What’s On Sportsmail’s Reporters New Year’s Wishlists For 2021

The year 2020 is one many are going to look back on largely for the wrong reasons due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Covid-19 has caused havoc around the world in so many various aspects of life – including sport.

However, as we approach 2021 we can all hope that the new year brings about positivity and time for change.

And on that note, Sportsmail’s reporters have provided their New Year’s wishlist for their respective sports ahead of the upcoming 12 months – ranging from potential mouthwatering showdowns to greater reforms.

MIKE KEEGAN (Football)
Fans, fans, fans. Simple, really. Football without the punters is soulless, boring and a pale imitation of what it should be. Here’s hoping it’s safe for them to return in proper numbers over the next 12 months.
Football, like all sports, has been sterile without fans being able to attend due to the Covid-19

MATT BARLOW (Football)
We all knew it but nine months of football in empty – or near empty – venues has confirmed it simply isn’t the same without the roar of the crowd.shibanpharma.com So, yes, it would be nice to see the Premier League season develop into a genuine title race.

It would be great if England could perform well at the Euros. I’d love them to stop players falling over when barely touched and reverse the impact VAR has had on the game. But most of all I’d like to see fans able to safely return to our football grounds. I’d like to feel the noise.

Leicester City’s 4-0 win over Aston Villa on March 9, 2020 was the last time there was a packed stadium for a Premier League game before the coronavirus pandemic hit the UK
The younger players in the men’s game finally breaking through; the game working together to bring in enhancements; the Brits at all levels of the rankings making progress.

Those would be the three things on my wishlist for 2021, although I cannot say with certainty that any of them will come about.

The race between the men’s ‘Big Three’ to end up with the most Grand Slams will be the over-arching theme, but it would be made all the more interesting if that is complicated by the likes of Dominic Thiem, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Daniil Medvedev having a major say in who wins the biggest events.

All the problems brought by Covid ought to focus minds on improving the (awful word) ‘product’. Let’s make more efforts to cut out dead time in matches, allow players to express themselves, and also introduce some faster court speeds.
We would all love to see Andy Murray somewhere near back to his best, but he will not be around forever. We need to see signs of more British players maxing out their ability, as Dan Evans was doing in 2020.
Hopefully Dan Evans can carry his bright start of 2020, before Covid hit, into the 2021 season

Boxing Day. Time to go cold turkey and focus on what we want from the hardest old game in 2021.

First, foremost and soon as possible if you please Messrs Fury and Joshua, let’s get it on. We’ve been waiting long enough and this must not drift over the horizon and out of sight like Lennox Lewis vs Riddick Bowe, Amir Khan vs Kell Brook, Joe Calzaghe vs Carl Froch… etc, etc.

We also need Covid-19 to take the 10 count so prize-fighting can fill with roaring fans all the halls from small to the 02 – as well as Wembley Stadium. And even more importantly bring the amateurs out of lockdown so that our next generation of champions are not lost.

Promoters also need to pay heed to the WBC’s new campaign to prevent mismatches. Too many brave, honest Joes have been sacrificed on the altar of rising stars padding out their records.

And when it comes to the superstars, would Canelo Alvarez kindly stop beating up Brits for fun and take the trilogy fight with Gennady Golovkin which this sport needs to settle once and for all who is the greatest of their era.
Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez (left) and Gennady Golovkin need to finally agree to a trilogy bout in 2021

We’re due an update in March on a project undertaken by the governing bodies into how far the golf ball travels – and you don’t need 20-20 vision to see that something urgently needs to be done before drives of 400 yards become commonplace.

Inside the ropes, let’s hope Rory McIlroy finally gets over the line to achieve the career Grand Slam at the Masters, and a home golfer pulls off a rare victory at The Open at Royal St George’s. Let’s hope Jordan Spieth rediscovers his game and Bryson DeChambeau continues to make jaws drop.

