All-Star break brings UFC, MLS betting
July 12, 2016 3:10 AM
by Alan Berg
So no MLB, NHL, NFL or NCAA football for me to pick from makes this a bit of a challenging column for totals. Even the difficult-to-call Euro Soccer Tournament ended too. Already learned my lesson in MLS soccer, way too unpredictable, so where does that leave us?
Well, we have the MLB All Star game Tuesday, UFC Fight Night South Dakota Wednesday, MLS Wednesday and Saturday. First thing that pops out is I think the All Star Game seems like a good number so I won’t be dabbling with that, thus leaving me UFC and MLS.
Let’s go against my judgement and look at MLS. With more game samples, hopefully the stars align for the following squads. Also, I think a couple UFC fights look like nice investments.
Two Weeks Ago: 3-1
Major League Soccer – Vancouver Whitecaps-Real Salt Lake OV 2.5: Didn’t I just say too unpredictable? Yes, but MLS does get a little better after you see what style teams play and who is playing well. Fact is both these squads’ average games go over 2.5 goals per game by at least a ½ so take a shot that they both do well here.
UFC Fight Night – Tony Ferguson-Lando Vannata OV 1.5: Wow, a guy named Lando, I truly hope this guy is a killer. He is 8-0 but this is his first fight in the UFC and he gets a powerhouse in No. 3 ranked lightweight Ferguson. Ferguson was supposed to main event this card with No. 10 ranked Michael Chiesa but Chiesa withdrew due to injury. I think the guy named after a Star Wars legend can get Ferguson through to the Round 2 midway point.
UFC Fight Night – Alexey Oleinik-Daniel Omielanczuk OV 1.5: Two bruising heavyweights battle in an effort to get some recognition for a bigger fight. Only Oleinek, “The Boa Constrictor” is ranked at No. 15 but Omielanczuk has a decent submission rate as well. Hopefully they take their time leading to the late round stoppage.
Major League Soccer – Real Salt Lake-New England Revolution OV 2.5: Same story as the Wednesday MLS RSL game, the Revs are also in the sweet spot of averages.
Major League Soccer – Whitecaps-Orlando City OV 2.5: Orlando just fired its coach so this could be a bit tricky. With that said I would imagine the new leader Bobby Murphy makes an impression that shows Orlando putting the ball in the net a bunch or falling flat on their face conceding too many.