Sports Betting In April

April is a bustling month in the sports calendar, hosting several significant events across different disciplines. Here are some of the standout events:

Golf Betting: The Masters Tournament – April 11-14

One of golf’s four major championships, The Masters is held at the Augusta National Golf Club in the United States. It’s a pivotal event in professional golf, attracting top players from around the globe.

The 2024 Masters Tournament is scheduled from April 11 to April 14, featuring practice rounds and the Champions Dinner starting from April 9. The event promises to be a showcase of golfing excellence, with the Par-3 Contest on April 10 adding to the festivities before the competition officially kicks off​​.

Among the top contenders for the coveted Green Jacket, Brooks Koepka, with his history of strong performances at Augusta and a PGA Championship win, is expected to be a significant presence. Jordan Spieth, a previous Masters champion, also returns with high expectations, aiming to recapture his form from nine years ago.

Viktor Hovland and Scottie Scheffler, each having shown promise in recent tournaments, are seen as potential challengers. Rory McIlroy continues his quest for a career Grand Slam at Augusta, while the defending champion,

Jon Rahm, is favored by many to repeat his success. These players, among others, will be navigating the challenges of one of golf’s most prestigious venues, with each looking to leave their mark on this historic tournament​​.

Emerging talents and dark horses also add intrigue to the Masters, with players like Collin Morikawa and Matthew Wolff cited for their potential to make a significant impact. The unpredictable nature of these hopefuls adds an exciting element of surprise, possibly influencing the tournament’s outcome​

Basketball Betting: NBA Playoffs – April 11

While the NBA regular season ends in April, the playoffs usually begin towards the end of the month. This marks the start of the intense competition towards winning the NBA Championship.

Betting on the NBA Playoffs 2024 is gearing up to be an exhilarating experience for basketball fans and bettors alike. The Denver Nuggets, as the defending champions, are among the top contenders with notable odds to repeat their success. Alongside them, teams like the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Clippers, and Milwaukee Bucks are also considered strong contenders for the title, with the Celtics leading the pack with the most favorable odds​​.

To get started with NBA Playoffs betting, it’s essential to review and choose a reliable online sportsbook that’s available in your jurisdiction. Once you’ve selected a platform, creating an account and making your first deposit will be your next steps. You can then navigate to the NBA betting page to explore futures betting markets and individual games once the postseason is actively happening. Betting sites offer a variety of wager options, including futures wagers now and game-by-game bets as the Playoffs progress towards the NBA Finals starting on April 11 with the Play-In Tournament​​.

The playoffs present a multitude of betting opportunities across more than 60 total games, providing numerous avenues for bettors to engage, whether focusing on specific games or the postseason as a whole. Each sportsbook will offer its unique odds and betting lines, including innovative betting markets like the “winner specials” available from platforms like DraftKings Sportsbook​​.

For bettors, staying updated with picks, predictions, betting market analysis, and future prices is crucial to making informed decisions. With the playoffs starting with the Play-In Tournament on April 11 and the first round of the playoffs commencing on April 20, now is the time to explore futures wagers and prepare for a thrilling betting experience as we head towards the NBA Finals​

Soccer: UEFA Champions League Quarterfinals

Betting on the  Champions League in April 2024 brings the excitement of European soccer (football) to the forefront, with the competition heating up in the quarter-finals and semi-finals stages. This period offers a plethora of betting opportunities, from predicting match outcomes to speculating on the eventual champions. The UEFA Champions League stands as a pinnacle of European club soccer, showcasing elite teams in a quest for supremacy across iconic stadiums in Europe​​.

For the 2023-2024 season, Manchester City, as defending champions, along with Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, are among the main contenders. Arsenal is also emerging as a strong candidate under Mikel Arteta’s management. The quarter-finals are set to feature high-stakes matchups, including a thrilling encounter between Manchester City and Real Madrid. Other notable fixtures include Arsenal vs Bayern Munich, PSG vs Barcelona, and Atletico Madrid vs Borussia Dortmund, with the first legs scheduled for April 9 and 10 and the return legs on April 16 and 17​​.

  • Arsenal v Bayern Munich
  • Real Madrid v Manchester City
  • PSG v Barcelona
  • Atletico Madrid v Dortmund

When it comes to betting on the Champions League, understanding the betting markets, conducting thorough research and analysis, and identifying value bets are crucial steps. Familiarizing yourself with teams’ forms, home and away advantages, and the impact of key players can significantly enhance your betting strategy. It’s also important to stay updated on fixtures, schedules, and team dynamics as the tournament progresses​​​​.

For those looking to place bets, platforms like Bet365 and DraftKings offer a user-friendly experience, quick payouts, and a variety of betting options, from moneyline bets to predicting the tournament’s top scorer. As the knockout stages unfold, keeping an eye on odds adjustments and exploring special betting promotions and offers can provide additional value and excitement to your Champions League betting experience​​.

Cricket Betting: Indian Premier League (IPL) – March 22 to May 26

The IPL continues in April, bringing together cricket’s biggest stars in a high-octane T20 format competition. It’s one of the most watched and attended cricket leagues worldwide, with massive following and betting interest.

