Did you ever get to the end of the year and look back thinking ‘wow. That was an amazing year. An amazing yet entirely predictable year. Why didn’t I just stick a few quid on a few simple looking bets like Manchester City to win the league, Europe to win the Ryder Cup, Real Madrid to win the Champions League, Germany to win the World Cup and Rory McIlroy to win a major? I’d be sitting on a beach somewhere right now thinking of various places I could tell my boss to stick his job’?
No, us neither, but it would be nice. 2015 is going to be a brilliant year of sport. Yes there’s no football World Cup and the athletes have another year before they need to start masking their performance enhancing stimulants from the Olympic drug testers, but there’s plenty of other great stuff to sink our collective teeth into. Stuff that actually looks kind of straightforward to call. Maybe it’s just the accumulation of Christmas alcohol in our blood, but it doesn’t seem overly complicated. Like that amazing Urban Legend who landed €640,000 from an acca that really didn’t look especially jammy.
In that spirit, here’s a seven leg 75/1 acca that seems surprisingly reasonable. Well, if not reasonable, not completely fanciful. It’s not as if we’re suddenly backing Brendan Rodgers to turn Liverpool into title winners from their current position of befuddled mid-table hoofers. It’s a combination of favourites and strong fancies for some of the major events of the year.
Rory McIlroy to win any major in 2015 – 5/6
One bet, four chances. Rory picked up two majors in 2014 and finally looks like he’s capable of dominating silly-pants-wearing in a similar way to the Tiger Woods we remember before Elin gave him a three wood upside the head. Rory is favourite for all four majors in 2015. It’s likely he’ll win at least one. It’s less likely he’ll end the year with a three wood upside his head.
Ronnie O’Sullivan to win the Snooker World Championship – 7/4
The best player in the game by some distance. Very often his biggest opponents is in his own head, but his win in the UK Championship featuring the style of a swash-buckling 147 and also the substance of a battling win over Judd Trump in the final suggest he’s in the right frame of mind to claim his sixth world title.
Rafael Nadal to win the French Open – 5/4
Rafa goes for his 10th French Open title in 2015. His record at Roland Garros is 66 wins and one defeat. He’s no longer untouchable on clay, but he’s still the best. If he’s fit, it’s his to lose. Despite long-running injury niggles, we suspect he’ll arrive in Paris healthy and if that happens, he’ll be the one cheesily biting the trophy in early June.
England to win the Ashes 2015 – 13/8
England may well be a laughing stock at the 2015 Cricket World Cup. There’s even a sliver of a chance that they won’t get out of their group. Whatever happens, ignore it. The Test game is going to be vastly different. In the longest format of the game, England can assemble a better team than Australia and they have home advantage. The Baggy Greens have immense talent, but it’s erratic and prone to punching opponents in nightclubs. The hosts are a more solid bet.
New Zealand to win the Rugby World Cup – 6/4
They’re the best team with the deepest squad. They shook a major monkey off their back with the win in 2011. The All Blacks have two World Cups to their name. They still to win one without the home advantage on their side, but of the three World Cups held in the northern hemisphere, smug southern hemisphere teams have won all three. Travelling should not be an issue and it’s likely to be the All Blacks’ swansong of at the very least, Dan Carter, possibly other stalwarts. Bank on them to deliver.
We’ve crunched the number and despite nearly all of those bets being short priced favourites, they accumulated to nearly 73/1. 35/1??? For something that looks like it could really happen??? That’s mad.
And because we asked our odds-compilers when they were still tipsy from their Christmas party, they said they’ll round it up to a tasty 75/1. Our 2015 Acca is available here right through until midnight on Sunday January 4, 2015. You don’t need to be super quick, but there’s no real benefit in hanging around. Get stuck in before the traders sober up.