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2016 European Championships Soccer Sports Betting Odds Preview for Friday

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

The 2016 European Championships quarterfinal knockout round continues on Friday July 1st as Wales will meet Belgium. The teams will begin play from France at 3PM Eastern Time and ESPN2 TV has the coast to coast broadcast.

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The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has Belgium favored by -1/2 goal with the over under line set at two goals.

Wales and Belgium met in two Euro 2016 qualifying games with Wales posting the 1-0 victory with the other contest ending in a 0-0 tie. Belgium went 2-1 in their group stages with their lone loss coming 2-0 to Italy in their opener. The team stormed back with a 3-0 victory to Ireland and they defeated Sweden 1-0 to move into the knockout stages. On June 26th Belgium was in action against Hungary in the Round of 16 and came away winning 4-0. The team scored early in the 10th minute and took a 1-0 lead into the half. Their three goals came late in the final 12 minutes of the game as Belgium advances into the quarterfinals. Romelu Lukaku leads with two goals in the four games he has played. Lukaku had two goals in the victory against Ireland but has no assists thus far in the tournament. Lukaku has six goals in eight games with the National Team on the year.

Wales is led by Garth Bale as he has scored three goals in the Euro 2016 tournament. Bale started his professional career at age 16. The team began the tournament with a 2-1 victory to Slovakia then lost to England 2-1. In their final group game it was a 3-0 victory to Russia. Wales then faced Northern Ireland in the Round of 16 and came away with the 1-0 victory. They were the benefit of an own goal by Northern Ireland as a Gareth Bale pass was struck into the net by Hal Robson Kanu. This is the first time Wales has qualified for the European Championships. They last played in a World Cup way back in 1958.

2016 European Championships Soccer Sports Betting Odds Preview for Thursday

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

The 2016 European Championships enters the quarterfinals as Poland will battle Portugal on Thursday. The teams begin play from Marseille France at 3PM Eastern Time and ESPN2 TV has the coast to coast broadcast.

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The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has Portugal favored by -120 odds with the return on Poland at +100 odds. The goal total came in at two. Portugal is +700 odds to win the tournament with Poland bringing back +1800 odds.

Portugal struggled through the group stages. It began with a 1-1 draw with Iceland which proved not to be such a bad recent result considering the team is in the quarterfinals after a 2-1 victory to England. Then it was a 0-0 draw with Austria and a 3-3 draw with Hungary for Portugal as they advanced with just three points in the group. They earned their first victory of Euro 2016 following the 1-0 victory to Croatia in the Round of 16 on June 25th. Portugal was on the verge of their fourth consecutive tie after regulation time until it was Ricardo Quaresma scoring in the 117th minute of the game. Croatia possessed the ball 59% of the time and outshot Portugal by 12 shots. Portugal and Poland last met back in 2012 with the game ending in a 0-0 tie. In 2007 in Euro 2008 qualifying the game also ended tied this time by a 2-2 score. Cristiano Ronaldo has two goals and an assist in the tournament. Nani has converted two goals in the tournament.

Poland had two victories and a draw in group play. They earned 1-0 victories to Ukraine and Northern Ireland. They drew 0-0 with the Germans. The defense has been solid for the team as they allowed no goals in the group stages. Then they moved on to the knockout stages and it was 1-1 tie with Switzerland after extra time. Poland advanced into the quarterfinals by winning the penalty kicks 5-4. No player for the Poles has scored more than one goal in this 2016 European Championship.

Major League Baseball Sports Betting Match Up Previews for Wednesday

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

There will be two games from the Major League Baseball card on Wednesday June 29th over national television to the satisfaction of MLB bettors worldwide.

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There will be day baseball and it begins at 1PM Eastern Time on MLB Network as the Detroit Tigers host the Miami Marlins. It will be left hander Daniel Morris getting the start for Detroit to battle Marlins lefty Wei Yin Chen. The Detroit Tigers are a .500 team sitting at 38-38 overall as they open up this interleague series. They opened their home stand by sweeping the Seattle Mariners in a four game series. Then the first place Cleveland Indians came to town last weekend for a three game series and the Tigers were swept in all three contests. Miami owns a 41-35 record entering play on Tuesday. They are a contender for the NL East title as the New York Mets have been inconsistent and the Nationals have been struggling in the top of the division. Miami hosted the Chicago Cubs over the weekend for a four game series and it was the Marlins winning three of the games. They went 7-3 on the home stand. Daniel Norris makes his second start for Detroit after pitching six innings and allowing three earned runs with six hits in his initial start.

