seat to qualifying top of the group. It should ensure that they do make the semi finals of the tournament, with the top two from each of the groups moving ahead. Great Britain have defied a bit of expectation so far, hammering Argentina 4-1 in their opening match before a below-par performance saw them just about manage to scrape a point off South Africa in their second match. That could have been a disastrous result with only the top two team progressing, but fortunately Great Britain were helped out by Argentina then surprisingly holding the Aussies to a draw. Great Britain did respond well from that draw, as they upped their game to take a 4-1 win over Pakistan.

That has kept them level with Australia and now this should be a shoot out for top spot. Great Britain will have one final pool match to come after this, with a game to come against Spain. So Great Britain v Australia Hockey betting is going to be the big one here. Defeat for either of the sides would create pressure with Pakistan and Spain just three points behind the leaders, and they could use the opportunity to catch up. Australia will go into the match as favourites, because they are still fancied to go on and win the tournament outright. So Great Britain will have a battle on their hands, but with star striker Ashley Jackson coming into form, striking four goals in games, Britain may fancy sneaking at least a point here.

Great Britain v Australia Men’s Hockey Betting at online bookmaker Bet365
Australia 8/15, Draw 15/4, Great Britain 10/3

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4th August 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Olympics 2012 Betting

Victoria Pendleton

Britain’s cycling poster girl Victoria Pendleton will be keen to grab her last ever chance of Olympic gold, as she races in the Sprint. This is Pendleton’s event, being a sprint expert. She claimed gold in the Keirin on Friday with spectacular rides and it was her immense finishing spring pace which was just the cherry on the cake of her tactics. This will be Pendleton’s last Olympic ride and one of the most recognisable and popular figures on Britain’s Olympic Team, Pendleton of course will be well supported in the sprint finals. Can she defend her Olympic sprint title before hanging up her Olympic boots? Well, on paper she should, and she should do it with ease. That is because Pendleton is on top of her game at the moment, on top of the world and the way she bounced back after the disappointing of being disqualified from the Team Sprint with her gold in the Keirin showed really grit and determination. She is a class act, hands down.

There probably won’t be a more popular gold at the London 2012 Olympics than Pendleton in the sprint and she is trading at Evens with online bookmaker Bet365 to do so. Pendleton’s nearest challenger is expected to be Anna Meares, Australia’s top rider. However, after Meares broke for the sprint in the final of the Keirin, Pendleton responded and crushed the field with Meares washed out. Pendleton had previously out-sprinted Meares in the heats to qualify for the final too. It was China’s Guo Shang who put in a surprise ride for silver behind Pendleton in the Keirin and she has been one of the quietly understated, but very good riders in the women’s event. But this should be all about Pendleton and her sprint power. She is the reigning Olympic Champion in the event and has all the class and clear confidence to take another gold.

Victoria Pendleton Olympic Sprint Cycling Betting at online bookmaker Bet365
Victoria Pendleton Evens, Anna Meares 2/1, Gui Shang 9/2, Simona Krupeckaite 14/1, Wai Sze Lee 20/1, Olga Panarina 25/1, Lyuboc Shulika 25/1

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4th August 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Olympics 2012 Betting

Chris Hoy - Jason Kenny

Great Britain have been dominating the cycling at the London 2012 Olympic Games and Sunday could bring yet more gold as Sir Chris Hoy looks for his second Gold of the games. He goes in the Keirin and with his form in the team Sprint where he guided Team GB home for the Gold, he is riding as red hot favourite. Hoy is defending the Olympic Keirin title which he won at the Beijing 2008 one of five gold medals which he has earned during his illustrious career. Hoy won the Keirin at the World Championships earlier in the year and should go all the way again in the Velodrome on Sunday and get another gold. Hoy is overwhelming favourite to carry on the fantastic British success at the London 2012 Olympic Cycling, and he is priced at 8/13 with online bookmaker Bet365 to grab himself gold in the Keirin, and replicate Victoria Pendleton’s triumph in the discipline

Germany’s Maximilian Levy, who took bronze at the 2008 Olympic Games should be Hoy’s nearest challenge, but the odds on Levy winning are right back out at 5/1 and that shows immense favouritism to Hoy. It doesn’t look too likely that the Scot will be caught in this event and there is still a bit of value to jump on to back him winning. Simply put, if he performs to the top of his game and avoids any mishaps, then there should be another British gold with Sir Chris Hoy Cycling Keirin betting on Sunday.

Chris Hoy Cycling Keirin Betting at online bookmaker Bet365
Chris Hoy 8/13, Maximilian Levy 5/1, Mickael Bourgain 11/1, Shane Perkins 17/2, Simon Van Velthooven 16/1, Azul Awang 28/1

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4th August 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Olympics 2012 Betting










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