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Anfield was one of the best Premier League venues for entertainment last season and we are back there on Sunday for the season opener as Liverpool hoist West Ham in potentially the game of the weekend. The Reds are for many people's second favourite in the Premier League betting and they will be keen to get off to a flying start against the Hammers.
West Ham have been one of the busiest clubs during the summer transfer window and it will be fascinating to see how they fare this weekend at Anfield.
New coach Manuel Pellegrini could well chose to start both Andriy Yarmolenko and Felipe Anderson in the match who both arrived for big money and that could mean we see an entertaining clash against Liverpool.
Under Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool have been the great entertainers with Mane, Salah and Firmino expected to pick up where they left off in front of goal. Widely considered to be the best front three in the league, and there is a chance they can get even better.
Liverpool went through last season unbeaten at home in the Premier League at Anfield which is not a record to ignore With that in mind, the home team are as short as 2/9 with Bet Victor to claim the three points, with the same firm rating West Ham as big as 12/1.
Liverpool are always good value for goals given their attacking prowess and new signings Naby Keita and Alisson are also likely to start in front of their adoring fans which should mean we get a sizzling atmosphere.
The two games between these teams last term saw Liverpool win 4-1 both home and away but both matches were open affairs. Pellegrini is likely to play it tighter given his experience as a coach but there is more than enough talent on show to ensure both sets of players have enough confidence to attack.
Over 2.5 goals in the game is a no brainer at around 1/2 with Coral but the greater bet comes in the BTTS market.
Liverpool have looked excellent in pres-season and should win but the bet here is to back both teams to score at even money with Ladbrokes.com. Four of the last five meetings between the clubs have seen both teams hit the back of the net and that record can extend in the first game of the campaign at Anfield.
*Odds correct as of 6th Aug, 14:28. Odds are subject to change.
Pre-season action is back for the NFL, and that means your betting needs are fully covered right here at The Sports Geek!
The NFL pre-season is still serious betting business, with these exhibition games often taking in much more handle than your average baseball, hockey, or basketball match. And though the wins and losses don’t truly matter to most players, coaches, and fans – it doesn’t mean there aren’t some big betting edges and advantages that can be exploited.
One of my favorite things to look at prior to firing away on an NFL exhibition game is the coaches’ plans for playing time. It is essential to know how long the starters will be out there, and who is playing and who isn’t. Beyond that, position battles are also key. You want players to be motivated, and you want to find guys who are fighting for their jobs. It is also helpful to especially take a detailed look at the quarterback depth chart. QB remains an important position and a lot of times in pre-season a quarterback can make things happen with natural ability, when offensive and defensive schematics have yet to be fully ironed out.
Pre-season can still definitely be profitable for you, so be sure to follow along throughout the next few weeks and remember that with every game, we are getting closer and closer to the start of the NFL season. For this week, we’ll take a look at the Cleveland Browns and New York Giants match-up, as both those squads will surely be looking for some positives after disappointing 2017 campaigns.
Cleveland Browns -1 (-110)
@ New York Giants +1 (-110)
Over 35 (-110)
Under 35 (-110)
It is a rare occurrence to see a road team favored in a pre-season match, especially in the very first week. I think a lot of that has to deal with the fact that Browns coach Hue Jackson knows his franchise needs some positive vibes as they enter the regular season. Their motivation might be higher than other teams to begin with, and it also helps that they’re slated to play top-pick Baker Mayfield an awful lot in game one vs. New York.
Say what you want about Mayfield, but the former Sooner is an elite passer. If he can make the necessary reads and slow the game down, Mayfield has the chance to be great with his pinpoint accuracy and decision-making. He has talked in practice about how he has felt more and more comfortable with the Browns’ offense, and he should be able to take advantage of second-teamers from the Giants on Thursday night.
Before Mayfield takes the pitch though, it’s believed Cleveland will trot out their starting QB in Tyrod Taylor. Cleveland acquired the speedy QB from Buffalo in the offseason, and he’ll do well to take a lot of the pressure off Mayfield. Taylor is a capable QB and with a strong running game featuring Nick Chubb and Carlos Hyde – the Browns have the offensive pieces to really trouble some teams this year, beginning with the Giants tonight.
For the G-Men, they too have an elite rookie of their own, which makes this game must-see TV. Saquon Barkley is surely eager to get going and the talented running back from Penn State should get some decent reps against Cleveland. Giants’ coach Pat Shurmur has yet to reveal how long his starters will play for on Thursday night, but with past injuries to Odell Beckham Jr., and the veteran status of Eli Manning – I can’t envision the first team being out there that long.
With the Browns, Hue Jackson has said his starters will likely play “a series or two” before turning the game over to the second-teamers and Baker Mayfield. For a pre-season match, that’s a pretty good guy to turn the game over to. Mayfield has also been working well with the Browns’ second-team offense, and he should be able to have his way with the Giants’ backups.
