That feeling when that dreadful international break is over, and the Premier League starts up again:
I didn’t get into it in my last blog considering the circumstances with the United States, but Messi may have cemented himself as the greatest soccer player ever. In a match where Argentina needed a win to give themselves a chance, they went down in the FIRST MINUTE to Ecuador. Twenty minutes later, and two Messi goals later, Argentina all of a sudden found belief as they took the lead headed into halftime. Then the little man sealed it with his third goal to seal his hat-trick and seal a trip to Russia for the Argentinains. In the last 11 months, nobody other than Messi has scored a goal in qualifying for Argentina.
But now we finally have something to take our minds off of the U.S.’s failure to qualify for that tournament next summer. Nothing like soccer to get your mind off of soccer right?!? Meanwhile, the next month seems to be a crazy month of games:
Saturday includes an early morning matchup between bitter rivals Manchester United and Liverpool, Barcelona travelling to Madrid among tensions of Catalan secession, and the Milar Derby on Sunday.
Record: 61-57-8, 12-12
Manchester United @ Liverpool 7:30 AM ET:
Manchester United (Pick -125)
Liverpool (Pick +105)
Both squads are missing key pieces as Liverpool will be missing their star player in Sadio Mane and United without Pogba. Mane will be a big missing piece in Liverpool’s counter-attack, with Salah having to pick up the load in a must-win home match for Liverpool. United, on the other hand, are missing their rock in the midfield Pogba who’s been off to a stellar start. To make matters worse the Red Devils will be missing another crucial midfielder in Fellaini, one who could’ve sealed the gap with Pogba’s absence. Liverpool will use their home crowd to their advantage and top their rivals Man U. Liverpool (Pick +105).
Other Premier League Picks:
West Ham United @ Burnley (Pick -110)
Chelsea @ Crystal Palace (+1½)
Stoke City @ Manchester City (-2½)
Huddersfield (+½) @ Swansea City
Bournemouth (+1½) @ Tottenham
Arsenal @ Watford (+1)
Everton @ Brighton & Hove Albion (Pick +115)
Newcastle United @ Southampton (-120)
West Brom @ Leicester City (EVEN)
Bonus European Picks:
FC Barcelona @ Atletico Madrid SAT 2:45 PM ET
FC Barcelona (Pick -135)
Atletico Madrid (Pick +110)
After Messi’s 3-goal performance to singlehandedly send Argentina to the World Cup (and being the only one to score in qualifying in the last 11 months for the team…) he looks to add to his La Liga tally of 11 goals in 7 matches. This 5’7 God is in the form of his life and there’s no way it will end here. He will fight for his club’s region as they undergo hard times just as he did to get Argentina through one of the toughest qualifying region’s in the world with a hat-trick. FC Barcelona (Pick -135).
Real Madrid (-1½) @ Getafe
PSG (-2) @ Dijon
Lazio @ Juventus (-150)
Napoli (Pick -150) @ Roma
AC Milan (+½) @ Inter Milan
Man City (-650), Real Madrid (-425), PSG (-700), Bayern (-1600), Tottenham (-500) = (-130)
Let’s hope that this awesome weekend of footy can have us forget about the disaster on Tuesday. Life will go on, the sun will rise, Messi will keep scoring goals and the United States will bounce back as this country always does during hard times. Enjoy your weekend!
Stay Kickin’ It. Peace.