One of the best parts of the SuperBowl from a gambling perspective is the large variety of markets that are available to have a bet on. These range from the usual markets of MVP, first touchdown scorer, highest scoring quarter, etc. to the downright bizarre such as how long it will take Lady Gaga to sing the national anthem, what colour Beyonces first stage outfit will be or even what colour of Gatorade will be poured over the winning coach! One of my favourite betting memories came from SuperBowl 41. Having already placed my main bets I was sitting absentmindedly browsing the Ladbrokes website when I stuck a fiver on the opening kickoff being returned for a touchdown at odds of 100/1. Low and behold 14 seconds into the game I was sitting with a healthy profit and still had all my main bets running! The majority of these aren’t going to make you a fortune but can be a fun way to keep your interest especially if your game pick isn’t going so well.
MVP: Luke Kuechly 25/1 (SkyBet, Ladbrokes)
In the previous 49 SuperBowls the Quarterback of the winning has won MVP 27 times. This has also been the case in 7 of the last 9 SuperBowls. Panthers QB, Cam Newton is the best priced 8/11 market leader. If like me you’re expecting a Carolina victory in this, Newton would be the most obvious candidate and I would have no qualms with him being backed even at those skinny odds. Similarly if Denver were to achieve victory it’s hard to see anyone but Peyton Manning (4/1) being awarded MVP especially as it would likely be the last game of his illustrious career. However I’d like to dig a little deeper and unearth some value in this market. I fancy Ted Ginn Jr (50/1) for a big day and 3 of the last 4 times the award has not gone to a QB it has been to a wide receiver. However with both defences primed for a big day I’m going to take a punt on a defensive player in Panthers Linebacker Luke Kuechly at odds of 25/1. This is a player that seems to always be in the right place at the right time. During the regular season he made four interceptions returning one for a touchdown and now in the playoffs he has really come into his own. Against both the Seahawks and the Cardinals in his last two games he has recorded pick sixes and against a Quarterback who has struggled with interceptions this year it would be easy to see him doing it again. In a tight contest such a feat could swing the game Carolinas way and swing the MVP voting towards Kuechly.
First TD Scorer: Cam Newton 8/1, Jonathon Stewart 9/1
Again considering the strength of the defences on show here both the Panthers at 22/1 and the Broncos at 25/1 with SkyBet make a lot of appeal here and offer a great return to a small stake. For Denver in the AFC championship game a fortnight ago leaned heavily on Tight End, Owen Daniels and he is 16/1 here to make the first TD. Given Manning’s penchant to look towards his TEs and the fact that each SuperBowl seems to throw up a random unexpected scorer, Virgil Green may also have some appeal at 50/1. For the Panthers the receiver most likely would be the slippery Ginn Jr (16/1) but my feeling is the first 6 pointer will come from Carolinas ground game. With that my suggestion would be split stakes between Jonathon Stewart at 9/1 and Quarterback Cam Newton running for it himself at 8/1.
Greg Olsen OVER 5.5 Catches: 10/11
Denver are a mean defence with very little weak points but if there is one it may be their play against Tight Ends with them ranking in the bottom half of the league defending against the position. Despite their victory over the Patriots a fortnight ago they still allowed Pats TE a monster, 8 catch, 144 yard game against them. While Gronk is out on his own the best TE in the league, Olsen has got to be the second. Given the pass rush generated by Miller and Ware, expect Newton to throw a lot of quick passes to his TE. 6 receptions as achieved in both playoff games so far seems likely.
First scoring play: Denver Broncos Field Goal 9/2
The last time the Denver Broncos played in the SuperBowl two years ago the opening score was a safety and surprisingly this has occurred 3 times in the 49 previous SuperBowls. Sorry to harp on about these defences again but with the ability of both to make plays Paddy Powers 50/1 on the first play again being a safety is a fantastic outside bet. I expect this to be a slow start to the game from the offences as the teams settle into the game. Denver will want to make sure they get some points on the board if they achieve good field position so I’ll take a Broncos Field Goal at 9/2 to be the opening score.
Most penalty yards Broncos 4/5 (Paddy Power)
The number of penalty yards conceded by the Broncos this season is a whopping 49% higher than the league average. Plus lining up against Cam Newton can make a defence jumpy.
Interception returned for a TD 7/1 (Paddy Power)
Yes, Defences again! Both have returned 5 interceptions each for TDs in their 16 games this year. Carolina has added two more pick sixes over the course of their two playoff games. Manning has thrown 17 interceptions for the year including three in one games that were returned for TDs. Quite simply this price is much too big.
And a couple of fun ones…..
Coldplay first song: Clocks 12/1
The halftime show. Fireworks, stage show and an unmistakable opening riff. Clocks has one of the most recognisable openings on any Coldplay song so this is a great outside bet to open their show.
Colour of Gatorade poured over the winning coach Orange: 6/4(Ladbrokes)
A fortnight ago when the Panthers won the NFC championship they poured orange Gatorade over Coach Ron Rivera. With me expecting Panthers victory I’ll go with that again! Should the Broncos win the game remember they do play in orange uniforms!
That’s my favourites here but there are literally unlimited thousands of markets both regarding the game and everything else! Be sure to check out my SuperBowl preview of how I think the game will play out and thanks for following this season.
Best of luck