Belgium vs Switzerland

Belgium vs Switzerland: Nations League Belgium vs Switzerland Prediction Belgium vs Switzerland match is going to be held on 12 th October at King Baudouin Stadium (Brusel). Switzerland  vs Belgium It’s a very interesting football match at Furthermore, check out my other Soccer Picks here.

KEVIN DE BRUYNE is one of four key men still sidelined ahead of Belgium’s Nations League clash with Switzerland at the Stade Roi Baudouin on Friday  Belgium are looking to build on their opening Nations League win over Iceland when they take on Switzerland.

Roberto Martinez’s side cruised to a 3-0 victory away from home but find themselves second in their group after Switzerland thumped the same opposition 6-0.

Belgium have lost just once in their past 28 fixtures and a strong favourites to see off Xherdan Shaqiri and co, although they will have to do so without several star players.

Kevin De Bruyne has missed much of the Premier League season with a knee injury and was not picked in the squad by Martinez.

Lukaku secret unlocked by Belgium coach Martinez However, the midfielder was an unused substitute as Manchester City drew 0-0 with Liverpool and is nearing a return to full fitness.

Meanwhile, Jan Vertonghen is another long-term absentee after picking up a hamstring problem playing for Tottenham against Huddersfield.

Thomas Vermaelen is excepted to deputise alongside Vincent Kompany and Toby Alderweireld, although Christian Kabasele has been recalled after impressing for Watford.

Jason Denayer provides further cover while Brandon Mechele is also an option after the Club Brugge centre-back received his first call-up.

Belgium team news predicted line up Switzerland

Belgium team news: Romelu Lukaku was on target against Iceland last time out (Image: GETTY)
Mousa Dembele and Adnan Januzaj are both sidelined so Youri Tielemans should start alongside Axel Wiesel in central midfield.

Dennis Praet is also included in Martinez’s squad but is unlikely to feature from the off with Dries Mertens and Eden Hazard first-choice picks.

Thomas Meunier and Yannick Carrasco should provide width from the wing-back roles while Romelu Lukaku will look to get on the scoresheet playing as a lone striker.

Switzerland are without Kevin Mbabu, Johan Djourou and Admir Mehmedi but Michael Lang should return on the right side of defence.

 

South Florida vs Tulsa

South Florida vs Tulsa : Get a summary of the Tulsa Golden Hurricane vs South Florida Bulls football game. Our advanced NCAA College Football computer model simulated Friday’ Our college football experts Tulsa vs South Florida predict, pick and preview the South Florida Bulls vs TulsaGolden Hurricane game, with kickoff time TV channel  times.

Unbeaten South Florida looks to keep pace in a top-heavy AAC when it travels to face Tulsa on Friday at 7 p.m. ET. The Bulls are 5-0 and averaging more than 200 yards rushing and 200 yards passing — but they also allow 200-plus in each. In the latest USF vs Tulsa odds, the Bulls are favored by seven points, while the over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 61. Before you make any USF vs. Tulsa picks, check out what the SportsLine Projection Model has to say.

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The model made some huge calls in Week 6, including recommending Texas (+226) on the money line in its massive upset of No. 7 Oklahoma. It finished the week on an 8-2 run on all of its college football picks, and when it comes to top-rated picks, it is now an impressive 64-52 on the year. Anyone who has followed it is way up.

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The model knows USF can beat teams on the ground, as it did Saturday against Massachusetts when Jordan Cronkite rushed for 303 yards and three touchdowns in a 58-42 victory. Cronkrite ran for 129 yards on 15 carries in a 20-13 win over East Carolina, including the 80-yard winner in the fourth quarter.

Quarterback Blake Barnette can also beat teams with his arm or his feet. He threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more in a 48-37 win over Georgia Tech in Week 2 and tossed a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns as the Bulls rallied for a 25-19 win over Illinois.

Just because South Florida has been rolling offensively doesn’t mean the Bulls are a lock to cover Friday.

Tulsa is just 1-4, but each loss had substantial opportunities. The Golden Hurricane outgained Temple 368-300 but lost 31-17, led Arkansas State early but succumbed 29-20, lost to Texas 28-21 on a fourth-quarter Longhorns score and led Houston 26-17 in the fourth quarter before the Cougars went on a 24-0 spurt, including 17 points in 91 seconds.

