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Super Bowl LI Betting Preview

Vince-Lombardi-TrophyThe New England Patriots are the bookmakers favourites to win Super Bowl LI, which takes place at the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, this Sunday and is televised live on BBC1 from 23.30 GMT.

The Patriots, who are bidding for a fifth Super Bowl crown and a second in three years, are available at best price 4/6 with Bet365, while Betfred are offering the best odds of 27/20 on the Falcons to lift the Vince Lombardi trophy for the first time in their history.

Unsurprisingly it is the quarterbacks, Tom Brady and Matt Ryan, who dominate the Super Bowl LI MVP betting. Three times Super Bowl MVP Brady, is the odds-on favourite at a best price of 10/11 with Paddy Power, while Sky Bet offer 15/8 on Ryan, despite him being statistically the best quarterback in the league this season.

Seven times in the last ten years the Super Bowl MVP award has gone to the winning quarterback, although it is worth noting that two of the last three Super Bowl MVP’s have been linebackers and that brings the likes of Atlanta’s Vic Beasley (66/1 Bet365) and New England’s Dont’a Hightower (250/1 Bet365) into the equation at big prices.

There are a host of other markets available, even on the coin toss, which remarkably has been won by the team representing the NFC in 17 of the last 19 Super Bowls – in this case that’s Atlanta. Stan James offer this with no margin at Evens on either side.

If you don’t fancy staying up until the early hours to watch the entire game, you may prefer to bet on the First Scoring Play. Although historically there is almost an evens chance that it will be either a Touchdown (48%) or Field Goal (46%), a Field Goal can be backed at 15/8 with William Hill, while a Safety (6%) is a 66/1 chance with Betfair.