Sherlock Holmes used deduction. Take away all that is impossible and what you’re left with, however unlikely, is what happened. You can apply the same principle, in some small way, to picking winners. Just remove every bet on sports in the UK that is bound to lose and you’ll uncover which, at sites like Bet365, you can profit from. This is no small undertaking so to help you out here’s our list of the top seven sports bets in 2021 you can dismiss right from the off.
1. England Win The Ashes
This is one the most obvious, but most frequently overlooked. People tend towards optimism where none is applicable. They think in a two horse race it could always go either way. Which is to forget horses would probably stand more chance than England. You shouldn’t ever bet on Test cricket to surprise you. That’s not what it’s for. That’s why, in comparison, a bet on Australia to win the Ashes is quite a good sports bet in 2021. They’re already 8/15 favourites at Bet365 etc.
2. Cori “Coco” Gauff Wins Wimbledon
This is another of those sports bets in 2021 that the romantics will fall for. They won’t be able to resist the fairytale of this talented young player overcoming the odds to win Wimbledon. The BBC and rest of the broadcast media will positively dwell upon it. Repeating the now all but famous narrative of her ascension. Not she’ll win. She’s 20/1 right now in a very hardcore field. One day she’ll be worth backing at online betting sites in the UK like Bet365. But not in 2021.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars Win The NFL
It would be nice to say that perhaps next year they’ll stand a chance. Have some hope. Be able to taste the dream. But you’d have to be suffering from terminal positivity to actually bet on the Jaguars to win the NFL. A bet on the NFL shouldn’t leave you quite so far adrift from reality. There are far better teams with lots more chance. So, this is perhaps the easiest of the sports bets in 2021 to dismiss. Of course, the odds on them coming last in the NFL next year might tempt.
4. Donald Trump Wins The Boston Marathon
Whilst a bet on Donald Trump is the example we’ve chosen, this applies to all famous people attempting sporting prowess. From swimming the channel to hiking the length of the nation these well-known faces are never worth backing. Yes, yes, they do it for charity and that’s all very laudable, however, it’s no basis for a gambling strategy. Under no circumstances should you ever take advantage of UK gambling laws to make sports bets in 2021 which include celebrities.
5. Aston Villa Win The English Premier League
Yeah, I know, it’s laughable. A bet on Aston Villa to win the EPL is tricky to even place amongst sports bets in 2021. Making it probably counts as a cry for help. Something for social services to deal with. Partly because they’re useless right now, but mostly because it’s hard to win the EPL if you’re relegated out of it. So, there are manifestly far, far better teams to back if you want to bet on the EPL. A bet on Liverpool, Spurs or Man Utd, for instance, more likely to see you a winner.
6. Tiger Woods Wins All Four Major Tournaments
He has, on occasion, surprised us all. His talent is undebatable. However, the idea that even Tiger can make a clean sweep of the four golfing majors in 2021 is insane. The prices at online betting sites in the UK like Bet365 will underline that. At Tiger’s age, the odd victory is all he can expect, frankly, and whilst he’s a great bet on golf, this is a bet too far. That said, a speculative bet on Tiger Woods to win the Masters in 2021 might just be one of those things we can’t resist.
7. Lewis Hamilton; Heavyweight Champion Of The World
Yeah, okay, you got me. This isn’t a particularly serious entry on our list of sports bets in 2021 you shouldn’t make. A bet on Lewis Hamilton winning the F1 world championship is almost guaranteed to win. Winning a boxing bout? Not so much. However, it’s nice to take a moment out to think of him in a more competitive environment. One where he faces more challenge. More risk. Picture him in the ring with Tyson Fury or Anthony Joshua. See what I mean?
We take a look at the worst sports bets in 2021 that you should avoid at all costs no matter how swept up with enthusiasm you get.