Premier League weekend mornings have become a staple for American soccer fans, and the second weekend of the 2020-21 campaign gets going with a number of noteworthy matchups. BetOnline’s odds boosts for Saturday cover the Premier League action and UFC Fight Night. What’s the best boost available for September 19?
Premier League: Manchester United and Arsenal BOTH To Win (+145)
Manchester United and Arsenal may both face an uphill climb for Premier League contention this season, but both sides will be in action on Saturday. The Gunners will look for their second straight victory after beating newly-promoted Fulham last week, while Manchester United will be playing their first match of the year after getting an extra week off following their deep run in Europa League last season. United will face Crystal Palace at Old Trafford.
You can already see Mikel Arteta’s changes beginning to shape the Arsenal squad. While a leaky defense may still be the Gunners’ undoing, they’ll face a golden opportunity to make it two wins in two matches against a West Ham side that battled their way out of the relegation zone last season. Arsenal looked convincing on both sides in last week’s 3-0 triumph, and last year the side beat West Ham by a combined score of 4-1 across both league fixtures.
United, meanwhile, looked like a different side following the arrival of Bruno Fernandes midway through last season. The red half of Manchester is thinking this is the year the Red Devils legitimately challenge City for intracity supremacy once again, but time will tell. United beat Palace 2-0 back in July, after dropping the first fixture, 2-1, at Old Trafford in August of last year.
Arsenal are -196 favorites to beat West Ham in the London Derby on Saturday, while United are even bigger -303 favorites against Roy Hodgson’s middling Palace side.
UFC: Covington, Cerrone, and Chimaev ALL To Win (+320)
The headliner of UFC Fight Night on Saturday will be Colby Covington’s bout with Tyrone Woodley. Covington is a massive -335 favorite. The two have never fought one another, but Covington comes into the bout with a stellar 15-2 record overall. He is coming off a loss, however, after losing by TKO to Kamaru Usman at UFC 245 last December.
Cerrone enters Saturday’s match with Niko Price as a +125 betting underdog.
The 37-year-old may well be past his prime, as he hasn’t posted a victory in UFC since beating Al Iaquinta by decision way back in May of last year. Cowboy has lost four straight overall at the hands of Tony Ferguson, Justin Gaethje, Conor McGregor, and Anthony Pettis.
Khamzat Chimaev will go up against Gerald Meerschaert in one of the first fights of the night. Chimaev is a sizable -413 favorite at Betonline.ag, which makes him the biggest favorite on the entire fight card.
UFC: Chimaev to Win By TKO/KO (+200)
Chimaev will almost surely emerge victorious over Meerschaert, but how will he win? The 26-year-old isn’t exactly a household name on the circuit, but he does have a perfect 8-0-0 record to his name. He has won four times by TKO or KO thus far, with his other four wins coming via submission.
Meerschaert has a far spottier overall record, but he has still won a respectable 31 of his 44 matches. He comes into this fight having lost four of his last six, though, but most of his losses have come by submission.
UFC: Price to Win Round 1 (+275)
Niko Price is expected to hand Donald Cerrone his fifth straight defeat, but he’s not a huge favorite by any means. Price is at -145, but Cerrone faces incredibly long odds to win the first round. BetOnline’s odds have Cowboy at +525 to win the first round, which tells you an awful lot about how oddsmakers expect this fight to go.
Price has 14 wins in 19 fights, with 10 of his victories coming via knockout. He hasn’t faced a fighter of Cerrone’s ability, but Price has made quick work of his opponents. Of his 14 wins, 13 have come within the first two rounds. The only other win came in the third round. Price has been incredibly dominant, but all four of his losses have come within the first three rounds, too.
What’s The Best Bet?
Oddsmakers are very bearish on Cowboy Cerrone’s chances of getting back into the winner’s circle, so I just can’t back him to beat Niko Price on Saturday night. I’ll pass on the three-way result at +320.
Chimaev will beat Meerschaert, but whether he wins by TKO/KO or submission is essentially a toss-up. I think you can take a stab considering the +200 odds offer upside, but this isn’t my favorite boost on the board by any means.
Price to win the first round +275 looks amazing. I mentioned that Cerrone is a massive underdog to win the round himself at +525, so getting Price at +275 to do so looks like excellent value. Price’s chances of winning the fight aren’t quite as profitable, but I’d be all over this one.
I also like United and Arsenal to take care of business on Saturday morning. They’re facing two of the weaker sides in the English top flight. I’m not sold on the Gunners’ defense being fixed, but +145 on both Premier League giants to get into the win column on Saturday is a nice value.
Price to win the first round of his match with Cerrone at +275 is my best bet, followed closely by Arsenal and Manchester United to win at +145.
Boosted Odds Prop Bet:
Price To Win First Round (+275) OR Arsenal and Manchester United to Win (+145)
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