In an effort to jump-start the offense, Tulsa went with freshman Seth Boomer at quarterback last weekend, replacing Luke Skipper. Boomer passed for 227 yards against Houston — 50 yards over the team’s season average — with one touchdown and one interception.

The Tulsa Golden Hurricane are getting desperate for a feel good victory, as they need to snap a four-game losing streak. The Tulsa Golden Hurricane have lost five of their last seven home games. Luke Skipper is completing 58.6 percent of his passes for 716 yards, four touchdowns and six interceptions. Skipper and Seth Boomer have combined for five touchdown passes and seven interceptions this season.

Keenen Johnson and Justin Hobbs have combined for 527 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Keylon Stokes has 18 receptions. The Tulsa Golden Hurricane ground game is averaging 206.8 yards per contest, and Corey Taylor II leads the way with 411 yards and four touchdowns.

Defensively, Tulsa is allowing 31.2 points and 380.8 yards per game. Cooper Edmiston leads the Tulsa Golden Hurricane with 42 tackles, Diamon Cannon has one sack and Zaven Collins has one interception.

The Bulls are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 Friday games, 8-2 ATS vs. a team with a losing record and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 conference games. The Golden Hurricane are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games in October, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games on fieldturf. The under is 4-0 in Golden Hurricane last 4 games overall and the under is 4-1 in Bulls last 5 conference games.

The South Florida Bulls are playing good enough football to crack the top-25, but they’ve struggled to put the better teams on their schedule away and are just 2-3 ATS on the season.

The Tulsa Golden Hurricane have fallen off quickly since their opening week win over Central Arkansas, but we must remember that three of their last four wins have come on the road and are probably steps up in comp. The South Florida Bulls have failed to cover seven of their last eight games when favored by at least seven points.

The Tulsa Golden Hurricane have covered six of their last eight games when an underdog of at least seven points. Tulsa has been kind to us over the years in the underdog role, and USF has had issues really putting teams away. I’ll take a shot with the touchdown and the hook.

Brewers vs Dodgers

Brewers vs Dodgers The Milwaukee Brewers and Los Angeles Dodgers will meet to decide the National League MLB  pennant, Dodgers vs Brewers with the NLCS beginning Friday at Miller .The Brewers are as hot as any team in baseball, but the Dodgers have the power and starting pitching depth to cool them off and return.

This Friday night will kick off one of the most intriguing championship series matchups we’ve seen in a long time. Game 1 of the National League Championship Series between the Los Angles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers will be a battle between two of the hottest teams in baseball right now.

Milwaukee is coming off an 11-game winning streak and Los Angeles has won their last seven of eight games, so Game 1 is going to be the chance for one of the two teams to keep their winning momentum going and jump out to an early lead in the series. It’ll be interesting to see if Milwaukee’s home field advantage in this series (best record in NL) can carry them past a powerful Dodgers offense. The Brewers will host the first two games of the NLCS at Miller Park in Milwaukee.

Gio Gonzalez is taking the mound for Milwaukee in Game 1 after not pitching in the Brewers’ three-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies in the NLDS. He was acquired on Aug. 31 from the Washington Nationals, and the Brewers have won all five of his starts. Gonzalez has not faced the Dodgers this season though. The decision is a bit of surprise since Jhoulys Chacin has been Milwaukee’s most consistent starter this season and was expected to get the nod for the series opener, but Gonzalez will be well rested.

After a dominant performance in Game 2 of the NLDS (8 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 3 K), Clayton Kershaw will be the Los Angeles starter on six days of rest. Kershaw has started twice against the Brewers this season and experienced mixed results. He’s 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA and struck out 12 in 12 innings, and the Brewers lineup isn’t completely incapable of scoring off the left-hander as they managed four runs in a July 21 game in Milwaukee.

The Dodgers are one series away from the chance to redeem themselves after a runner-up finish against the Houston Astros in seven games of the World Series last year. They’re playing with the ‘win-or-bust’ mindset right now and the expectations for the team are high, from the fans to the front office. The general focus for L.A. in Game 1 will be whether or not Kershaw can hold off a Brewers offense hitting .272 and playing in front of their home crowd.

