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Bookie Busters weekend edition: EPL Kickoff

Harry Kane is the favorite to league the EPL in goals. Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

Soccer fans have been waiting patiently while recovering from World Cup fever. The wait is over, Friday brings us the kickoff of the English Premier League.

We are doing Bookie Busters a little different now. I'll be updating my plays on this same article throughout the weekend. That way nobody misses the plays, just click my latest articles as I update plays. This will be crucial during football when we fire off halftime/live bets.

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ODDS TO WIN 2018-19 PREMIER LEAGUE

Manchester City    -150
Liverpool    +400
Manchester United    +750
Chelsea    +1200
Tottenham    +1600
Arsenal    +2500
Everton    +20000
Leicester    +30000
Wolves    +30000
Burnley    +50000
Newcastle    +50000
Southampton    +50000
West Ham    +50000
Crystal Palace    +75000
Cardiff City    +100000
Fulham    +100000
Bournemouth    +100000
Brighton    +100000
Huddersfield    +100000
Watford    +100000

I personally love Liverpool this season. 4-1 seems a little short after the recent signings and the public had jumped on board.
 

Champion prediction: Liverpool   2U

ODDS TO BE 2018-19 PREMIER LEAGUE TOP GOAL SCORER

Team    Odds
Harry Kane (Tottenham)    +300
Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)    +450
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal)    +700
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)    +800
Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United)    +850
Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City)    +1000
Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal)    +2500
Alvaro Morata (Chelsea)    +2500
Eden Hazard (Chelsea)    +3300
Alexis Sanchez (Manchester United)    +3300
Roberto Firmino (Liverpool)    +3300
Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)    +3300
Olivier Giroud (Chelsea)    +4000
Leroy Sane (Manchester City)    +4000
Jamie Vardy (Leicester)    +5000
Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)    +5000
Sadio Mane (Liverpool)    +6600
Cenk Tosun (Everton)    +6600
Marko Arnautovic (West Ham)    +6600
Riyad Mahrez (Leicester)    +6600
Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace)    +8000
Anthony Martial (Manchester United)    +8000
Javier Hernandez (West Ham)    +10000
Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester)    +10000
Dele Alli (Tottenham)    +10000
Charlie Austin (Southampton)    +10000
David Silva (Manchester City)    +10000
Javier Hernandez (West Ham)    +10000
Danny Welbeck (Arsenal)    +15000
Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)    +15000
Christian Eriksen (Tottenham)    +15000
Callum Wilson (Bournemouth)    +15000

Eden Hazard had one of the best performances at Russia 2018. Now, he comes into the season sitting at 33-1 to win top goalscorer this season, I'll take those odds.

Eden Hazard .5U

Friday

Plays
Leicester at Manchester United - EPL Regular Season Kickoff
Manchester United team total over 1.5        MAX 5U -140   WINNER

Match Result and O/U 1.5 Goals
United and Over   MAX 5U -125   WINNER

EPL

Cardiff vs Bournemouth

Bournemouth -110 ML  2U   WINNER

Uruguay

Cerro vs Nacional

Over 1 First Half   -160  MAX  PUSH

Holland

Utrecht vs PSV

Over 3 4U   WINNER

 

 

MLS

Minn/LA

Over 3.5     MAX WINNER

 

KC/ LA FC

Over 3     MAX  LOSS

 

RSL/ MTL

Over 3     MAX   LOSS

Pool/West ham  

Over 3  3U   WINNER

Arsenal/ City     

Over 3 MAX LOSS

Updated 8/14    6:15 PM CST

MLS

Rapids/ Galaxy 

Over 3 MAX

 



I'll be updating all weekend, stay tuned!!

 

For any questions or comments reach me @JerryBoKnowz on twitter. Check out Moneyline on Sundays from 10 a.m. - noon with Josh Jordan on ESPN 97.5.


 

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A WEEKLY REVIEW OF CRENNEL'S COACHING

Now my job: Texans out-Patriot the Patriots

Texans take down the Pats. Photo by Getty Images.

Every dog has its day. A broken clock is right two times a day. All the clichés about it being better to be lucky than good can apply here with the Texans 27-20 win over the Patriots. In a matchup that broke a record for the oldest combined age for opposing head coaches, 141 years old, Romeo Crennel beat his former boss Bill Belichick. There were other narratives at work here, as well as a few things (good and awful) that the coaching staff did.

First thing I saw that I liked was the spread and no-huddle on offense. If you've been following this series of articles, you know I've been on this train quite a while now. This allows Deshaun Watson to find the matchup he likes, exposes the defense because they can't sub, takes advantage of Texans' speed at receiver, and creates a tempo most defenses can't keep up with. Not to mention the spread is the offense Watson operated in at Clemson. 28/37 for 344 yards and two touchdowns of production from Watson was enough for me to say they need to have this as their M.O. moving forward.

Tim Kelly called a great game. He used the short, quick pass game in lieu of the run game. This also helped since Laremy Tunsil was out and Roderick Johnson had to play at left tackle. This offensive line is not very good at run blocking. Hence, why Watson was again the team's leading rusher with only 36 yards. Almost all of those were on scrambles. By going spread and no-huddle, Watson can take advantage of man and zone coverages to extend plays or scramble because most teams won't spy him. Even when they do, he makes them look silly.

Not everything was on the up and up. The defense continued to look like booty juice. Cam Newton threw for 365 yards and Damiere FREAKIN Byrd torched them for 132 of those yards! When I heard the quote from Crennel that defensive coordinator Anthony Weaver is getting the most out of his guys, I found it laughable. To double down on that, Weaver was quoted as saying, "This narrative that's being painted like my guys aren't disciplined and running around blocks, quite frankly and to put it bluntly, is bull---t!" Sorry guys, but you're both wrong. This defense can't fight its way out of a wet paper bag if you gave them knives. The worst part about it is that the offense's best chance at success sets the defense up for failure. Their hurry up scheme leaves little time for this porous defense to catch its wind. If they could get some turnovers or just off the damn field and get stops, it would help the offense.

With six games left, their three games outside the AFC South (Bengals, Lions, Bears) are all winnable. The two matchups against the Colts and the season finale against the Titans will prove to be their biggest tests. However, this is the same team that has four one possession losses. 3-7 could look a lot different if the offense stepped up against the Browns, or the defense made stops against the Steelers, Vikings, or Titans. Let's hope they can build off this win and salvage whatever they can of this season.

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