WRC Betting Tips: Rally Sweden 2017

Updated Thursday 21st February 2019, 12:40 PM

The second round of the 2017 World Rally Championship will run from 9th to 12th February, with the Opening Ceremony and SS1 Karlstad kicking the event off in style on Thursday evening. Most of Friday’s stages are set to take place in neighbouring Norway, with the 16.42km Torsby stage ending the day and doubling up as the live Power Stage on Sunday. The bookies look favourably towards Sebastien Ogier claiming a fifth consecutive Drivers’ Championship win in 2017, after a maiden outing in the Ford Fiesta WRC saw him take the top spot on the podium.

As the only true winter round of the championship, Rally Sweden will be the first time the new generation WRC cars tackle a combination of frozen roads with snow banks. The infamous Colin’s Crest will also make its first appearance during SS11 Vargåsen on Saturday, giving drivers the chance to compete for the longest jump, which was last awarded to Norway’s Eyvind Brynildsen in 2016 after flying 45 metres in a Ford Fiesta R5, narrowly beating Thierry Neuville’s 2015 record of 44 metres in the i20.

Sports.net’s View

January’s Rallye Monte-Carlo saw Thierry Neuville take an early lead in SS1 which he maintained up until SS13, where his 51 second lead over Ogier was lost after an unfortunate impact halfway through the stage broke the i20’s rear left suspension.

Ogier’s performance in January’s event showed the speed he is capable of, even when driving a car with little testing experience. The frozen roads and snowbanks of the Värmland region will give drivers, teams and spectators the chance to witness the new generation cars perform under different, and often changeable conditions.

If temperatures and road conditions remain constant throughout the event, Thierry Neuville and Sebastien Ogier both have a strong chance of competing for the top spot. Mads Østberg shouldn’t be ruled out either, having achieved 3rd position in both 2014 and 2016. Østberg is 10/1 to win but, given Ogier's dominance, a safer bet might be 13/8 on a podium finish for the Norwegian.

  • Sports.net Top Tip - Mads Østberg to finish on the podium - 13/8 

Please note that odds may fluctuate.

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Last Updated: Thursday, 21 February 2019 12:40:11+00:00
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