This past weekend was another captivating Premier League weekend as a lot of the ‘Top 6’ teams dropped crucial points in winnable games (Spurs, Liverpool and Chelsea?) at home. Several teams showed why they could be the powers of the league and others showed their flaws and weaknesses.
Quick Hits: Manchester City absolutely throttled Watford at Watford 6-0, as Aguero tallied his 6th hat-trick, equaling Wayne Rooney in Premier League hat-tricks in 278 fewer games. Liverpool dominated Burnley with over 70% possession and outshot the visitors 35-5 (9-4 on goal) but they were held to a draw as Burnley look like one of the tougher lower-tier teams to play against this year. Tottenham continued their Wembley curse as they were held to a scoreless draw by Swansea even with 70% possession and keeping the Swans to not shots on target (26-4 total shots). Manchester United cruised past Rooney’s Everton in his emotional return to Old Trafford 4-0. And finally, Chelsea and Arsenal fought a very physical match to a 0-0 draw, with the stats almost even on all fronts.
Here’s how my record looks after the weekend:
Matchweek 5 Record: 8-5, 2-1 Parlays
Total Record: 36-31-3, 7-7 Parlays
(56% win/push rate)
This midweek slew of matches is a Cup Week for English teams; which means most big clubs will be playing smaller, lower-division clubs. These domestic tournaments are sporadic season-long tournaments to get lower-division squads more exposure to play against the legendary big clubs (aka a money-grab). In England, there are two different domestic cups; Carabao Cup (sponsor lol), and the FA Cup (the one everyone actually cares about). Sadly, this one is the Carabao cup but it will still be cool to see these clubs with budgets of a high school team square off against the European giants. Most of the rest of Europe will be playing normal mid-week league games (La Liga, Serie A and Bundesliga).
Nonetheless, it provides us with MASSIVE favorites, which we all know I love to combine for juicy parlays; so let’s rip it.
Barcelona (-840), Real Madrid (-800), Chelsea (-900), Arsenal (-1020), Man U (-1250) = (-160)
This parlay is FULL of big home favorites that I genuinely don’t see losing… if there is one parlay I recommend you take it’s this one. (FYI these games are spanned out over Tuesday and Wednesday).
West Ham (-312), Chelsea (-900), Arsenal (-1020), Man City (-256), Man U (-1250) = (+140)
This is what I like to call the ‘Carabao Special’, as I take all home favorites (with the exception of Man City as they travel to West Brom… who have lost to City 13 out of the last 15 times.
Juventus (-278), AC Milan (-400), Roma (-294), FC Barcelona (-840), Real Madrid (-800) = (+180)
This parlay is a bit different, as I chose to roll with a bigger payout. The only flaws in this are Roma who are away to the worst team in the league off a short week (still I think a strong bet) and Juventus who are home to a better side in Fiorentina. I still feel confident that this one will hit though.
Christian Pulisic Baby Jesus Watch:
A very happy birthday to the now 19-year-old hope to American Soccer from Hershey, PA. Before turning 19 years old, Pulisic has:
- Became the youngest non-German to score in the Bundesliga (German Leauge)
- Became the youngest player ever to have 2 career goals in the Bundesliga
- He became the first American with both a goal and an assist in a ChampionsLeague knockout game
- He became the fourth American to play in the Champions League quarterfinals
- He’s fourth in total appearances in Champions League play for an American
- Youngest American to play in a World Cup Qualifying match
- Youngest American to score in a Qualifier (17 years old)
- He leads the United States in assists during this Qualifying round (5 in 11 matches)
Oh, and this:
That is all for today folks, hope you can follow the picks and keep the positive record rolling as I have yet to have a negative record this year.
As always you can follow me on Twitter @nicodegallo, but until next time;
Stay kickin’ it. Peace.