Second to that, Friday night’s game could be a potential test for whether or not the Dodgers’ offense can break through the Brewers’ back-end trio of Josh Hader, Jeremy Jeffress and Corey Knebel in the bullpen if they fall behind early on in the game.

Brewers: The storyline for Milwaukee in Game 1 is whether or not this squad can use their home-field advantage early on to force the Dodgers into a tough spot. The Brewers were 51-30 at home this season. Ever since winning the NL Central tiebreaker against the Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee has outscored their opponents 80-34 and they’ve really proved that they have the potential to break out and score lot of runs.

Both these teams are heading into Game 1 on hot streaks but I’m giving Milwaukee the edge for this first game. Up against Kershaw, the Brewers’ offense is going to have to be operating on all cylinders for every inning of the game but I think Milwaukee can run off Christian Yelich’s success and energy from the home crowd.

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Shanghai Masters 2018

Shanghai Masters 2018: The Shanghai Masters is a Tennis tournament to take place in Shanghai, ChinaThe 2018 Shanghai Rolex Masters is a tennis tournament played on outdoor hard courts. It will be the tenth edition of the Shanghai ATP Masters 1000, classified. It is a 24-man non-ranking invitation event, unlike previous editions of the Shanghai Masters which were ranking events.

2018 Shanghai Masters with a three-set victory over Roberto Bautista Agut.The Spaniard got the jump on Federer in the second set, blitzing him 6-2 before the Swiss maestro kicked back into gear in the third and took the match. But it didn’t come without some fire from his World No. 28 opponent.

A successful forehand winner from Bautista Agut at 4-4 in the deciding set was called out by the linesman, forcing the point to be replayed.

Federer successfully broke Bautista Agut’s serve and went on to take the set 6-4, sparking an outburst from his downed opponent.

He accused the umpires of favouritism for the 20-time grand slam champ during the “critical” moment as he fought to escape his second round of 16 exit in two tournaments.

“It is not the first time that favouritism has occurred,” he said after the match.

“I do not think I lost by that ball, but in my opinion I do not think the referee was right there.

“I’m a bit disgusted with the result because I think I have made merits to win or to put myself in a position to win, it was the first time I had Federer on the ropes, it was a good day to beat him and in the end he was not able to win.

“It was a very tense moment, I went 30-0, with two good serves, I was 30 equal and I felt the tension of having Federer in front of me.

“That the match was at a very critical point, a decisive moment like that, in a deuce, a point more or a point less is decisive.”
Day 4 of Rolex Shanghai Masters had a lot of promise and mostly the big names delivered with some incredible performances, but the ending wasn’t quite what the crowd and fans all around the world would’ve hoped for.

It was another injury scare for Juan Martin del Potro during his 3rd round match against Borna Coric. At 5-4(30-40) in the first set, while returning a rally shot from Coric, del Potro slipped on the court in what looked like a rough fall. He sought medical attention one game later (was uncomfortable and ultimately got broken), and finally retired after he lost the first set 5-7.

This marks a 5th career Masters 1000 quarterfinal for Coric who sets up a quarterfinal against Matthew Ebden. Ebden won his 3rd round against Peter Gojowczyk 6-2 6-3 in just 50 minutes!

Although the end wasn’t ideal, the morning session of the day’s play was. 4th seeded Alexander Zverev came out all guns blazing and overpowered his Australian opponent, Alex de Minaur. Zverev blasted his way past De Minaur 6-1 6-4 in just 68 minutes to make his 10th Masters 1000 quarterfinal and become the youngest ever quarter-finalist in Shanghai. On Show Court 3, Kyle Edmund dispatched Nicolas Jarry 7-6(5) 6-3 to set up a tricky quarterfinal against Zverev.

On Center Court, much like Zverev, Novak Djokovic made little work of his opponent as well. In a rematch of their Roland Garros quarterfinal, Djokovic turned the tables against Marco Cecchinato and beat him 6-4 6-0 in 69 minutes to maintain his winning run.

Should he reach the semifinal, he’ll be just 215 points shy of Rafael Nadal. But his road to semifinal won’t be easy, as he faces an ever-improving Kevin Anderson who firmly dispatched Greek youngster Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4 7-6(1), winning 82% first serve points and losing serve just once.

