The San Francisco 49ers are set to begin their season by hosting the Minnesota Vikings at the Levi's Stadium on Saturday 14 September. When betting for the match opened in April, the 49ers were favorites to win but the tides have turned dramatically as the Vikings are clear favorites among offshore sportsbooks to grab a win.
The 49ers are coming off a horrible off-season where they lost 15 starters and backups and head coach Jim Harbaugh. Running back Frank Gore left to play for the Indianapolis Colts and Chris Borland and Patrick Willis announced their retirements unexpectedly. The team barely resemble the 2013 team that almost made it to the Super Bowl. The 49ers have become one of the most unpredictable teams this season as they adjust to new head coach Jim Tomsula. They still have talented players like Torey Smith and Aaron Lynch but will need time to adjust to Tomsula's plays.
The Vikings are coming into this match baring a lot of expectations from fans and betting enthusiasts. They have a young squad and are a team on the rise. They've also had a good off-season and manages to retain 3 free agents, and lost only 2 players to injury. Center John Sullivan is not going to feature in Monday's game as he picked up an injury in preseason but the Vikings managed to win 4 out of their 5 preseason games and are in fine form.
The game is likely going to be decided by which teams is better at running the ball as both of them have fresh legs in the form of Adrian Peterson and Carlos Hyde. Overall, the Vikings look likely to win this game and are favorites among the top online sportsbooks.