Big Al's Daily Angle: EPL and NFL Preview

by Alec McMordie

The Monday sports card features Monday Night Football in the NFL, along with two matches in the English Premier League.

Two teams moving in the opposite direction will challenge bettors in the Monday Night Football game on ESPN. Tampa Bay has won five of their last six games after their opening week loss at home to New Orleans. They play their third game on the road in four games after victory last week in Las Vegas over the Raiders by a 45-20 score as a 3.5-point favorite.

Tom Brady completed 33 of 45 passes in that game for 369 yards with four touchdown passes and without an interception. The ageless wonder is completing 65.7% of his passes in his year operating head coach Bruce Arians’ offense. He has thrown for 1910 yards with 18 touchdown passes, which began the week as the second-most in the NFL. 

New York will be playing their second straight game on national television in prime-time after they lost at Philadelphia in last week’s Thursday night game by a 22-21 score. The Giants’ leading rusher in that game for the fourth time this season was quarterback Daniel Jones who gained 92 yards on four carries. New York is just 1-5 on the season yet remains only 1 1/2 games out of first place in the NFC East.

BookMaker lists Tampa Bay as a 13-point favorite with the total set at 45. The kickoff is shortly after 8:15 PM ET.

The English Premier League completes their seventh week of the season with two matches involving all three of the promoted sides. At 12:30 PM ET, West Bromwich travels to Fulham in a battle of two of these that made the step up from the Championship League. The Baggies come off a 1-1 draw at Brighton, which was their third draw in six EPL matches. West Brom has yet to bring home a victory since their promotion. Fulham looks to rebound from a 2- 1 loss to Crystal Palace last Saturday. The Cottagers have managed only one point in their six league matches, so relegation concerns are already developing. BookMaker rates Fulham as a slight favorite (PK, -135) with the over/under set 2.25. The NBC Sports Network has the broadcast.

At 3 PM ET, Leeds United hosts Leicester City. The Whites have been one of the biggest surprises in the EPL this season with their opening match shootout with Liverpool that ended in a 4-3 loss before later earning a 1-1 draw with Manchester City. Under manager Marcelo Bielsa, Leeds has won three of their six EPL matches. The Whites defeated Aston Villa by a 3-0 win last weekend. Leicester City has won four of their six games this season after their 1-0 victory at Arsenal. After finishing in 5th place last year, the Foxes feel a top-four finish with a Champions League qualification is in sight.  BookMaker favors Leeds United slightly, as the Whites are PK, -114.  This match will be on the NBC Sports Network.

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