Can Usain Bolt play a part in Central Coast Mariners A-League ambitions?
Betfair and bet365 don’t seem too impressed by the news that Usain Bolt is joining the ranks of Australian A-League side, the Central Coast Mariners, from next month in a deal which could see the fastest man the earth has ever seen play for a season in Australia’s highest soccer league.
The two betting companies offer odds of 50/1 and 25/1 respectively about the 31-year-old’s new team winning the ten team league which has a 27-game regular season which runs from October until late April and is followed by elimination finals (for the teams that finish third, fourth, fifth and sixth), semi-finals (for the top-two in the league against elimination finals winners), and a grand final all played in May.
The bookies prices, in this ten-runner race, are probably more of a reflection on the Central Coast Mariners overall quality – they finished last season with the ‘wooden spoon accolade’ – as opposed to any contribution from the 100 meter world record holder.
Naturally many will see the signing of Usain Bolt as a publicity stunt which will attract a lot of attention to the sport in Australia and help fill the Central Coast Mariners 20,000 seater stadium.
Bolt himself is an avid Manchester United supporter and that team’s odds are shorter, at 7/1 with William Hill, about them claiming the 2018/2019 Premier League. The Manchester side have no problems filling their stadium albeit Red Devil fans will have to wait until September to see one of their new signings in action. It was announced Diogo Dalot, a £19 million purchase from FC Porto will be out until September with a knee injury.
Rowing the Usain Boat out
Elsewhere, on the racecourse to be precise, the cleverly named racehorse ‘Usain Boat’ has proven to be a winner over sprint distances and the youngster now boasts a race record of a win and two seconds from four career starts.
His UK trainer, Newmarket-based George Scott has been in red hot form during the past fortnight saddling four winners from nine runners. Keep a lookout for his Advanced Virgo who is entered to race, and should follow up a recent win with more success, at Ffos Las racetrack on Tuesday.