In September, let’s pray for a full-on blast of normal life, with thousands of Yanks screaming ‘USA! USA!’ and it all comes down to the final putt at the Ryder Cup in Wisconsin.
Rory McIlroy will hope to end his wait for a career Majors Grand Slam by winning The Masters

The concept of ‘level’ should be reintroduced to offsides as the VAR technology is not good enough to be fully accurate in marginal decisions. James Maddison’s disallowed goal versus Tottenham is a perfect example of this as the ball was already airborne from James Justin’s pass when they drew the lines. When it is so tight you have to zoom in on armpits and shoelaces. Just stick with the ref’s original judgement.

Goalline technology works because people trust it regardless of the small fractions involved. It only has to judge one ball and one line. Offside has to adjudicate on two different players and the precise moment a ball is played maybe 50 yards away. It is a myth to think they are coming up with the correct decisions.
James Maddison’s goal against Tottenham was controversially disallowed after a VAR check

Let’s make the FA Cup more like the Coupe de France, surely the greatest knockout competition of them all. The charm of the Coupe is that higher-ranked clubs always have to play away from home when drawn against sides from lower tiers, meaning clubs like Paris Saint-Germain and Lyon often have to travel to amateur teams in the sixth or seventh tier of French football, playing in poor conditions in tiny stadiums.

If there were the same format in England, so many routine third-round ties next month would suddenly become exciting: imagine reversing Chelsea vs Morecambe, Everton vs Rotherham and Burnley vs MK Dons. It may go against the grain of modern politics, but it is time to look across the Channel for solutions.
Should the FA Cup take the format of the Coupe de France to revitalise the competition?

It is, of course, everyone’s wish for crowds to return in 2021 and how we will relish the full houses at this summer’s Tests and white-ball matches should normality be back by summer.
But if I could hope for one thing to change in cricket this year it would be for Joe Root to reverse the trend of the last two Ashes tours and emulate Andrew Strauss 10 years ago with success in Australia next winter.

Root has already been in charge for two Ashes series – the first ended with him thrashed 4-0 and exhausted in Sydney and the second was a 2-2 draw that saw Australia retain the urn. Not many England captains could survive three without success, even one as popular as Root. So it is fair to assume this is his last chance.

And, whisper it, but despite Australia’s fast bowling excellence England really do have a decent chance of winning this time. But to do so they will probably need Jofra Archer to be fit and firing and will have to carefully navigate a path to protect their key players through the busiest of all cricketing years. Still, there is much to look forward to.
Joe Root knows he is under pressure to captain England to an Ashes series win Down Under

KIERAN GILL (Football)
For changes I’d like to see in 2021, see Sportsmail’s seven-point charter regarding dementia in football. Let’s finally find a suitable replacement for the PFA’s Gordon Taylor, whose exit has taken years to come to fruition.

Let’s get some proper protocols in place to look after sufferers of dementia. Let’s get a cap on heading in training. Let’s get temporary concussion substitutes ratified. As our back page said, enough is enough.
Former footballers and MP’s have taken Sportsmail’s dementia campaign to the Government
If, and it remains and big if, Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury collide in 2021 the resurgence which has long been bubbling in British boxing will come to the boil.
The only snag? No sport does self-destruct like boxing and, heading into a mammoth year, it remains beset with problems. Few need fixing more readily than the scoring – particularly in Britain, particularly in big fights.
Too often, two professional judges see two totally different fights unfold in one ring.

Too often it happens to foreign fighters on these shores. And too often rogue cards are explained away by the nonsensical notion that ‘it depends what you like’.
The criteria for winning rounds need to be clearer, simpler and more open to scrutiny.

So if promoters, governing bodies and the alphabet organisations running the sport are serious about its standing then they must find a collective solution.
Yeah, I never said it was realistic.

Heavyweight rivals Tyson Fury (left) and Anthony Joshua will hopefully face off twice in 2021

If I could wave a magic wand, I’d put Max Verstappen in the Mercedes alongside Lewis Hamilton.

