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    Will Houston Sweep the 2019 World Series?

    Will Houston Sweep the 2019 World Series?

    The red-hot Washington Nationals will represent the National League in the World Series for the very first time after they rose from the wild-card round to defeat the high-flying LA Dodgers and sweep the Arizona Cardinals in the National League Championship.

    They will face the Houston Astros who are coming off another good season and looking for their second World Series in three years.

    The Texan outfit will start as the huge favourite according to the MLB World Series odds.

    The current World Series odds are as follows:

    Houston Astros (AL) 1.45 vs 2.75 Washington Nationals (NL)

    The World Series is a best-of-seven series, and the Odds to win World Series market above is for the overall winner. There's also plenty of prop bets available, including:

    • Total Number Of Games
    • Correct Score After 3 Games

    There re great World Series odds available at all the top sportsbooks, including Bodog World Series Odds. Check out our sportsbook guide page for more details.

    World Series Preview and Predictions

    The Houston Astros are the heavy favourite and it all comes down to a combination of factors. First, they have the better season record and a fantastic squad that includes some of the best pitchers in the majors.

    The American League was the stronger of the two divisions in 2019, and the fact that they were able to beat a good Yankees side to win the American League pennant shows that this team is ready to win another World Series.

    This leads to the second point - the Astros have been there and done it on the biggest stage, and it was only two years ago that the Astros lifted the trophy. Big game experience is crucial to winning any major tournament, and this could lead the Houston side to glory once more.

    It's true that the Nationals haven't got the experience on side, in fact the Nationals franchise has never been to a World Series prior to this season let alone won one. Yet the run that they have gone on in the second half of the season has been phenomenal considering they were 19-31 at one stage.

    The way in which they were able to beat the LA Dodgers, a peerless team in the National League for the last three years, shows that they are ready to step up. The Nationals also managed to record a National League Championship with a 4-0 sweep. They are crushing the postseason and could be good odds to win the World Series.

    Although tread carefully - winning the LCS to zero isn't always a great omen. Seven of the last tight teams to have won their respective league championship without losing have lost the World Series.  Click here for more World Series betting tips.

    World Series Prediction

    It is going to be a pitcher-heavy series if past games are an indication. Both sets of teams have excellent coverage on the mound and so runs will be at a premium for most of the series.

    Houston have the better batting lineup, which is another reason for their favouritism, although chances are it will come down to a few key moments when batters are in scoring position. Errors in defence could be crucial.

    It's hard to rule out placing a bet on the Nats when they are at such juicy odds, although realistically this is a series that should be won by the Astros. So, we recommend picking the favourites head to head here. Go for the Astros and check out our baseball betting page for more info.

    World Series Number of Games

    Here are the current odds for the number of games to decide the World Series:

    • Exactly 4 Games (Sweep) - 6.50
    • Exactly 5 Games - 3.50
    • Exactly 6 Games - 2.87
    • Exactly 7 Games - 3.00

    This market is great for anyone unsure of the winning team. World Series sweeps are pretty uncommon but not out of the question, and since the turn of the century there have been four instances where a team has won 4-0 in the Fall classic.

    It's certainly possible this time around - the Astros start as the heaviest World Series favourites since 2007, and in that year the Boston Red Socks showed why they deserved to be in that series with a 4-0 sweep of Colorado.

    However you have to respect the pitching quality of the Nationals here, and given they beat the Dodgers it's hard to see them getting swept. We think this will go to game six, so go with the favoured option at great odds (2.87).

    World Series Correct Score After 3 Games

    The first two games will be played in Houston before the series heads to Washington for the third game. This means that the odds favour a 2-1 scoreline to the Astros, and we also believe that is the most likely outcome. Here are all the possible scenarios:

    • Nationals 3-0 - 11.00
    • Nationals 2-1 - 2.87
    • Astros 2-1 - 2.10
    • Astros 3-0 - 4.50

    For those betting on the sweep, the 4.50 available is excellent, but even the 2.10 on the Astros for a likely 2-1 lead will more than double your money. That's the smart bet here.

    World Series Schedule

    • Game 1, Oct. 22: Nationals at Astros, 8:08 p.m.
    • Game 2, Oct. 23: Nationals at Astros, 8:07 p.m.
    • Game 3, Oct. 25: Astros at Nationals, 8:07 p.m.
    • Game 4, Oct. 26: Astros at Nationals, 8:07 p.m.
    • Game 5, Oct. 27*: Astros at Nationals, 8:07 p.m.
    • Game 6, Oct. 29*: Nationals at Astros, 8:07 p.m.
    • Game 7, Oct. 30*: Nationals at Astros, 8:08 p.m.
    • Note: Games 5-7 if necessary. All times ET.

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