Daily Sports Betting Preview 10/23/2020: Premier League, WTA Ostrava, CS:GO DreamHack

  • Aston Villa have +110 odds to defeat Leeds United in Premier League play.
  • Aryna Sabalenka is favored by -4.5 games over Sara Sorribes Tormo.
  • Astralis have -220 odds to defeat Vitality at the CS:GO DreamHack Fall Open.

LAS VEGAS - Today’s Daily Sports Betting Preview moves from soccer, to tennis, to esports.

First, in the Premier League, Aston Villa takes on Leeds United as mild favorites. Then, at WTA Ostrava, Aryna Sabalenka faces off with Sara Sorribes Tormo.

Finally, Vitality and Astralis face off in CS:GO at the DreamHack Fall Open.

There’s a lot to cover, so let’s get started!

Premier League Betting

Aston Villa have been perhaps the surprise of the season in the Premier League. Their level of play has been consistently high, and they sit in second place.

Villa has a record of four wins and zero losses, and a win in this match would push them to 5-0 and vault them above first place Everton.

Villa punctuated their arrival in the top tier of the Premier League with a crushing 7-2 victory over Liverpool, the current champions.

Their opponent today is Leeds United, who have a record of two wins, one draw and two losses.

Aston Villa vs. Leeds United

  • Aston Villa +110
  • Leeds United +230
  • Draw +270

This line is tighter than one might expect. It seems as though the sportsbooks do not trust that Villa is as good as their record suggests.

It is only four games into the season for Villa, and there are certainly reasons to have doubts about their level of performance going forward, and whether a start like this is sustainable.

That said, they have been truly spectacular. Through those four games, they’ve outscored opponents 12-2, and those two goals they gave up were both to Liverpool.

The Over/Under for total goals in the match is set at 3.0 goals. If the Liverpool match is excluded from the sample, Villa and their opponents have combined for only five goals in three matches, suggesting a possible Under wager.

Of course, if the Liverpool match is excluded from the sample, Aston Villa might not be regarded as favorites to begin with.

On a basic level, this is a question of when Aston Villa will start to look more like the Aston Villa of previous years.

If the win against Liverpool is a good representation of who they are, it makes sense to take their +110 odds and not lose a wink of sleep over it.

If any soccer bettor expects them to regress, the decision certainly gets harder to make. The sample size this season is still low.

WTA Ostrava Betting

Aryna Sabalenka faces off with Sara Sorribes Tormo in what should be a compelling quarterfinals match on the court and a good betting opportunity for sports bettors.

Sabalenka is coming off of a comeback victory against Coco Gauff, in which she lost the first set 1-6, and then came back to win the final two sets by a combined three games.

Sabalenka is a star on the rise, and enters this match ranked 12th in the WTA. Sabalenka had a 20-10 record in 2020 going into this tournament.

Her opponent in the quarterfinals today is Sara Sorribes Tormo, whose best result of the tournament was a domination of Anett Kontaveit with a score of 6-1 6-4.

Tormo is ranked 73rd in the WTA, but again, she’s already taken down the talented Kontaveit, who is ranked 22nd in the WTA.

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Going into this tournament, Tormo had a record of 12-11 in 2020.

Aryna Sabalenka vs. Sara Sorribes Tormo

  • Aryna Sabalenka -310
  • Sara Sorribes Tormo +250

Sabalenka is a serious favorite here, as she is the higher ranked player, and coming off of a big win.

Sorribes Tormo is a threat to win, for sure, especially given her solid victory over Kontaveit, but still an underdog on the moneyline as well as the spread.

Aryna Sabalenka vs. Sara Sorribes Tormo

  • Aryna Sabalenka -4.5
  • Sara Sorribes Tormo +4.5

The spread favors Sabalenka by -4.5 games, which is certainly in line with the perceived talent differential in the match.

The two women have never played each other before, so this match could set the tone for future matches between them.

At the ages of 22 and 24 respectively, tennis bettors could be seeing a lot more from Sabalenka and Sorribes Tormo in the future.

DreamHack Fall Open Betting

The DreamHack Fall Open has arrived, and with it, some top level Counter Strike: Global Offensive gameplay.

There are five matches set to be played today, and one of the most interesting is between Vitality and Astralis.

This matchup will serve as the upper bracket final, and the winner will move on to the Grand Finals.

The matchup is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. EST and is likely the most consequential of the day’s many CS:GO battles.

Astralis vs. Vitality

  • Astralis -220
  • Vitality +165

Astralis are the favorites here, as they should be. They’re on a nine-game winning streak, and won the European ESL Pro League.

In the last few months, they’ve claimed multiple victories over Vitality. Indeed, over the course of 2020, Astralis has a 5-1 record against Vitality.

Astralis seems to be, by all accounts, the best team in the world right now.

Vitality, meanwhile, are no slouches. They’ve only dropped one set all tournament long, clean sweeping Mousesports, NiP, and BIG on the way to this position.

They pulled off a big win against Astralis in June, and they’ll be looking to reclaim some of that magic in this matchup.

That said, it seems difficult for any esports bettor to wager against a team as good as Astralis, especially with their excellent form as of late.

Happy Betting!