Alas, this is far-fetched, as I fear is my second wish: namely that Mercedes flick Valtteri Bottas and replace him with George Russell, the Englishman who stepped in so brilliantly in Bahrain when the world was ruled out by Covid.
Either replacement for the Finn, who sadly is no match for Hamilton, would enliven the season.

Well, failing both eventualities happening, my hope is that Red Bull can make Hamilton fight for his record eighth title. Even Lewis wants this, as long as he prevails in the end.

There is reason for optimism. The outlawing of the Dual Axis Steering (DAS) device for next season offers encouragement, as does the fact Red Bull won the final race of last season on a traditionally Mercedes-dominated track in Abu Dhabi.
There is a great hope that Red Bull, and Max Verstappen, can challenge Mercedes next season

Following a 2020 season without crowds, the thing that I look forward to most in 2021 is the return of spectators to county cricket. They are a committed bunch, emphasised by the donation of thousands of pounds of membership fees to their cash-hit clubs during the Covid pandemic.

Remember, cricket was the first sport to deal with a new season being launched during a time of coronavirus restrictions and the ECB did a superb job in conjunction with its 18 first-class counties to get two bite-size competitions on. However, the lack of fans really hit home on Twenty20 finals day in early October, the occasion on which the interaction between players and the crowd is at its best.

In addition to seeing socially-distanced attendances at Championship cricket from April onwards, how good would it be to see and hear the Eric Hollies Stand rocking to the tune of Sweet Caroline at a full Edgbaston by the end of the summer?
The return of crowds at county cricket will be a welcome sight, if permitted in September

IAN HERBERT (Football)
Football’s 2020 financial crisis revealed a vacuum at the top when it came to governance. Greg Clarke and Gordon Taylor led the FA and PFA through it. No more need be said.

So let 2021 be the year Heather Rabbatts is appointed to chair and lead the FA, bringing the vision, intelligence, powers of articulation and – where needed – the self-effacement that governing body needs.

And let it be the year when Gary Neville becomes the leader of the organisation that speaks for players, when Gordon Taylor is finally cast aside. The PFA chief executive’s role is not one he has aspired to. But Neville’s leading contribution to shrewd proposals, published in October, for an overhaul of the governance of the game, hinted at an appetite to lead.
The pandemic has laid bare football’s desperate lack of individuals capable of doing that.

Gary Neville is fast growing as the perfect candidate to become the new PFA chief executive

My main wish is that cricket picks up where it left off at the end of the 2019 summer, when England won the World Cup and Ben Stokes kept performing miracles. The game felt ready to move to a new level.

Cricket did better than most sports between the first and second waves of the pandemic, but still incurred huge financial losses. To avoid further damage, it needs the crowds back, as soon as possible, and it needs to grab the imagination again: five Tests against India should help.
Oh, and England simply have to regain the Ashes later in the year, preferably with their fast bowlers – Jofra Archer, Mark Wood, perhaps even Olly Stone – creating merry hell for Australia’s batsmen. Well, we can dream…
England will need to ensure Jofra Archer is fit and firing on all cylinder to win regain the Ashes

Besides a futile wish that VAR could be scrapped and consigned to history (it has taken away far more from football than it can ever give back), I would like to see a fresh clampdown on players feigning injury.

I’m not talking about the histrionics that win penalties, or even get an opponent sent off, just the endless succession of perfectly healthy young men rolling around on the floor screaming when they have barely been touched. The arm in the air used to denote a compound fracture or some other career-threatening injury. Now players are back up and running around seconds later without a hint of embarrassment.

The rule forcing injured players to go off for treatment was designed to discourage this kind of behaviour, but it seems to be worse than ever. Time to double down and keep the cheats on their feet.
It’s time the footballing authorities clamp down on players feigning injuries during matches

ROB DRAPER (Football)
The obvious: fans back, a pulsating Euro 2020 (2021), a full house for England versus Scotland with Harvey Barnes and Jack Grealish starring in a 4-0 win for England.

