Super Bowl LI – Monday February 6th, 00.30am CET
It’s the four-times winners against the second-time finalists. It’s Lady Gaga and the biggest half time show in sport. It’s Roman numerals (again) and four hours of heart-stopping entertainment (punctuated by a few commercial breaks). It’s the Houston NRG Stadium, and it’s the Patriots vs Falcons in Super Bowl LI.
Leading into the game itself, it is no surprise to see the ‘Pats’ as favourites, especially as this game will mark the team’s seventh appearance in the NFL’s showpiece event since Tom Brady and Bill Belicheck came together 16 years ago. Opponents Atlanta possess statistically the most potent offense in the game, but it will need it to be firing on all cylinders if it is to ensure the points they are likely to give up at the other end do not prove costly – the Falcons had the eight weakest defense in the entire league.
A high-scoring game will favour the Falcons, but New England quarterback Tom Brady is on a quest for revenge after the long-standing ‘Deflategate’ affair meant his season started late. Since his return, he has been performing exactly as you would expect of the greatest QB in NFL history, but the Falcons’ Matt Ryan is having a career-defining season – the fifth best passing rating in league history no less. Will it be enough to prevent Brady and Belicheck blazing into history?
Placing a bet on NFL
The most common markets for betting on American Football are the handicap and total points markets. Regular match betting markets (money line or two way) are not as popular due to the fact a particular team is often more fancied and therefore the odds offered are not as competitive. For that reason, the handicap is often the go-to choice and a range of handicaps are usually offered by all big bookmakers (winning margin markets for a particular side are closely linked to this).
The total points market then offers customers the opportunity to bet above or below a pre=selected points total (given as a 0.5 to remove the possibility of failing to predict above or below), and again a range of opportunities may be given.
There are of course many other novelty markets available, but the advice of experts to place on single bets and to stick to the common markets is always sensible.
Super Bowl LI Odds
To win (money line)
New England – 1.69 (Marathon Bet – best)
Atlanta – 2.36 (Marathon Bet – best)
Points Spread (Handicap)
Atlanta +3 – 1.91 (various – best)
New England -3 – 2.05 (Marathon Bet – best)
Over 58.5 – 2.00 (various – best)
Under 58.5 – 1.91 (various – best)
Super Bowl MVP
Tom Brady – 1.91 (Paddypower – best)
Matt Ryan – 2.88 (Skybet – best)
Julio Jones – 21.00 (188 Bet)
All odds correct as of 10.00pm CET on Monday 30/01/17
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