During the first night session match, Kei Nishikori delivered a brilliant performance against Sam Querrey to make the Shanghai Masters quarterfinals for the first time since 2011. The win gets him to #9 in the live race rankings, making him a contender to make it to London. Nishikori’s performance is improving ever-so-steadily and he could very well pose as a serious threat against Swiss legend Roger Federer.

Federer’s match against Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain was his easiest in the draw in terms of ranking. But a spirited performance from Agut made sure Federer had to toil much harder than expected to get the win. Despite a good serving day, he struggled against a hard-hitting Agut and for the second straight match, got stretched to 3 sets to get the win.

Federer vs Nishikori

Federer vs Nishikori: Kei Nishikori vs Roger Federer all matches, with stats on their H2H rivalry. ATP & WTA Kei Nishikori head to head tennis search.Federer battled his way into the quarter-finals in Shanghai with a three-set win over Roberto Bautista Agut. It was the second straight match Federer has lost a set …

Federer set up a quarter-final showdown with his fellow Uniqlo ambassador after narrowly beating Roberto Bautista Agut 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 today.The Swiss star had a similarly tricky opening match in China as he needed the full three sets to see off Daniil Medvedev earlier this week.

Federer acknowledges that he has to work on holding his serve to try and wrap up the victory much quicker.

But he has only met Nishikori on seven previous occasions and the Japanese sensation has recorded two victories – although none have arrived since 2014.
“As we know with Kei’s game, once he finds his range and his rhythm, he’s very tough to play,” Federer said.

“I think it’s going to be a tough match tomorrow. I hope it’s going to help me that I played against [Daniil] Medvedev and also Bautista Agut, two really good baseliners, to be honest.

“From that standpoint, I feel like I found a rhythm. Now it’s just up to me to play a good match myself.
The defending champion is hoping to reach the semi-final of the Masters 1000 tournament for the ninth time in 11 appearances. Federer though has been made to work hard in the ongoing edition.

After surviving a scare against Daniil Medvedev in the second round, the 37-year-old was pushed to the limits once again by Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain.

Federer broke Agut in the second set but the Spaniard stepped up and forced a decider before going down 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.
Nishikori has managed to remain consistent over the last two months as he finally looks in shape following a series of injuries. The Japanese star had headed into the tournament on the back of a runner-up finish in Tokyo last week.

The US Open semi-finalist showcased his defensive prowess in the R16 match by outclassing big-serving Sam Querrey in straight sets.

Federer acknowledges the threat Nishikori’s possess but insists the hard-fought battles against good baseliners in Medvedev and Agut will help him during the quarter-final.

“As we know with Kei’s game, once he finds his range and his rhythm, he’s very tough to play. [I’m] not sure if fast courts suit him better or not, because I feel like he actually plays well on clay, grass, hard. He can do it all… [But] I think it’s going to be a tough match tomorrow,” Federer was quoted as saying by ATP’s official website.

“I hope it’s going to help me that I played against Medvedev and also Bautista Agut, two really good baseliners, to be honest.”

The 21-year-old Borna Coric is through to his fifth Masters 1000 quarter-final after just one set played against the 3rd seed Juan Martin del Potro who was forced to retire after falling and injuring his knee. Both players were not on their best but it was Borna who scored the only break in game 11, holding at love a few minutes later for a 7-5 before the Argentinian decided to retire after 68 minutes.

World number 12 Kei Nishikori has scored his 36th ATP win of the season after a 7-6 6-4 triumph against Sam Querrey in an hour and 32 minutes, advancing into his fourth straight quarter-final and earning the 95th Masters 1000 win.

This was their 10th meeting and the first since Acapulco 2016, with the Japanese claiming the sixth win over the American thanks to a very solid performance on serve and with one break in the second set. Sam fought great on the fast hard court and he fired 16 aces to face just three break points, suffering the only break in the last game of the match to hand the win to his rival without a chance to reach another tie break.

Brewers vs Dodgers

Brewers vs Dodgers prediction, preview: MLB playoffs schedule, bracket, game TV, and things to know On Friday, we’ll witness the start of the 2018 National League Championship Series and it’s a beauty. We’ve got the Milwaukee Brewers, coming from the smallest market in baseball and having never won an NL pennant against the defending NL champion Dodgers, who reside in the second-largest market in baseball.