But also: gambling firms banned from advertising on football shirts, overseas betting partners outlawed, and promotional gambling activity with fans banned.

More research into degenerative brain disease among footballers, proper concussion subs with 10-minute temporary subs NOW and rulemakers IFAB to be accountable for their mistakes in introducing VAR.
Leeds are one of eight Premier League clubs who have a gambling brand as their shirt sponsor

CHRIS FOY (Rugby Union)
The Lions tour of South Africa is the beacon in the distance for rugby. It is the grand event which should drag the sport out of its COVID rut in 2021.
How it is needed. Every four years, the British and Irish crusades generate vast interest, but the next one could really galvanise the game by providing thunderous drama and also a vital financial boost for the host nation and the four home unions.

Despite the global pandemic, thousands of fans have already booked their trips to form another massive ‘Red Army’ on the other side of the equator. In 2017, there were astonishing scenes as spectators from these islands took over the New Zealand capital, Wellington, to see the Lions inflict the All Blacks’ first home defeat since 2009. Unless the virus intervenes, another such raucous but good-natured invasion is on the cards in Johannesburg, Cape Town and beyond.
The British and Irish Lions will return in 2021 as they look to beat world champions South Africa

It will have been a dozen years since the Lions last visited South Africa. The tour in 2009 culminated in a brutal, fluctuating, pulsating Test series, which the Springboks won 2-1. They were world champions then, as they are again now, so another daunting challenge awaits for a travelling squad which is once again under the command of Warren Gatland.

The Kiwi has overseen a sustained revival of the whole Lions concept, by masterminding a series win over Australia in 2013 and the 1-1 draw with the All Blacks four years later.arizona.edu The stakes will be as high as ever because the Lions are always fighting against the threat of sporting extinction in a crowded calendar, despite being adored by public and players alike.

Every aspect of the crusade is the subject of huge scrutiny and intrigue, from the choice of head coach to the appointment of assistant coaches, selection of the squad and captain, and the contest for Test places as the tour unfolds. Maro Itoje is seen as the front-runner for the captaincy and at a time when rugby is under increasing pressure to diversify, having Saracens’ England lock and Siya Kolisi as rival black skippers in the Test series would be a powerful statement of progress.
Maro Itoje (right) is among the leading candidates to captain the Lions on their 2021 tour

While the Lions tour looms as rugby’s marquee attraction in 2021, the Six Nations comes first. It may lack the usual tribal fervour if capacity crowds are still not permitted, but it promises to offer a fascinating power struggle. England remain the standard-bearers in the northern hemisphere but France are enjoying a rapid resurgence and appear ready to disrupt the hierarchy.

French improvements are good news for the credibility of the tournament and the next instalment of ‘Le Crunch’, on March 13 at Twickenham, promises to be a classic. That fixture will be regarded as a momentous tussle for European supremacy, but the whole championship needs to produce a reversal of the stodgy, stifling tactics which scarred the Autumn Nations Cup.

Meanwhile, at club level, there will be considerable interest in the RFU Championship, as Saracens strive to bounce straight back into the top division via unfamiliar excursions to Jersey and Cornish Pirates, Ampthill, London Scottish and Hartpury University. Their campaign in the second tier – which is destined to culminate in a two-leg play-off against Ealing – will be a background attraction while Exeter are storming towards another Premiership title in their absence.
Current holders Exeter Chiefs are heavy favourites to win the Premiership again this season

Many things have changed because of Covid-19 but necessity has forced some changes that would not have been considered or tried were we not in a crisis.

A few of them have had positive effect and it will be disappointing if racing doesn’t take these on board by reverting back to the old ways when we finally get the all-clear.

Travel restrictions have meant jockeys have only been able to ride at one meeting a day. Not all riders will welcome that staying in place but it has stopped mad-dashes across the country and jockeys driving themselves to work draining hours in pursuit of rides.

Keeping the rule in place will continue to have a positive effect on the mental health of jockeys by improving their work/life balance.

