After another successful pick as Tottenham smashed Manchester United, we are back with another preview, and since they have helped us a lot with making some big bucks already we are going to stay with Spurs this week! Why you ask, you are about to find out.
Tottenham Hotspur F.C. @ Watford F.C.
The battle between two of the four teams that are 3/3 this season with nine points is on Sunday and if history shows anything, Spurs Money Line is the bet of the weekend in any sport. Since these teams first game against each other in the Premier League (1999) Spurs still have not lost to Watford as in 12 games they have nine wins and three draws. Every club has a team that they usually beat down, and for Spurs, it is Watford, even though last season they drew due to the idiotic WWE style red card by Tottenham's Davidson Sanchez, these games have been pretty easy for Spurs. The two players to look out for in this match are Harry Kane and Dele Alli, Kane goes into this match with Watford with five-goal contributions in six games against the club and Dele the same with five-goal contributions as well. Even though I believe Tottenham will win and especially after that amazing win against Manchester United, we need to give respect to Watford, and especially Roberto Pereyra who has three goals to start the year and has been the best player for them this season. In conclusion, it will be tight, it is risky to bet the spread which is -1 (even odds) but the money line with these odds I believe are very very favorable.
Prediction: 2-1 Spurs
After our first losing pick of the season, we are here to bounce back with a preview of the Monday night match as Tottenham drive up to Manchester (sober hopefully) and face José Mourinho's (for now) Manchester United. As always we will break down everything and give you the best insight for this massive match.
Tottenham Hotspur F.C. @ Manchester United F.C.
Manchester United (+146)
I know it's early but this is a MUST WIN for both teams. Tottenham is coming into this game with two wins out of two but hasn't looked super convincing in both, but luckily one player that has is Lucas who seems like he can be like a new signing for Spurs as they try to push on. IN saying this, they had a rough week as their captain and resident French-man Hugo Lloris was caught "drink driving" with rival player Olivier Giroud and Laurent "I have shitty joints" Koscielny. Luckily, no one was hurt but with the Spurs fans giving him stick online, this is not a good story to have around the club, but it seems like he will start this match but will need to go court on September 11th. Now, if we discuss Manchester United we need to start with José Mourinho, even with Matic, Valencia, and Herrera back to full fitness, it's still doom and gloom at Old Trafford after their embarrassing loss to Brighton. Even though he has called for the fans to band together and it seems they have listened to him, his problems have only just begun. We always expect his teams to be boring, but we expect them to win the easy games and defend well, and so far they haven't and if they play like that against the stellar attack of Spurs that will be a huge problem. Lastly about United's woes, how will they lineup going forward? And can Lukaku break the back three of Toby (hate spelling his last name) who was in fact linked to Manchester United, Jan Vertoghen and Sanchez, and I honestly don't think he can. Even though the Red Devils haven't been great, Old Trafford is always hard to play at so this won't be a walk in the park, and I see this game being extremely close, but it's a new year and new me, no more sitting on the fence, and for that reason I will go with Tottenham win.
Prediction: 2-1 Spurs
So far we start the year 3-0 on this website as we will keep it going with a great preview of Saturday's early match in Manchester City against Wolves, also, look out for tomorrow as we will have a preview of Spurs against Manchester United!
Manchester City F.C. (-1.75) @ Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C.
Manchester City (-1.75): +105
Wolverhampton (+1.75): -125
You may ask of all players why post a photo of David Silva? And it's obvious, with Kevin De Bruyne, Agüero, Sane and the love fest for their manager Pep, Silva goes under the radar since his statistics don't really jump out at you but he has been a staple of this team since his arrival in 2010. Now when you add that he retired from the Spanish national team, he will have all this new found energy to help Manchester City repeat this season and most impressively he is doing this all with one of the WORST failed hair plug scars I've ever seen. On to Wolves, they were the team everyone tipped to do the best out of the newest promoted teams but since their arrival, they haven't look that great. What we have seen is the start is important if you don't get points early, the pundits and fans will question the moves you have made and that can make the season a lot longer and more stressful than it needs to be. Sadly for them, they go up against a Manchester City team that is KILLING teams right now, and they won't stop this weekend, easy win for City and the spread looks pretty pretty sexy.
Prediction: 4-0 Manchester City
After a strong start to the season for our predictions (2-0), we are back to preview the biggest game of the weekend, the battle of the Europa League favorites, a fierce London derby as Arsenal will visit Chelsea. We will break down everything important so you go into this game with the best information and betting advice to start your weekend off right!
Arsenal F.C. @ Chelsea F.C.
