The 20th edition of the Commonwealth Games will be held in 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland, from July 23 and they will go on till August 3.
There will be over 4100 athletes participating in the competition, which makes it the biggest largest multi-sport event in the history of Scottish sports.
Interestingly, this is the third time that the Commonwealth Games will be hosted by Scotland, after having been the hosts in 1970 and 1986.
The games will be held across the city, with Hampden Park to be main stadium that will host the Athletics events and the closing ceremony. The opening ceremony for the competition will be held at Celtic Park.
Some of the other venues for the Commonwealth Games 2014 will be East End Cluster, West End Cluster and the South Side Cluster, along with a few of the other satellite venues.
A total of 71 countries will participate in this edition of the Commonwealth Games, including hosts Scotland and the highest medal winners from the previous occasion, Australia.
Some of the other top nations on display in this edition of the Commonwealth Games are Canada, England, Ghana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Malaysia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, South Africa, Trinidad & Tobago and Wales, all of whom will have more than 100 athletes taking part in the competition.
A total of 17 sports including Athletics, Badminton, Boxing, Cycling, Diving, Gymnastics, Hockey, Judo, Lawn Bowls, netball, Rugby Sevens, Shooting, Squash, Swimming, Table Tennis, Triathlon, Weightlifting and Wrestling will feature in this year’s Commonwealth Games, and there will be a combined total of 261 medal events.
50 of these medals will be won in the Athletics events, while swimming will see 44 medals distributed.
With Australia having continued to win the most number of medals at the Commonwealth Games over the previous editions, they can be expected to repeat that showing this edition of the competition as well.
It’s the likes of 100m hurdler Sally Pearson, 100m freestyle swimmers James Magnussen and Cate Campbell who could be involved in raking up the medals for Australia, with Pearson expected to win the gold in the 100m running event.
Magnussen will start a favourite in the men’s 100m freestyle in swimming while Campbell is a whopping favourite won win the women’s 100m freestyle gold.
Australia will also start off as favourites to win the hockey gold in both, the men’s (1.33 at bet365) and the women’s event (1.57 at bet365), while England and New Zealand are a distant second and third respectively in men’s hockey.
While one may not make too much money in the above events by backing Australia and its athletes, the one sport you can look to win something is rugby sevens with 13s being on offer for an Australian gold. Can they, however, overcome a side they have always found difficult to beat, New Zealand, in that discipline?
The best option to try and win some money off Australia in this edition of the Commonwealth Games is to back them to win the men’s and women’s hockey gold along with the top prize at netball, giving a combined total odds of 4.2 for that.
Interestingly, Australia are 1.83 (SkyBet) to bag more and 1.83 to bag less than 79.5 gold medals in the competition. Last time around, they had ended at 74 golds over 271 medal events, which means they will not only have to improve upon their tally from the previous games but they will also have 10 lesser events to do so and so backing less than 79.5 looks the bet here.
Similarly, England, who had ended on 37 golds, which was one lesser than India’s 38, are now 1.83 to top the 43 gold-mark this time, while Scotland are 1.83 to make it to more than 12 golds.
Scotland start the favourite in the men’s pairs in Lawn Bowls with SkyBet offering 1.91 while they are 2.75 to clinch the women’s pairs gold as well. Australia are 3.25 in both categories while England start off at 7.5 in the men’s draw and 6.0 in the women’s category.
Australia are 1.15 to take the gold in the women’s netball competition, ahead of New Zealand (2.75) and England (best odds 11s), while New Zealand (best odds 1.83) and South Africa (2.75) lead the favourites charts as far as the Rugby 7s are concerned.
Bet365 are the best bookmaker for the commonwealth games and having an account with them is highly recommended. Not only do they have the most amounts of betting markets available but they also have excellent live streaming coverage of the games too.