On the track I’d like to see Tiger Roll have a return to form and, 12 months later than hoped, have a shot at winning a third Grand National at Aintree in April.
Tiger Roll (left, ridden by Davy Russell in 2019) will look to win a third Grand National in April

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As such, we’ll go through some of the biggest markets for sports betting in Africa and talk about them all separately.arizona.edu Of course, additional information can be found on the separate page for the country in question.

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However, the law does not properly extend to online gambling companies. As a result, operators can operate freely within the country, even without a current licence and paying taxes. That is why we urge Ghanaian players to be even more careful about who they trust their money with. Make sure to check with us so you can be sure you’re using only trustworthy, respected Ghanian betting sites.

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Similarly to other African countries, sportsbooks based abroad are usually not licenced but still operate without any problems. If that doesn’t sit well with you, you still have a choice of around 40 fully licenced and legal Ugandan bookmakers.

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We obviously recommend looking at our list of South Africa’s 7 best betting sites, but even then, you still need to make a choice. Our expert betting site reviewers recommend looking at 4 key elements to help you pick a betting site that suits your needs:
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If you stick to a bookmaker that accepts ZAR (South African Rand), then you won’t need to waste money converting your money to US Dollars or Euro and then back again when withdrawing.

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In terms of international licenses, we recommend looking out for betting sites that have either a Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) betting license, or a Curacao eGaming license.

When it comes to local licensing, we go into a lot more detail about that below, but it’s important to know that most of South Africa’s best bookmakers are brands you already know and recognise, like Hollywoodbets. Some of our best brick-and-mortar bet shop chains have made the leap online, so you can place bets when on the move.

Sports Betting SuiteOnce you know you can get your money into and out of a betting site, and that the bookmaker is trustworthy, you should take a look at the online betting features that the bookmaker offers.
The first thing to check out is whether the betting site runs bets on matches that you actually want to bet on. If you’re a huge Rugby fan, for example, but a betting site doesn’t put very much emphasis on rugby matches, or doesn’t feature a decent amount of betting markets on most rugby matches, then that probably isn’t the bookmaker for you.
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However, the team here at Sportsbetting24 recommends looking beyond just welcome bonuses. Promotions and offers for existing users are going to be the things that continue adding value to your betting experience over time.

Keep an eye out for event-specific promotions, especially around huge sporting events like the FIFA World Cup, English Premiere League, IPL, and more, as bookies who have plenty of these kinds of bonuses and promotions are likely to keep you happy for longer.

What Sports Can I Bet on?Perhaps the best thing about online betting is that if you’ve heard of the sport, you can bet on it.

To be honest, though, that’s a little bit of an oversimplification. The truth is, not every betting site out there is great for every sport. Some bookmakers put a lot more resources into some sports than others, usually depending on the trends they see in their users’ behaviour.

This is why we’ve put together this list of the best betting sites for South Africa’s 5 most popular sports. If you’re looking to bet on any of these specific sports more than others, then we recommend sticking to this list:

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In some ways, betting deposits and withdrawals are easier in South Africa than in most other countries, and that’s because of the nation’s EFT (Electronic Fund Transfer) banking system. Bank transfers are much faster in South Africa than most of the rest of the world, and are renowned for being the safest payment option out there.
For example, plenty of the sites on our list of South Africa’s best betting sites accept payment methods like SiD Instant EFT, which makes betting deposits and withdrawals almost instant.
Of course, there are other options out there too, but each of them have their own pros and cons.

Can I Bet in South African Rand?This depends on the bookie you choose. Some bookies are local to SA and accept ZAR. This is the best option, in our opinion, as it’s the most straightforward and economical way to bet online.

However, a lot of international betting sites don’t accept South African Rand, so you’ll have to pay currency conversion fees. This isn’t a huge deal if you only place bets a few times a year on big matches, but if your online betting habits are a bit more regular than that, we don’t recommend throwing money away on currency conversion.

