Sup haters! Decent week of footy this past week as City were crowned Carabao Champions and beat Arsenal in the league with the same scoreline of 3-0. Previously to that, Matchweek 28 had some fireworks as Man United came back to beat Chelsea 2-1 in a thriller at Old Trafford.
Matchweek 28 And Carabao Cup: 6-6-2
All-Time Record: 188-166-43
My Form (L3): 16-12-2
Note: MLS season starts Saturday and I will be doing my preview after this weekend’s games, but I will provide picks for some MLS games.
Also Note: I won’t provide much or any analysis for the not-so-fun-to-watch matches.
Everton @ Burnley (Pick -135) – Two teams looking to enter the fray as the team behind the top 6, but have had completely opposite seasons. Everton started off at the bottom and Burnley pushed for a top 4 bid to start the season. But after Burnley’s amazing start, they haven’t won in the league in their last 11. Everton meanwhile are pushing back with a sprinkle of wins, draws and losses over their last 10 matches proving that they aren’t consistent enough to push out of that purge zone that is occupying most of the table (11 points separate 19th and 7th). Take the home pick here even if it’s a draw.
Stoke City @ Southampton (-150)
West Ham @ Swansea (Pick -120)
Huddersfield @ Tottenham (-2) – Spurs are starting to play really really really really well and I don’t see that changing. 2 is a lot of goals to win a soccer match by, but I can see this one getting out of hand as Huddersfield have shown that they can open the flood gates on themselves.
West Brom @ Watford (-0.5)
Bournemouth @ Leicester City (-0.5)
Newcastle United @ Liverpool (-2) – Liverpool at Anfield play like Man City and teams are finding that things can get ugly fast going against that stellar attack. I usually hate picking on the favored side of a spread of 2 or more (as I do it twice in this blog lol), but Liverpool shouldn’t win this one by just 1 goal.
Other Saturday Picks
Toronto FC (-1)
Orlando City (-0.5)
Arsenal (-0.5) @ Brighton – Bounce back game!
Chelsea (+1) @ Manchester City – As good as City have been at home, this is going to be a really tricky contest for them. City thrive against teams like United and Arsenal who sit back and let teams take it to them. Chelsea meanwhile attack really well, control the ball and have threats from the wings who can exploit City’s outside backs when they get too far forward. Chelsea either tie/win the match, or lose 4-1 in another City masterclass.
Other Sunday Picks:
Atletico Madrid @ FC Barcelona (-0.5) – Huge match in the league for both squads as Atletico are fighting for their last chance at the title after Barca’s slip up this week at Las Palmas. Barcelona meanwhile can bounce back and all but seal the title up in a historical year. Barca at home is just always the safe pick.
Inter Milan @ AC Milan (Pick -135) – The Milan Derby is a HUGE match in Italy. Both teams are from Milan, both teams have a rich history and both play in the same stadium. So really it’s not that much of an away game for Inter. Inter have played well all season but Milan are on a huge run of 12 matches unbeaten after starting really slow. I like the Pick odds here and will side with the hot team.
Manchester United (-1) @ Crystal Palace – Man U are coming off of a big win over Chelsea and Palace find themselves in really poor form. United are simply the better team here and shouldn’t have too much trouble in this one.
Expect a Champions League blog to come out on Monday along with a HUUUUGEEEE MLS preview for the season coming up. Enjoy y’all!
Stay Kickin’ It. Peace