With a national holiday in the U.S. today, and with the NBA still taking one more day off before resuming the season after the All-Star break, this new week kicks off with a much more subtle touch, with few contests available around the globe for watching and wagering on today. Nonetheless, determined to sort out the best sports betting options every day on one of the best online sportsbooks reviewed here on our website, we turn towards the top sportsbook at Betonline Sportsbook (read the review of Betonline Sportsbook) for a handful of picks ranging from European Football, NHL Hockey, and even a few NCAA Basketball contests this afternoon. Earliest on the docket today comes the options for sports betting on the soccer matches set for action in the English FA Cup and the Spanish La Liga, with two quick picks available at Betonline before the matches begin shortly. In the first match-up, West Ham United tries to hold onto some level of confidence taking on a lesser opponent from the Championship League, as they entertain Burnley, a former EPL team from last season which has floundered during coaching turmoil of late. Moving forward with a new, young coach in Eddie Howe, Burnley will try to continue their good play of late to advance in FA Cup play, while the Hammers look to capitalize on yet another home draw during their fortunate 2011 Cup competition schedule. Though West Ham is the big favorite, in an evenly matched all-time series between the two, we’ll shoot for a draw at +240 for the first pick of the day.
For our second pick-up, we turn to La Liga action between Mallorca and Real Sociedad, two teams sitting within a three-way tie for 9th in the middle of the table. Returning to top flight action, Real Sociedad has performed very well, and sets their sights for a coveted Europa League spot as well as maintaining status in the top league. Alternating wins and losses over the past 5 games, Real will take on a Mallorca team trying to build off their first win in 5 games, before they take on Barcelona, Espanyol and Valencia in the coming weeks. However, I’ll back Real to keep building on solid season and secure a home victory against a Mallorca team that hasn’t won on the road since November of last year. Expect a low scoring affair with both sides playing cautiously throughout the first half, and an additional good pick up taking the under wager on total points. With more soccer action in store for the days ahead as Champions League play continues tomorrow and on Wednesday, make sure to check over the matches between FC Copenhagen vs. Chelsea as well as a great match-up between Lyon hosting Real Madrid tomorrow (with Lyon being the ousters of the Spanish side in last season’s first knock-out stage), and further action Wednesday as Inter Milan ties with Bayern Munich for a rematch of last year’s final match, and Manchester United clashes with Marseille. Great soccer days ahead, prepare a few wagers today at Betonline sportsbook by nabbing some early lines and get ready for some of the best competition on the international stage as we finish the first portion of the two-legged Round of 16 knockout phase of play.
Moving to further action available for betting on sports as NHL Hockey hosts a small grip of 3 games today, we’ll take out a quick series of wagers on the games featuring the New York Islanders vs. Florida Panthers in the early game, St. Louis hosting Chicago, and lastly the game of the night featuring the Pittsburgh Penguins hosting the Washington Capitals. Like the New Jersey Devils, the New York Islanders have shown a renewed fervor for the game in the second half, showing that they have young talent even if their playoff hopes are all but gone. Setting sites on the visiting Florida Panthers who sit six points over the Islanders in the East and 3-5-2 in their last ten games, at home look for the Isles to nab a victory on Monday, to build on their strong 7-3 run over their last stretch of 10. In the second clash between two teams sitting on the bubble of the Western Conference playoffs, Chicago looks to simmer down the St. Louis Blues, winners of 3 straight, and strong on home ice throughout the season. Though reeling from Jaroslav Halak’s placement on the IR this year, back-ups Ty Conklin as well as youngster Ben Bishop seem to be holding strong and will be critical to the success or failure of a St. Louis run at a playoff spot. At home, where the Blues have been their best, we’ll take them to pick up their 4th straight as they set sights on overtaking Chicago and others for the final spot in the West. In the final match-up we’re picking on the day, we turn to the #4 and #5 teams in the Eastern Conference, in a great battle between Pittsburgh and Washington as the two teams try to pick up the pace after recent mediocre runs. Washington has owned the Pens in their own building as of late, and without Sidney Crosby available (still in doubt, due to the mild concussion suffered in the Winter Classic), and we’ll continue with the Caps as our pick against an injury-depleted Pittsburgh team for the last bet on the day. Picking up steam tomorrow for sports betting, keep an eye out for great action on the horizon asNBA play resumes, more great soccer action is featured between the top teams in Europe, and NCAA Hoops continue its exciting run towards the conference championships and March Madness ahead.