This is where I feel the Browns hold a clear advantage. They enter as the more motivated group, and this is also a team that did a ton of good things in the off-season. Their improved QB depth is key in a pre-season situation, and if Mayfield doesn’t flourish – they still have projected third-stringer and former starter, Drew Stanton. The Giants meanwhile lack the same depth behind Eli Manning. Davis Webb has shown promise, but he has quite a way to go before establishing himself as a starter. He also barely played last season so rust could be an issue.
With the gap in quarterback depth and overall organizational depth, the Cleveland Browns are the rightful favorite in this contest. Baker Mayfield will get a lengthy look at QB and he should be able to take advantage of the Giants’ backups, en route to a morale-boosting victory for Cleveland to kick their season off on the right foot.
MY PICK – Cleveland -1 (-110)
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Huddersfield v Chelsea Betting Tips – Premier League, 11th August 3.00pm
It has been a summer of ill-preparation for Chelsea really. The saga of their managerial change just dragged on and on, leaving new boss Maurizio Sarri with not much time to implement his plans nor build the squad that he wants. Will the Blues have a tough afternoon as they head out on the road on the weekend for their first Premier League fixture of the season? Huddersfield did a tremendous job of staying up last term. Can the cause an upset here?
Huddersfield can be really proud of their efforts last season as they got themselves safe which was their number one goal. Inside their final three games, they did take a draw against both Man City and Chelsea to help ensure survival which just epitomises the style and work ethic that David Wagner has installed at the club. The Terriers collected a W6 D5 L8 record on home soil last season in the top flight but overall one of their big problems was a lack of goals.
They managed just an average of 0.8 goals per home game last season and we don’t see their output really going up all that much more. We are looking under 2.5 goals at bet365 for 17/20 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on August 8th, 2018 at 8:12 p.m.) for our Huddersfield v Chelsea betting tips. We can back that up with a stat as well because each of Huddersfield’s last ten games in the English top flight have finished under the goal line. Troubling for them though they have failed to score in 5 of their last 7 home games in the top flight. Overall home and away they won just one of their last ten.
The Blues don’t look to be a very settled club at the moment and new boss Maurizio Sarri has some work to do there. He has admitted he may need around three months to get things going. He hasn’t had a lot of time to settle into the club and he hasn’t got the greatest of squads at his disposal either, certainly, it doesn’t look like a title-winning one. Their defence has been a bit of a concern over the summer and they are crying out for a goalscorer as well with Alvaro Morata looking so short on confidence.
We are going to take a punt on both teams not to score at 4/5 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on August 8th, 2018 at 8:12 p.m.) as we see this being a low scoring affair. There just hasn’t been the major moves from them in the summer transfer market which is really going to take them forward. By the same token they aren’t likely to trust their youngsters. So there could be a tricky start to the new season for Chelsea who earned a W10 D3 L6 record on the road last season but they lost four of their last seven games away from home.
Chelsea collected four points from their two matches in the top flight against the Terriers last season. The Blues banked a 3-1 win on the road before a 1-1 draw back at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea are undefeated in their last four games against the Terriers but both teams have scored in each of the last four meetings.
* (Betting Odds were taken on August 8th, 2018 at 8:12 p.m.)
Draw: We can’t see past the draw in this one. Chelsea haven’t looked anything special and so far there has been no sign of Sarri’s much-lauded style happening. That is going to need more time. So there is a great chance for the Terriers to pull out the stops with some early season enthusiasm and land a point here.
GREAT day on the site yesterday again and well done all winners – I added to the Icelandic and NILF winners with a late-night Boca brace in the Copa Libertadores so not too shabby.
Not had a good enough look at today’s card as need to get some shut-eye but have written up an early post for Saturday.
This one has the makings of a great game and features another tough game for Billericay after their bout with Concord in midweek.
Wealdstone have had a similar start to the hosts with a 1-1 draw and a belting 4-1 opening-day win – they also hold the most recent bragging rights with a 5-2 away Cup victory in February so certainly have the ammo to cause a bit of damage in Essex.
But, Billericay have a much stronger squad this campaign and have started well themselves as anticipated. A 4-0 0away win at Truro was followed by a hard-fought point against Canvey Island side Concord. I reckon this could turn out to be a cracker!
Who's excited? The Premier League returns this weekend and it promises to be a season to remember. Manchester City are clearly the team to beat and we feel the champions will get off to a winning start when they head to Arsenal on Sunday.
Running total: +£4.71
Manchester City ripped up the record books last season as they won the title at a canter. They finished fully 37 points better off than Arsenal, and for this reason Pep Guardiola's side look a solid price here at evens. It's a new dawn at the Emirates, as the Gunners start a campaign without Arsene Wenger at the helm for the first time since 1996-97. The jury is out on new boss Unai Emery, while it may take time for signings Lucas Torreira, Bernd Leno and Matteo Guendouzi to settle. Guardiola isn't a boss who will rest on his laurels and with Riyad Mahrez adding further variety to a talented attack they can be trusted to start with a bang in north London.
