Plenty of excellent betting opportunities to look forward to in 2016

We are less than a couple of months away from the start of 2016 which opens up a whole host of bets for the new year as the sporting calendar resets itself for a fresh year.
If 2015 was not successful for year, you’ll be looking forward to a fresh start in January.
Here are some events and selections to look out for at the start of 2016.

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By Keith Allison

NFL play-offs (January)
The New England Patriots are comfortably on course for reaching the playoffs once again in the NFL where they will be bidding to book their spot in Super Bowl 50. The defending champions have not put a foot wrong so far this season and look to be the team to beat.

The Patriots have the perfect balance of offense and defense to come out on top in San Francisco at the Levi’s Stadium.

Bill Belichick is the best coach in the history of the NFL and whoever his side comes up against in the playoffs, he will come up with a plan to get the better of them.

 
Grand National (April)
The Grand National is one of the most unique horse races in the world. Run over the trip of 4m4f, the maximum field of 40 take on huge obstacles around the Merseyside course.

Some horses love the test that the Grand National offers and one of those is Many Clouds, who won the race in 2015. He could again feature in the tips for the Grand National 2016 and is already in contention in the betting ahead of The Druids Nephew and Silviniaco Conti.

 
2016 MLB Season begins (April)
Chicago Cubs were just one game away from reaching the 2015 World Series as they were beaten by the New York Mets 4-0 to deny them a spot in the biggest series in baseball.

The Cubs have grown as the 2015 season progressed and the young roster will be much stronger next year as they push for the championship.

Coach Joe Maddon will be looking to add to his ranks in the offseason with another starting pitcher as a priority. With one or two smart signings, the Cubs will be one of the favourites to go all the way next year in the MLB.

 
US Masters (April)
The opening major of the golfing calendar is in April where the world’s best ascend on Augusta in the hunt for the Green Jacket.

Young American Jordan Spieth ran away with the prize last year and will be the man to beat again in Georgia in a strong field which will include Rory McIlroy and Jason Day.
The game of golf is fortunate to have three exciting and extremely talented competitors in Spieth, McIlroy and Day and it will be exciting to watch them take on the challenge of Augusta once again.

Spieth currently tops the betting of the young guns but there is a lot of golf to be played in early 2016 and if McIlroy can rekindle his form he could be a bet to complete the Grand Slam as this is the only major he has yet to win so far.