Thursday is a relatively slow day on the sports calendar compared to what we’ve seen so far this week. Today is a day off for the World Series, but we do have the NFL back in action. The Philadelphia Eagles will face the New York Giants in what can be loosely described as a pro football game. We also have Europa League in action today as well.
BetOnline has three odds boosters up on the board and available to sports bettors ahead of Thursday’s action. Which bets are worth your wagers? Let’s take a look.
Europa League: AC Milan and Spurs BOTH to Win (+140)
Champions League was the headliner on both Tuesday and Wednesday, and Thursday brings our first look at the Europa League. AC Milan will be on the road taking on Celtic in Scotland. Celtic are listed as +285 home underdogs on the moneyline against the traditional Italian power. Celtic are currently second in the Scottish Premiership behind Rangers, while Milan sit first in Serie A. Zlatan Ibrahimovic and co. have picked up four wins in four to begin the new campaign.
On February 9, Inter beat AC Milan 4-2 and Lukaku tweeted:
"There is a new king in town"
This week, AC Milan beat Inter 2-1 thanks to a brace from Zlatan who responded to Lukaku by tweeting:
Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur will be at home today taking on LASK Linz. Spurs are massive favorites over the Austrian side, with a spread of two goals. Tottenham are also at -476 on the moneyline to grab all three points today.
Tottenham are listed at +800 to win Europa League, which gives them the second-best overall odds behind London rivals Arsenal. AC Milan are third favorites at +1200.
NFL: Boston Scott to Score First Touchdown (+700)
The Philadelphia Eagles offense has endured countless injuries so far this season. Just last week, running back Miles Sanders and tight end Zach Ertz both went down. That means Philly will be relying more heavily on Boston Scott to shoulder the load in the running game tonight against the Giants.
Scott has played a minor role for most of the season, with 21 carries for 67 yards through six games. Scott was the starter back in Week 1 when Sanders missed the game against Washington due to injury, and he didn’t do a whole lot. The Louisiana Tech product carried the ball nine times for 35 yards while adding 19 receiving yards on two catches in Philly’s 27-17 defeat.
At just 5’6″ and a little over 200 pounds, Scott is more of a pass-catching back than the bell-cow type of runner the Eagles can rely on. Scott may lead the team in carries tonight, but don’t be surprised if Corey Clement eats into his workload a bit.
NFL: Eagles (-4.5) to Cover AND Over 44.5 Points (+300)
This is a game the Eagles cannot afford to lose. Despite the insane rash of injuries to key offensive players, Philadelphia is still in a prime position to win the dumpster fire known as the NFC East. The Eagles are only 1-4-1 thus far, but Andy Dalton and the Cowboys lead the division at 2-4.
The Giants picked up their first win of the season last week, but this is clearly one of the worst teams in football. The only team we can say with certainty is worse than the Giants is the team with whom they share MetLife Stadium. The G-Men have a point differential of minus-51 so far this season, and they’re playing without the injured Saquon Barkley.
That the Eagles are only favored by 4.5 points here is a sign of just how depleted they are these days. Sanders, Ertz, Alshon Jeffery, Dallas Goedert, Jason Peters, Isaac Seumalo, Jalen Reagor, Brandon Brooks, Marquise Goodwin, and Andre Dillard are all sidelined right now. There isn’t much left in this offense other than Carson Wentz, but this is still a must-win game for Philly. 64 percent of the bets and 74 percent of the money have come in on the Eagles to cover the spread in this one.
The over on 44.5 points could be questionable here with a pair of awful offensive teams. Games involving the Giants have hit the under four times through six weeks, while the Eagles have gone over four times through six games.
What’s The Best Bet?
We have a lot on our plate here. The first one we can write off instantly is Boston Scott scoring the first touchdown of tonight’s game at +700. It’s not that Scott can’t be the first player to find the end zone, but we have a lot of quality options on this slate. Taking a flier on a low-percentage bet like that just looks silly. Pass.
I expect the Eagles to cover tonight against the New York Giants, but the over/under on 44.5 is a little daunting.
Thursday Night Football games tend to be fairly ugly with both teams going on short rest, and these are terrible offensive teams to begin with. I’ll be avoiding this one at +300 odds.
AC Milan and Spurs both to win at +140 is your safe play of the day. Milan have been one of the more impressive teams in Europe early this season, while Spurs look much improved with Mourinho at the helm. Tottenham have an easy matchup against an Austrian side, while Milan still have more talent than Celtic. Going on the road makes Milan the less certain pick, but I still like them to get all three points here.
For safety, roll with the Europa League booster at +140.
Taylor Smith has been a staff writer with GamblingSites.org since early 2017. Taylor is primarily a sports writer, though he will occasionally dabble in other things like politics and entertainment betting. His primary specialties are writing about the NBA, Major League Baseball, NFL and domestic and international soccer. Fringe sports like golf and horse racing aren’t exactly his cup of tea, bu ...
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