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Weekend Sports Betting Guide – 10/11 August 2018

MLB – Friday

Mariners at Astros

10 Aug, 10:10am
Odds: Astros $1.63, Mariners $2.30
The Astros face the Mariners on Friday in an important AL West series. The Astros lead the AL West by 5.5 games and will be looking over their shoulder at the red-hot Athletics. The Mariners are now 8 games out of first place and will basically need to sweep this series if they want to win the division. Otherwise, a wildcard spot is on the line as they look to finally break their playoff drought. Houston returns from a successful road-trip as they won 6 of 8. On the other hand, the Mariners are 3-7 in their last 10 and lost their last 2 against the Rangers by a total of 22-11. The Astros also lead the head to head with a 6-3 record in 2018. But looking at this pitching battle, a low scoring game should be on the cards. Justin Verlander is on the mound for the home side and he pitches against James Paxton. Verlander holds a 1.65 ERA against the Mariners since 2016. He’s coming off a 14 strikeout game against the Dodgers over 7.2 innings. So I’m confident he can continue the Mariners’ scoring woes. Paxton 3 hit the Astros just last month and has an ERA under 2 against them since 2017. The Astros weakness in 2018 has been run scoring at home as they rank 18th in the Majors. So Paxton should be able to dominate them. So in the end, the under total of 7 runs is a good value bet here.
Best bet: Under 7 runs $1.90

Dodgers at Rockies

10 Aug, 10:40am
Odds: Rockies $2.10, Dodgers $1.77
Another division clash will be the Rockies hosting the Dodgers at Coors Field. The Rockies lost their second straight game on Thursday against the Pirates at this venue. Meanwhile, the Dodgers will play the Oakland Athletics later today. So they will travel east after that game. The away side has enjoyed their time against the Rockies this season as they hold a 6-3 record. They also swept them in the last series at Coors Field. Which was a high scoring affair as those 3 games averaged 17 total runs. So I like the overs here. The Rockies are the 5th best scoring team in the Majors when they play at home. The Dodgers rank 3rd in MLB in terms of run scoring on the road. On the mound, Ross Stripling of the Dodgers is coming off 2 rocky starts on the road. In Atlanta and Philadelphia, he’s given up a combined total of 9 runs in 8.2 innings. Coors Field is one of the toughest ballparks for pitching so he should struggle again. The same can be said for Tyler Anderson. He allowed 7 runs in his latest outing. Against the Dodgers, he holds a 4.85 ERA and allowed 5 earned runs in the last meeting at this venue. Overs!
Best bet: Over 10.5 runs $1.82

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NFL – Preseason Week 1

Steelers at Eagles

10 Aug, 9am
Odds: Eagles $1.62, Steelers $2.35
Week 1 of the NFL preseason begins on Friday and an interesting clash will take place in Philadelphia. The Eagles will hit the field for the first time since their epic Super Bowl victory over the Patriots last season. Now, they will face cross-town rival – the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers are coming off a shock playoff loss against the Jaguars on their home turf. So Big Ben and co will look to begin their Super Bowl journey this Friday. The Eagles will start as warm favourites. They beat the Steelers 34-3 in the last meeting but generally, these two play in low scoring games. Which should be especially true in the preseason as both sides look to give their lesser known players some game time. Under is 3-1 in this matchup since 2004 and that trend should continue.
Best bet: Under 33 points $1.91

Lions at Raiders

11 Aug, 12:30pm
Odds: Raiders $1.62, Lions $2.35
Jon Gruden begins his coaching debut at the Raiders with a clash against the Detroit Lions. He’ll look to turnaround the Raiders fortunes after a disappointing 6-10 season. They finished off last season with 4 straight losses. So they’ll look to start this season with a bang. For the Lions, they just missed the playoffs after a 9-7 season. They went 5-1 against the division and that will be the key once again in 2018. In terms of head to head against the Raiders, they’re a perfect 4-0 since 2003. The last meeting was in 2015 with the Lions winning 18-13. However, I think with home field advantage and Gruden looking to impress in front of the black and silver, the Raiders should take this game.
Best bet: Raiders WIN $1.62

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Soccer – EPL

Man United vs Leicester City

11 Aug, 5am
Odds: Man United $1.50, Leicester City $7.00
The EPL season is back and will open at OId Trafford with Man United taking on Leicester. United come off a successful season as they finished 2nd to City by 19 points. They’ll look to improve their efforts in front of goals as they were the worst scoring team in the top 4. After winning the EPL in 2015/2016, Leicester City have fallen back into the pack with a few average seasons. They’ve also lost 2 straight at this venue by a combined total of 6-1. So $1.50 on offer for the home side is fair. But the value in this one should be the HT/FT bet for the home side. It’s hard to see Leicester City getting past their usually strong home defence. While in attack, Man United should enjoy success on their way to another win over this side.
Best bet: Man United HT/FT $2.15

Newcastle vs Tottenham

11 Aug, 11:30pm
Odds: Newcastle $3.80, Tottenham $2.05
In the late game on Saturday, Newcastle United hosts Tottenham at St. James’ Park. The Spurs will be looking to build on their 3rd place finish from last season. They were a good away side with a 10-4-5 record and they defeated Newcastle 2-0 in the last meeting at this venue. For United, they’re coming off an inconsistent season and they’ll look to start well with a good performance against a top 4 EPL side. In home games last season, they were pretty average with an 8-4-7 record. So I think the value in this game should be a Spurs victory. They didn’t allow a goal in either games against United last season and won by a combined total of 3-0.
Best bet: Tottenham WIN $2.05

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