Commonwealth Games Gold Coast 2018 – Betting Guide
The Commonwealth Games is a multi-sporting event that combines athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations. It was first held in 1930 and runs on a four year cycle. It is similar to the Olympics but the major difference is the countries involved.
The main countries that are involved include: Australia, Canada, England, India, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa and Wales.
The Commonwealth Games 2018 will be held on the Gold Coast in early April (4th until the 15th). There will be a total of 18 sports, 275 events and 70 countries competing in the 2018 event.
Place a Bet for the Gold Medal Winner:
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|Men’s Hockey Outrights|
|Women’s Hockey Outrights|
|Women’s Rugby 7s Outrights|
Sports covered at the Commonwealth Games
The Commonwealth Games Gold Coast will include major sports betting events, such as: Men’s and Women’s Hockey, Rugby 7s for both Men and Women, and Netball. Betting sites such as Sportsbet and Crownbet have betting markets available now for Gold Coast 2018.
Rugby 7s is a shorter version of Rugby Union as teams only include 7 players on the field compared to the usual 15. The match time is also 7 minutes per half. In the Men’s competition, South Africa, New Zealand and Fiji are the main favourites. While in the Women’s competition, Australia and New Zealand are expected to play in Gold Medal final. In 2018, the event will held at Robina Stadium, which is the home of the Gold Coast Titans in the NRL. In the Men’s competition, England and Australia were placed in the same pool (B) so that will be an interesting matchup. The three favourites, South Africa, New Zealand and Fiji, are all placed in different pools and will be expected to easily reach the latter stages of the competition. Meanwhile in the Women’s competition, Australia and New Zealand are placed in different pools. They’ll be expecting an undefeated start and will likely meet in the gold medal match.
The Netball competition will include the three major countries in Australia, New Zealand and England. Australia is the current champion after defeating New Zealand in 2014. They have won 3 gold and 2 silver. Whereas, New Zealand has won 2 gold and 3 silver. England and Jamaica has combined for 5 bronze medals as well. The event will be held at two venues, the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre during the early stages. While for the finals, it will be held at Coomera Indoor Sports Centre. New Zealand and England were placed in the same pool, which will make for an interesting matchup. Australia are in pool A and will be expecting an undefeated run to the gold medal match. There toughest opponent in that pool will likely be Jamaica.
Grass Hockey is another popular sport at the Games and Australia is expected to dominate once again. In the Men’s competition, they’ve won 5 straight gold medals since 1998. India is their expected opponent after two straight silver medals. The Women’s competition is much of the same. Australia has won three straight gold medals and have won 4 of the last 5 events. India won the other gold medal in 2002 but will start as the outsider in 2018. The event will be held at the Gold Coast Hockey Centre in Labrador. The Men’s pool is an interesting one with Australia and New Zealand playing in the early rounds. While in the other pool, India has a softer draw and will likely top the pool. In the Women’s, Australia and New Zealand once again play each other before the medal matches. England will be expected to easily advance through their pool.
Other sports at the Commonwealth Games Gold Coast include: athletics, badminton, basketball, beach volleyball, boxing, cycling – mountain, road and track, diving, gymnastics – artistic and rhythmic, lawn bowls, powerlifting, shooting, squash, swimming, table tennis, triathlon, weight lifting and wrestling.
How to start betting now:
If you’re looking to bet on the Commonwealth Games Gold Coast, betting markets are available before the Games for major sports (Hockey, Rugby 7s and Netball). Other sports will also be available for betting Gold medal winnercloser to the event (Late March). The markets are available now at popular bookmakers Betstar, Bookmaker.com.au, Crownbet, Ladbrokes and Sportsbet, from a desktop computer and betting apps.
Australia is the main favourite in most of the major sports betting events. This is mainly due to their record at previous Games and the home event advantage.
Evolution of the games:
In 1930, the first event took place in Hamilton, Canada and only included 11 countries with 400 athletes competing. The number of sports was just six, which included athletics, boxing, lawn bowls, swimming, diving and wrestling. Since then, The event has been hosted in a Commonwealth country every four years (expect for 1942 and 1946 due to World War 2). Between 1930 and 1950, the event was named the “British Empire Games”. Then in 1952, the event was re-named to include “Commonwealth Games”. In 1970, the British Empire name was removed and the event was re-named to “British Commonwealth Games”. Then in 1978, British was removed from the title and was known as just “The Commonwealth Games”, which it’s known as in 2018. The 1978 event marked a significant achievement as 1500 athletes competed from 46 nations, both highs in the history of the Games back then. Since the start of the Games, the events and nations has increased massively. The 1930 event saw just 6 sports, 9 events and 11 nations. Now in 2018 the event will include 18 sports, 275 events and 70 countries.
In recent years, Australia and England have dominated the event. Which also adds to the rivalry between the two countries (The Ashes for example). England won the medal tally in Scotland 2014. But since 1982, Australia has finished at the top of the medal count in seven of nine Games.
All-time Top 10 medal
Australia comfortably leads the All-time medal winner count with 2218 medals and 852 gold medals. Next best is England with 2008 medals and 669 gold medals. Rounding out the top 10 is Canada, India, New Zealand, South Africa, Scotland, Kenya, Nigeria and Wales.
Interesting facts about the Games
Check out a few interesting facts about the Games in its history.
Which countries have attended all Commonwealth Games?
In the history of the event, there has been only six countries that have attended every event. The six countries are: Australia, Canada, England, New Zealand, Scotland and Wales.
Who has hosted the highest amount
Australia will host its 5th event in 2018 to break a tie with Canada as they’ve hosted four events. They have hosted the Games in Sydney (1938), Perth (1962), Brisbane (1982), Melbourne (2006) and Gold Coast (2018).