David vs. Goliath? I’m sure some will paint it that way. The Brewers did end up with the most wins in the NL, though, and have home-field advantage in this series as a result.

Here is what you need to know about this series.

LCS games will air on Fox, FS1 and TBS, which can be streamed on fuboTV (Try for free). For a look at the complete schedule, click here. The Brewers haven’t lost in a long time
The Brewers closed the regular season with an eight-game winning streak, just stealing the NL Central from the Cubs, and then swept the Rockies in the NLDS. It’s an 11-game winning streak overall, but it’s more jarring when we put it in this context:

By the time the NLCS starts, it will have been 20 days since the Brewers last lost a game.

Take from this what you will, whether it’s “they are so hot they’ll keep winning,” “they are due for a loss” or that it doesn’t really mean anything other than that they have been playing great baseball.

I just find it interesting and outstanding.

The Dodgers have been one of baseball’s best teams for a while
Through 162 games, the Dodgers were 91-71 and needed to win a tiebreaker game over the Rockies to secure their sixth straight NL West title. That is 13 games worse than last season and they were only good enough for the third-best record in the NL. With this level of payroll and talent, it probably sounds like a disappointing regular season. After all, they were “under” on the over/under Vegas line.

We always need context, though. Almost everything that could have possibly gone wrong did for about six weeks.

From early to mid-May, the Dodgers lost nine of 10 games with eight of those losses coming to the three NL last-place teams (Padres, Reds, Marlins). They got Justin Turner back and a sort of switch flipped. From May 15 to the end of the season, the Dodgers went 76-45, four games better than the Cubs for the best record in the NL in that time (five games better than the Brewers).

That 76-45 record, by the way, is a 162-game pace of 102 wins. They just won three of four from the Braves, too, which pretty well falls in line with that.

Basically, these Dodgers have been a true talent 102-win team since the middle of May.

Two championship droughts in context
Again, there’s always context. For the huge-money, marquee-franchise Dodgers, not winning the World Series since 1988 is a drought. This is their 12th trip to the playoffs since that championship and, again, their sixth straight appearance in the postseason. They have yet to get the job done and last year was their first pennant since 1988. Many surely believe this is unacceptable and anything less than hoisting that trophy after the Fall Classic will be considered a disappointment.

On the flip-side, the Brewers don’t get here all too often. This is only the fifth playoff appearance in franchise history. There were none between 1982 and 2008. This is only the third time in a League Championship Series and the second time on the NL side. The franchise has one pennant, but that was in the AL. The Brewers have never been to the World Series as the NL representative.

Also, the Brewers have been in existence for 50 years and have never won the World Series. The Dodgers have been to the playoffs 32 times with 23 pennants and six World Series titles.

The Brewers have great power
During the regular season, the Brewers’ 218 home runs ranked second in the NL. They were third in slugging percentage, too. Jesus Aguilar (hopefully MLB broadcasters out there can learn how to pronounce his last name), Travis Shaw and likely NL MVP Christian Yelich topped 30 homers. Ryan Braun hit 20, but five came in the team’s last seven games. Eric Thames hit 16 in a half-season’s worth of at-bats. Mike Moustakas hit 28 between the Royals and the Brewers after hitting 38 last season. Jonathan Schoop hit 21 between his two stops after hitting 32 last season.

You get the point. The Brewers are a threat to leave the yard on pretty much every at-bat.

Ahead of all those boppers, too, is the perfect table setter. Lorenzo Cain hit .308 with a .395 on-base percentage and 30 stolen bases. In 620 plate appearances, he only struck out 94 times. Fun fact on Cain: He’s been in eight different postseason series now and his team has won seven of them, with the 2014 World Series loss in Game 7 by one run (90 feet away!) being the lone loss.

Brewers pitching has been excellent
The biggest weakness on the Brewers is the rotation, but the bullpen is ridiculous and in the best shape it’s ever been (read more here as to why).

The two starters the Brewers are most likely to heavily lean on are Jhoulys Chacin and Wade Miley.

In Chacin’s last 11 regular season starts, he pitched to a 2.67 ERA. On short rest in Game 2 of the NLDS, he threw five scoreless innings while only allowing three hits (all singles).

Miley has simply become a different pitcher since discovering the cutter (more here on that from last month). He had a 2.57 ERA in 15 starts.