Selection: £6 on Manchester City to beat Arsenal at evens with bet365
Chelsea (8/13) will be a team to keep an eye on under Maurizio Sarri this season and the forward thinking Italian boss can get his Blues reign off to a flyer by winning at Huddersfield. Chelsea won 3-1 at the John Smith's Stadium last season and look good things to get the job done again. Manchester United (1/2) have endured a miserable preseason but have brought in two quality signings in Fred and Diogo Dalot. If Jose Mourinho can solve the Paul Pogba puzzle then United could still be a real force this season and they have the quality to beat Leicester at home on Friday evening. Finally, Wolves (11/8) strolled to the Championship last season (finishing on 99 points) and having signed top names such as Diogo Jota and Joao Moutinho in the summer, they can lay down a marker by beating Everton at home. The treble is paying better than 9/2 with bet365 and looks to have every chance.
Selection: £2 on the treble at 4.75/1 with bet365
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Wilfried Zaha was a class apart for Crystal Palace last season and looks a big price at 6/1 to score first against Fulham. Amazingly, Zaha didn't start for Palace on nine occasions last season, and Palace lost the lot. Quick, skilful and direct, he could give Fulham's defence plenty to think about this weekend.
Selection: £2 on Zaha to score first at 6/1 with bet365
The Spanish season officially kicks off with the Super Cup this Sunday as Barcelona lock horns with Sevilla. Ernesto Valverde's side stormed to a league and cup double last season, and are odds on favourites across the board to retain their La Liga title in 2018-19. They should prove too hot for Sevilla when the pair clash in Morocco, with odds of 7/4 about a Barca win and both teams finding the net looking a real tempter.
Selection: £2 on Barcelona to win and both teams to score at 7/4 with bet365
Manchester United should start their season by claiming three points against Leicester, but the Foxes won't roll over and it could be a tight, cagey affair. The Red Devils under Mourinho are workmanlike rather than exciting -- they finished a distant 19 points behind Manchester City last season -- and a 1-0 win at Old Trafford could be the way to bet.
Selection: £1 Manchester United to win 1-0 at 11/2 with bet365
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Fulham v Crystal Palace Betting Tips – Premier League, 11th August 3.00pm
The Newly promoted Fulham look in good shape for the season ahead with a positive-minded manager and a good squad assembled. The Londoners will be looking to create a big start of themselves with three points on home soil against the Eagles. Palace have taken something of a relaxed approach to improving their squad over the summer. Will that come back to haunt them in this opener?
Fulham have done a lot of good work over the summer having tweaked and really put some great new assets into their squad. Their big capture was striker Aleksandar Mitrovic who really produced well for them on loan last season. He has arrived on a permanent deal and he is the 7/5 bet365 anytime goalscorer favourite and the youngster is well worth a look* (Betting Odds were taken on August 8th, 2018 at 8:12 p.m.). The Cottagers have strengthened their defence as well with Alfie Mawson and Callum Chambers.
The Cottagers overall look to have plenty of quality and depth in their ranks to survive the season in the top flight. They were such a good side going forward last season and everything combined so well over the second half of the season. That’s when they put together a 23 match undefeated streak of form. They like to knock the ball around and they play at pace which means this should be an open game. Over 2.5 goals at 19/20 odds here appeals a lot* (Betting Odds were taken on August 8th, 2018 at 8:12 p.m.).
Palace appears to have achieved their goal of not having to sell off Wilfried Zaha which is so important to their fortunes. He missed nine games last season for Palace on the league front and Palace didn’t get a single point out of any of those games. Last season the Eagles had a shocker at the start of the season as they suffered seven straight defeats and didn’t manage a single goal in that sequence of games either.
They have made a decent addition to midfield getting Cheikhou Kouyate from West Ham and they got Germany midfield Max Meyer too on a free. They are pretty much the same other than than that and their defence really hasn’t been bolstered like it needed to be. Both teams to score is at 7/10 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on August 8th, 2018 at 8:12 p.m.). At the back end of last season, Palace scored at least two goals in all but one of their last six games.
This will be the first competitive meeting between Fulham and Palace since then 2013/14 Premier League when Fulham came out on top with four points from the two games. Fulham are unbeaten in three games against the Eagles and they are W3 L1 overall in their four previous Premier League games against Palace. Each of the last three have gone over the 2.5 goal line.
Crystal Palace 11/5
* (Betting Odds were taken on August 8th, 2018 at 8:12 p.m.)
Fulham to win: We get the feeling that a lot of teams are going to struggle to contain Fulham at Craven Cottage this season and Palace could be the first to find that out. The Eagles haven’t been that positive in the summer while Fulham have been working really hard at putting the pieces together to stay up. Fulham to win & both teams to score.
