Winter Olympics Preview and betting advice from Roy The Boy

Roy The Boy looks ahead to the Winter Olympics and he has bets including Marcel Hirscher in the Slalom and Thomas Dressen in the Men's Downhill.

Bookmakers can be caught napping in Winter Olympic Markets

The Winter Olympics open on Friday but, such is the nature of Winter Sports, countries have only just finalised their squad members.  Consequently bookmakers are only just fully opening up their betting markets.

Suffice to say no serious contender has been left behind albeit some betting firms are very much asleep with their pricing.  For example, William Hill have omitted Thomas Dressen from their lists for the blue riband event, the Mens Downhill.

The German competitor has been the revelation of the 2017/18 season.  He supplied his country with their first Downhill success in 13 years when taking this year’s Kitzbuehel race which is one of the toughest and most challenging courses on the World Cup Tour.  Dressen, who has previous course experience, is one of our fancies at a stand-out 20/1 with Betfred, he is much shorter elsewhere.

Boe to do best in Bi

There will be some fantastic duals between Johannes Thingnes Boe and Frenchman, Martin Fourcade, in the Biathlon events.  But, in the 10Km sprint I believe the younger athlete, the 24-year-old Norwegian, Boe, will have the beatings of his rival in what is a clear match.

Two not three odds-on skiers to back

Mikaela Shiffrin (2/7 Betfred) in the Woman’s Slalom and Marcel Hirscher (a betting proposition at 4/6 in the Men’s Slalom) are the two good things of the games.  But don’t be tempted to add a third short-priced skier to your slips.  Lindsey Vonn may have won her last two races (in Garmisch-Partenkirchen) but her winning margins were negligible and the incomparable American, who has won an amazing 81 World Cup races during her career, is simply too short at Unibet’s top-priced 7/10.

Not a big Jump – of the Imagination

You can get 7/4 about Kamil Stoch in the Large Hill ski jumping (takes place on Feb. 17) and that looks a great price about the Pole who won two ski jumping golds at the last Olympics.

So far this season Stoch has won all four events which make up the ‘Four Hills’ tournament - that has only been done once before in the tournament’s history whch dates back to 1953 – and he is the current leader of the Overall World Cup Standings.


Recommended Bets:

Men’s Downhill                    Thomas Dressen (e/w)                    20/1    Betfred

Men’s Slalom                        Marcel Hirscher                                4/6       Betfred

Biathlon 10km Sprint          Johannes Thingnes Boe               5/4       Powers/Betfair

Long Hill Ski Jump              Kamil Stoch                                      7/4       Unibet/StanJames