Also, Gio Gonzalez pitched well once he was acquired and the Dodgers — while it’s a far cry from what it was in 2016 — hit lefties worse than they do righties.

Expect Counsell to be creative with a bullpen day being possible and he’ll likely only try to get five innings, max, from his starters. What for aggressive and early hooks if there is trouble.

 

Jazz vs Kings

Jazz vs Kings The Sacramento Kings will be playing the Jazz I’m a preseason game, six days before opening the regular season against them. Last season, the Kings went 0-3 against the Jazz losing by an average of nine points.

The Kings may not be expected to knock off the Western Conference’s no. 5 seed from a year ago in the season opener, but they could very easily take them down a note in Thursday’s clash.

A win could also give Sacramento some added confidence in the season opener, something that could go a long way for a young team. Regardless, there will be plenty for Kings fans to watch for in Thursday’s game, starting with a battle between two high-profile guards.

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What to watch for
First on the list has to be how De’Aaron Fox is able to play against Donovan Mitchell’s Jazz team.

Last season Fox struggled mightily against the Jazz, shooting just 36 percent from the field for 11.3 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals. By comparison, Rookie of the Year candidate Donovan Mitchell short 58 percent against Sacramento for 29.6 points, 2.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.6 steals over their three games.

It’s unfair to put Mitchell and Fox on the same level as Mitchell has a far-superior team surrounding him as well as a better coaching staff; but it would go a long way toward believing Fox can take the next step if he’s able to perform at a high-level against a team he’s struggled with in his career.

Itll also be important to see how Marvin Bagley III plays in this one. The Jazz are a good defensive team and Bagley has struggled in the postseason thus far, seeing him right-the-ship in this one would certainly be a good sign.

France vs Iceland

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France vs Iceland Betting Tips: Latest odds, team news, preview and predictions. With Hamren’s team out of form and leaking goals, Al Hain-Cole is backing a high-scoring victory for Les Bleus at the Stade de Roudourou in Guingamp Guingamp’s Stade de Roudourou will be expecting a big win when France take on Iceland in Thursday’s international friendly clash.

Les Bleus are still on a high after lifting the World Cup in July, taking four points from their two opening UEFA Nations League matches against Germany and Netherlands since then.

Latest Odds
Having run out 5-2 winners when the sides met in the quarter-finals of Euro 2016, they are 1/6 (1.17) favourites with William Hill to maintain the feelgood factor with another victory in Brittany.

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In contrast, Erik Hamren’s team have gone 11 matches without a victory and are 14/1 (15.00) outsiders to pull off a shock victory against the world champions.The hosts were held to a 1-1 draw by the USA in their most recent friendly match back in June, and you can get odds of 13/2 (7.50) on them being forced to settle for another stalemate in this one.

Team News
Dimitri Payet has been drafted in to replace the injured Nabil Fekir, while Lyon youngster Tanguy Ndombele has received his first senior call-up. Mamadou Sakho, Kurt Zouma and Lucas Digne have all returned to the squad after lengthy absences.

Jon Dadi Bodvarsson and captain Aron Gunnarsson have both been ruled out through injury, with Albert Gudmundsson and debutant Jon Thorsteinsson called in to take their place.

Struggling Iceland
Having punched above their weight impressively over the past few years, recent results have forced Strakarnir okkar to come back down to earth with a bang.Although finishing bottom of a World Cup group that contained both Argentina and eventual finalists Croatia was certainly no disgrace, a winless run that stretches 11 games back over a year is a little more difficult to swallow.

Having conceded nine goals in just two UEFA Nations League games against Switzerland and Belgium, they must now take on a team that has put 27 goals past them in seven previous encounters on French soil.

Predictions
With Didier Deschamps’ men in high spirits, odds of 5/4 (2.25) offer solid value on their lethal frontline ensuring at least four goals are scored on the way to victory for their fourth consecutive meeting with Iceland.

Raptors vs Pelicans

After much debate among the in-house media here at the ACC, it’s been determined that the Raptors and Pelicans have indeed played each other with both DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis in the lineup. It was a real dream of a game, in that we just barely remember it happening.

For those curious: the game was in New Orleans, the Raptors won 94-87, and the leading scorers were Boogie and, wait for it, Jonas Valanciunas. Weirdly — or not so weirdly given how often he’s missed Raps games entirely — Davis only played 17 minutes. Like I said, a lot of odd things going on here.

