1. Barcelona is not Mad
Barcelona’s not missing their ex. Not at all. They’ve got a new haircut and a whole new wardrobe. Barcelona wears bracelets now.
Barcelona trounced Juventus, 4-0, in the Champions League group stage. Juventus is no slouch, listed at 22/1 to win the whole tournament, which would make them the eighth favorite. Barcelona, meanwhile, is listed at 7/1, fourth in the competition, and it’s a little hard to see why. The Messi/Suarez combination is still working just fine, and if anything, the addition of Ousmane Dembele adds an interesting complication to the already terrifying side.
Betting tip: Analytical software will tell you that Barcelona is the outright favorite, while the betting market disagrees. There might be value in Barcelona at 7/1, Neymar be damned.
2. Tom Savage is no longer a starting quarterback
Get sacked six times in one game and people are going to start to look at your resume. If that resume doesn’t include even one career touchdown pass, you’re going to end up on the bench. When the Texans drafted Deshaun Watson, they figured Savage would give the Clemson product a cushion, a period to develop. That cushion ended up lasting less than a full game. Watson was only sacked four times, and threw the TD that has always eluded Savage, but otherwise looked very much like a rookie placed in a bad position. He’ll start the Texans week 2 matchup against Cincinnati, and while I love the kid, I’d happily bet against him.
Betting tip: The Texans are 5.5-point road dogs against the Bengals, and that line seems, if anything, a little generous.