The Dodgers picked up a convincing 8-3 win in Game 1 of the World Series last night behind a strong outing from Clayton Kershaw and a do-it-all game from Mookie Betts. LA will look to extend their lead to 2-0 on Wednesday night with Tony Gonsolin on the mound. The Rays will look to even things up with former AL Cy Young winner Blake Snell toeing the rubber.
As you may expect, the World Series is included in BetOnline’s odds boosters for Wednesday. We also have another full slate of UEFA Champions League action, with massive clubs like Real Madrid, Liverpool, Bayern Munich, and Manchester City all in action. Where should you put your money with BetOnline’s boosted odds for October 21?
MLB: Dodgers To Win Series 4-0 (+425)
Game 1 of the World Series was a lot like Game 1 of the NBA Finals. The team from Los Angeles looked utterly dominant for most of the game, and it has already led many to wonder whether the opponent will be able to make it much of a series at all. The Miami Heat were able to bounce back and extend the NBA Finals to six games against the Lakers. Will the Rays have enough fight to make the Dodgers sweat?
The Dodgers opened as -210 favorites to win this World Series at BetOnline. After taking Game 1, LA’s odds to win the title improved all the way to -400, while the Rays fell to +320.
Tampa Bay has an excellent chance at evening things up tonight, however. You might even call it a must-win game for the Rays. Snell hasn’t been in top form in this postseason, but Tampa can’t afford to lose this game with their left-handed ace on the mound. Especially considering the Dodgers will be rolling with a bullpen game featuring Gonsolin and a potential appearance from Dustin May and a cavalcade of relievers.
Blake Snell has now gone 19 straight starts without going 6 IP, the longest active streak in MLB among non-openers (regular season and playoffs).
With Walker Buehler looming for the Dodgers in Game 3, the Rays really can’t afford to lose Game 2. The Dodgers are still -131 moneyline favorites to win Wednesday’s game even with the uncertain pitching situation, which likely says more about the overall quality of both teams. The Dodger offense is fully capable of carrying the freight if the pitching isn’t up to par. The same can’t necessarily be said for a Rays offense that has struggled throughout October. Tampa Bay is hitting just .208 in the postseason.
Tampa Bay’s pitching will have to keep them in the series. Snell will have to put forth a solid showing in Game 2, while Charlie Morton will have to put together another excellent start when he gets his shot in Game 3. Otherwise, the Rays could be heading towards an early World Series exit.
Champions League: Liverpool to Win AND Over 3.5 Goals (+190)
Liverpool were held to a 2-2 draw in the Merseyside Derby against Everton on Saturday, a result that came at a cost. World-class defender Virgil van Dijk was lost for the season with a torn ACL in that game, while Thiago Alcantara and Joel Matip are unlikely to play in Wednesday’s Champions League opener with injuries of their own. Let’s not forget that goalkeeper Alisson is still sidelined with a shoulder issue. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remains unavailable, too.
That means Jurgen Klopp may have to rely on the central defense pairing of Joe Gomez and Fabinho for Wednesday’s clash against Ajax in the Netherlands. Even without much of the team’s defensive apparatus in place, Klopp’s side are still -141 moneyline favorites to pick up the win on the road in this game.
Ajax are second in the Eredivisie table through five games, though they will be without a key player of their own with Antony sidelined.
With this Champions League game being the first game of group play, don’t be surprised if Klopp rotates one of Sadio Mane or Roberto Firmino out of the starting 11 in favor of Takumi Minamino or Diogo Jota. Liverpool are still favored here because they’re Liverpool, but this is clearly a diminished version of the Reds.
Champions League: Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, and Manchester City ALL To Win (+175)
Bayern Munich stormed their way to a Champions League title last season without really breaking a sweat. The German giants have predictably started the new campaign as betting favorites to lift the trophy once again, though Man City and Liverpool aren’t too far behind.
Bayern will open the new Champions League campaign on Wednesday at home with a tough test against Atletico Madrid. Atletico have an excellent track record of success in this competition in recent years. Just last year, they knocked the reigning champion Liverpool side out of the tournament altogether.
Two great No.9s in action as Bayern host Atletico tonight… 🤩
Bayern are -145 home favorites here without a key playmaker in Serge Gnabry. Luis Suarez and the revamped Atleti attack look imposing here, though, especially considering Bayern have conceded nine goals in their last three games. Still, it’s hard to bet against Bayern, especially at home.
Manchester City will be at home at the Etihad against Porto in another tough draw. The Portuguese league certainly isn’t among the most daunting in Europe, but Porto have still been the best team in the league for years. City are much heavier -325 home favorites here, though, despite a ragged start to the Premier League campaign. Porto have gone just 2-1-1 in Primeira Liga thus far, while City have the same record in England.
Real Madrid will welcome Shakhtar Donetsk to the Santiago Bernabeu, as well. Real are massive -525 home favorites, and the spread for this game is also two goals. It’s hard to imagine Los Blancos having much trouble at home with the Ukrainian side.
What’s The Best Bet?
A Dodgers sweep wouldn’t be the biggest surprise considering LA has been the best team in baseball all year long, but I think the Rays get at least one of these games. Tampa Bay has an excellent shot at evening the series tonight with Snell on the mound. The Dodgers appear to be close to locks to win the series at this point, but banking on a sweep is a lot to ask. Pass on the Rays getting swept here at +425.
I also have serious concerns about a shorthanded version of Liverpool going into Amsterdam to take on Ajax today. There’s no telling what kind of starting 11 we see from the Reds today, and Ajax aren’t a pushover by any means. I just don’t thnk you’re getting great value on Liverpool to win plus the over on 3.5 goals at just +190 here, so that’s a bet I’d be avoiding.
As a result, betting on the three European giants to pick up wins today looks like your best bet.
I never love putting too much stock into getting three different results, but combining wins for Bayern, Real Madrid, and Manchester City at +175 offers more upside than simply betting on any of their individual moneylines today.
The trickiest game here is clearly Bayern at home against Atleti, but even without Gnabry there is enough talent in the side to get the job done. Bet on Bayern, Real, and City all to win at +175 today.
Boosted Odds Prop Bet:
Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, and Manchester City ALL To Win (+175)
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