With the 2022 World Cup in Qatar now done and dusted, fans across the globe can start focusing on other major sports events over the next few months.
The prestigious international tournament produced plenty of surprise results, with several of the bookmakers’ favourites making an early exit.
However, with Argentina and France progressing to the final, many of the top betting sites will have been forced to pay out some sizeable wagers.
If you got some winnings to play with, the 2023 calendar is packed with a plethora of exciting betting opportunities. Here are our top tips for the next 12 months.
San Francisco 49ers – Super Bowl
Some talented teams are ahead of them in the latest Super Bowl betting, but it would be foolish to write off the San Francisco 49ers’ chances of winning the NFL title.
A run of seven successive victories has fired the 49ers to the NFC West championship and they could be tough to beat when the post-season gets underway.
Quarterback Brock Purdy is in the form of his life, while the team’s defensive unit have allowed just 77 points during their recent winning streak.
The 49ers are the value bet in a wide-open field to get their hands on the prestigious trophy for the first time since the end of the 1994 season.
Boston Bruins – Stanley Cup
The Boston Bruins have been the dominant force in the NHL this season and are still available at a backable price in the latest PowerPlay betting to win the Stanley Cup.
The Bruins’ roster boasts the ideal mix of experienced players and rising talent, which should stand them in good stead over the next few months.
One of their biggest assets is netminder Linus Ullmark, whose 93.8 save percentage after 21 appearances is a staggering statistic.
Home ice advantage would make the Bruins a tough nut to crack in the play-offs, as they rarely lose matches when playing at the TD Garden.
Arsenal – Premier League
Arsenal have defied expectations in the Premier League to open up a five-point lead over Manchester City after 14 games and could be working chancing in the outright betting.
The Gunners have looked much improved this season, with their stingy defensive unit providing a solid foundation for the rest of the team to work from.
An injury to forward Gabriel Jesus is a blow, but if Arsenal can acquire a suitable replacement in the January transfer window they can keep their season on track.
Man City will be a tough nut to crack in their quest to win a fifth league title in six years, but Arsenal may well upset the odds by hanging onto top spot.
Manchester City – Champions League
While Man City have been winning the Premier League for fun in recent years, success in the Champions League has continued to elude them.
However, having had little difficulty progressing to the round of 16, this could be the season when they finally win Europe’s top club competition.
Pep Guardiola’s side should have no trouble defeating RB Leipzig to reach the quarter-finals and will fancy their chances of going on to lift the trophy.
If Arsenal deny them the opportunity to retain the Premier League, winning the Champions League for the first-ever time would more than compensate.