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Labour Day Classic: Stampeders and Eskimos CFL Betting

Written by:
Ean Lamb
Published on:
Sep/01/2008

The annual Labour Day Classic between the Stampeders and Edmonton Eskimos is a "must watch" for Canadians.

It's also a "must bet".

Calgary was a -4 ½ favorite at Sports Interaction which was offering betting on Toronto vs. Hamilton (-3) later in the day as well.

Both the Stampeders and Edmonton Eskimos are tied for second place in the CFL West.

What a great way to start the Labor Day classics with a good old fashion shootout at the Calgary "ok coral"!, writes Ron Raymond of ATSDatabase.com.

The Eskimos and Stampeders could switch players and you wouldn't know the difference, that's how identical these two Alberta teams have been this season. Both teams are 5-3 SU on the season and both are averaging 32 Points For on offense this year. However, the Stampeders have been the better defensive team and the kicking game is pretty much a coin toss too with DeAngelis and Prefontaine having great seasons!

Edmonton is coming off a nice butt kicking last week, as they smoked the Roughriders 27-10 at home, but when an away underdog has allowed 10 points or less in their last game, they are only 19-35 SU in their next game. Therefore, this will be a big statement game for Ricky Ray and the Eskimos to prove they are true contenders of the Western Division and look for Henry Burris to outshine Ricky Ray on Monday.

Calgary is coming of an emotional road win in BC, where they scored in the last minute of the game to steal a win. The last two games for the Stamps have gone OVER the total and expect another sell out at McMahon Stadium in this "Battle of Alberta" on Monday. Another betting angle that supports the Stampeders; the Eskimos are only 4-11 SU as a +3.5 to +6.5 point underdog vs. a division foe and they are coming off a division opponent. Plus, here's a CFL trend that goes back to 1996 that supports the Stamps this week; when any CFL team is a Home Favorite during a Monday game in September, they are 12-3 SU in this betting spot. I see this being a classic shootout game, but Calgary and the home crowd goes home happy! But not ATS Happy...

Ron's forecast: Calgary 31 Edmonton 30

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