iBet: Hamilton and Alonso in battle for Monaco Grand Prix success
F1 Grand Prix Monaco
Back McLaren in the Winning Car market at 9/4 with Betfair
The last time there were five different winners of the first five Formula One races was 20 years ago and the season is proving as difficult for the bookmakers as it is for the punters. The winner of the last race in Spain (Pastor Moldanado) was 80-1 before practice started and according to Oddschecker the Venezuelan has come in from 1500-1 to 66-1 to win the Driver’s Championship. But if we go by the theory that the best drivers win around Monaco, then this is surely between Lewis Hamilton (winner in 2008) and Fernando Alonso (winner in 2006 and 2007). Both drivers are brilliant in qualifying too and this is a circuit that’s very, very hard to over-take on, and so winning pole is a massive advantage. One issue to consider however, is that tyres are playing a major part this season, and there’s no-one better at looking after them than Jenson Button. He’s won around here before (in 2009), was third last year and as an alternative to backing Hamilton at 3-1, I think it’s better value to back McLaren to win the race at 9/4 with Betfair. They have won 15 times around this street circuit; more than anyone else.
I don’t often bet in friendlies but with such limited talent available to him I suspect Roy Hodgson is going to set England up quite defensively, and the value in their fixture against Norway on Saturday could be to lay over 3.5 goals at 3.2 to one with Betfair, especially with talisman Wayne Rooney missing.
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