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It’s September 14, 2015 and we’re almost finished with the first week of the NFL season. It’s amazing how long you can wait for something and then it’s over in an instant. Still, what a great first week of action we’ve had, and we’ve still got one interesting game to come tonight, with San Francisco heading to Minnesota. The news coming out of Vegas is great for us, not so good for the bookies, as the sportsbooks are claiming a bit of a hit thanks to a lot of the popular picks covering the spread, which is actually quite rare for Week 1 of the season. Last season, 10 out of the 13 dogs covered the spread, and this year only 4. It’s crazy. Still, any bookies that is claiming to have been taken to the cleaners make us a little happier – it’s nice knowing us bettors get a result over them once in a while.
Elsewhere, it’s congratulations to Lydia Ko, as she becomes the youngest woman to win a Major. It’s crazy to think that this is her first Major considering how much talent she has. It does go to show how strong the fields can be in women’s golf. And it’s also congratulations to Novak DJokovic, who picked up with tenth career Grand Slam title, beating Roger Federer in four sets to win the US Open at Flushing Meadows. There is probably no-one better in sport at the moment that Djokovic, and the fact he beat Federer while the Swiss was playing some extraordinary tennis just goes to show how far ahead of everyone else the Serb is at the moment.
Now, let’s get onto the free sports betting tips for September 14th, 2015.
Monday Night Football Betting Tip:
There is only one name that anyone has been saying when it comes to tonight’s Monday Night Football game between the 49ers and the Vikings and that is Adrian Peterson. The Minnesota legend is returning after a year out, and there are going to be a lot of questions asked of him heading into tonight’s game. Of course, the chances are the Peterson will answer them the only way he knows how – racking up yard after yard after yard of rushing and getting his name on the scoreboard. But let’s not forget that he’s going to have to try and gel in a competitive game with the up-and-coming Teddy Bridgewater for the first time. It’s likely it won’t be a problem, but you can’t help but have one or two questions about it.
For the 49ers, well, it’s all change as far as personnel goes, with Jim Tomsula at the helm being the biggest change of all. It’s not been a great preseason for San Francisco, and that was summed up by the line switch. When the game was announced, the 49ers were favourites by 2-3 points, and now are dogs by the same margin. It’s pretty evident as to why that is, with such off-field troubles, but there’s no denying that the 49ers can still be a dangerous team given the right opportunities.
But going with the theme of the opening weekend, we’re going to take the favorites to cover the spread, so Minnesota -2.5 is our play here. The main reason is that their offense looks far too strong on paper against a side that is unproven. You’d be crazy to pin your hopes of a winning weekend on a side that’s had so many issues off the field that it looks almost unrecognisable on it. Sure, they might come together and blow the Vikings away, but it’s more likely that Peterson and Bridgewater come together and run roughshod over the San Francisco defense and cover that small spread.
West Ham vs Newcastle Betting Tip:
This might not be the prettiest way to end the English Premiership fixtures this week, after the amazing game that was Leicester vs Aston Villa, but it’s not going to be any worse than Sunderland vs Tottenham. The long and short of it is the – West Ham have been terrible at home, Newcastle have been terrible away. Both sides have actually played well when asked to step it up against the so-called bigger clubs, it’s the other fixtures that seem to cause them problems.
That being said, I have to stick by my assertion that West Ham are going to be a strong away team and a poor home team and take the value that is a Newcastle win. There is nothing to this other than the cracking value on offer. Alex Song being out for West Ham doesn’t help the hosts, while Newcastle just need to find goals from somewhere, and against West Ham, it might just be the perfect time for their front line to start finding the back of the net.
In case you were interested, Mark Lawrenson has included this match in his five 1-1 selections for this week, which has to surely point to either a home win or an away win. We’ll stick by our away win, with Newcastle nicking it by a goal.