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22 Unmissable Sports Betting Events of 2020

| January 12, 2020 11:11 pm PDT
22 Unmissable Sports Betting Events of 2020

We have some incredible sports events ahead of us in 2020.

From Super Bowl LIV to Euro 2020, sports betting fans will be spoiled for choice in what is set to be an action-packed twelve months.

Whether you are a diehard NBA betting fan or love nothing more than getting your money down on the big boxing, rugby, golf, tennis, and baseball events, you will have plenty of opportunities to beat the bookies in 2020.

Oh, and let’s not forget about this year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan!

Let’s take a little stroll through the most unmissable sports betting events of the year.

Make sure to have your calendar and sharpie on hand. Or, you know, just add these events to your electronic diaries.

Let’s dive into the best sporting events to bet on in 2020. They’re arranged in chronological order for your convenience.

The Six Nations

  • February 1 

The world’s greatest rugby tournament kicks off on February 1, 2020. 

England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, and Wales will battle it out across Europe for the right to be crowned champions of the continent. The latter will be hoping to defend that crown.

With so much history and rivalry between all six nations, this tournament never fails to disappoint. With so much quality on show, rugby fans will have no less than fifteen games to feast their eyes on.

England enters the championship as the betting favorites this year, with Ireland and Wales predicted to finish second and third. But in reality, predictions mean nothing when players take to the pitch. 

If you are not accustomed to how exciting the Six Nations championship is, give it a chance this year. Check out the 2020 Six Nations odds and see if there is anything that catches your eye.

This is a tournament you do not want to miss!

Super Bowl LIV

  • February 2

The greatest game in American sports goes down on February 2 at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. 

Super Bowl 2020 is set to bigger and badder than ever, and fans just cannot wait until the big day.

While the global NFL fanbase continues to grow, you can expect more spectators from outside of North America tuning in for this one. At the time of writing, we have no idea who will be contesting the big game this year, but that is unlikely to affect the buzz.

Everyone will be looking for the best Super Bowl LIV betting odds and previews as we approach February 2. This is a huge event for betting fans and is absolutely one of the best sporting events to bet on in 2020, so make sure to get your thinking cap on early.

Check out these Super Bowl 54 betting odds and expert predictions, as they are bound to help you on your way!

Daytona 500

  • February 16

The crown jewel in the NASCAR Cup Series goes down on February 16.

It will be the 62nd edition of one of the biggest sporting events on the calendar and is set to be just as exciting and enthralling as many that have come before it. 

34 full-time drivers have been confirmed for the highly anticipated race. Unlike F1 or IndyCar, the Daytona 500 is the major event on the calendar that kickstarts a championship. 

Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, and Kevin Harvick are up there with 2019’s winner, Denny Hamlin, as the favorites to win the race. 

But there will be plenty of other drivers looking to earn their place in the Daytona 500 history books.

Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury II

  • February 22

What a late Christmas gift boxing fans received when confirmation of Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury 2 was released.

The two best heavyweights on the planet are set to throw down in the most eagerly anticipated clash of the year. There is no doubt that this one is going to knock a few years off the life of every fan, if their first bout was anything to go by.

Wilder vs. Fury 1 reignited the heavyweight division in December 2018. It was an enthralling stylistic matchup that truly delivered.

Who can forget when Fury — who had looked agonizingly close to earning an upset win over Wilder — was dropped in the 12th round, only to emerge from the canvas like the T-1000 in Terminator 2?

Wilder has the power, but Fury has the boxing skills. This is going to be a wild night for boxing betting fans, so make sure to cancel any plan you have for that February 22.

I mean it. If your wife, girlfriend, husband, or whatever wants to go and watch a movie or take you to some dull cabaret show, dump them. You can always get back with them the next day.

Kidding, of course.

I know you’re looking for Wilder vs. Fury rematch odds, previews, and picks, so, enjoy!

The Formula One World Championship

  • March 15

Lewis Hamilton is on course to equal the legendary Michael Schumacher’s record of seven F1 Drivers’ Championship titles in 2020.

