It’s a sports weekend loaded with watch-worthy matchups across various sports. As usual, the top legal and licensed sportsbooks will enhance your bet slip with free bonuses and unique wagers.
Powerhouses France & Argentina will meet in the World Cup final. The NFL schedule features a key AFC East clash as Tom Brady (Tampa Bay) and Joe Burrow (Cincinnati), and, of course, college football’s bowl season kicks off with many wagering options.
How can you take advantage of these free bonuses and unique wagers? Here’s a rundown of a loaded weekend in sports betting.
Free Bonuses And Unique Wagers: World Cup Final
Bookmakers anticipate a tight World Cup final on Sunday, with both countries carrying -110 odds of winning the title at bet365. Even in a moneyline three-way with a regulation tie factored in, the difference remains slim: +180 for Argentina and +175 for France.
Bet365 is offering several wagers with boosted odds, including Argentina winning by a correct score of 2-1 with a lucrative payback of +1400. Do you think France forward Olivier Giroud will be the game’s first goal scorer? You can wager on it at bet365 for +750. The book also offers +1200 odds on a parlay of France winning in 90 minutes, France scoring in both halves, and Antoine Greizmann scoring at any point in the match.
FanDuel has a combo wager involving the winning team and the leading scorer in the World Cup. Lionel Messi (Argentina) & Kylian Mbappé (France) are tied at the top of the tally with five goals apiece. Following them are Julian Alvarez (Argentina) and Giroud (France), each with four. France/Mbappe is offered at +185, followed by Argentina/Messi at +200, Argentina/Mbappe at +430, and France/Messi at +470. If you’re looking for a big payout, France/Giroud is offered at +2100, and Argentina/Alvarez at +2600.
If you think Sunday’s final is going down to the wire, take advantage of these odds. Unibet is offering +550 on the match being decided in extra time and +400 on the title being determined on penalty kicks. The latter has occurred twice—in USA 1994 when Brazil survived Italy, and Germany 2006 when the Azzurri outlasted France.
DraftKings has rolled out its usual raft of specials for an NFL weekend. If you like prop parlays, DK has +330 odds on Tyreek Hill (Dolphins) recording at least 100 receiving yards and Josh Allen (Bills) scoring a rushing TD. Additionally, you can grab +200 odds on Justin Jefferson (Vikings) finishing with at least 100 receiving yards and one TD reception against the Colts.
Sunday’s featured game involves Burrow and the 9-7 Bengals visiting NFC South-leading Tampa Bay. DraftKings is offering +380 odds on Ja’Marr Chase (Bengals) finishing with 100 or more receiving yards and Mike Evans (Buccanneers) catching at least one touchdown pass. DK currently lists +200 odds on Patrick Mahomes (Chiefs) passing for 300 or more yards, combined with Travis Kelce catching at least one touchdown pass against Houston.
In New York City, the Jets host the Lions for a playoff-defining matchup. DraftKings is offering +330 odds on Amon-Ra St. Brown (Detroit) finishing with 100 or more receiving yards and Garrett Wilson (New York) catching at least one touchdown pass. The largest number on the board is +700, on Mike Williams (Chargers) finishing with 100 or more receiving yards and Derrick Henry (Tennessee) rushing for the century mark when the Titans travel to Los Angeles.
The Sunday night game is an NFC East clash between Washington and the Giants, both at 7-5-1 and coming off a tie in their previous meeting this season. In that contest, DraftKings offers +260 odds on running backs Brian Robinson Jr. (Commanders) and Saquon Barkley (New York) to each score a rushing touchdown.
Behold the kickoff to college bowl season, which begins this weekend with an intriguing slate. Saturday’s schedule includes what could be the worst matchup of bowl season. That comes when 6-6 Southern Mississippi faces 5-7 Rice in the Lending Tree Bowl. The Owls were blown out even by mediocre opponents. It’s tough therefore to ignore the +475 odds offered by BetMGM on Southern Miss winning by 13-18 points.
Out west in Albuquerque for Saturday’s New Mexico Bowl, SMU is a 3.5-point favorite over BYU at BetMGM. The Mustangs can put up points, and the Cougars’ starting quarterback is iffy. An SMU blowout between 19 and 24 points will get you +850 odds. Like Brigham Young to pull off the upset? You can get the Cougs and a total of over 60.5 points for +333 at BetMGM.
And on the outskirts of Dallas is another beauty. Boise State meets North Texas in the Frisco Bowl, where the Broncos are a 10.5-point favorite at BetMGM. The Mean Green may have a home-field advantage, but they also recently fired their head coach. The Broncos are the better team. So if you like that point spread, it makes sense to maximize value with BetMGM’s +425 offering for a Boise State victory by between seven and 12 points. Don’t worry– the big boys of college football start playing next week.
Free bonuses and unique wagers should be coming back then, too.