The NHL and NBA seasons are both over and MLB is soon to follow. While professional baseball never happens in North American during the fall, the lack of basketball and ice hockey does mean that sports fans and bettors may find themselves watching and wagering on something different towards the end of this year.
Most sports have had their calendars altered massively in 2020, and while punters may not be used to betting on events like the Masters in November, they can at least be grateful that there is a wide range of sporting events to be enjoyed in the coming months.
Below are the five best sporting competitions that online betting sites will be taking wagers on during the fall.
Sadly, there will only be three golf majors in 2020, with The Open Championship being canceled. The Masters is usually the first major of the year and happens in April, but this time around it will be the last of three to take place.
A month before the action gets under way at Augusta, Bethard have US Open winner Bryson DeChambeau as a +800 favorite, while defending Masters champion Tiger Woods is priced at +2200.
Collin Morikawa, who lifted the Wanamaker Trophy at the PGA Championship in August, is +2500 to come out on top in Georgia.
UEFA Champions League
This year, the elite soccer tournament in Europe begins in October rather than its usual September start date and as a result, all of the group games will be played between October 21st and December 9th.
A total of 32 teams are split into eight groups, with the top two from each advancing to the knockout stage which runs from February until the final which is scheduled to be played on May 29th at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul.
Defending champions Bayern Munich are co-favorites along with Manchester City, with each of them priced at +400.
The football season began as planned on September 10th and continues to roll on despite a number of postponed games.
As usual, the NFL has been a hugely popular league among sports bettors this year, and it remains one of the best competitions for online gambling, both pre-game and in-play.
The Super Bowl winner market remains open throughout the season, with the Kansas City Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens expected to lead the way until the business end of the campaign.
A lot has had to change on both the ATP and WTA tennis calendars this year, but after two Grand Slam events in New York in Paris respectively, fans have been treated to a feast of action in recent months.
The 2020 ATP Finals will be the last to be held at London’s O2 Arena, as from 2021 until 2025, the event will move to Turin.
A high standard of tennis is always guaranteed in the ATP Finals as the world’s top eight battle it out.
French Open finalists Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will be in London in November, but Roger Federer will miss out due to knee surgery which he is rehabilitating from.
Circumstances this year have led to the UFC holding events on a private island, and the organization has done a tremendous job putting on world-class fights even though fans have been unable to attend.
One of the most anticipated bouts of the year goes down in Abu Dhabi on October 24th as the undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov battles Justin Gaethje for the UFC Lightweight Championship.
The Russian is a -320 favorite to see off the interim champion who defeated Tony Ferguson in Jacksonville in May.
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