The Brit was absolutely outstanding in 2019 for Mercedes, picking up his sixth title with aplomb. There was not another driver in the world that could compete with Hamilton, but will 2020 be different?

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen are emerging as serious threats to the 34-year-old’s crown, and both men could have big championships this year. 

Both of these youngsters could throw a spanner in the works for Hamilton. Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel will also back themselves to surprise in 2020, although I wouldn’t be too keen on either driver winning the championship.

The 2020 F1 Drivers Championship odds have been released ahead of the first Grand Prix in Australia in March. Could there be a big surprise in store for F1 betting fans this year, or will Hamilton make it to the big seven?

March Madness

  • March 15

Who can resist March Madness? Consistently an exciting tournament year after year, it’s one of the best sporting events to bet on in 2020.

This year, Selection Sunday falls on March 15, but you can bet that diehard fans will be feeling the buzz before then.

With the 2020 College Basketball National Championship odds already released, fans are already putting their money down on who they think will triumph.

Whether that is you or not, I bet you won’t be able to hold off for much longer.

The Grand National

  • April 4

Britain’s greatest horse racing event is set for April 4 at Aintree.

The big story last year was Tiger Roll’s second successive win, which made plenty of horse racing betting fans a lot of money.

Can Tiger Roll rock up and win a third time in three years? Well, what a story it would be if the Irish gelding could. In fact, you would be pushed to find a bigger story in horse racing over the past hundred years if that were to happen.

Naturally, Red Rum’s triumphs will never be forgotten, but in the 21st century, long-standing history could be written on April 4.

This is a race that captivates everyone in Britain, and one that is deserving of a heroic tale like the one Tiger Roll is threatening to etch into the public consciousness.

Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson

  • April 17

The most eagerly anticipated fight in the UFC is scheduled for April 17 in Brooklyn.

The UFC 249 main event sees the UFC lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov, go up against Tony Ferguson. To many fans, this is the only man believed to have a chance of beating him.

Khabib vs. Ferguson is a fight that should have happened by now. It has been scheduled on four separate occasions, only for injuries and wild circumstances to prevent it from going ahead. 

The most cursed fight in combat sports? Absolutely. But this is also the hottest ticket in mixed martial arts and will surely settle a long-standing dispute regarding who deserves to be championed as the best 155-pounder on the planet.

As of late last year, the odds for Khabib vs. Ferguson have the Russian as the favorite, but you do not want to miss out on seeing what the latter can do inside the cage. 

The Kentucky Derby

  • May 2

America’s most beloved horse race goes down on May 2, 2020, and I, for one, cannot wait to see what happens.

The 146th installment of “The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports” is absolutely unmissable. If it is anywhere close to a repeat of last year’s drama, that is.

Country House was the +6500 final odds winner in 2019, scooping $1.8 million in prize money for his owner. But his win was only confirmed following an objection call made by his jockey, Flavien Pratt.

Those who backed the chestnut colt would have had a very good day indeed. 

Did you know that Country House’s odds were the second-highest in the history of winners, after Donerail in 1913?

The FA Cup Final

  • May 23

Wembley Stadium hosts the 139th edition of the world’s oldest soccer tournament on May 23, 2020.

Cup final day in England is really something, and this year will be no different. 

Last year’s winners, Manchester City, will likely be targeting a second successive victory, given that they are almost certainly out of the EPL title race. Liverpool will be aiming for their first FA Cup win since 2006, and there will be others fancying their chances, too.

One of the greatest things about the FA Cup is the fairy tale runs that some of the smaller clubs find themselves on. The magic of this competition often sees a giant killer get to the final rounds, and that is part of what makes the FA Cup so special.

I wonder what the 2020 final has in store for us? Regardless, it’ll certainly be a great event to bet on in 2020.

European Rugby Champions Cup Final

  • May 23

European rugby’s major final will be played at Marseille’s Stade Vélodrome on May 23.

The favorite to win the competition this time around is Ireland’s Leinster, who is aiming for a record-breaking fifth title.

