2 Things Bettors Need to Know Today (Aug. 17)

If you are looking for a brief summary of what you need to know today to make informed betting choices, you’ve come to the right place!

We’ll make sure you’ve got the most up-to-date map before you embark on your sports betting voyage.

1. Barcelona’s personnel luck keeps improving

Not too long ago, Barcelona had one of the best personnel combinations in football history. Leo Messi, one of the best players in the history of the sport, combined his creativity with generational talent Luis Suarez and the transcendental Neymar. The three communicated telepathically and were functionally undefendable.

All empires crumble. Paris (Qatar, really) came calling, and things started to fall apart. An impregnable wall of transfer fees was dealt with in an afternoon, and now Neymar plays happily for PSG. Then Luis Suarez distended his knee and will be out for “at least” four weeks. So for the next month, Messi will be wondering where it all went.

It’s a critical month for Barca, and if Messi and his supporting cast can’t find some magic, the first Clasico could be a formality. Real Madrid is already looking fantastic, having beaten Barcelona in the Supercopa de Espana more or less by mercy rule. In a month, Real Madrid could run away with La Liga.

Betting Tip: Real Madrid to win La Liga is looking real good right now. Barcelona, not so much.

2. The US Open is truly open

Federer’s currently listed at 33/19 to win the US Open, and a few weeks ago, I would have told you to leap at those odds. That was before back issues neutered Fed in the Roger’s Cup final, which Alexander Zverev won easily. Zverev is at 10/1, which looked like good money at the Roger’s Cup, but then he fell to Frances Tiafoe in the second round in Cincinnati and looked mortal doing it. Nadal’s another favorite (11/4) but, after winning the first set in the Round of 16 at the Rogers Cup, he got run around the court by a Canadian teenager who was a ballboy the last time they met.

The moral of the story? Don’t pay a premium for the favorites. It’s been an extremely long season, and the big names you’d traditionally rely on to win the big tournaments don’t seem so reliable.

Betting Tip: Take a flyer on a young guy you like; there’s no safety in betting the Big Four right now.

Geoff Johnson

MTS co-founder Geoff Johnson is a lifelong Mets fan, something he can't do anything about. He has a great track record when it comes to wagering on baseball – largely because he's more than willing to bet against the Mets. His career profits are impressive, but not quite as good as his handsome friend Frank Lorenzo. He wishes he hadn't let Frank write his profile.