Bournemouth v Cardiff Betting Tips – Premier League, 11th August 3.00pm
Bournemouth will be looking to land a positive haul of points in this opener as they aim to inflict a defeat upon Cardiff. They will be favourites in taking on a newly promoted side and the Cherries did handle themselves well at home last term against sides outside of the top seven. Will Cardiff’s direct tactics be enough to unsettle the Cherries to get themselves to get something out of the game?
Last season Bournemouth produced a W7 D5 L7 record at home in the top flight which wasn’t a solid as they would have hoped, but not bad overall. Six of the seven home defeats they took was against teams who finished in the top seven at the end of the season. Aside from that then it was pretty decent stuff from the Cherries at the Vitality Stadium. We expect the Cherries to find enough goals again because they do play a positive, open game. Their defence did struggle though at times last season so we are looking at both teams to score at 10/11 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from August 8th, 2018 at 8:12 p.m.).
Cardiff will throw a lot of long balls at them so that is what the Cherries are going to have to handle. Plus there have been over 2.5 goals scored in 17 of Bournemouth’s last 21 Premier League games as well, so a high return of goals makes reasonable sense. Bournemouth spent heavily in the transfer market to get David Brooks from Sheffield United and Diego Rico from Leganes. They also set a new club transfer record in getting Jefferson Lerma, a midfielder from Levante. Callum Wilson is the 6/4 anytime goalscorer favourite* (Betting Odds were taken from August 8th, 2018 at 8:12 p.m.).
Cardiff were tough, solid and direct under Neil Warnock last season in the Championship, just about squeezing through by automatic qualification. They are not a side who knocks the ball around as they produced the lowest amount of completed passes in last season’s Championship. But what you are going to expect from Cardiff is a physical, direct presence. Under Warnock, they won’t be afraid to roll up their sleeves and get stuck in as well. While this isn’t the toughest away fixture that they could have gotten to open the season with, it is still a tricky one as Bournemouth do like to play on the deck.
The Bluebirds have made a lot of changes to their squad over the summer, notably bringing in Bobby Reid from Bristol City to try and get them the goals that they will need to survive. We are backing them in Bournemouth v Cardiff predictions to get on the board but appealing in the bet365 correct score market is a Bournemouth 2-1 win at 17/2 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from August 8th, 2018 at 8:12 p.m.). While Cardiff will bring a solid presence to the game will the quality be there to help them get something out of it?
The two clubs will go into their first meeting since the 2014/15 Championship when Bournemouth collected a 5-3 home win and then a draw on the road against Cardiff. The overall head to head stands in favour of the Cherries at 17-13 with eleven drawn games. Cardiff have won just one of the last six meetings with Bournemouth in all competitions. Eight of the last nine meetings have gone over 2.5 goals.
* (Betting Odds were taken from August 8th, 2018 at 8:12 p.m.)
Bournemouth to win: We aren’t sure how Bournemouth’s defence is going to be shaping up this season but overall the team have the quality to take down the Bluebirds in this one. But we are backing both teams to get on the scoresheet, but for the Cherries to come out on top.
Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers were frustrated on Wednesday night. By guess who? The same team who has been frustrating a whole lot of other teams in the major leagues. This time they did it against a National League foe and one of the best pitcher’s in baseball. The Athletic are a team I would not want to be playing in the postseason. I would be hoping for them to bust out before it got to that point.
The way it’s looking now, the Yankees are going to have to deal with the A’s in the wildcard game. I don’t want to be premature, but from everything we’ve seen over the last month, it’s looking like the Athletics and Yankees. It’d be awfully tough to fade the A’s in that spot. They would of course be underdogs, probably sizable underdogs at Yankee Stadium. There would nevertheless be a healthy amount of money backing the Athletics.
The Athletics head into the weekend with a 3-game lead in the AL West. They catch a break with the Mariners in Houston this weekend. That 3-game lead could look even better by Sunday. Meanwhile, the Dodgers will get back to National League play Thursday. It’s a big game, notably for the Rockies who can play catch up with the Dodgers in this series.
The Rockies are 3 games back after dropping two in a row and just 3-7 in their last ten games. Only themselves to blame if they miss out on winning the NL West by two or three games. Ross Stripling will get the start for the Dodgers, while the Rockies will go with Tyler Anderson. Head below for our free Dodgers vs. Rockies pick
Ross Stripling was cruising right along until he ran into the Phillies and Braves. The Phils knocked him out after allowing 5 runs in 4.2 innings. Then the Braves followed it up with 4 runs scored against Stripling in 4 innings of work. Note that this will be his fifth start in a row at home. Stripling hasn’t pitched at Dodger Stadium since July 1st which came against the Rockies.
Colorado racked up 9 hits and 4 runs in 6 innings. Some of the Rockies best hitters have done well against Stripling. Areando is hitting .455 in 11 at-bats, DJ LeMahieu is hitting .455 in 11 at-bats, and Gerardo Perra .400 in 10 at-bats. Trevor Story has gone 2-for-4 against Stripling in 4 at-bats. In his last three starts, Stripling has posted a 5.52 ERA.