Leinster was beaten 20-10 by English giants Saracens last year in Newcastle, but with the player wage cap scandal that is threatening the Premiership champions’ future in the league, they are not fancied by most.

A number of French teams such as Toulouse and Clermont will be hoping for a win on home soil, while the likes of Ulster, Munster, and Exeter will also be there or thereabouts.

For European club rugby fans, it doesn’t get any better than the Champions Cup. This is another final you don’t want to miss.

The Indianapolis 500

  • May 24

2020’s installment of the oldest auto race on the planet goes down on May 24 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana.

The major event of the 2020 IndyCar Series will see France’s Simon Pagenaud aiming to defend his title. 

At speeds of up to 220 miles per hour, the Indy 500 is regarded as one of the most thrilling spectacles on the planet. For auto racing betting fans, it provides the opportunity to get your money down on your favorite racer before sitting back and enjoying the action.

If you have never experienced the awesomeness of the Indianapolis 500, 2020 would not be a bad place to start, and if you’re looking for some of the best things to bet on in 2020, keep this one bookmarked. 

The Champions League Final

  • May 30

In May 2005, the Ataturk Stadium saw the greatest ever comeback in a European Cup final.

In case you need reminding, AC Milan had a three-goal advantage over Liverpool at half time in that game. However, the English club came out swinging in the second half and eventually beat the Italians on penalties.

Now, with Liverpool looking to make their third consecutive appearance in a Champions League final — while defending the title that they won in 2019 — could they revisit the scene of their most impossible triumph?

I, for one, would absolutely love to see Jurgen Klopp’s side get there. Sure, AC Milan’s status as a European giant is long gone, and ironically enough, Liverpool is arguably the best team in Europe, but it would be a great story to see those red shirts line out on May 30 at the Ataturk.

With Barcelona vying for revenge, Man City looking for their first title, and thirteen other clubs with big ambitions, whoever makes it to the final will surely deserve the chance to write their own history. 

The NBA Finals

  • June 4

Basketball’s showpiece begins on June 4, 2020. 

Who will make it there is anyone’s guess right now. But with the Lakers, Clippers, and Bucks deemed to be the favorites right now, the chances are that one of the above could make it there.

Now, last season saw the Toronto Raptors win their first-ever NBA championship. Although the betting odds are well and truly against them this season, would it be too much to assume that they are in with a chance in 2020?

Well, given their injury list, it seems unlikely. 

But there is plenty of basketball to be played, right?

Whatever happens, Game 1 will be played on June 4, and NBA fans will surely be excited to find out if their franchise gets there. 

Euro 2020

  • June 12

Fans looking forward to Euro 2020 will be keen to see how the new format works out.

For the first time in the history of the championships, there will be 24 teams battling it out for supremacy. Additionally, the tournament will not be hosted by one or two nations, as games will be spread across a number of different European cities. 

The final will be held at London’s Wembley Stadium, but there will be plenty of action to play through before then.

Euro 2020 kicks off on June 12. At this stage, we still don’t know the full roster. The playoffs are set to be played between March 26 and 31, and at that point, things should look a bit clearer.

Still, check out this early Euro 2020 preview for a few tips on the teams that look likeliest to get their hands on that trophy.

The U.S. Open

  • June 18

Golf’s major-est of all majors goes down on June 18, 2020.

But is it time to start looking at who could win the U.S. Open in June? I mean, is it too early to try and pinpoint if any of the top guys are in with a bigger shout than their rivals? 

Justin Thomas has started 2020 with a bang, and a growing number of pundits believe that he can have a special year in 2020.

Now, trying to pick the winner for a tournament that is months away is not always a good idea. There is plenty of time for other players to get their stuff together. That said, getting your predictions in and money down as early as possible can get you some favorable odds.

Thomas to win the U.S. Open? Come on, we couldn’t possibly know that yet, right?

Whatever you think, it should be fun to find out.

Tour de France

  • June 27

The 2020 Tour de France kicks off in Nice, for just the second time in the history of cycling’s greatest tournament. 

Then, fans will be watching the action from Sisteron to Paris. 