I usually don't like to put a "must win or can't lose" debate two games into a season but for Arsenal, we need to have this conversation, is any game really a must win this early on? Probably not but this is for sure a can't lose. With their new manager and the money they have spent, Arsenal fans will be looking to make the top four, and to do so they have to pick up points against their rivals and after looking poor against City they need at least a point at Stamford Bridge. The biggest worry for Arsenal will be their selection, I know it is one game in but it doesn't look like the signings they have made have helped where they have needed the most which is their awful defense, and when they go up against one of their biggest kryptonite players in Eden Hazard, this is a huge issue. Chelsea, on the other hand, is coming off a standard and easy win in their first match as they try to go two for two to start the year. This game for me will come down to matchups, and the main one is the back four of Arsenal against Morata and Hazard, and with history usually repeating itself this doesn't look very good for Arsenal, they didn't show me enough to believe they can go to one of the hardest places to go and get a result. Sorry, Gooners but you will once again lose.
Prediction: 2-1 Chelsea
After the loooong break we took after the World Cup, your favorite blog is back with our world famous Premier League prediction blog! Obviously, you may not be happy with me about the lack of blogs, but I wanted to wait until the end of the transfer deadline to make my Top Four picks, Fantasy PL picks and much more so now that we can focus on the games, those will come! Also, I usually do breakdowns of every move made by Tottenham Hotspur and obviously.....that wasn't the content machine I thought it would be.
Tottenham Hotspur F.C. @ Newcastle United F.C.
Newcastle and Tottenham will once again face off at the start of the year as Spurs will look to have Deja Vu as they won the match 2-0. Both teams come into this game with very different mind frames. Newcastle even with the smart signings of Rondon and Ki, the supporters are still a little upset over the lack of moves especially when you look at Wolves, Fulham and other of the team that they believed will be their rivals if they want to stay up this season. In saying that! At least Newcastle has made a move as Spurs went the whole window without buying or selling a SINGLE PLAYER. I can go on a big rant about this, but it isn't the time or place. Tottenham goes into this game with a few injuries, but luckily besides Erik Lamela and Victor Wanyama, none are players that would start. We also have rumors that most of the World Cup heroes (Kane, Dele, Lloris, and Trippier) will be in contention to start this match. The one player that we know will start for Spurs is Christian Eriksen, who historically has always played well against Newcastle, and he will be the man to watch for in this match. Everything will go through him as I guarantee he will get off the season to a great start with at least one goal contribution. It will be tight, but Tottenham will get it done.
Prediction: 2-0 Spurs
DST'S GAME OF THE WEEK - Manchester City F.C. @ Arsenal F.C.
Manchester City: (-110)
It's been around 1,000 years, but finally, we are at the day where Arsenal will take the field without Arsene Wenger as their head coach for the first time in the Premier League. Sadly for them, they don't have an easy layup to start the year as they go up against title favorites and last years winners, Manchester City. As you have expected, both teams did some smart buys this summer; I am still not convinced about Arsenal though, I still think they need another defender and players who can show consistently throughout the whole year. In saying this, it does look like their new smart signing of Leno will get his first start in net for them in this match. BUT! Manchester City are just a different animal, and one player to look out for in this game will be Germany's, Leroy Sane. He will look to piggyback on his amazing season last year and show the world that Germany was idiotic not to take him to the World Cup in Russia. I think it will be close, but City will get it done, and I see Sane getting a goal.
Prediction: 3-1 City
After going 0-2 in the Semi-FInal, we are here to bounce back for our World Cup Final Preview! The Biggest game in the world of sports and soccer!
France vs Croatia
It's here! The World Cup Final! Where we have favorites France going up against the incredibly resilient Croatia. In this game, we have tons of matchups from, Kante and Modric to Mbappe against the self-proclaimed "World Class" defender Dejan Lovren. So the biggest question is, which one is the most important? For me, it's easy. It's the attack of France going up against Croatia. We know France will be a strong defensive team, their midfield should be able to do fine, but can Croatia's defense stop Griezmann, Mbappe, and Giroud? I don't think so, mainly because of speed. We saw against England, the players who caused any issues for Croatia were the ones that were direct and had pace, but luckily for Croatia, Sterling sucks for England. BUT! Mbappe doesn't suck for his national team as I see him going off and controlling this match from moment one. This is the moment where it becomes his world, the future of Soccer! Not Neymar or Dybala, it's this little French boy who looks like a turtle. I see him getting two goals in a victory for the French.
Prediction: 4-1 France
After taking a big fat L without Belgium pick, we are back to preview the other Semi-Final in England vs. Croatia! Some would say this is the matchup that is less sexy, but I say no! This is going to be a world-class game with some amazing moments. So let's get into the preview!