Conversely, the Dodgers have been hitting Tyler Anderson pretty good, too. Justin Turner is hitting .524 in 21 at-bats, Matt Kemp is at .429 in 9 at-bats, and Cody Bellinger is hitting .429 against Anderson. He owns an ERA of 6.23 and .310 OBA in his previous three starts. His last being his worse, with 7 earned runs allowed against the Brewers. Anderson gave up 3 long balls in the 4 innings he was out there on the bump. If you are looking for an entertaining game with some runs, this should be your game. With that said, the OVER looks like a decent enough pick to make a play on.
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Football tipster Ross Casey found us a six winning fourfolds last season and he's back with another accumulator adventure. This weekend he is heading to all four English leagues for more value!
This weekend he is backing Bournemouth, Nottingham Forest, Scunthorpe, and Exeter all to win and pays £132.77 for a £10 stake
Bournemouth To Win @ 10/11 - BET NOW
Bournemouth face newly promoted Cardiff in what looks a tricky tie, but trust me it won't be as difficult as the away leg later in the season. For me, Cardiff are very reliant on their home form and away from home they will struggle to get points on the board.
The Cherries punished Marseille 5-2 in their final pre-season match and that should breed plenty of confidence through them ahead of this one. Back a home win.
Nottm Forest to win @ 4/6 - BET NOW
Forest have been unlucky to only have two points from their opening two games after an excellent second half against Bristol City and dominating West Brom at home. I think it will be third time lucky for Aitor Karanka's side here against a Reading team that suffered last minute heartbreak last week.
Forest have signed many new players and they are still gelling as a unit, but their quality should show through here with a victory.
Scunthorpe To Win @ 17/20 - BET NOW
Both of these sides picked up 2-1 wins last weekend and will be delighted with their performances, but with home advantage, I fancy The Iron at Glanford Park here. They have brought in plenty of quality in the summer transfer window and will hope their home defence continues to be excellent.
They let in just 23 goals in 23 home games last season in League One and with Walsall losing Bakayoko this week, I can see Scunny outscoring The Saddlers on Saturday.
Exeter to win @ 5/4 - BET NOW
Exeter have been excellent this summer. Their pre-season highlight was a 4-0 away win at Bristol Rovers and they followed that up with an opening day victory 3-1 home win over Carlisle.
Morecambe on the other hand, only just survived relegation last season and began this one with a torrid 6-0 loss at Crewe. Back Exeter to pick up the three points.
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Posted: August 9, 2018
Woah, a lot of tips to get to today.
The sports schedule is starting to fill up and there is a lot going on out there. Football is getting going, the NBA schedule is coming out, the WNBA is having one of it’s best ever seasons, the PGA Championship is this weekend, the CFL is rocking and the MLB season is heading to the home stretch. Just a lot of sports and that means a lot to bet on.
Baseball is still my main focus right now and I’m really liking what I’m seeing out the Arizona Diamondbacks. For some reason, they are +295 to win the NL West despite being in a virtual tie with the Dodgers for the division lead. I think they have the better overall offense and the better bullpen right now. This is, at worst, a coinflip and I think it’s worth the money to place a bet on.
Now, here’s some more for you to bet on.
A big slate of games tonight, but only one really sticks out to me: the Giants vs. the Browns. I don’t feel good about either one of these offenses today, but like the Browns slightly more.
Will Eli Manning even play much? He’s 37 years old, he doesn’t need preseason snaps. That leaves Davis Webb and fifth round pick Kyle Lauletta. No, thank you. For the Browns, I think we see a good chunk of Baker Mayfield here. I like him more than either of those back-ups and since he’s trying to get a starting job, I think he does something good here. I can’t believe I’m typing this, but Browns -1 is my play.
There is one early game I’m looking at and that’s the Indians -1.5 against the Twins. Corey Kluber has been on an absolute tear of late and I think he easily handles this Twins offense. While Jose Berrios is a dangerous pitcher, I think the Indians should hit him as he’s been much worse in road starts this season.
My favorite game of the night has to be the Dodgers -135 over the Rockies at Coors Field. The Rockies offense has been such a letdown of late and they are slowly letting their playoff chances slip away. They are coming off a series loss to the Pirates and now face a tough Dodgers team. LA will send Ross Stripling to the mound here who is having an outstanding season and I just don’t trust the Rockies to hit him. They are in a bad place right now and the Dodgers are going the opposite way. This line should probably be higher. Take the gift.
The Edmonton Eskimos have one of the toughest defenses in the league so it’s no surprise they are a road favorite against the BC Lions. I’m not really worried about it though as I think the Eskimos simply outclass them. They absolutely dominated BC in a home game earlier this season and have a 2-1 record in road games on the year. Edmonton -3.5 is just a better team and I think they shutdown the Lions offense here.
