Ride with the Rebels Newsletter: 10/06

Record: 19-23-2 (2.50U)

The Arizona Cardinals came through last week to give us a slight profit for the weekend.

This week, we’re focusing on underdogs with some value.

October 7: NHL- San Jose Sharks vs Nashville Predators

Hockey is back! The NHL’s 2022-2023 season kicks off on Friday afternoon with the San Jose Sharks and Nashville Predators facing off in Prague for the first of a back-to-back series.

Nashville comes in as heavy favorites (-195), while San Jose (+165) are the underdogs.

Full disclosure- one of our employees roots for the Sharks and is riding the typical wave of optimism that washes over every fan right before a new season starts. He swears San Jose keeps it close and possibly wins. This one’s for him.

We’ll be taking the Sharks’ ML at +165. It offers good money, and they may be (somewhat) better than they were last year.

San Jose beefed up its scoring depth with the arrival of Luke Kunin and Steven Lorentz. Its defense is shaky but both goalies proved to be solid in between the pipes and stole a few games for the club last season.

The Predators are expected to be decent but are by no means Stanley Cup contenders. They acquired defenseman Ryan McDonagh in a trade and signed forward Nino Niederreiter in free agency, but they’re still far from being a heavy weight team.

The first couple games of the season are always a feeling-out process for clubs, and this should be no different. The Sharks offer great value, and we don’t expect this to be a blow-out for either side. We’ll take the team that offers positive money.

*Odds from DraftKings

Rebel’s Pick: San Jose Sharks ML (+165) @ 1U

October 9: EPL- Arsenal vs Liverpool

For our final pick of the weekend, we’ll be fading Arsenal for the second time in as many weeks.

They’ll be facing Liverpool (+160) in a game that will show if they’re true contenders.

Arsenal (+150) are the favorites to win, but we’re not sold on them yet and think they could drop some points by the time the final whistle is blown.

Liverpool has plenty of role players on the team and will head into Sunday with an extra two days’ rest. Arsenal, while also fielding plenty of depth, is sure to be more exhausted after playing on Thursday.

We’re banking on that exhaustion playing a large role in Sunday’s match. Because they’ll have fresher legs, the pendulum will swing towards Liverpool’s favor as the match progresses.  

If Liverpool can wear down Arsenal’s talent and steal a goal or two, this should be a nice win for us.

*Odds from PointsBet

Rebel’s Pick: Liverpool Full-time (+160) @ 1U

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