|Ireland to win the Rugby World Cup||7/2||Paddy Power|
|Man Utd to win the FA Cup||9/1||Bet365|
Tip: Ireland to win the Rugby World Cup
Odds: 7/2 (Paddy Power)
Why: Ireland were voted World Rugby Team of the Year in 2018 and are very much expected to carry their momentum into 2019, in what will be head coach Joe Schmidt’s final year in charge. The Kiwi has just one achievement left to fulfil in his glorious reign with Ireland – winning the World Cup. There could be no better send off and there is a growing feeling that the Irish finally have the All Blacks’ number.
Tip: Man Utd to win the FA Cup
Odds: 9/1 (Bet365)
Why: Considering Bet365 offer such a big price – other top bookmakers go as short as 5/1 – there is a little sense of being seduced by the figures with this tip. However, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in charge of United until the end of the season there is a fresh air of optimism and romanticism about Old Trafford again – and there’s no greater romantic competition than the FA Cup, surely United’s best hope of silverware this season.
Tip: Gennady Golovkin to beat Callum Smith in 2019
Odds: 5/6 (Paddy Power)
Why: This fight has not been made yet but it has been mooted as a potential match-up in 2019 and the odds are a little kind on Callum Smith (10/11). Smith is a fantastic fighter and had a stellar year in 2018, but to pitch his odds so closely in a rumoured fight with Gennady Golovkin is seriously underestimating how much GGG has left in the tank. Beaten by a debatable decision in his last fight against Canelo Alvarez should not make him an easier target for the ambitious Smith – but take advantage of the bookmakers’ misjudgement on this one. If the fight doesn’t happen in 2019, you’ll get your money back.
Tip: Mauricio Pochettino to be Man Utd boss on the first day of the 2019/20 season
Odds: 10/11 (Paddy Power)
Why: When Manchester United come calling, only a select few can ever resist. It’s widely reported that the Tottenham manager – who is doing great things on a shoestring budget at Spurs – is United’s primary target to be their next permanent manager. There is a lot going for him at Spurs and plenty of reasons to stay, but when asked about a potential switch to Old Trafford he has so far remained coy without distancing himself from the role. There is a sense that he has taken Spurs as far as he can, and having been in English football for six years as of January, the United job is logical next step.
Tip: Galway to win the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship
Odds: 3/1 (Coral)
Why: After falling short in the closing stages of a nail-biting 2018 final, Galway will be chomping at the bit to get back to Championship action this summer in order to put the heartache of losing to Limerick behind them. They still have the best hurler in the game – Joe Canning – and it’s a crying shame that he only has one All-Ireland medal to his name. Having since turned 30, time is running out for Canning and co to win a second – expect that to spur him and his team-mates on.
Tip: Bryson DeChambeau to win The British Open
Odds: 50/1 (888Sport)
Why: Not going to lie, this tip has been pinched from Sporting Life’s excellent golf writer Ben Coley, arguably the best golf tipster around. Mr Coley’s followers clearly listened to his advice in this amusing ‘Secret Santa’ style tips video, as Bryson DeChambeau to win The British Open has been backed in from 66/1 to 50/1 since it was posted. “It’s the single best value bet in golf,” says Coley, “he’s in the world’s top five now and it’s not possible for a top five player to be a 66/1 shot in any tournament.” Links golf suits his game too, apparently, and this tip is spreading like wildfire in the online gambling industry – so take up that 50/1 with 888Sport before it shortens further.