With sports action currently on hold, professional athletes have turned to the world of esports to provide some sort of entertainment for fans. This week, the soccer world takes center stage for the EA Sports FIFA 20 Stay and Play Cup, running from April 15-19.
Players from 20 of Europe’s most historic clubs are competing to be crowned the Stay and Play champion in aid of charity, with EA donating $1 million US to Global Giving’s Coronavirus Relief Fund.
The teams range from 10 different countries and include big-name clubs like Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, PSG and Real Madrid. A real-life player from each club will be in control in the hopes of leading his team to victory.
What’s more, sportsbooks have gotten in on the fun to offer odds on the electronic event. Ahead of Sunday's slate of games, odds for two matches have hit the board at Sportsbook and can be seen here:
April 19 FIFA 20 Stay and Play Odds
|Brondby IF (Jesper Lindstrom)||-190||+450|
|Djurgardens IF (Jesper Karlstrom)||+320||+450|
|AIK (Nabil Bahoui)||+110||+380|
|FC Kobenhavn (Mo Daramy)||+155||+380|
How Does the Stay and Play Cup Work?
So, how does it work? The Stay and Play Cup is a single-elimination knockout tournament. In other words, if you lose, you’re out.
Each match will be a one-leg one vs one contest with squads that have an equal 85 rating in the game, with the Sportsbook advancing to the next round and the loser getting eliminated. In the event of a draw after 90 minutes, the fate of the game will be decided by extra time and penalties.
Where Can I Watch the Stay and Play Cup?
ESPN will broadcast the games in the United States on ESPN2 and the ESPN app, but there are multiple ways to watch all over the world. The easiest and most interactive method is to tune in to the EA Sports FIFA Twitch channel.
This article will be updated through the tournament to reflect the odds for the current day of soccer action.