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We’re not saying the Champions League “Golazo! Show” is better than Red Zone… but it does give us our midweek fix before American football resumes Thursday.

Runner-Up Revenge

Raheem Sterling-Twitter/Design: John Regula

RB Leipzig @ Manchester City – Wednesday, 3:00 p.m. ET

After falling to Chelsea in last season’s Champions League Final, Manchester City return to the competition out for blood. This squad is still one of the most talented in the world, is in great form, and will be fully healthy ahead of this fixture with a Leipzig side that is in poor form.

Prior to last May’s fateful final, the Citizens stormed through UCL, failing to lose a single match while covering -1.5 goals four times in the group stage and three times in the knockout stage. After a season-opening loss to Tottenham, City have rattled off three straight wins with an eye-popping 11-0 combined score.

Leipzig, meanwhile, lost three of their last four Champions League away games — failing to score in all three — and have lost three of four to open the new Bundesliga season. Expect Man City to let loose here.

Pick: Manchester City -1.5 (-110)*

DFS Value Play: Raheem Sterling ($6,500)

New Sheriff in Town

FC Sheriff/Design: John Regula

Shakhtar Donetsk @ Sheriff Tiraspol – Wednesday, 12:45 p.m. ET

If you’ve never heard of Sheriff Tiraspol, that’s understandable; after all, they are the first side to ever represent Moldova in Champions League. While Shakhtar Donetsk have become a staple of UCL in recent seasons, this is about as solid a draw as Sheriff could have asked for, especially on home turf.

That’s because the Wasps have been amazing in Tiraspol: They’ve won six straight there, scoring 21 goals and conceding just two over that stretch across league and Champions League Qualifying play. The one time they played Shakhtar at home back in 2003, it was a 0-0 draw.

Shakhtar snuck into this season’s competition via a narrow aggregate victory over Monaco in qualifying. We saw this kind of magic when Brentford played its first ever Premier League match a few weeks ago; perhaps we’ll see it again.

Pick: Sheriff Tiraspol +0.5 (-110)*

DFS Value Play: Adama Traore ($6,100)

Fade the Friars

John Hefti-USA TODAY/Design: John Regula

San Diego Padres @ San Francisco Giants – 9:45 p.m. ET

What happened to the Padres? One of the most explosive teams early in the season, San Diego is now fighting for its playoff life after losing seven of its last 10, including the last four in a row. We don’t see things getting better, at least not early in tonight’s contest.

That’s because Jake Arrieta will be taking the hill for the Friars. He’s made just two starts wearing brown and gold, but they’ve both been disasters, as he shows an 8.64 ERA and 1.44 WHIP with his new team. Things weren’t better when he was with the Cubs considering his 4.77 xFIP on the campaign.

Brandon Belt — who has hit a home run in three straight games — and the Giants should hop all over him to open the game. They’ll cover if Anthony DeSclafani continues to be serviceable.

Pick: Giants 1st 5 Innings -1 (+100)*

DFS Value Play: Brandon Belt ($4,400)

Triple Play

Virgil van Dijk-Twitter/Design: John Regula


First Leg – Wednesday, 3:00 p.m. ET

Let’s look at two Premier League sides who should win their first UCL fixtures of the season. We’ll start with a safe double down on Manchester City to get the win, if not the cover.

Liverpool disappointed in last season’s UCL without all-world defender Virgil van Dijk in the lineup. AC Milan are in decent form, but the vibrant environment at Anfield should push the Reds over the edge.

Pick: Manchester City and Liverpool Moneyline Parlay (-122)*


Milwaukee Brewers @ Detroit Tigers – 6:40 p.m. ET

Freddy Peralta hasn’t gotten over this prop mark in his last three starts, but he was pulled with a shoulder injury from the first one and was on a pitch count for the next two. Even if he’s still on a moderate pitch count, this is an easy number to get over for a guy who has a 12.2 K/9 on the season and is going against a team that strikes out fourth-most in MLB.

Pick: Freddy Peralta Over 5.5 Strikeouts (+105)*

Bold Bet

Real Madrid @ Inter Milan – Wednesday, 3:00 p.m. ET

This is the most intriguing matchup on Wednesday’s slate — two elite teams that have yet to lose in their domestic leagues. Inter have been excellent at home, Real have been excellent on the road. There’s very little to separate them, so we’ll say they’ll come away from this one with a point each to kick off group play.

Pick: Draw +265*

Degenerate Corner

Week 1 is officially in the books, and we capped it off with a truly bizarre Monday night that saw the Raiders win a huge overtime game over the Ravens. It’s a good reminder not to overreact. In this example, Vegas plays in a really good AFC West — featuring four teams that all won this weekend — so this result against a banged-up Baltimore squad doesn’t mean they’re any better than we thought coming in. Bear in mind it’s a long 17-game campaign, and one game is not a sample size.

The Roundup
Monday: 1-2-0
Parlay: L | Prop: W | Bold: L
MTD: 5-17-1 | Parlay: 3-5 | Prop: 3-5 | Bold: 2-6
YTD: 162-155-10 (51.1%)

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