Matchweek 2 Preview

The world of Football starts to take shape this weekend as the Spanish La Liga, German Bundesliga and the Italian Serie A all start their seasons. The Premier League continues its season going into the second week, as teams start to gain traction (not in Chelsea’s case), with some really really great matchups.

Premier League:

Saturday

Brighton & Hove Albion @ Leicester City 10:00 am ET:

Brighton & Hove Albion (+340)

Leicester City (-133)

Draw (+265)

Leicester City come off of an amazing away performance at Arsenal, only to blow two different leads to the Gunners in a thrilling 4-3 loss. Brighton is coming off a spanking from Manchester City, but played well holding off one of the best attacks in Europe scoreless for 70 minutes. But Brighton is a newly promoted team, and newly promoted teams do not do well away from home. To add to that, Leicester hasn’t lost in 12 straight home games against newly promoted teams. The more confident and experienced side will see this one through as Leicester will cruise to a 2-0 victory. 

West Ham @ Southampton 10:00 am ET:

West Ham (+370)

Southampton (-139)

Draw (+265)

West Ham is coming off of an absolute beatdown from Manchester United, and again have to hit the road against a healthy Southampton side. To add to that, West Ham will be missing four key starters including two of their strikers. Home + Healthy = Win. Southampton 1-0.

Other Saturday Picks:

7:30 am ET Manchester United (-303) @ Swansea City:

10:00 am ET Burnley (Pick -130) @ West Brom

10:00 am ET Crystal Palace @ Liverpool (-270)

10:00 am ET Watford @ Bournemouth (-110)

12:30 am ET Arsenal (-125) @ Stoke City (LOVE LOVE LOVE ARSENAL HERE… VALUE!)

Sunday

Newcastle United @ Huddersfield Town 8:30 am ET:

Newcastle United (+210 / Pick +120)

Huddersfield Town (+140 / Pick -150)

Draw (+220)

Yikes. Newcastle’s return to the premier league did not go as planned in an abysmal 2-0 loss (called it nbd) to Tottenham at home. They now travel to fellow-newbies Huddersfield Town who knocked off Crystal Palace on the road, 3-0. Huddersfield town looked more legit than any other newly promoted side, and now have their first ever home Premier League game. I do see Newcastle coming back strong though, being an overall better side who just had a worse game against a league powerhouse last weekend. This is where you take the ‘Pick’, where you will push with a draw. Make sure you take Huddersfield Pick, as the only way you can lose is if Newcastle takes all 3 points. Don’t see that happening. Huddersfield Pick (-150).

Chelsea @ Tottenham 11:00 am ET:

Chelsea (+265)

Tottenham (EVEN)

Draw (+245)

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This is the BIG one this upcoming weekend. Chelsea coming off of an embarrassing start to the season, while Tottenham is flying high with the two-time reigning Golden Boot winner not even getting on the score sheet yet. As Tottenham’s famed stadium White Hart Lane was knocked down a day after their last home game last season, they will now be playing in Wembley Stadium. Chelsea will dominate the first 10 minutes as it will take Tottenham some time to adjust to their new ground, but Harry Kane will put the hosts up before the break. Another goal from Spurs will make it 2-0, only for Chelsea to grab one back before the final whistle blows. Tottenham 2-1.

Monday

Everton @ Manchester City 3:00 pm ET

Everton (+950)

Manchester City (-355)

Draw (+450)

Everton getting NO respect from Vegas. With that being said, Man City is coming back to the Etihad for the first time this season, I don’t see them having much trouble. Though be careful with this one, as Man City haven’t beaten Everton in the league in 2 years, but are unbeaten in their last 6 home matches against them. Wait, what?!? This means there has been a lot of draws between these two sides when City is home. So be careful, with the Draw (+450) looking a tad interesting. BUT Man City seems to be a whole new animal this year with much more attacking power, and they only lost one game last year at home. City 2-0.

PARLAYS:

This is where daddy brings home the bacon. Let’s grip it and rip it:

  1. Man U (England) and Liverpool (England) = (-130)
  2. Monaco (France), Juventus (Italy), Napoli (Italy) = (+110)
  3. PSG (France), Man U (England), FC Barcelona (Spain), Juventus (Italy) = (-110)

Mix and match those matchups to develop what you like, but I think those three are pretty well constructed. Some notes and disclaimers from those parlay games:

PSG come home for the first time in the Neymar era and should roll with ease (-1400). Barca comes off of an embarrassment to Real Madrid in the SuperCopa and lose Luis Suarez to injury. But they come home and they have this guy named Lionel Messi. Idk, supposedly he’s pretty good (-700). Juventus also comes home for their first Serie A game as reigning champions of the Italian league against Cagliari. Cagliari has never beaten Juve and over the last two games have been outscored 6-0 (-650).

Napoli may be one of the Achilles heels here on this list, as they are away to Verona after coming off of a midweek Champions League qualifier. Whether they’ll be tired or more comfortable than Verona we will have to see (-255). Monaco is also in a very similar boat, traveling to a somewhat weakened side in Metz on Friday (if you miss that game, add Liverpool). With that being said, they have outscored Metz 12-0 over the last two meetings (insane I know). But they have left out their best player Kylian Mbappe of the team due to the transfer rumors surrounding him (-320).

Good luck to everyone and I hope you can catch the Premier League games on NBC and NBCSN, La Liga on BeIN Sports, and the Bundesliga on FoxSports1.

As always,

Stay Kickin It. Peace.

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