February Sport Preview
February is packed full to the brim with top sporting action, and at the Home of Betting, we have a wide range of markets on all the drama.
First off, the culmination of another dramatic NFL season sees the New England Patriots face the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX. The Seahawks can become the first franchise to win back-to-back Super Bowls for more than a decade, while the Patriots will look to brush off the ongoing ‘Deflate Gate', and show the sort of form that led them to the University of Phoenix Stadium for the biggest event in American sport.
The Super League season gets back underway, as St Helens look to defend their Grand Final title and triumph for a 7th time. The Merseyside team were irresistible in the previous campaign, and it will take improved performances from across the league to stop them again.
From one rugby code to another, as the knuckle-gnawing drama of Six Nations rugby returns. Ireland kick off the defence of their crown against Italy, on Saturday 7th February, after Wales take on England at the Millennium Stadium. The Welsh will be looking to avenge the 29-18 defeat they suffered at Twickenham last year, while England will look for a good start in a tournament they have won just once in their last 11 attempts.
The Premier League Darts also gets underway, as Raymond van Barneveld aims to defend his title against a field full to the brim of world class talent. The Dutchman is experienced though and will be confident of coming out on top.
Racing fans have much to look forward to as the build-up to Cheltenham continues. The Betfair Hurdle and the Hennessey Gold Cup take place on the 7th and 8th of February, and champion trainer Willie Mullins is eyeing a 10th triumph in the latter - a €150,000 showpiece at Leopardstown. His horses Boston Bob and On His Own are among the favourites to come out on top.
Next up, the Cricket World Cup gets underway Down Under, as India look to defend their title. The champions will need to pick their form up going into the tournament, while the Australian and South African batting line-ups have looked dangerous in recent months. England, meanwhile, will look to the leadership of new captain Eoin Morgan to inspire them to their first ever triumph in the competition.
The Champions League makes a return, and there are some mouth-watering meetings in the offing. PSG take on Chelsea, Arsenal meet Monaco, and Man City face Barcelona in what is arguably the tieof the round, as all three British teams eye a spot in the quarter final. The Citizens have made no secret that their priority lies in Europe, but Manuel Pellegrini's side will have to turn in improved performances than those in the Group Stage.
Whatever you follow in February and however you choose to bet, we at the Home of Betting hope you enjoy the coming month.