As we enter the last couple of days of 2020, I don’t think anybody is going to be particularly sad that this year has finally passed, not with everything that has gone on over the course of the last 12 months or so.
However, 2021 looks much brighter and in terms of the sporting calendar, it is absolutely jam-packed to the brim with some outstanding sports events.
While many people tend to bet on events just before they start, or as they are in play, you can actually enjoy a wide range of bets on future sports events right now using ante post or futures betting markets. These are popular bets on top sports events that you can place a wager on now, often at much better odds than when the event is just about to start.
Of course, if you are going to enjoy some value ante post or futures betting then you need a site that offers as extensive a range of this type of bets as you can find and one place that does precisely this as well as offering a fantastic deal for new customers is bet365 and the place to start with that site when you want to sign up is with the latest bet365 New Player Welcome Bonus which could see you earn up to £100 in bet credits once you have signed up on site.
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Of course, bet365 is not the only place to offer futures or ante post betting and you can enjoy this form of betting all over the world. The emerging US sports betting scene is one such place and if you live in a state that allows sportsbook services, then you can enjoy it there too. In Pennsylvania, for example, the BetRivers Sportsbook and Casino site is a great place for just such betting and you can sign up there today using the latest BetRivers Promo Code.
The same site also operates in Indiana too, but here there is a slightly different starter bonus on offer. As it is the Hoosier State, the bonus is the BetRivers Affiliate Code “HOOSIERBONUS” which you activate when signing up and depositing with the site.
In other states, the latest DraftKings Online Sportsbook is another such service that is available that offers good future market betting across a number of sports and this is widely available across other states that allow sports betting.
Let’s now take a look at some of the big sports events coming up across a range of sports in 2020 all of which have futures or ante post betting markets available for them.
There’s a couple of fantastic meetings on the horizon at the start of spring with the first being the hugely popular Cheltenham Festival and the great news is that bet365 Sport is offering plenty of great ante post betting on a number of big races from this popular four-day event which gets underway on Tuesday March 16 2021.
There are a whole host of races scheduled for the festival that currently have ante post betting available for them and this includes the Arkle Chase, the Champions Hurdle, the RyanAir Chase and of course the biggest race at the festival, the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
If the four days of Cheltenham are not enough to sate your jump racing needs, then barely a month later you have the huge Grand National meeting at Aintree in Liverpool. After being cancelled last year, Tiger Roll will likely get a chance to win a third Grand National in a row and join the legendary Red Rum as the only three-time winner of the race. The popular horse, who has won the last two National races, is now 20/1 with bet365 in the ante post market alongside a number of other options including Cloth Cap and Burrows Saint.
After having seen the delayed US Open, USPGA and Masters tournaments played at different dates in 2020, in 2021 these four Golf Majors are set to return to their usual place in the schedule. The Masters starts on Thursday April 8 at Augusta,
This is followed on Thursday May 20 by the 2021 USPGA Championship which will be played at the Ocean Course on Kiawah Island. A month later, we head to California to the famous Torrey Pines course in San Diego for the 2021 US Open and finally, on July 15, the last Major of the year will be contested in Surrey at Royal St George’s as we once again contest the 2021 British Open.
You can enjoy futures betting on all these events right now at bet365, including bets on which golfer will win each of the Major events listed above.
Remember though, 2021 will also see the delayed Ryder Cup take place between the United States and Europe at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin. Steve Stricker (US) and Padraig Harrington (Europe) will captain the two teams in this hugely popular three-day team event starting on September 24 2021. You can also bet on this event with bet365 right now too.
2021 is a massive year for football too as not only will we see the culmination of the 2020/21 season in the domestic leagues and cups across Europe, but also the finals of the two major European club competitions, the Champions League and the Europa League. There is plenty of betting to enjoy both on the futures markets of these events, as well as while the games are being played over the coming months at bet365.
However, perhaps of more interest to future market punters are two big international tournaments set to take place this summer after being postponed last year. These are the 2020 European Championships, which features 24 teams in six groups of four in the initial phase with England, Scotland and Wales of the Home Nations all competing. In South America, we will also see the 2021 Copa America tournament take place during the summer, with specially invited teams Qatar and Australia joining the 10 South American sides in the event. Betting is available on both of these huge international tournaments right now and if you want to bet miles ahead, you can even place a bet on the winner of the 2022 World Cup Finals!
There is no doubt that the biggest fight of 2021, and indeed of many a year, is the proposed fight between the two British heavyweight title holders. Tyson Fury earned his WBC belt following a fine win over Deontay Wilder in February 2020 and Anthony Joshua regained his belts defeating Andy Ruiz and then defended them recently against Kubrat Pulev to set up the potential mega-fight.
As yet, no official date for the bout has been scheduled but a date in the summer of 2020, possibly around the end of May has been mooted. It does seem a question of when, and not if, this fight takes place and as such, bet365 are already offering bets on the outcome with Tyson Fury their clear favourite to win the fight between the two giant British heavyweight champions.
One of the first big events of 2021 will be the start of the NFL Playoffs with 14 teams making it into the post-season from the regular season, the final games of which will be played this coming weekend.
The playoffs have been revamped to include an additional team this year with seven from each conference competing. That means only the top seeds in each conference will earn a bye week, with the other six teams playing off against each other in seeded matchups.
There then follows the usual knockout format to decide each Conference Winner and then the two conference Winners will go head-to-head at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on Sunday February 7 in SuperBowl LV.
You can already place bets on who will win SuperBowl LV, with the Kansas City Chiefs, the defending Super Bowl winners, the clear favourites to hold onto the trophy they won last year against the San Francisco 49ers.
And Yet More Sporting Events in 2021!
That’s not all the top sports events to look forward to in 2021, we have the PDC 2021 World Darts Final coming up as early as the 3rd January, followed by Snooker’s The Masters just a couple of weeks later.
The new NBA season is already underway and you can enjoy plenty of futures betting on all these events as well as the forthcoming Major League Baseball season, which gets underway on April 1.
We also have the resumption of both Tennis tours and all the Grand Slam events taking place throughout the year starting with the Australian Open, then the French Open, Wimbledon and lastly, the US Open.
So as you can see, 2021 has a huge amount of massive sports events in store for punters and you can bet on many of them right now if you so wish!