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Around the Betting Planet: NRL finals kick off Friday

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Red Bulls head to Orlando in MLS East

Orlando City SC welcome the New York Red Bulls to the Exploria Stadium for their next Major League Soccer clash. The home team are the most likely victors in this match, with most soccer betting sites backing them as the future champions. They’ve certainly been gaining momentum and climbing the ladder with an eight-game undefeated streak.

The Red Bulls had a tough start to the season, but they come into this clash after netting eight goals in back-to-back wins. Despite NY’s improvement in their last two performances, they still have a long way to go before reaching the same level as Orlando.

UK sports betting news

Liverpool and Arsenal meet again in EFL Cup

Liverpool and Arsenal had a thrilling clash on Monday in the English Premier League, where the Reds recovered from an early scare to win 3-1. The two giants of UK football will face off again this week in their round of 16 EFL Cup match.

With just a couple of days to prepare for Thursday’s match, we doubt Arsenal will show any significant improvement in the rematch. Both sides are likely to make changes, but betting sites are well in favor of the Reds.

Africa sports betting news

Closing the World Continental Tour in Kenya

Nairobi, Kenya, will host the final meet of the World Continental Tour Gold classification. The Kip Keino Classic, named after all-star athlete Kipchoge Keino, will make up the last leg of the competition. It’ll be the first major event in the newly renovated Nyayo National Stadium.

Some 150 Athletes from 32 nations are confirmed to participate in the event. Among the favorites at Kenyan sportsbooks are world champions Hellen Obiri and Ahmed Edris for 5000m, Selemon Barega for 3000m, and Timothy Cheruiyot for 1500m.

Local stars such as include Conseslus Kipruto, Timothy Cheruiyot, and Hellen Obiri will have an advantage as they’re accustomed to the 1700m altitude.

Europe sports betting news

Milan head to Rio Ave for Europa League playoff

Europa League qualifying continues this week as we enter the playoff rounds, and one game that we’re looking forward to is the clash between AC Milan and Rio Ave in Portugal.

The Italians have won four straight games since they resumed competitive play last month, so it is no surprise to see them pegged as favorites with online sportsbooks. Rio Ave are also yet to lose a game this season, but they have played in a couple of draws. 

South America sports betting news

Santos face Olimpia in Copa Libertadores

We’re heading into week five of the Copa Libertadores, where Santos will go up against Olimpia in Group G. The two sides have played each other several times, with the Paraguayan powerhouses often winning if the result isn’t a draw.

This match will see Olimpia giving their all as they fight for a top-two position. They’re currently in third place on the table, one point behind Defensa y Justicia. They’ve beaten Santos in the past and have the odds in their favor.

Santos are sitting comfortably at the top of Group G with 10 points. Whoever takes second place will join them in the second round.

Australia sports betting news

Panthers play Roosters in NRL finals

With tickets already sold out for the Penrith Panthers vs Sydney Roosters game, we’re in for a treat in the opening of the 2020 NRL finals series. The Panthers are on an impressive 15-game winning streak are the clear favorites with Australian bookmakers.

The Roosters are aiming for their third consecutive premiership, but they come into this game after copping a 52-point hiding in the last round of the regular season. No team has ever won the NRL title after losing a match by more than 50 points during the campaign, so the odds are against the Chooks.

New Zealand sports betting news

Wellington vs Canterbury in Mitre 10 Cup

Wellington are getting ready to face Canterbury this weekend in the next round of the Mitre 10 Cup. The Lions are missing their All Blacks players, which takes a lot of their power away and changes the betting landscape significantly.

Canterbury are hosting the match and have the odds in their favor. They started the season on a sloppy note but have turned things around recently.  

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