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Bookie busters: Plays for the weekend with a heavy focus on soccer

Ronaldo should score a goal this weekend. Photo courtesy of Nike, Inc.

Let's jump into a weekend primed for gambling with Playoff action and a few soccer bets I love. Come with me; I'll take you around the world!

Tuesday Champions League Semi-Finals 2nd leg

Real Madrid -Bayern Munich        1:45   PM

The highly anticipated grudge match, in which the away team will be looking to overcome a 2-1 home loss in the first leg. Having allowed two away goals, Bayern Munich knows the task at hand, and that will be to score quickly. I don't think they are capable of shutting down Madrid in the Bernabeu. Both teams will have chances with Real Madrid ultimately putting the nail in the coffin through counter attacks.

Both teams to score

Over 3

Scores in both halves

Ronaldo scores goal

NBA

Utah Jazz vs. Oklahoma City Thunder            Friday 9:35 PM

An elimination game, with the world watching, brings us everything we want out of a playoff NBA game. Now you would think teams in "have to" win situation would go out and win but the truth is in the last five years teams facing elimination are 53-71 straight-up and 58-64 (47.5percent) ATS. Sometimes the added pressure of needing to win doesn't relate to better play. Utah set the pace at home; the 6 point spread might be a little too much so I'll go with the under.

Jazz games went under the total 52.3 percent of games during the season, while at home the number skyrocketed to 60.5 percent.

Under 207

Australia

Friday 4:50 AM

Melbourne City vs. Newcastle Jets

Newcastle has scored 10 goals in the past 5 matches but also has allowed 12.

Over 3

Germany

Saturday 11:30 AM

Bayer Leverkusen vs. Stuttgart

Leverkusen last three over. Visitors last 3 road games over total 2.5

Over  3

England

Sunday  10:30 AM

Plays Of The Weekend

Manchester United vs. Arsenal

United has scored 2+ goals in 8 of last 9 games in English competitions. Arsenal 23 goals in the last 8 matches also scoring 2+ in 9 of the last 10 matches.

Over 2.5

Both teams to score

MLS

Saturday 7 PM

Minnesota vs. Houston Dynamo

Minnesota's last two matches have seen a combined nine goals, Not a good trend hosting the league's top 5 scoring team. The only problem is the Dynamo defense has allowed 14 goals, landing them in bottom 10 in the MLS.

Both Teams to Score

Over 3

France

Sunday 2 PM

PSG vs. Guingamp

Guingamp have netted 13 goals in the last 6 matches; The home team is one of the highest scoring squads in European football. PSG has scored 15 goals in the last 5.

Over 3.5

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The Texans didn't have an answer for Derrick Henry. Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images

Romeo Crennel made a valorous call that might have costed the Houston Texans from winning their second consecutive game on Sunday. Up by seven with 1:50 left in the fourth quarter, Crennel decided to call a two-point conversion following Deshaun Watson's one-yard touchdown pass to Brandin Cooks.

During the two-point conversion, Watson had a look at an open Randall Cobb, but Titans' defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons got a hand on the ball to deflect the pass. The failed conversion allowed the Titans to take a 42-36 victory over the Texans inside Nissan Stadium. Tennessee scored 13 unanswered points, which included a seven-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Tannehill to A.J. Brown to send the game into overtime.

"I think I would do it again," Crennel said during his media availability on Monday. "You are on the road against a divisional opponent who is undefeated, and if you could get that two-point conversion — you shut the door on them. We had a guy open, but unfortunately, the ball got tipped and we did not make it. I would do it again because it was a good choice."

The decision to not kick the field goal caused somewhat of an uproar, but it is understandable why Crennel made the call. Crennel had faith in Watson to put the Texans in a position to close the game, similar to his 4th-and-4 call during last week's victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

In the end, Crennel's risky decisions could stem from the lack of faith he has in the Texans' depleted defense.

Houston's defense hit an all-time low against the Titans. They gave up a franchise-worst 601 total yards — with Derrick Henry accounting for 212 yards on 22 carries. But despite their struggles against the run, the Texans' secondary were just as faulty. They gave up a total of 338 yards through the air and allowed Tannehill to go 8-for-9 down the field during the Titans' final drive of regulation.

Had Houston's defense made a stop during the closing seconds of the fourth quarter, the Texans could have ended the game 2-0 under their interim head coach.

"I wanted to go ahead and get the two points — I felt like that would have put the game out of reach for them," Crennel said. "If we had gotten it, we would have been in much better shape. But we did not get it. We did not perform well in overtime, and they [Titans] won the game."

Following Sunday's heartbreaking loss, Texans safety Justin Reid said it best, "Had we converted on the two-point conversion, this would be a totally different conversation. So it is what it is."

Up next, the 1-5 Texans will look to bounce back from defeat against the 4-1 Green Bay Packers, inside NRG Stadium on Sunday. Kick-off is at 12:00 PM CT.

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