It’s been a difficult couple of weeks in the US and around the world as everyone has been forced to adjust to the spread of COVID-19.
While the majority of sports leagues have postponed play for the foreseeable future, West Virginia sportsbooks still feature a decent amount of betting options.
Of course, most of these markets are not the usual ones bettors in the US typically wager on. Every major league in the country has been forced to shut down.
That includes both the NBA and NHL, which were nearing the end of their regular seasons.
Major league baseball planned on opening its season this week, but it also suspended games for at least another month.
The most significant cancellation might have been for college sports. The NCAA put a stop to every remaining winter and spring sport on the schedule.
Unfortunately, this included one of the most exciting sporting events on the calendar every year. March Madness, along with every conference tournament was canceled, ending the college basketball year.
This tournament was in line to be the most wagered on event ever, with several states featuring online sports betting apps for the first time.
Even though the lack of sports is difficult, everyone’s health must take precedence.
Thankfully, the Mountain State showcases three great online sportsbooks that all have betting options still available:
Let’s take a deeper dive into the mobile platforms and examine which sports are still being offered.
The most exciting betting option at WV sportsbooks are NFL futures. Although it’s never too early to start placing wagers for next season, there is a more immediate event on the NFL schedule.
Despite the precautions being taken nationwide, the NFL Draft is set to go off as expected. Even though it won’t take place with thousands of fans in Las Vegas as originally planned, the draft will still get underway on April 23.
League commissioner Roger Goodell told teams on Thursday that the date was not going to change.
This is great news for bettors as the draft provides plenty of different betting opportunities.
Between all of the mobile wagering apps, you’re able to find various odds for the 2020 draft. Markets include who will be the first overall selection, which team will draft certain players and the top picks at each position.
One choice that stands out is the total number of players at each position taken in the opening round. DraftKings currently has the following odds:
Total quarterbacks drafted in the first round:
- Over 4.5
- Under 4.5
Total running backs drafted in the first round:
- Over 0.5
- Under 0.5
Total cornerbacks drafted in the first round:
- Over 4.5
- Under 4.5
Total wide receivers drafted in the first round:
- Over 5.5
- Under 5.5
Another betting option coming up in the near future is with UFC. Perhaps now is the perfect time to get into MMA fighting if it was not previously on your radar.
UFC 249 is still currently scheduled for Saturday, April 18. Its main card consists of several compelling fights, including a Lightweight title matchup.
Khabib Nurmagomedov will look to defend his belt and undefeated record up against Tony Ferguson.
The Co-main event is shaping up to be a quality fight, too. Jessica Andrade and Rose Namajunas are set to meet in the octagon in the Strawweight division.
Here are the current betting odds for April’s UFC event according to FanDuel:
Lightweight – Main event
- Khabib Nurmagomedov -270
- Tony Ferguson +220
Women Strawweight – Co-main
- Rose Namajunas -166
- Jessica Andrade +140
If you’re looking for something to bet on prior to the end of March, then soccer is the move. Even though popular leagues like the English Premier League and Champions League have halted action, other countries are still playing.
The Belarusian soccer league, Vysshaya Liga, is one of the few remaining options available in Europe. Its season has just begun as every team has played just one match.
The second week of action has a few close contests according to sportsbooks. Games get underway on Friday and play throughout the weekend.
The following odds are currently listed on BetMGM for a few of the better matches this week:
- FC Ruh Brest +170
- Energetik-BGU Minsk +145
- FC Minsk +250
- Dinamo Minsk +110
- FC Isloch -118
- FC Smolevichi +280
- Neman Grodno +140
- FC Vitebsk +190