On ESPN2 TV at 7PM Eastern Time it will be an NL East division showdown as the Washington Nationals host the New York Mets. Steven Matz a left hander takes the hill for New York to battle Nationals right hander Max Scherzer. Washington took Game 1 of this series on Monday to take a three game lead in the loss column over the Mets. Before winning Monday the Nationals broke an eight game losing streak with a one run win at Milwaukee. Matz is in bad form as he takes the mound on Wednesday as the hurler sits with an ERA approaching seven in his past three starts working a total of 16 1/3rd innings.

Major League Baseball Sports Betting Match Up Previews for Tuesday

Monday, June 27th, 2016

The Major League Baseball card for Tuesday June 28th features 15 games on the schedule to the delight of MLB bettors worldwide.

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There is only one game slated for national television and that gets going at 7:30PM Eastern Time on MLB Network as the Washington Nationals will host the New York Mets. New York will send right hander Matt Harvey to the mound. As these two NL East contenders open up this series on Monday it were the Nationals sitting atop the division by two games in the loss column. This will be the third series these teams faced off against one another. Each team has won three of the six games thus far. New York comes off a weekend where they split a four game series at lowly Atlanta. The Braves have given New York a tough time as they have won five of the seven meetings. But that’s what happens when you have good pitching with poor hitting. You can beat anyone but you can also get beaten up by last place teams when your offense fails to deliver runs. It has been a tough year for Matt Harvey. When he entered the Mets many were pegging him as the team’s ace. But it hasn’t worked out that way as 2016 is shaping up to be his worst in his four years in the majors. In 15 starts Harvey is 4-9 with an ERA of 4.64. He has pitched better of late by allowing two runs or fewer in four of his past five starts.

Interleague action features a good one at 8:15PM Eastern Time on MLB Extra Innings channel as the St Louis Cardinals visit the Kansas City Royals. St Louis will start right hander Michael Wacha to oppose KC righty Yordano Ventura. As they open up this four game interleague series on Monday each team has identical 39-25 records. The Cardinals are 4-2 on this road trip as they crushed Seattle 11-6 on Sunday. KC was able to break a four game losing streak with their 6-1 home victory on Sunday to the Astros.

Major League Baseball Sports Betting Match Up Previews for Monday

Sunday, June 26th, 2016

The Major League Baseball card for Monday June 27th features three games over national television to the satisfaction of MLB bettors worldwide.

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The action gets underway at 12:30PM Eastern Time on MLB Network as the LA Dodgers are on the road to the Pittsburgh Pirates. On the mound for LA will be lefty Scott Kazmir as he will face Pirates left hander Francisco Liriano. The first two games of this series have not gone well for the Dodgers. They hit this road trip on upswing winners of six straight and eight of their past nine games. They dropped the Friday decision 8-6 and lost 6-1 on Monday. Pittsburgh was heading the opposite direction of the Dodgers as they opened up this series. The team had lost three straight and seven of their past eight games. They are outside the playoff picture but still not without a shot for a wildcard spot at this point of the season. Both pitchers going on Monday have high ERA’s for NL standards. Liriano has struggle the most as the veteran right hander sits at 4-7 in 14 starts with an ERA of 5.17 and WHIP of 1.63. That is giving up over 1 ½ base runners per inning.

At 7PM Eastern Time on MLB Network the Washington Nationals will host the New York Mets. It will be right hander Noah Syndergaard starting for New York. The Nationals have seen their lead in the NL East drop considerably. It has been a rough road trip as heading into Sunday the team had dropped seven straight. Syndergaard despite poor run support enters play with a record of 8-2 in 14 starts with ERA of 2.08 and WHIP of 0.99. New York began their road trip winning two of three at Atlanta heading into play on Sunday.

The late night game gets going at 10PM Eastern Time on ESPN TV as the LA Angels will host the Houston Astros. The Astros have turn around their season. They had been sitting near the bottom of the AL West but now have their record up to three games over .500 and now in the wildcard hunt as they have won nine of ten heading into Sunday. LA has dropped three six straight after their 7-3 home defeat to Oakland on Saturday.

