A coach of an also-ran Olympic hockey team once said of Team USA in the late 1990s, "it is difficult to go into a game and know that you are going to lose." (If only he knew how many times USA Hockey would lose, on the rink and in public relations, in the decades since then.) That's not exactly the plight … Read More... about FBS Week 6 Prime-Time Odds and Picks: USC vs WSU Spread Plus Saturday’s Red River Underdog
Well, that was better. WagerBop’s “team” soccer handicaps went right around .500 last weekend, and .500 is typically a great number in a betting sport full of 3-way markets and partial payoffs. At the same time, many of the correct predictions Nikola and I made were at 1-to-1 (or worse) payoff odds, so we can’t claim punters got more than a piddling sum from any of our direct … [Read more...] about English Premier League: Spurs vs United Odds and Predictions on Matchday 30
Well, it happened again. Our soccer blog suffered another bad losing streak on recommended picks last weekend. Not that we’ve made a habit of that over the past month, and I’m proud of our successful underdogs-to-win touting which has turned a profit for gamblers in February. But that’s just it – even when Casual Joe ™ relies solely on a website’s predictions to make his … [Read more...] about Premier League: Everton vs Man United Goal Total Prediction and Best Bets on Matchday 28
My touts on the Premiership tend to be posted pretty late in the week, and I’ll cop to a bit of personal responsibility for tardy publish times. (The constant crush of American football deadlines this time of year doesn’t help a whole lot.) However, it’s also handy – and makes articles more interesting – to wait until Thursday or Friday to see what the totality of London and … [Read more...] about Premier League Odds and Predictions: Chelsea’s Sharp Action vs City on Matchday 13
We finally broke out of our soccer prediction slump at WagerBop with an excellent 5-2-3 record on Matchday 10 of the English Premier League. Which means I feel compelled to give some old-fashioned, well-worn, moth-eaten advice before moving forward. I’m usually the person who rejects casino-oriented instructions for sports bettors. Rules of thumb like “don’t chase losses” … [Read more...] about Everton vs Tottenham: Toffees Sunday Gambling Odds Too Short on Matchday 11?
Now we’re talkin’. WagerBop – or myself, personally – had a lousy week making English football predictions prior to the 6th round of Premier League fixtures. Moneylines might be 3-ways and goal spreads push too often to shoot for 60% accuracy, but punters still rightfully expect at least 6+ prevailing picks or maybe 3-5 bargain-priced jackpots out of 10 sets of markets. … [Read more...] about Liverpool vs Leicester City: Foxes a Sexy Moneyline Pick on Matchday 8
I’ve got to fess up – 2 major boners by WagerBop in the past week can be directly traced to my malfeasance. Baseball fans may have noticed our accurate-yet-misplaced “Chicago White Sox to win” pick at nearly 4-to-1 odds on Monday. The ChiSox did indeed score an upset. However, it was just a filing error – my real 4-to-1 pick was the Detroit Tigers, who lost by 1 … [Read more...] about Premier League Matchday 3 Odds and Preview: Can’t Forget Those Reds
Sometimes you can practically hear a sports-media narrative buzzing in your ears before it arrives, like a noisy vehicle on a country road. There is already a tradition of English Premier League sides playing over their heads on the opening 5 to 10 Matchdays of any season. That’s what made Leicester City’s recent Cinderella run to the EPL title so surprising – not that Foxes … [Read more...] about 2019-20 Premier League Preview: Complete Vegas Odds and Predictions on Matchday 1
Excuse the soccer-lingo pun, but the Vegas betting odds on this Sunday’s Chelsea vs Everton Premier League match at Stamford Bridge are...striking. Chelsea-to-win moneylines are hovering around (-250) alongside (+750) odds for Toffees to break the Blues’ unbeaten streak. That’s almost an 8-to-1 payout on the underdog ML market. Everton is also getting 1 and ½ goals in most … [Read more...] about Chelsea vs Everton: Could Rain Slow Down Heavily Favored Blues?