Another weekend means another dose of the Continental Breakfast landing at your table, and this week we've delivered the goods again, with four belting games with all the ingrediants to be superb watches. We've two big derby games and a 3rd vs. 2nd battle included, so without further ado, we'll get on with it!
A big battle in La Liga to start off with, as Atletico make their second appearance at their new home, as Sevilla head to the capital in this 3rd vs. 2nd battle over in Spain. Following City rivals Real Madrid’s shaky start and confusion at Barcelona, despite the Catalans winning all five of their opening league games, Atleti will have hopes of a title assault to mark the start of their new era in their flashy Wanda Metropolitano.
Fortunately for the hosts they have an excellent record against Sevilla, having lost just once in the last 15 meetings in all competitions. In fact, the Andalusian visitors haven’t won away to Atleti since May 2010, which shows what a fortress the Vicente Calderon was for Diego Simeone’s side – he’ll be hoping the Wanda proves to be Wanda-ful for their fortunes, too. Get it?....
Simeone knows a solid start to the season is crucial for his side’s fortunes this term, especially considering when January comes around they will have new signings Vitolo and Chelsea badboy Diego Costa ready for action for the home straight.
What We Sayin’?
An extremely tough game to call, but for us we’re edging towards a home win. The hosts have more match-winners in their team with the likes of Antoine Griezmann and Yannick Carrasco to name two of their quality attacking players and we feel this could be the difference on the day. A scorecast selection of Yannick Carrasco to score first in a 2-1 home win is 33/1.
Dortmund have won all but one of their last 11 meetings at home to Gladbach and lead the way in the Bundesliga so far, one point ahead of giants Bayern Munich and four ahead of seventh placed Gladbach. And whilst their attacking prowess has shown to be excellent so far, with 13 goals scored, defensively they are yet to concede in the league in their opening five matches of the domestic season.
New boss Peter Bosz has them playing an attractive games, as we saw from their Champions League clash with Tottenham a week or so ago and in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has a man in form, with the striker averaging a goal a game so far.
For Gladbach, they do have players who can hurt the hosts, such as attackers Patrick Herrman, Raffael, Thorgan Hazard and Lars Stindl, but it’s hard to look past Dortmund for this one.
What We Sayin’?
We’re going with a comfortable 3-0 win for the hosts, priced at 8/1.
A Turin derby and if you think we were only interested in Torino because Joe Hart was on loan at the club last term then think again. Despite Juve being the top dogs in the city, there is no way visitors Torino will make this easy for them. Around five miles separate these two stadiums, and aside from the last meeting – which ended a draw, Juve have won the last 11 clashes prior to the game in May 2017.
But despite those worrying stats, Torino will be buoyed by their impressive start to the season and haven’t lost in the five games played so far, winning three of them. They sit four points off second placed Juve and table-topping Napoli and in Adem Ljajic and Andrea Belotti, have two forwards with three goals apiece, showing they are a goal threat against a Juventus side who have only conceded three goals in Serie A this campaign.
The two are likely to be a threat for a Juve side who will still be coming to terms with Leonardo Bonucci’s departure to AC Milan and could well be vulnerable against Torino’s two stars.
What We Sayin’?
We’re going for a nervy home win for this one but we do fancy Torino to find the net. A 2-1 Juve win at 7/1 shouldn’t be ignored.
Now this is the big one in Scotland, mainly because Celtic are the only side of note in the SPL since Rangers’ demise a few years ago, and despite one of our traders in particular being a staunch Celtic supporter and giving us the lowdown on the game, let’s face it, we all know they’ll win. My mother knows extremely little about football in general and I think even she’d tip Celtic to triumph in this one.
Rangers haven’t beaten Celtic in the last nine meetings, with the last victory for the blue half of Glasgow coming all the way back in March 2012, when Kenny Miller was only aged 42. That’s right, despite being around for what seems like four decades, Miller still leads the line for Rangers, and claims he is only 37.
We fancy a big Celtic win for this one. In our eyes it will be another convincing display from the Hoops.
What We Sayin’?
A 0-4 away win will upset home supporters, but unfortunately for them, that’s what we’re tipping. They’ve scored four goals in each of their last three league and Scottish Cup ties. A 0-4 Celtic win is a huge 25/1.
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