TheLines Lookahead: Baseball Is Back, More Action At Fight Island And The PGA Tour Heads to Minnesota

Posted By Brett Gibbons on July 20, 2020
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A glance at what will be the most wagered-on events in sports for the week of Monday, July 20 to Sunday, July 26.

Premier League: Liverpool vs Chelsea (Wednesday, July 22)

Liverpool (-102) sits atop the current Premier League standings and faces an enormous challenge when they face third-place Chelsea (+241) in one of the best Premier League matchups of the year. The game means more to Chelsea than just an upset – they currently sit just one point ahead of fourth-place Leicester City and fifth-place Manchester United. Liverpool was able to take the last meeting in September, and Chelsea is coming off a loss to Arsenal last week.

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MLB season start (Thursday, July 23)

The first of the big four leagues finally kicks off after what feels like an eternity. Opening Day has the Yankees (-140) visiting the defending champion Nationals (+120) and features stud pitchers Gerrit Cole and Max Scherzer. The other half of Thursday’s kickoff is San Francisco (+245) paying a visit to Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers (-305). Friday also features a slew of matchups, including the Brewers (+110) at the Cubs (-130) and the Twins (+100) at the White Sox (-120). Opening Day has added intrigue with the aftermath of the Astros’ cheating scandal as well as the pressure of a 60-game season. The race is on, and we’re ready for the most interesting Opening Day in MLB history.

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NASCAR at Kansas Speedway (Thursday, July 23)

With just one month until the playoffs, suddenly-nationally-relevant NASCAR has a brighter spotlight. What makes this race interesting is that it is featured in the Round of 8 stage of the playoffs come October. Kevin Harvick is looking to continue his tear (4 wins, 11 top-5’s, first place) while fending off Ryan Blaney and Brad Keslowski. It’s the last weekday race of the season, making it more than worth while to tune in.

UFC Fight Island 3: Till vs Whittaker (Saturday, July 25)

UFC’s next major event returns to Fight Island, Dana White’s concept to keep UFC alive amid a global pandemic. No. 1 ranked Robert Whittaker (-110) was knocked out back in October while defending his middleweight title and is seeking redemption on Saturday. Darren Till (-110) ranks fifth in the class, and is coming off a split decision back in November. The numbers are right– this one’s a toss up. No matter what happens, it’ll be exciting. Fight Island 3 also features six other fights, including an even bout between Paul Craig (-110) and Gadzhimurad Antigulov (-110).

PGA 3M Open (Thursday, July 23–Sunday, July 26)

Dustin Johnson (+900) and Brooks Koepka (+1200) lead the field in odds for the 3M Open in Minnesota. Jon Rahm took home the W at the Memorial Tournament last weekend. Despite the draw for the MLB’s opening weekend, the 3M Open shouldn’t be glossed over; the field also includes Paul Casey (+2500), Tommy Fleetwood (+1600), and Bubba Watson (+3300).

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Brett is an avid sports traveler and former Division-I football recruiter for Bowling Green and Texas State. He’s covered college sports for Fansided, Stadium Journey, and several independent outlets over the past three years. A graduate of BGSU, Brett currently works on-site at Google as a shift lead for content curation products.

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