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Olympics tips: Four patriotic punts and best Team GB bets for opening weekend

| 07.08.2016

Jamie Clark, Sports Editor | August 5, 2016

Four Olympics tips for Team GB

With the Olympics officially underway on Friday night UK time, Coral experts have got their heads together and come up with the best Team GB bets for the opening weekend.

Who have we selected as Olympics tips? Read on and see what fantastic four punts we recommend…


France Cycling Tour de France

Chris Froome odds are especially attractive with the cycling superstar in action, as well as the British hockey team…

Cycling: Men’s road race

Punters will be shocked to learn that three-time Tour de France winner Froome is as big as 12/1 to win the men’s road race, but that’s what makes him among our Olympics tips!

The road race will take in the cobbled streets of host city Rio de Janiero, Copacabana Beach and climbs into the mountains around the coastal port. If Froome has scaled Mont Blanc, then he can surely handle this.

Hockey: Team GB v Belgium

TeamGB Hockey Olympic Team Announcement - Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre

Both Great Britain and initial Olympics opponents Belgium were World League semi-finalists in qualifying for this. When meeting in the group stage they drew 2-2 and again 3-3 in the finals pool, but Team GB are made narrow 5/4 favourites for victory.

The Brits must beware of Arthur Van Doren and Belgian skipper John-John Dohmen, but have multiple Commonwealth Games squad members that bagged Bronze in Glasgow two years ago.


More Olympics tips for you to take this Sunday with women cyclists on the road and swimmers in the pool…

Cycling: Women’s road race

Cycling - 2015 Aviva Women's Tour of Britain - Stage One - Bury St Edmunds to Aldeburgh

Lizzie Armitstead was runner-up four years ago in this event, but the Briton is bidding to go one better after a rigorous training regime.

The 27-year-old has prepared for the mountainous country of the road race route around the Olympics host city, and Armistead comes in as a patriotic 5/1 punt to win Gold in Brazil.

Swimming: Men’s 100m breaststroke

A three-time winner at the World Aquatics Championships last summer, Adam Peaty is a leading contender for a title in the pool for Team GB.

2016 Rio Olympic Games - Team GB Training Camp - Day Four

While those exploits last year mean the 21-year-old is a firm odds-on 1/4 favourite for the men’s 100m breaststroke crown, Peaty is perfect for any multi-sport Olympics accas you may be thinking of putting on and ranks among the best Team GB bets.


You’ll find more Olympics tips on Coral’s athletics page.

Let us know what Olympics tips you’re thinking of putting on in the comments section below!

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Jamie Clark

Athletics aficionado, die-hard snooker fan and Crystal Palace supporter Jamie has written for Coral since February 2014 after spells with Soccerlens and the Press Association as a digital journalist and copywriter. A former East Midlands sports correspondent and Bwin tipster, he is a graduate of both the University of York and University of Sheffield, with a Masters in web journalism from the latter.