2016 COPA America Soccer Sports Betting Odds Preview for Sunday

Sunday, June 26th, 2016

The Final of the 2016 Copa America has been set as Chile will battle Argentina in a repeat of the 2015 Final. The Chileans and Argentinians will get things started from East Rutherford New Jersey at 8PM Eastern Time on Sunday June 26th with FOX Sports 1 providing the coast to coast broadcast.

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The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has Argentina the -1/2 goal favorite with the over under set at 2 ½ goals.

A year ago the final was held in Chile with the home club producing a victory in a penalty round shoot-up. It was 4-1 Chile winning and celebrated a 2015 Copa America team. Chile punched their ticket into the finals after posing the 2-0 victory to Colombia in the semifinals. This game played in Soldier Field in Chicago saw the Chileans go up 2-0 in the first 11 minutes of the game with goals by Charles Aranguiz in the seventh minute and Jose Pedro Fuenzalida scoring the second goal of the game in the eleventh minute. The teams then had to sit through a 2 ½ hour rain delay at halftime and the playing field was drenched with water. Chile held Colombia scoreless in the second half and advanced to their second consecutive Copa America final. So far in the knockout stages its Chile with a +9 goal differential as they are powered by a 7-0 defeat of Mexico in the quarterfinal round.

Argentina faced the United States in the semifinals from Houston Texas and came away with a dominating effort in a 4-0 victory. The team scored a pair of goals in each of the two halves of play. Gonzalo Higuain for the second straight game scored two goals. Lionel Messi scored on a free kick in one of the prettiest goals of this tournament. The Argentineans outshot Team USA by a 10-0 margin and held possession of the ball 67% of the time. Chile and Argentina met way back in Group D play with Argentina earning the 2-1 victory behind goals by Angel Di Maria and Ever Banega in the second half.

Major League Baseball Sports Betting Odds Match Up Previews for Saturday

Friday, June 24th, 2016

The Saturday card from Major League Baseball on June 25th features regional television coverage on FOX to the satisfaction of MLB bettors worldwide.

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Most of the nation at 7:15PM Eastern Time on FOX will receive an NL battle as the Pittsburgh Pirates will host the LA Dodgers. Jeff Locke gets the start for the Pirates. Pittsburgh has struggled losing three of four to the San Francisco Giants as they opened up this series. With the Thursday defeat the Pirates have dropped eight of their past nine games. They sit near the bottom of the league in Team ERA and WHIP season to date. LA begins this road trip after winning seven of eight in their recent home stand. Locke shut out the Giants over 6 2/3rd innings in his previous start. Prior to that outing he allowed 18 earned runs in his previous 8 2/3rd innings of work.

Others will receive at 7:15PM Eastern Time on FOX the Atlanta Braves hosting the New York Mets. Starting for Atlanta will be right hander Julio Teheran as he will oppose Mets righty Jacob DeGrom. The Atlanta Braves after their victory to the Mets in the series opener has won four straight against New York on the season. DeGrom has allowed three earned runs or less in nine of his past ten games. Teheran has allowed two or fewer runs in seven of his past ten starts.

An AL battle to some of the country at 7:15PM Eastern Time on FOX as the Kansas City Royals will host the Houston Astros. Starting for KC will be right hander Chris Young as he will battle Astros righty Mike Fiers. Houston has gotten back into the AL Wildcard picture with a five game win streak and winning eight of ten games entering the start of this series. Fiers held Cincinnati to no runs over 5 2/3rd innings in his past start. The Royals after winning seven of eight games got swept in a two game series at the Mets.

Major League Baseball Sports Betting Match Up Previews for Friday

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

All teams are in action from Major League Baseball for Friday June 24th so there are 15 games scheduled to the delight of MLB bettors worldwide.

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The lone game over national television begins at 7PM Eastern Time on MLB Network as the Pittsburgh Pirates will host the LA Dodgers. The Pirates will send right hander Jameson Taillon to the hill to open this weekend series. LA will enter play with a record of 41-33 and having an off day to rest their bullpen on Thursday. They are coming off a successful home stand. After dropping the 8-6 decision to Milwaukee to open it up the team pulled off six consecutive victories. They swept the Washington Nationals to close it out in a three game series winning by a single run in each game. In their 4-3 victory on Wednesday it was LA trailing 3-2 and pushing across two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to earn the victory. Pittsburgh is struggling mightily. The team dropped two of three to open their four game series with San Francisco for their eighth loss in ten games. Young Jameson Taillon will make his fourth start of the season. He lasted only four innings in his last start at the Cubs by allowing four earned runs with eight hits and three homers in four innings of work.

