Rio 2016 Betting Tips: Great Britain and New Zealand gunning for semi-final redemption
With the Track Cycling now over SportNeverSleeps divert their attention to three less Brit-dominated events for Wednesday, with ladies set to take centre stage...
"The Kiwis were the only team to score against the dominant Dutch in the group stage, as part of a 1-1 draw, highlighting how much of a serious obstacle they pose to team GB here."
Hockey: Women's Semi-finals
Wednesday 16:00 & 21:00
It's semi-finals day in the women's tournament and there are plenty of narratives in amongst all the sticks.
The favourites in the first semi-final have to be the Dutch who are aiming for a third straight gold after silver in 2004 and bronze in 2000. Their opponents Germany have done well to get this far and whilst it won't be a clogging expect the Netherlands to win.
In the late evening semi-final it's a great match-up between the beaten semi-finalists in London. Both will be galvanised by their narrow losses four years ago.
Great Britain have won all six matches to get this far whilst New Zealand have a draw and a loss on their cards, albeit from a tougher group on paper. The Kiwis were the only team to score against the dominant Dutch in the group stage, as part of a 1-1 draw, highlighting how much of a serious obstacle they pose to team GB here.
Expect a tight match, with late-night penalty drama a distinct possibility.
Back New Zealand vs Great Britain to go to penalties @ [3.35]
Back Netherlands to win gold @ [1.55]
Golf: Women's Tournament Day 1
Golf is back in the Olympics for the first time since 1904, and whilst the men's tournament was tainted somewhat by some high-profile withdrawals the women's tournament is stuffed with all the big names.
The first round gets underway on the lush Barra Da Tijuca course around lunchtime with British hopes resting on Charley Hull and the more senior Scot Catriona Matthew. Despite a 2nd place in the ANA Inspiration Major in April for Hull it's difficult to see either match Justin Rose's feat.
Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn won the British Open last month and also has 3rd and 4th place finishes in the other majors this year. She looks great value for a medal here.
Elsewhere aside from the obvious name of world number one Lydia Ko, it's young Canadian Brooke Henderson who is well fancied here. She has also won a major championship already this year and whilst less consistent than Jutanugarn is a solid bet to find herself in the final pairings come Saturday.
Back Ariya Jutanugarn to win a medal @ [3.35]
Back Brooke Henderson to finish top 10 @ [1.90]
Beach Volleyball: Women's Final
A bit of local interest takes up our attention here with the fabulous Copacobana venue hosting the women's beach volleyball final in the embryonic hours of Thursday morning.
The sport is huge in Brazil and the crowd will be roaring on every dig, set and spike from Agatha Bednarczuk & Barbara Seixas De Freitas. Potential party-poopers are the German pairing of Laura Ludwig & Kira Walkenhorsta who have already secured Germany's first ever medal in this event by getting this far.
The Germans beat a Brazilian pairing in the semi-final proving they can deal with the crowd being against them. What is perhaps more key is Agatha & Barbara holding their nerve in their semi.
On the golden sands, against the golden backdrop of caipirinhas and Barry Manilow it's surely all set up for a Brazilian gold. Surely.
Back Agatha / Barbara to win gold @ [1.76]