Mobile Betting Apps in South AfricaWhile plenty of South Africans complain that the country is behind the rest of the developed world in terms of access to technology and the internet, over 54% of South Africa’s population are currently mobile internet users. And this doesn’t include people who stick to using WiFi on their phones instead of mobile data.

Where we’re a little unfortunate is that mobile data is a lot more expensive for us than it is for people in some other countries. This is why we recommend sticking to local bookmakers if you think that you’ll be doing a lot of online betting on the go.

Local bookmakers are aware of the prohibitive cost of mobile data here, so they tend to design mobile sites and betting apps that use a lot less data than many of their more international competitors.

For example, one of the online bookmakers at the top of our list of South Africa’s best betting sites is Supabets. Supabets are based in South Africa and is run by a local team, which means they new to include a simple, but amazing feature. Supabets have a Data-Free mobile site, so punters can place their online bets without having to worry about their data limits or the cost!

Live Streaming on Betting Sites in ZAIf you’re into live betting, then you already know the value of being able to stream a match live as you decide on your bets. Being able to keep up with what’s going on in a match or race is the only real way to make smart, successful in-play bets.

However, there’s a catch. At the time of writing, none of the local online bookmakers have this feature. This means that your only options are international bookmakers that don’t accept South African Rand, at least for the time being.

This is how bookmakers like 1xBet, 22Bet, and Dafabet ended up being listed as some of SA’s best betting sites. While punters need to pay currency conversion fees, these international betting sites feature live broadcasts, completely for free.

Are Sports Betting Sites Legal in South Africa?Yes, online betting is legal in South Africa, and all sports betting is regulated by the SA National Gambling Board.drake.edu As long as a bookmaker is licensed in South Africa for online betting, then you have nothing to worry about.

Provincial Licensing JurisdictionsThe easiest way to see if a particular bookmaker is legal to use is to check to see if they have a South African sports betting license from one of the following provincial gambling boards:

– Eastern Cape Gambling and Betting Board
– Free State Gambling and Racing Board
Gauteng Gambling Board
– KwaZulu-Natal Gambling and Racing Board
– Limpopo Gambling Board
– Mpumalanga Gambling Board
– North West Gambling Board
– Northern Cape Gambling Board
Western Cape Gambling and Racing Board

International Remote Gaming LicensesUnfortunately, not every betting site that’s licensed in South Africa is necessarily a great one. Of course, the government cracks down on certain shady practices, but there’s nothing illegal about offering a poor-value product.

This is one of the reasons we mentioned going for recognizable brands when we discussed how to find the best bookmaker for you. If you’re going to be using an international betting site, then you might also want to look at what other betting licenses they have, as this can tell you a lot about the bookmaker.

For example, if an international bookmaker has a UK Gambling Commission license or a license from the Government of Gibraltar, then you have nothing to worry about. This means that the bookmaker has to meet some of the world’s toughest conditions to keep their licenses, most of which are designed specifically to protect punters.

Responsible Gaming in ZAOne of the most important benefits of using a legal, licensed betting site (other than your personal and financial data’s safety) is that licensed online bookmakers in South Africa are required to make responsible gambling tools available for punters whose betting habits may be becoming problematic.

Betting Outside of South AfricaFor those reading this outside of South Africa, we recommend finding your country (or nearest equivalent) in the table below:

Betting in South AfricaWhile betting online might be new to a lot of South African punters, it’s actually a lot easier than it looks! We recommend sticking to our experts’ list of SA’s best betting sites to make sure that your personal information and hard-earned cash is in safe hands, and you get decent value!

Best South Africa Online Bookmakers In 2021

OddsJet only compares sports betting odds from reputable online bookmakers that accept customers in South Africa, some of which also offer South African Rand accounts. This is important as many international bookmakers do not serve South Africa. OddsJet thus helps South African players get the best odds while avoiding bookmakers for which they may be ineligible.