The late night game begins at 10PM Eastern Time on MLB Extra Innings channel as the Seattle Mariners will host the St Louis Cardinals. Getting the start for St Louis will be right hander Carlos Martinez to open up this interleague series. The Cardinals travel out west on a hot streak. They had a poor five game home stand recently losing three to Texas and two to the Houston Astros. They then traveled to Wrigley Field where the team pulled off the three game series sweep. Seattle will close out a series with Detroit with a day game before making the long plane trip home. Carlos Martinez for St Louis enters play in good form by allowing just four earned runs over his past four starts working a total of 29 1/3rd innings.

Major League Baseball Sports Betting Match Up Previews for Thursday

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

There will be two games on the card from Major League Baseball for Thursday June 23rd over national television to the delight of MLB bettors worldwide.

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There will be day baseball as the action gets going at 12:35PM Eastern Time on MLB Network as the Pittsburgh Pirates will host the San Francisco Giants. Starting for Pittsburgh will be right hander Albert Suarez as he will oppose Pirates lefty Jonathon Niese. After their eight game win streak was snapped on Monday, the Giants responded by crushing the Pirates on Tuesday by the score of 15-4 behind 6 2/3rd innings thrown by Johnny Cueto. The veteran right hander has been solid for San Francisco with a record of 11-1 in 109 1/3rd innings with an ERA of 2.06. He allowed just one earned run in the Tuesday night win. Cueto has allowed one earned run or fewer in seven of his past nine starts. Pittsburgh has been trending downward. The team following the loss on Tuesday has dropped eight of their past ten games and is sitting three games under .500. Niese the former Met is in poor form for the Pirates right now. He sits with an ERA of 6.11 over his past three starts working 17 2/3rd innings.

At 7PM Eastern Time on MLB Network the Miami Marlins will be home to battle the Chicago Cubs. Getting the start for Chicago will be veteran left hander Jon Lester as he will battle Miami lefty Wei Yin Chen. The Cubs opened up their three game home series with St Louis with consecutive one run losses. The team still has a double digit lead in the NL Central and is powered behind an outstanding pitching staff. Chicago is number one in the league in Team ERA (2.64) and WHIP (1.06). Their starters have totaled 49 quality starts which are best in the majors. Following their loss to Colorado on Tuesday the Marlins sit three games over .500 which placed them 5 ½ back in the NL East standings behind the Washington Nationals. Jon Lester has been outstanding of late as the lefty has an ERA of 1.29 over his past three starts working 21 innings.

Major League Baseball Sports Betting Match Up Previews for Wednesday

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

The Major League Baseball card on tap for Wednesday June 22nd features two games in prime time over national television to the satisfaction of MLB bettors worldwide.

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The action gets underway at 7PM Eastern Time on MLB Network as the Boston Red Sox will host the Chicago White Sox. Boston will start lefty Eduardo Rodriguez as he will oppose White Sox lefty Jose Quintana. After a good start to the season the White Sox have slid downward. They sit two games under .500 as they took the field on Tuesday. The White Sox road trip got started by getting swept in a three game series over the weekend at the Cleveland Indians. Chicago has struggled on the offensive side sitting in the bottom third of Major League Baseball in runs scored (4.03 per game) and team batting average (.243). Boston is competitive sitting a ½ game back of the first place Baltimore Orioles in the AL East with a record of 39-30 entering Tuesday. They fell behind of the Orioles by hitting a cold streak dropping five of eight games following their loss in Game 1 of this series on Monday. Starter Jose Quintana for the White Sox has been a hard luck pitcher who gets no run support. He sits at 5-7 in 14 starts with an ERA of 2.63. The White Sox average just 2.6 runs per game in Quintana’s starts.

At 10PM Eastern Time on ESPN TV the LA Dodgers will host the Washington Nationals. Starting for the Dodgers will be left hander Julio Urias as he will battle Nationals right hander Joe Ross. LA is in an upswing after their win in the opener of this series has won four straight and six of their past seven games. Joe Ross has struggled in recent games sitting with an ERA of 5.82 over his past three starts working a total of 17 innings. LA rookie Urias is in better form. After a poor start he has recovered as he sits with an ERA of 1.86 over his past three starts working 14 1/3rd innings.