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English Premier League: Hammers vs Citizens Betting Preview for Matchday 1

The English Premier League begins just a little early this season – early enough to show that the NFL is all wet when it claims to have created the year-round sports attraction. Premiership football never sleeps, the clubs just go right on playing friendlies, and then here we are again. The Premier League is the […]

2019-20 Soccer Futures: Surveying the Transfers of Top Clubs in Europe

There’s no getting around it. Handicapping the Premier League successfully involves knowing at least something about the other domestic leagues in Europe. Heck, old Las Vegas hands might suggest even trying to figure out if a club will flourish in the UEFA Champions League as a possible detriment to the squad’s other futures markets. Teams […]

International Champions Cup: Manchester United vs Milan Betting Preview and Pick

I think I might have gotten into handicapping the International Champions Cup in the wrong year. My first assignment to cover the exhibition of friendlies came in 2018, a men’s FIFA World Cup year in which the season ended with 32 teams’ worth of elite footballers descending on Russia to decide the biggest title in […]

Premier League Futures 2019-20: How Vegas is Dealing With Summer Transfer Drama

Prep sports fans from the United States can attest to the crocodile tears and faux “patriotism” that emerges whenever a dominant private school is faced with the prospect of being put in a tougher weight class. “Our kids just work harder and are better coached than yours, that’s why we’ve won the state football championship […]

Portland Timbers vs L.A. Galaxy: Odds on a West Coast Clash This Saturday

Handicapping is a lot like soccer. It’s good to be supremely confident…but not supremely overconfident. I was overconfident when picking Los Angeles Football Club to win – and cover – when the Black and Gold met the cross-town rival L.A. Galaxy last Friday night. Good thing I wasn’t live-gambling on the match. My bout of […]

A Gambler’s Preview of L.A. Galaxy vs Los Angeles Football Club on Friday Night

We’re used to seeing success and failure come quickly for franchises in the NBA, NHL, and NFL. The St. Louis Rams won their only Super Bowl just a season after going 5-11. The Vegas Golden Knights nearly won the Stanley Cup as an expansion team and returned to the playoffs in 2019. In the promotion-and-relegation […]

AFCON 2019 Final: Senegal vs Algeria Moneyline and Fixture Analysis

Could the Africa Cup of Nations organizers be the smartest people in international soccer? We’re coming off a weekend – or a weekend 2 weeks ago – in which the entire Western Hemisphere was drenched in world football overload. The Women’s World Cup, CONCACAF Gold Cup and CONBEMOL Copa América tournaments all ended on the […]

4 Times Las Vegas Was Stunned By International Soccer in 2018-19

I have wondered out loud (out-print?) on the blog why my hometown of San Diego does not have a Major League Soccer team. Ready for an outlandish theory? It’s a conspiracy on behalf of FIFA to keep the World Cup’s TV ratings somewhere between 60% and 200% across the metropolis for 3 weeks every 4 […]

CONCACAF Gold Cup Final Gambling Preview and Prediction: United States vs Mexico

Mexican “Liga MX” club soccer is far superior to Major League Soccer in the United States. This fact has been demonstrated time and again in the CONCACAF Champions League, in which American teams tend to do very well until running up against a tiger (or sometimes “Tigres”) from below the southern border in a late […]

Women’s World Cup: Handicapping the USWNT Against Netherlands in Sunday’s Final

Music industry old-timers will tell you that The Beatles and The Rolling Stones were always careful not to release albums at the same time. That was a good rule to follow, since the 2 rock & roll acts shared so many fans in youth and teenage demographics. Never oversaturate and split the fan base! We’re […]

Previewing the United States vs Jamaica in the CONCACAF Gold Cup Semifinals

It is considered bad form to compare Men’s and Women’s teams too often. Female athletes around the world must deal with “smarmy announcer syndrome” in which a journalist appears to rank “she’s married to so-and-so from the Swiss league” above her own accomplishments. Beyond that, it would be worse than tacky to constantly weigh the […]

Copa América Quarterfinals: Match Previews and Betting Odds

I hope readers don’t start to get the wrong impression. I love soccer, and especially international soccer. It’s just an awful lot to keep a grip on when your job-title includes scouting teams on 6 continents. It’s all happening at once, or at least it feels that way. The Women’s World Cup is headed into […]