The Houston Astros welcome the Seattle Mariners where they’ll take on a desperate Mariners squad. I noted earlier this week that the Mariners have to look out. They have a tricky schedule coming up. After swallowing a bad loss against a bad team on Wednesday, the Mariners have a tough weekend against the Astros. Seattle lost two of three against the Rangers, which is just throwing away winnable games.
This was after they lost three of four against the Blue Jays last weekend. In the Astros last trip to Seattle at the end of July, they beat the Mariners for three of four. There is clearly a pattern unfolding for the Mariners. The conclusion of this story has yet to be written, but the writing is starting to formulate on the wall in Seattle.
The wildcard is still up for grabs, so it isn’t a time to get down and give up. Seattle have been good at giving up late in seasons before and they don’t need it now. Last season they probably should have made the postseason, but injuries to their starting rotation decimated their chances. The Mariners are without Iwakuma still, and that hurts, but it’s no excuse for them this season.
Felix Hernandez allowed a career-high 11 runs on Wednesday. That basically summed up the Mariners’ second-half of the year. They’ll get Paxton on the hump this evening, who will need to outduel Justin Verlander on Thursday at Minute Maid. A win against JV could provide some needed confidence for a team that has zero energy at the moment. Get our free Mariners vs. Astros pick
The Astros should get some good news with the return of Carlos Correa for the homestand. There have been some positive signs with Jose Altuve as well, but he’s still on the sidelines nursing a bad knee. A healthy Altuve puts this offense elevates this offense considerably. The Houston offense has been average to below average since the All-Star break. Other than 14 runs against the Dodgers and 8 against the Mariners, the Astros have scored 2.4 runs per game.
The Astro pitching has been propelling them forward. Verlander has helped the cause with an ERA of 2.19 in 2018. He’s been hot lately with a 1.45 ERA and 1.18 WHIP in his previous three contests. JV was clutch as ever against a big-time opponent, the Dodgers, in his last start. He held them to just 4 hits and 1 run in 4.2 innings of action. Verlander likes to come up like that in big games and it was no different in a World Series rematch against the Dodgers. He caught fire down the stretch for the ‘Stros in 2017 and it wouldn’t be surprising if he repeats.
Houston have a long history against Paxton in the AL West. In 221 at-bats, the Astros are hitting .231 with George Springer the only batter to earn a dinger off Paxton. He did it on three separate occasion, so memo to Paxton, don’t give hittable balls to Springer. Paxton owns a record of 6-3 and career 2.59 ERA against the Astros in his career. He was fantastic in his last outing against the Astros, as he held them scoreless with just 3 hits over 8 innings of play. I’d take a look at the UNDER in Houston for this play between the Mariners and Astros.
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The New York Yankees and Texas Rangers will meet a day after both teams had productive outings Wednesday. Giancarlo Stanton got the party popping for the Yankees with a grand slam in the 2nd inning. It broke a 2-2 tie and the Yankees cruised the rest of the way to an easy win. The Rangers’ offense had some fun yesterday as well. They put up 11 runs to get a 11-7 win at home against the Mariners. Another tough loss for the Mariners who are sitting there watching their wildcard disappear in the American League.
All that hard work earlier in the season is going out the window for them, but is that a surprise to anyone? The Mariners have been known to do this the last few years, so they’re hitting par for the season. The Athletics have snatched that spot, while the Mariners look like they are on life support. They have to keep things in perspective, though, they’re only a few games away from getting in.
The Yankees need to make some giants leaps if they want to catch the Red Sox. Spoiler: that’s not happening. The Red Sox aren’t showing any signs of slowing down. Even if the Yanks get hot, they are likely just going to be trading sideways with the Red Sox.
Getting a wildcard and homefield advantage is not a lock, though. In the absence of Aaron Judge they need a bat to step up, like say Giancarlo Stanton. Stanton did his part last night by drilling a 4-run shot to give the Yankees a 6-2 lead. J.A. get the second start with the Yankees since getting traded from the Blue Jays. He had to wait due to the foot, mouth, and hand disease that he caught from a child’s camp over the All-Star break. The Rangers will counter with rookie Ariel Jurado. Get our free Rangers vs. Yankees pick from Yankee Stadium below.
J.A. Happ was stellar in his debut in pinstripe on July 29th. He held the Royals to 1 run and 3 hits across 6 innings of work at Yankee Stadium. Happ never got much attention playing in Toronto, but he was consistently good for the Blue Jays. He will have issues that flare up here and there that distort his numbers. For instance, in five of his last ten outings, Happ has allowed 1 or no runs. However, he’s also had two starts where he gave up 6 and 7 runs.
In his last three outings, Happ owns a 1.23 ERA and 0.95 WHIP. Happ was sharp in the last appearance he had at Yankee Stadium as well. He held the Yankees to 4 hits and 1 run last season. Going back to 2014 with the Jays, he was solid again with 2 earned runs surrendered in 5.1 innings. In other words, Happ has liked pitching at Yankee Stadium. Texas have been useless against Happ, as they are hitting just .176 against him in 74 at-bats. Chironis is the only guy to take Happ deep.
