The Super Bowl provides the biggest sports betting event on the United States’ calendar and there are markets for almost every aspect of the presentation.
The game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots is expected to draw over 100 million viewers in the States for CBS, anchoring the coverage.
It promises to be an active day from start-to-finish for bookmakers and punters, who will be desperately tracking events from the national anthem to the presentation of the Vince Lombardi Trophy at the end of the programme.
We’ll now break down the betting markets available, using the latest odds.
The US national anthem – Star Spangled Banner – will be sung this year by Gladys Knight. The 74-year-old found notoriety between the 1960s and 1980s with her band Gladys Knight and the Pips, winning seven Grammys and earning 22 nominations. Knight is a native of Atlanta and will join names such as Beyonce, Jordin Sparks, Aretha Franklin and Dianna Ross to have performed the national anthem in their hometown. The most popular bet available for the anthem will be the length of the rendition.
Alicia Keys holds the current record at 156.4 seconds, roughly two and half minutes. Knight should come in under that mark at odds of -120 with BetOnline, although it will be over the 1 minute 50 barrier. Christina Aguilera famously forget the words to the Star Spangled Banner in Super Bowl XLV. Knight has odds of +300 with Bovada to forget or omit a word from the anthem.
Tom Brady will be shown on television at some point during the anthem, take him at
-175 to be shown before Jared Goff, although take Sean McVay to be seen before Bill Belichick at -110 with BetOnline. The issue of kneeling during the national anthem has been a storyline in the NFL in recent years. It has abated somewhat this term therefore don’t expect anyone to be kneeling at -1000 with BetOnline.
After the anthem and the performance of American the Beautiful, the coin toss will take place. The Patriots have the call being the away side and captain Matthew Slater won the decisive overtime call in Kansas City by calling heads. Take it to come down heads again at -105 , with Bovada, while back the call of the Patriots man to be correct again at -110 with TopBet.
Maroon 5 were selected by the NFL to perform at the half-time show, following in the footsteps of Justin Timberlake. The act always provides a spectacle either for the right or wrong reasons as Janet Jackson discovered during her wardrobe malfunction in Super Bowl XXXIX.
The NFL have taken steps to ensure that there is no controversy this year amid calls for the band to make a political stance during the event. Adam Levine and his band-mates will be keen to let their music do the talking.
Their opening song is one of the most popular markets available “Makes Me Wonder” is the bookies’ consensus, but back “Sugar” to be their lead off at +900 with Bovada.
Levine is known for his wardrobe choices and there’s a good value bet with TopBet at +135 for Maroon 5’s leading man to be wearing a hat at the start of the performance, while take his shoe colour of red at odds of +1000 with BetOnline.
Big Boi is expected to join Maroon 5 at some point during the show. Take them to perform their song “Mic Jack” at -300 with TopBet. There are 12 minutes to perform in the half-time show therefore take the under on 7.5 songs to be performed at +105 with Bovada.
One of the storylines of Super Bowl week has been the fact that McVay played a college game against Patriots wideout Julian Edelman. Expect CBS to show the footage of the contest at least once in the broadcast at odds of -175 with Bovada, while there will be more than a few mentions of the Rams coach being the youngest in Super Bowl history at 33. Take the over on his age to be said over 1.5 times at -250 .
CBS analyst Tony Romo has carved out a reputation as being one of the best in the business. He has made a habit of calling out the correct plays before they occur on the field. Back him to record over 7.5 correct calls at -130 with TopBet, while take him to say “here we go” three times or more at odds of +150 with BetOnline.
The Rams made it to the Super Bowl via a fortunate non-call on Nickell Robey-Coleman in the NFC Championship Game. It has received a lot of coverage in the media so expect it to appear on the broadcast at odds of +150 . Robey-Coleman’s sins could catch up with him on Sunday – expect him to get called at least once for pass interference at odds of +200 with BetOnline.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft has been a constant presence on television in Super Bowls past. Take him to be shown more than three times on the broadcast at +100 . Brady’s wife Gisele Bundchen will be in the stadium as well and expect her be displayed by CBS at least twice at odds of -120 with BetOnline.
Once the game comes to an end the tradition for the winning coach is to be doused in whatever drink is available on the sideline. Belichick has taken two during his career and he could be in line for a third or McVay may take his first one. The colour of the liquid will be red at odds of +700 with Bovada.
The Super Bowl MVP is likely to be one of the quarterbacks and they will be on the mic, being predictably asked who they’d like to thank for the award. It’s always the cliché of team-mates first – take the option at odds of +160 with Bovada.
Gronkowski has been hinting at retirement after the Super Bowl. In a Patriots win he could make the announcement after the game at odds of +500 with Bovada.
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