It was a great day of MLB betting last Thursday as we hit on all three bets at odds of $2.15, $1.95 and $2.04! We are back again this week with a full preview and betting tips for some of our favourite matchups across the 17 game slate this Thursday, the 20th of August.
Fenway Park, 3.35am (AEST)
While the Celtics and 76ers do battle in the NBA Eastern Conference playoffs, the Red Sox and Phillies will face off in the second of a two game series this Thursday morning. The Red Sox have been absolutely deplorable this season with just a 6-17 record through their opening 23 games, sitting dead last in the AL East and the American League as a whole.
Starting pitching has been the main concern for the Sox and they’ll have another inexperienced starter on the mound Thursday morning in Kyle Hart. Hart made his first start last week when he faced the Rays, pitching just two innings and allowing seven hits and seven runs. Hart didn’t look ready for the step up to the major leagues but the Sox have no one else to turn to at the moment, with a very limited starting rotation.
The Phillies have Jake Arrieta on the mound Thursday morning, who has been solid this season, but it’s the Phillies batting line-up that should feast against Hart. The Phillies have the fourth best team batting average in the league and are coming off a big win over the Sox on Wednesday. Back them to win again on Thursday.
Yankee Stadium, 9.05am (AEST)
The Yankees have the best record in the American league at 16-6 and are a perfect 10-0 at home this season. They’ll be back at Yankee stadium this Thursday morning with their ace Gerrit Cole on the mound, who will be looking to go 5-0 on the season. Cole has started five games so far and has a 4-0 record with an impressive 2.76 ERA.
The Yankees also have one of the most dominant batting lineups in the league, ranking third in team batting average, first in slugging and second in total runs with 125. Thursday will be Game 2 of a three game series against the Rays, the first of which they lost on Wednesday 6-3.
The Yankees will be keen to bounce back here after an uncharacteristic loss and with Cole on the mound, the run line looks the play. The Rays have right hander Tyler Glasnow on the mound, who has an 0-1 record with a hefty 7.04 ERA.
Petco Park, 11.10am (AEST)
Our final game of the day sees the Rangers travelling to San Diego to take on the Padres from 11.10am. The Rangers will have ace Lance Lynn on the mound, who has been absolutely superb so far this season and has to be in contention for the Cy Young award in the American League. Lynn has made five starts this season, racking up a 3-0 record with a ridiculous 1.11 ERA through over 32 innings, the best of any pitcher in the AL.
He’ll be up against Chris Paddock of the Padres, who has a 2-2 reocrd with a 4.91 ERA this season. The Padres have been pretty lacklustre this season, currently sitting fourth in the NL West division with a 13-12 record. It’s interesting to see them as favourites here against a Rangers team that is 6-4 over their last 10 and has a great pitcher on the mound.
This will be Game 3 of a four game series between these two teams, with the Padres taking both of the first two games. This is no doubt the Rangers best opportunity to get something from this series with Lynn going up against Paddock. Back the Rangers to win this one as underdogs on the road.
The Group 1 Moir Stakes headlines Friday night's meeting at Moonee Valley, and is the first of three Group 1s in Australia this weekend. It promises to be a cracking night of racing, despite some predicted rain, and Trent Crebbin has given his assessment of every race on the card here! read more
The final round of the 2020 NRL season is underway and as usual, there is a double header to dig into on Friday night! The action gets underway at 6.00pm and as usual, we have a full preview and betting tips for both games here read more
After a blistering start from The Horse on Thursday, fellow racing expert Joshua Reed is hoping to start just as well in his first preview for the Before You Bet team on Friday! Find his preview and best bets for Scone and Goulburn here! read more
Another big weekend of NFL action coming up! Week 3 in the NFL gets underway on Friday morning with the Dolphins taking on the Jags and continues early on Monday morning. As usual, we have a preview and betting tips for some of the key matchups of the week as well as betting tips for every game here read more
The best Australian sports betting sites ensure safe and successful online betting for punters. Here's our list of the best betting options in Australia. read more
Julian Vallance from Sportsbet takes us through some of the key factors which he uses with pricing upcoming horse races such as performance ratings. Check out his video from Sportsbet here. read more
Over-Round is an important concept for both punters and sportsbooks. It's how Australian sportsbooks make money! All punters should understand over-round, how to spot it, and how to find better value on the Betfair Exchange. read more
Ever wondered why you can get such great odds at Betfair in comparison to other online bookmakers? We break down why that is the case and why Betfair isn't just for professional punters here read more
That's it! The 2020 AFL regular season has come to an end and Brisbane's Lachie Neale has surely done enough to secure the 2020 Brownlow Medal with another brilliant game in Round 18. Let's take a closer look at our Round 18 Brownlow Medal vote predictions! read more
There's just one more round to go in the 2020 AFL season. Round 17 has completed and the Brownlow votes are locked away. It was a quiet round for those at the top of our Brownlow leaderboard, but there were a couple of stand out performances this weekend. Let's take a closer look at each match with our Round 17 Brownlow vote predictions. read more
2020 AFL Brownlow Medal predictions and vote tracker. Our AFL experts offer round-by-round Brownlow votes including a rolling Brownlow leaderboard and tracking for the 2020 AFL season. read more
It's been a quiet few weeks for our runaway Brownlow Medal favourite in Lachie Neale but he was back with a bang in Round 16 to all-but lock up the 2020 Brownlow Medal. Let's take a closer look at the matches from the week with our Round 16 Brownlow vote predictions. read more