Daily Sports Betting Preview 2/26/2020: A Day Of Champions

  • Italian mainstay Juventus are slight favorites over French challenger Lyon.
  • New York City FC is notably the favorite over Costa Rican A.D. San Carlos.
  • The Handball Champions League brings two of the best teams from Germany and Slovenia together in a mighty clash.

TURIN, Italy - Today, the Daily Sports Betting Preview brings an All-Champions League edition. First, the UEFA Champions League features Lyon vs. Juventus.

Then, the CONCACAF Champions League brings NYCFC vs. San Carlos. Finally, the preview checks in with the Handball Champions League in which SG Flensburg-Handewitt takes on RK Celje.

Lyon vs. Juventus

The Italian powerhouse Juventus hosts French challengers Lyon as the Champions League continues in Europe.

It should come as no surprise to anyone who watches European soccer that Juventus are favorites in this game. Online sportsbooks have The Bianconeri entering as a half-goal favorite on the spread, and are +105 on the moneyline.

For their part, it is worth noting that although Lyon is +0.5 on the spread, Lyon +0.5 is -130, while Juventus -0.5 is +110, reflecting some belief in Lyon on that spread.

On the moneyline, Lyon is +295 to win, and here’s where things get interesting. Lyon’s +295 to win is actually below the odds of a draw, which are set at +210.

This ties into the over/under line for the game: 2.0 goals. This game is expected to be a low scoring affair, with decisive defense taking a heavy role, and perhaps some clinical striking from the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo proving to be the difference in a low scoring game.

Of all the Champions League games that the public knows will be played, zero have over/under lines as low as this game.

NYCFC vs. San Carlos

The CONCACAF Champions League is exactly what it sounds like – it’s the Champions League, but for the CONCACAF region of the world instead of the UEFA region of the world. This means that it contains teams from North America, Central America, and the Caribbean.

The matchup in focus today is the one between American New York City FC and Costa Rican AD San Carlos. It should not be a surprise that the American team from the huge market is favored over the small Costa Rican club, but upsets are always in play in soccer.

NYCFC enters as a goal and a half favorite on the spread, with odds of +105 on that spread. On the moneyline, they are -260 to win the game outright.

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San Carlos -1.5 has -140 odds right now, although to win the game outright they are +575. A draw comes in with odds of +365. The over/under line for the game is set at 3, with the over having -125 odds and the under sitting at -105.

NYFC finished the 2019 MLS as the first ranked team in the Eastern Conference and show no signs of slowing down in the opening months of 2020.

Handball Champions League

Finally, for those interested in the relatively obscure sports that provide excellent betting opportunities, Handball Champions League will be happening for the rest of this week, with many matches coming on February 29 and the first of March.

One match happens today, however, and it should be a good one.

SG Flensburg-Handewitt are the heavy favorites as they take on RK Celje. Flensburg hail from Germany, while Celje are a Slovenian club.

Celje are former handball Champions League winners, in the 2003-2004 iteration of the league, and have been absolutely dominant in Slovenian handball over the recent three decades, winning the Slovenian league 22 of the last 30 years.

Flensburg-Handewitt, however, are the two-time defending champions of Germany’s Handball-Bundesliga, which has earned them significant favorite status in this matchup.

Flensburg are -5.0 on the spread, and -650 to win outright. Their spread of -5.0 has -125 odds, which indicates some shading towards that number.

Celje, for their part, are +650 on the moneline, an interesting line. A draw in the match is +1300.