Egan Bernal and Geraint Thomas won in 2019 and 2018, respectively, and will be among the pick of the bunch for cycling betting fans in 2020.

Wimbledon 2020

  • June 29

Novak Djokovic is the early favorite to clinch the men’s title in 2020, but he will surely be run close by the likes of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

With no sign on the horizon of Andy Murray’s intentions to compete in the men’s singles, British fans will have to wait to see if their hero will be present in June. The two-time champion is unlikely to return, however, given his struggles with injury.

2019’s incredible final between Djokovic and Federer really set the bar, so 2020’s version will need to be something truly special to top it.

Women’s champion Simona Halep will have her work cut out defending her title if Serena Williams, Ashleigh Barty, and Bianca Andreescu are on form.

This should be one of the best things to bet on this year. Tennis betting fans are counting down the days.

The Olympic Games

  • July 24

The 2020 Olympic Games opening ceremony is scheduled for July 24 in Tokyo.

This will be the second time that the Japanese capital has hosted the games, following the successful 1964 edition.

Among the usual sports, fans will be treated to baseball, surfing, karate, skateboarding, and climbing this year, which should add an extra dimension to the feel of the games.

Olympics betting fans will have plenty of opportunities to get involved, with events such as track and field, boxing, and swimming set to catch the most attention from gamblers.

All in all, there will be medals up for grabs in 33 separate sports, making this one of the most interesting Olympics in recent memory and also easily one of the best sporting events to bet on in 2020.

The All Ireland Football Final

  • September 6

The biggest event on the Gaelic football calendar is undoubtedly the All Ireland Football Final. 

As usual, the big game will be held at Dublin’s Croke Park. But there is no telling what counties make it there.

Dublin’s historic five in a row could become six on September 6 — and yes, I did notice the coincidence — but the departure of Jim Gavin could play a part in them falling short. 

The Dubs are the favorites to clinch the Sam Maguire in 2020, however, but will have competition from the likes of Kerry, Tyrone, Donegal, and Mayo.

If you are unfamiliar with the All Ireland Football Final, you should definitely check it out in 2020. This is essentially the Super Bowl of Gaelic football, and a massive deal among Irish people everywhere.

This sports betting event should not be missed. 

The Ryder Cup

  • September 25

The 43rd Ryder Cup is one of the most anticipated sporting events of the year.

Hosted at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin, the USA will be hoping that they can end Europe’s hot run of form that has seen them triumph in four of the last five tournaments.

USA captain Steve Stricker will go up against Europe’s patriarch in Padraig Harrington this year. It will be a battle for supremacy that will surely see plenty of twists and turns from the first strike of a ball on September 25.

The USA should be very strong this year. 

The World Series

  • October 6

The 115th edition of the World Series will start with Game One on October 6.

New York Yankees started 2020 off as the favorites to win the 2020 World Series.

Other teams tipped to go all the way are Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston Astros, and Atlanta Braves.

Last year’s winners, the Washington Nationals, are also in the mix, but there is a lot of baseball to be played before we can begin to piece together who looks up to it. 

You can get some early 2020 World Series betting odds as early as January, but are you brave enough to put your money down at this stage?

An Exciting Betting Year Ahead

Sports betting fans will be absolutely spoiled for choice in 2020.

With the Tokyo Olympics and Euro 2020 sandwiched in between major events like the Champions League final, the Super Bowl, and the Six Nations, there will be plenty of betting opportunities for anyone looking to get in on the action. 

Regardless of the events you to choose to wager on in 2020, remember to settle for nothing less than the top sports betting sites

You can find a list of our recommended sites by following the link above. 

What sports event are you most looking forward to betting on in 2020? Let me know in the comments section below.


Adam Haynes

Adam is a sports writer and tipster with a strong background in MMA, boxing, and combat sports.

When Adam isn't writing about those, as well as politics, rugby, and Gaelic Games, he can be found working on methods and strategies to beat the bookies.

For his troubles, Adam is a fan of Leinster Rugby, Glasgow Celtic, and trusting the process.

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