England vs Croatia
All week, people have been asking me, "Judd who do I root for in the World Cup?", And over time the answer is because of these two teams. France and Belgium are too much of favorites to root for, so between these two who should know you like? It matters, do you like a bunch of sweaty dudes throwing kebabs and beer to the sky when they score their 80000th header of the tournament or a team of overachievers with one very corrupt midget (Modric). For me, I will always root for England, for two reasons, they make the best World Cup songs and cause of our Lord and savior Harry Kane. On to the game, my unbiased opinion I think England have this one. First off, I think the fatigue factor is real! It's bad that every time Croatia step out on the field it turns out to be a long and hard battle and that will hit them HARD, especially in the second half. Also, we need to discuss the battle of Harry Kane vs. Lovren, every time they play Kane turns into more of a superhero than he already is and bangs a few in. I love England money time and love England to win 3-1 at +2000 even more. Footballs coming home baby!
Prediction: 3-1 England
The first Semi-Final is here! The first match is battle between France vs. Belgium after both teams had excellent wins over some of the top South American teams. Both of these go into this game full of confident, full of hope which means one thing, be prepared to see some beautiful tears at full time! As always we are here to preview everything and help you make the best pick for this match.
France vs Belgium (Extra Time/PK Included)
This has the makings to be one of the best matches in the history of the Semi-Finals as we have the powerhouses in France who are consistently up there with the best in the world against the Golden Generation of Belgium as this will probably be the best chance the Red Devils have to win a World Cup. Both of these teams looked good in the Quarter-Finals, but they both needed help from their goalkeepers and a little luck with big missed chances by the other team. Both of these teams have strong midfield and defenders, but the big matchup in this game will be Hazard and Lukaku vs. Mbappe and Griezmann. This game will come down to these two partnerships because of the few chances both teams will get, they need to score each and every one (which Lukaku has had issues with for his club team). Another factor will be the substitutions, both teams have a lot of depth, but Belgiums subs have been so good with Chadli, Fellaini, Dembele and the rest of their backups have come in and been amazing. I see this game being close and one moment will pick which team will win. For France to get a W they need to attack the left side, with Belgium not having Meunier, they will have a weakness there, BUT Belgium can overrun the two center back system that France plays. This game will be exciting, and just frankly a must watch, but if I had to pick, I am leaning towards a Belgium win.
Prediction: 2-1 Belgium
After putting it all on the line with my Uruguay pick, we are back with another winning pick for Monday as Belgium will go up against Cinderella story Japan. As always we will have the odds and every detail to get you ready for this big mid-day fixture.
Belgium (-1.25) vs Japan
Japan +1.25: (-105)
Belgium -1.25: (-115)
Going into this match there are a lot of storylines, first will obviously just be Japan. Being apart of the group of death with four teams who could really have gone through on paper. Now they will try to show the world they deserve to be in this place as the only reason they are here is that they had less yellow cards than Senegal. Belgium on the other hand goes into this game with three wins from three as now Romelu Lukaku is second favorite to win the Golden Boot behind MY PRESIDENT, Harry Kane. One big statistic to look in this game is the difference of offensive firepower, in the group Japan looked pretty good defensively with only four goals conceded, but their attack was less than great with only four goals scorer. Belgium had nine goals in the group and even though they did have a much easier group, their attackers just look more and more confident with every game. More on firepower, I think this game will have a ton of goals, I think Belgium even with some top-notch defenders, need to attack to have any chance of winning this World Cup, Roberto Martinez (their manager) has shown consistently he isn't a very good manager and tactician when it comes to defending. Because of this, they will come out and just try to outscore and out skill this Japan, and they will. I think the spread of 1.25 is the ideal bet for this game.
Prediction: 4-1 Belgium
As the Group Stage portion of the World Cup is over we now focus on the Knockout Stages! This is where the games get tougher and of course, the bets get more grand and scary. Luckily we go into this on a hot streak and we will continue that tomorrow by picking Uruguay. In this blog I will tell you why Uruguay winning tomorrow is not just a great bet but maybe the best value bet of this millennium.
Uruguay vs Portugal
You may ask yourself, "why of all photos and gifs did I pick one of Suarez biting someone?" It's cause we are EATING tomorrow! Uruguay goes into this game as the only team who didn't concede a goal in their group, and boy is that not a fluke! Their two center backs (especially Diego Godin) have looked incredible and have honestly been a man mountain and helped Uruguay get wins when their attack didn't look very good. Now with their offense and midfield coming alive in the last two games, they seem like one of the teams that will be very hard to beat. For a country of fewer than 5 million people to have two of the top ten strikers in the world shows a lot about how this is truly a golden generation for them. Portugal on the other hand, sneaked through their group after Iran missed a sitter very late in the game, for me, we have one team who is complete and very very stable in all areas, and Portugal is pretty much the opposite, they are very reliant on Ronaldo or a freak wonder goal from one of the there inconsistent attackers. I see Uruguay going out, playing defensive and taking control of the midfield and waiting for their two-star strikers to take advantage of an old defense of Portugal, and they will get the win.
Prediction: 3-1 Uruguay