The 2018/2019 HSBC World Series 7’s gets going in Dubai on Friday and we take a look at this first event on the calendar and suggest an outright bet.
The Blitzboks will be looking to defend their IRB World Series 7’s Crown which they won last year when they narrowly held off Fiji beating them by just 2 points in a thrilling series. The Blitzboks book-ended their campaign with victories and in between that were brilliantly consistent and that was enough to see off a Fiji side which won 5 Tournaments out of 10. New Zealand showed signs that they could be returning to their old selves but they were a distant 3rd in the standings ahead of Australia and England with the USA completing the top 6.
Dubai 7’s History
The Blitzbokke have an excellent record in this event having won the last 2 years in succession. Last year they beat New Zealand 24-12 in the final and in 2016 it was Fiji who were beaten into the runners up spot. The Blitzboks have not finished worse than 3rd in this event in the last 5 years.
Dubai 7’s Outright Winner Betting – click here to bet
South Africa 2/1
New Zealand 4/1
66/1 and better the balance
Let’s take a look at the pools for the Dubai 7’s
Pool A: South Africa, Argentina, Samoa, Zimbabwe
It would be a massive surprise were South Africa not to win this pool and they are priced at 1/6 to do just that. Argentina finished 7th in the standings last season and failed to impress in Dubai and they are 2nd favourites for the group at 11/2. Samoa are 10/1 and Zimbabwe 500/1.
Pool B: Fiji, Kenya, Scotland, France
Fiji are the hot pot favourites for this group at 1/7 but the race for 2nd spot looks competitive with Kenya, Scotland and France all quoted from 10/1 to 16/1 to win the group.
Pool C: New Zealand, USA, Wales, Spain
New Zealand are firm favourites here at 5/10 but as the betting suggests, the USA are also in with a strong chance and you can get 15/10 about their chances. Wales and Spain look rank underdogs at 28/1 and 50/1 respectively.
Pool D: Australia, England, Canada, Japan
England and Australia look likely to battle it out for top spot and England are the 7/10 favourites for the group with Aussie 15/10. Canada are capable of upsetting any team on their day and they are 10/1 with Japan on offer at 25/1 to win the group.
Suggested Bet: South Africa to win at 2/1.
The defending champions are missing a few players but they have plenty of depth and a number of exciting new stars will be ready to make their mark in this format. Fiji, of course, worthy favourites can never be discounted but I am quite happy to side with the Blitzboks here especially given the money back promo offered by World Sports Betting, see banner below.
There will be match betting and in-running betting on each and every game and it is no surprise that 7’s is becoming a favourite of sports punters
Note: Prices correct at the time of posting but are subject to change