Jurado was called up to start in May, got bombed for 4 runs in 4 innings of work, and then was sent straight back down. He was recalled recently and looked much better. Jurado allowed a run to the Astros and 2 to the Orioles. In 15.2 innings of work, he owns a 4.02 ERA and .297 OBA. The Rangers’ bullpen holds a 4.10 ERA for 17th in the majors. I know people want to hate on the Yankees’ pen, but they are 3rd with an ERA of 3.11. It’s time for the Yanks to wake up and start burying the bad teams like they did yesterday. I don’t know if they bury the Rangers, but they should pull away in the 6th or 7th to win comfortably.
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Week 1 of the NFL Preseason arrives on Thursday night, which does nothing more than getting the adrenaline pumping for the start of the regular season. Some of these games can get pretty ugly after about the 1st quarter, as coaching staffs call set plays to get a good look at individual players. Winning games is secondary, to most coaches at least. For rookies, the preseason is their first in-game action of their career. It’s of course most important for guys who are looking to make a roster.
In this edition of Week 1 preseason football, we take a look at the Carolina Panthers and Buffalo Bills. The centerpiece of this matchup is rookie quarterback Josh Allen. The Bills spent the 7th overall pick in the draft on Allen, so there are lofty expectations on him. However, Bills’ fans should be patient with him. Despite having all the tools to be a successful NFL quarterback, he’s entering a steep learning curve coming from Wyoming. Not every quarterback taken from a smaller college program is a Carson Wentz.
The Bills acquired AJ McCarron in an attempt to find a replacement for Tyrod Taylor who went to Cleveland. McCarron has long been waiting for an opportunity to start for an NFL team. He finally has his chance with the Bills after sitting behind Andy Dalton in Cincinnati. McCarron has some starting experience after taking over for an injured Dalton.
He led the Bengals to the playoffs in 2015 with 6 touchdowns and 2 interceptions in the regular season. Since then there’s always been talks of him becoming a starting quarterback. With Dalton’s contract, even though some people were calling for it, the Bengals weren’t going to in that direction. McCarron will face pressure from Allen for the starting job, though. And if McCarron doesn’t show that he can grasp the offense, the only guy with previous experience with the Bills is Nathan Peterman. Peterman is famous for throwing 5 interceptions in the first-half against the Chargers. This is the preseason, though, so don’t expect him to look that brutal.
The Panthers have a clear number 1 in Cam Newton. Everything is much clearer in that respect in Carolina. However, it gets dicey behind him. There are three quarterbacks currently listed on the depth chart. Garrett Gilbert is currently listed as the backup on the roster. If Newton goes down, it’s going to signal the end of the Panthers’ season. There isn’t much out there that’s available to sign, so they better hope for the best. Newton is slated to get about ten snaps in this game, so look for a series or two from him. Get our free Panthers vs. Bills pick below in Week 1 of the preseason.
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Unless it was absolutely necessary, the Bills are not going to rush Allen. That much has been clear through training camp. Allen has primarily gotten work with the third team offense, leaving McCarron and Peterman to handle the 1st and 2nd. McCarron and Peterman are currently in the midst of a QB battle for the starting job, but I think it’s going to take a lot from Peterman and McCarron flopping for Peterman to get the job.
The Bills recently traded for wide receiver Corey Coleman after his stay in Cleveland didn’t live up to expectations. It would have been a much better opportunity for Coleman if he went to a team with a sure handed quarterback. McCarron may very well develop into something, but he hasn’t proven much thus far.
Expect McCarron and Peterman to see an equal amount of snaps. It hasn’t been made public yet who is going to start, but they should see about the same action in this one. When the regular season rolls around, it may not matter who is starting. The Bills’ offensive line should face some problems in 2018. They lost three of their top offensive linemen from a year ago.
Pro Football Focus have them 29th going into the season. Defenses keep things so simple that offensive line issues aren’t so noticeable in the preseason, though. I expect the starters to get some extra work in the preseason for Buffalo. The new unit has to get some experience working together, as well as giving McCarron and Peterman equal looks with the first teamers.
For the Panthers, they are likely going to have depth issues at quarterback in the preseason. 27-year-old Gilbert Garrett is projected to be Newton’s backup. After a college career at Texas and SMU, Garrett has been a practice squad lifer since the Rams drafted him in the 6th round of the 2014 draft. He does have a Super Bowl ring to his credit, which he won with the Patriots while on their practice squad in 2014. He’s been with the Lions, Raiders, and now the Panthers.
Following Garrett in the rotation will be Taylor Heinicke, another practice squad member since getting signed as an undrafted rookie by the Vikings in 2015. He’s also been with the Patriots and Texans. Playing mop-up duty will be rookie Kyle Allen. If you follow college football, he might ring a bell from his time at Texas A&M. He ultimately transferred to Houston where he was benched in 2017. The former number 1 QB prospect finished with 4 touchdowns and 4 interceptions in his final year of college ball. Instead of going back for his senior year, he declared for the NFL and here he is now with the Panthers. At best, Allen would be happy to see a practice squad.