While all the bookmakers on OddsJet are well-established, some brands may be more familiar than others within South Africa. Thus below, in alphabetical order, OddsJet provides information about each company, the benefits of some of their features and available banking methods. Those that offer ZAR accounts are noted.

Established in the year 2007, 1XBET is the sports betting partner of both FC Barcelona and the Italian Serie A.forodecharla.com They offer many account currencies including the ZAR and numerous banking methods plus payments in numerous cryptocurrencies. Play in English or many other major languages, with live betting, lots of betting markets on every match and highly competitive odds.

Betsafe was established in 2006 and acquired in 2011 by one of the largest gaming companies in the world, Betsson AB. Betsafe gets to share in using an excellent sports betting platform, which includes fluid mobile betting and an early cashout feature. However, Betsafe operates as a completely separate sports betting brand in terms of its own odds, etc. Betsafe offers account currencies in EUR, GBP, CAD, NOK, SEK, BGN, PLN and USD. Betsafe payment methods for South Africa include Visa, Mastercard, Skrill, Neteller and bank transfers. Read the Betsafe South Africa Review.

Betsson is the lead brand for one of the largest gaming companies in the world; Betsson AB. Established in Sweden in 1963, the company is traded on the Nasdaq OMX exchange. Betsson offers an excellent sports betting platform which includes an early cashout feature. As a truly international provider regulated from Malta, Betsson offers site versions in English and over a dozen other languages. They also offer accounts in EUR, USD, GBP, SEK, NOK, BRL, PLN and PEN. Betsson’s banking methods include Visa, Mastercard, Skrill, Neteller, EcoPayz and bank transfers. Read the Betsson South Africa Review.

Betway offers ZAR accounts. Betway was established in 2006 and serves over 2 million account holders around the world with innovative features like the early ‘Cash-out’. Regulated in South Africa, the UK and several other African markets, Betway operates in many languages and always looks to operate in the for every African country in which they operate. In 2015, Betway became the shirt sponsor and betting partner of West Ham United Football Club of the English Premier League. Betway offers a wide array of banking methods for customers South Africa and in other African markets. Read the Betway South Africa Review.

BoyleSports was established in 1989 by John Boyle in Ireland. Currently, BoyleSports are the largest bookmaker company in Ireland with over 200 locations. Online, BoyleSports is licensed and regulated by the Gibraltar Gaming Commission. BoyleSports account holders in South Africa may use Skrill, Neteller, Visa, MasterCard, Bank Transfers and paysafecard as banking methods. Read the BoyleSports South Africa Review.

Casino Winner is the result of a rebranding of an online casino brand that was initally focused on the Dutch market. It was acquired by gaming giant Betsson AB in 2014 and now serves a wide international customer-base with both sportsbook and online casino verticals. Regulated from Malta, Casino Winner operates in English, Norwegian & Finnish. Find excellent live betting options & solid odds. Available banking methods include credit cards, Klarna, Trustly, e-wallets MuchBetter, Skrill & Neteller & pre-paid solution paysafecard.

ComeOn! was established in 2010. In 2016, it was acquired by Cherry AB, one of the biggest online gaming companies in the world, which is based in Sweden and is traded on the Nasdaq OMX Nordic exchange. Regulated from Malta, ComeOn! offers sports betting through SBTech’s sportsbook platform which has excellent live betting options. Available payment methods for South Africa include credit cards, e-wallets and more. Read the ComeOn! South Africa Review.

Dafabet was established in 2004 and is regulated and licensed by the Philippine government. It has become one of the premier sports betting brands in Asia, but has grown to become an international provider through its sponsorship of Celtic FC and several English football clubs. Available Dafabet languages include English, Spanish and many Asian languages. Dafabet account currencies include USD, EUR, GBP, RMB, MYR, THB, VNR, IDR, INR, KRW, RUB, PLN and mBTC. Available payment options vary per currency, but may include bank transfers, Visa, Mastercard, Skrill, Neteller and EcoPayz. Read the DafaBet South Africa Review.