Betting on the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 offers an exciting opportunity for cricket enthusiasts and bettors alike, with the tournament entering its 17th year as the world’s premier franchise cricket league. The IPL continues to captivate audiences with its high-stakes matches and vibrant team dynamics. The Chennai Super Kings (CSK), led by MS Dhoni, emerged as the winners of the previous season, claiming their fifth title and tying with the Mumbai Indians (MI) for the most IPL titles won. Both teams are considered favourites for the 2024 season, with MI slightly edging out as the top contender. On the other hand, teams like the Punjab Kings are seen as the underdogs for the upcoming season​​.

For those looking to engage in IPL betting, various platforms offer comprehensive betting options, from predicting match winners to specific player performances. Betfair, for instance, provides a wide array of betting markets, allowing punters to bet on outcomes such as team finishes, top run-scorers, and leading wicket-takers, alongside match-by-match previews and tips. The anticipation for the 2024 IPL is palpable, with both Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings leading the betting odds but don’t overlook the potential for surprises from the underdogs​​.

For more detailed betting tips and predictions for the IPL 2024, it’s worth keeping an eye on platforms like Sporting News and Betfair, which offer insights into team and player performances that could influence betting strategies​​​​.

Horse Racing: The Grand National – April 13

A highlight in British horse racing, this National Hunt horse race is held annually at Aintree Racecourse near Liverpool, England. It’s renowned for its difficulty and is a key event for horse racing enthusiasts and bettors alike.

Betting on the 2024 Grand National meeting, set to take place from April 11th to April 13th at Aintree, promises to be an eventful affair with a plethora of betting options and competitive odds offered by various bookmakers. The Grand National is a spectacle that captivates around 150,000 spectators at Aintree and an estimated 600 million viewers worldwide, making it one of the most anticipated events in the horse racing calendar. Notably, the race will start at a new time of 4 pm on the main race day, Saturday, April 13th, 2024​​.

The betting market for the 2024 Grand National is vibrant, with Corach Rambler, the 2023 winner, leading as the ante-post favourite. Changes for this year include new safety measures, a reduction of runners from 40 to 34, a standing start, and the first fence moved closer to the start, adding new dynamics to the race​​.

Among the notable contenders, aside from Corach Rambler, are I Am Maximus, coming off a win in the 2023 Irish Grand National, and Vanillier, the runner-up in the 2023 Grand National, showcasing their strong potential for the 2024 race. With such a wide field, the odds are spread across many promising horses, including Noble Yeats, the 2022 winner, hinting at another competitive race​​​​.

For those looking to place bets, it’s worth considering trends from previous years. Most winners in the past decade carried less than 11-00, were aged 8 or 9, and had at least three seasonal runs before winning. Favorites have a mixed record, with only five winning since 1999, emphasizing the unpredictability and excitement of betting on the Grand National​​.

For more detailed information on each runner and tips for betting on the Grand National, you can visit Grand​​ and​​.

Athletics Betting: Boston Marathon

This prestigious marathon is one of the world’s oldest annual marathons and part of the World Marathon Majors. Runners from all corners of the globe participate in this historic race held in Boston, Massachusetts.

In 2023, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission unanimously denied a request to allow betting on the Boston Marathon, meaning no official betting was permitted for the event in Massachusetts. The decision was influenced by the late timing of the request and concerns expressed by the Boston Athletic Association, which organizes the Marathon. However, there’s a possibility that betting on the Boston Marathon could be reconsidered for 2024.

Cycling Betting: Paris-Roubaix – April 6-7

This one-day professional men’s bicycle road race in northern France is one of the oldest and most challenging races in professional cycling, noted for its rough terrain and cobblestone sections.

Betting on the Paris-Roubaix, known as “The Hell of the North,” offers a unique challenge due to its gruelling course featuring cobbled roadways. The 2024 Paris-Roubaix is scheduled for April 6 and 7, with the main race occurring on the latter day. This race is famed for its difficult sections, particularly the Trouee d’Arenberg, a treacherous 2400m stretch of cobbles that plays a crucial role in shaping the race’s outcome. Specialized equipment is necessary to tackle the harsh terrain, emphasizing the race’s demand for both physical endurance and strategic equipment management​​.

For those interested in betting, the odds for favourites and dark horses provide an array of betting options, including futures, top 3 finishes, and more. The challenging nature of Paris-Roubaix makes it unpredictable, and historically, it has seen a variety of winners. Wout Van Aert and Mathieu van der Poel were among the top picks for the 2023 race, with their odds reflecting their strong performances in previous competitions. Betting on Paris-Roubaix requires understanding the riders’ strengths, the impact of the course’s condition, and the strategic choices teams make for this unique event​​.

These events, among others, make April a thrilling month for sports fans worldwide, offering a diverse array of sports to watch

Darren Moore

With over 30 years in the gamble game, Darren's seen it all—from the highs at Ladbrokes' HQ to the lows in the betting shop trenches. He swapped bookie life to pen sports sagas for the Racing Post and more, becoming the go-to guy for soccer, the NFL, Formula 1, and, oddly enough, darts insights. Think of him as the Gandalf of gambling, but with less beard and more betting slips!