So there is a sample size (of one) with regards to the Raptors and the Pelicans. The twin towers can be beaten by the team from Toronto. History tells us it has happened.

Now we just need to see if it’ll happen again.

Here’s our full Raptors-Pelicans preview.

Where to Watch:
SN ONE at 7:30 p.m., EST

Starters:
Toronto – Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Norman Powell, Serge Ibaka, Jonas Valanciunas

New Orleans – Jrue Holiday, E’Twuan Moore, Dante Cunningham, Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins

Injuries:
Toronto – none

New Orleans – Alexis Ajinca, Rajon Rondo, Solomon Hill, Frank Jackson, Omer Asik — We missed this this morning, but thanks to the Bird Writes crew for pointing it out: the Pellies are injured as hell.

Chemistry building: Since Nick Nurse took over as head coach of the Raptors, he has spoken about the importance of chemistry. With some new faces on the roster this year, this preseason has been big for the team to develop the familiarity that will aid its chemistry. Though Toronto has only had four preseason games thus far, Nurse is already pleased with how things are looking for his roster, and he is eager to see how things develop as guys get more in-game action alongside one another.

“It’s a tremendous group of guys that’s worked very hard and listened very well,” Nurse said. “You can just see — offensive chemistry is probably easier to see, but you can just see defensive chemistry building. If you’ve seen us from game one to where we are now, you can see [we’re] a little bit more locked in, focused, a little bit better communication, not as many mistakes, a little bit more finishing the possessions off.”

Thursday Night Football

Thursday Night Football’ odds: Eagles vs. Giants picks and predictions from proven expert who’s 6-1 on Philadelphia gamesIt might be too early in the 2018 NFL season to call Eagles vs. Giants a “must-win” for both sides, but it’s unquestionably a game with plenty of implications. These AFC East rivals come into Thursday Night Football having both dropped two straight and in desperate need of a win.

And with precipitation in the forecast around MetLife Stadium for the 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff, it could be a sloppy game. The latest Eagles vs. Giants odds have the defending Super Bowl champs favored by 2.5, the same as where the line opened. The Over-Under for total points has dropped to 44 after opening at 45. Before locking in any Eagles vs. Giants picks, be sure to check out what SportsLine’s resident Philly guru, Stephen Oh, has to say.

A renowned data scientist who co-founded Accuscore, Oh has an uncanny bead on the Eagles. In his past seven picks involving Philly, against the spread or on the money line, Oh has been correct six times. Anyone who has followed him is way up.

Now, Oh has crunched the numbers for Eagles vs. Giants and produced a strong point-spread pick that he’s revealing only at SportsLine.

Oh knows that since returning in Week 3, Wentz has gotten better each week. He threw for 311 yards and two touchdowns without an interception in Sunday’s tight loss to Minnesota, averaging a robust 8.9 yards per attempt. And Philly enters Thursday Night Football highly confident after winning seven of the past eight meetings with the G-Men, not to mention covering in eight of its past 11 visits to MetLife Stadium.

Philadelphia’s recent success against New York is far from a guarantee that the Eagles can cover the spread in the national spotlight on Thursday.

The Eagles will be without the services of leading rusher Jay Ajayi, who tore his ACL in Week 5 against the Vikings. He’ll be replaced by a committee of backs including Wendell Smallwood (25 carries, 150 yards) and Corey Clement (27 carries, 122 yards), but none possesses Ajayi’s upside.

And that could be the difference against a New York squad that has made a habit of playing in tight games this season. The Giants have kept every game but one within one score. And with a passing offense averaging 287 yards per game, New York could push the Eagles’ secondary, which is giving up 276.8 yards per contest, to the limit.

New York just ended a 37-game streak of not scoring 30 points when it put up 31 in Charlotte. Rookie running back Saquon Barkley scored two more touchdowns Sunday against the Panthers, giving him five overall. Eli Manning threw for 300-plus yards for the first time this season and Odell Beckham exploded for 131 yards receiving and his first score while also tossing a 54-yard touchdown to Barkley on a trick play.

We can tell you Oh is leaning over, but his stronger play is against the spread. Surprising statistical projections have him going big on one side.