Intertops offers ZAR accounts. Thay also accepted the world’s first ever online sports bet in 1996 and is still one of the globe’s largest sites for sports betting with customers in over 180 countries. Over the past three years Intertops has paid out over 500 million dollars in winnings to its customers around the world. Intertops is operated by Thinkquick Ltd. which is registered by the government of St. Kitts and Nevis. In terms of banking from South Africa, Intertops offers Skrill, Neteller, EcoPayz, Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Bitcoin. Read the Intertops South Africa Review.

Interwetten was founded in 1990. Licensed and regulated by the Malta Gaming Authority, Interwetten offers their site in English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Greek, Portuguese & Turkish. Change your language of choice as you like at the bottom of their site. Interwetten has always looked to sponsor sports events, clubs and leagues. Currently, they are official partners of Wolfsburg and Hoffenheim football clubs in Germany as well as the title sponsor of Super League Greece. Available payment methods include, Klarna (Sofort), Skrill, Neteller, MuchBetter, EcoPayz, Visa, MasterCard credit & debit cards & bank transfers.

MarathonBet offers ZAR accounts. It was established in 1997 and is regulated by the highly reputable gaming commission of Curacao. MarathonBet currently has over 2 million customers in over 200 countries and is the official bookmaker partner of Manchester City. Uniquely, MarathonBet ‘Advancebets’ allow players to unlock the value of their unsettled bets to place new bets. If these bets are lost, the stake amounts need not be paid back. MarathonBet ZAR account holders may bank using Visa, MasterCard, Maestro debit cards, EcoPayz, Skrill, Neteller or bank transfers. Read the MarathonBet South Africa Review.

Mobilebet was established in 2010. In 2016, it was acquired by Cherry AB, one of the biggest online gaming companies in the world, which is based in Sweden and was traded on the Nasdaq OMX Nordic exchange. In 2019, Cherry AB was taken private for about US$1 billion by private equity firm, Bridgepoint. Regulated from Malta, Mobilebet offers sports betting through SBTech’s sportsbook platform which has excellent live betting and early cash out feature. Supported banking methods include Visa and Mastercard credit and debit cards, Skrill, Neteller, paysafecard and more. Read the Mobilebet South Africa Review.

NordicBet was established in 2002 and was acquired by Betsson AB in 2012.valbrid.com As its name suggests, NordicBet first targeted the Nordic markets of Sweden, Finland and Norway, but has grown to offer service to a wide range of countries including South Africa. NordicBet offers an excellent sports betting platform which includes an early cashout feature. Although a part of Betsson AB, NordicBet operates as a completely separate entity that offers its own odds. NordicBet offers their site in English, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Danish and German and supports account currencies in EUR, GBP, CAD, NOK, SEK, CHF, CZK, BGN, PLN and USD. Supported payment methods for South Africa may include Visa, Mastercard, Skrill, Neteller and bank transfers. Read the NordicBet South Africa Review.

Pinnacle was established in 1998 and is licensed and regulated by the highly reputable offshore gaming commissions of Curacao and Malta. Pinnacle has a unique reputation in the betting community due to the odds value that they offer and the high limits they accept. They can often offer some of the highest paying odds because they operate without expensive television advertising campaigns or team sponsorships. This cost savings is passed back to bettors through higher odds. Pinnacle account holders may use Skrill, Neteller, e-cheques, bank transfers, Visa, MasterCard, paysafecard among other payment methods. Read the Pinnacle South Africa Review.

Unibet was established in 1998 from Stockholm, Sweden. Publicly listed on the NASDAQ OMX Nordic Exchange, Unibet serves over 10 million account holders from over 100 countries. Unibet has been a pioneer in gaming innovations involving live betting, mobile betting and security and player safety in terms of problem gambling detection.restaurantoscar.ro Unibet has also become a license holder in many European countries where regulation is heightened. Unibet account holders may use Skrill, Neteller, bank transfers, paysafecard, debit cards, Visa and MasterCard as banking methods. Read the Unibet South Africa Review.