With all of that said, the Panthers have zero depth at the quarterback position after Newton. If none of them are adequate in the preseason, the Panthers may need to look elsewhere to get a backup. They’re facing a Bills team that has a quarterback battle ongoing. All three of their QB’s, McCarron, Peterman, and Allen are looking to impress. I find it difficult to back Gilbert and Heinicke here on the road in the preseason opener. The Bills are likely looking at a 23-14 win or so in this one.
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There was a stunning win for a punter at Ladbrokes this week as they collected a £100,000 windfall from a staggering 15-fold snooker accumulator. The total profit was £100,124.82 after placing the wager was struck late on Sunday.
This was a long-shot punt, to say the least, and it was focused on the first round matches at the World Open in China. The punter selected 15 players from the field to make it through their opening matches at the event including the likes of Marco Fu, Ryan Day and Ali Carter.
Six of the fifteen selections in the bet were settled in a deciding frame just to add a bit of tension.
Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said: “This is the biggest snooker accumulator win we’ve ever seen placed on a BetStation. Predicting the wins of 15 games has sent our traders snooker loopy, but we can only applaud this gentleman’s belief.”
Matthew Selt to beat Lee Walker – 4/5
Robert Milkins to beat David Lilley – 4/11
Ricky Walden to beat Dominic Dale – 2/5
Fergal O’Brien to beat Zhao Xintong – 11/8
Marco Fu to beat Peter Ebdon – 4/11
Noppon Saengkham to beat Rod Lawler – 4/9
Stephen Maguire to beat Thepchaiya Un-Nooh – 4/11
Jamie Jones to beat Zhou Yuelong – 1/1
Barry Hawkins to beat Akani Songsermsawad – 3/10
Gary Wilson to beat Tom Ford – 5/6
Jack Lisowski to beat Chris Wakelin – 2/5
Jak Jones to beat Zhang Anda – 8/5
Ali Carter to beat Rory McLeod – 2/9
Ryan Day to beat Robbie Williams – 1/3
Luca Brecel to beat Scott Donaldson – 8/13
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Wolves v Everton Betting Tips – Premier League, 11th August 5.30pm
Most punters are probably chomping at the bit to see just what Wolves are going to be able to do up in the top flight this season. They were so impressive on their way to winning the Championship last season and they have a really strong squad assembled. Everton finally got their man Marco Silva as their new head coach over the summer but pressure will be on him now to get the Toffees moving in the right direction.
Will Wolves be able to translate their great form from last season in the Championship up to the Premier League? We think yes. They got 99 points and over a hundred goals in the Championship last season and really in taking a look at their squad, they look well equipped to handle themselves in the Premier League. To make further sure of that, they have been spending well in the summer having made some very good signings like keeper Rui Patrício, Diogo Jota and João Moutinho.
They set a club record with the signing of Spain winger Adama Traore just before the deadline too. Clearly, the ambition of the club is there without question. Appealing for our Wolves v Everton predictions is a Wolves 2-1 correct score is at 9/1 odds in the bet365 correct score market* (Betting Odds were taken from August 8th, 2018 at 8:12 p.m.). They have the scoring power in them and it will be between Leo Bonatini and Raul Jimenez (who could be a great capture on loan) as to who leads the line. They can make an impact at home in this one.
Everton’s form was dodgy at best away from Goodison Park last season as they only went W3 D6 L10 on their travels. There was not a single win that they took in an away game against any of the top-nine finishers last term. The Toffees struggled badly in front of goal on the road as well, netting just 16 goals in their 19 road games. They have lost defenders over the summer and while they did get a good signing in France defender Lucas Digne, he may not be ready to go in this one. So the Toffees could be a little short-handed at the back.
They did make a positive signing in Richarlison from Watford, but aside from Cenk Tosun, the Toffees do look a little lightweight up front. New manager Marco Silva has a lot of pressure on him after Everton were so desperate to get him. He has to deliver now but this could be a difficult transition into the new season. But as this is early season then we are going to back both teams to score at 19/20 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from August 8th, 2018 at 8:12 p.m.) because they will be taking on a Wolves side who can be a bit cavalier in their approach.
Wolves and Everton haven’t met since way back in the 2011/12 Premier League season. Everton came out on top with four points from those meetings. There have been eight previous Premier League contests between them and from them, Everton are W3 D4 L1 against Wolves and are unbeaten in their three visits to Vicarage Road.
* (Betting Odds were taken on August 8th, 2018 at 8:12 p.m.)
Wolves to win: We are expecting Wolves to come flying out of the gate on home soil in his and they look as if they can make life really problematic for visitors to Molineaux. Wolves posted a very strong home record in the Championship last term and Everton struggled on the road in the top flight. Home win.
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