I can't lie I thought this game was going to be the more exciting and open match, but wow! How will they be able to top that Liverpool vs Roma match as Liverpool won 5-2 at Anfield. Now the two favorites for this competition will battle it out in Germany in the first leg. This is going to be a barn burner; a must watch, so please, join us on our journey for another great pick, and some interesting facts along the way.
Real Madrid C.F. @ FC Bayern Munich
Real Madrid: +245
Bayern Munich: -101
Both of these teams got here in a very very separate way, and both have positives and a lot of negatives. First, Bayern got here by beating Sevilla, and they were far from convincing, but you are never going to be always on your game, so the fact they came out of it was impressive, BUT if they play like that against Madrid, it will be ugly. Real, on the other hand, got here after a 97-minute penalty goal by Ronaldo as they showed heart and determination to fight through choking their three-goals lead to Juventus. Now Real Madrid goes from PSG, Juventus to another giant of the game in Bayern Munich, will they fatigue? And will their other main players step up beside Ronaldo? Only time will tell. It will be easy for me to tell you to look.out for Ronaldo and Lewandowksi, but that's fucking boring, everyone knows they are good, but I want to focus on two players who will make or break this match. First off, Thiago, the Bayern Munich midfielder is no newbie to facing Madrid as he once upon a time on their bitter rivals Barcelona. It will be interesting to see where he will play because out of the three center midfielders we know their roles BUT his. We know James will push forward, and Martinez will sit back and move into the back four if need be, and Thiago will either player CM or sometimes even CAM and push James into more of an RM role with Thomas Mueller pushing into Center Forward. Which will show exactly what Bayern want out of this game, do they want a tight and defensive match or an open attacking fest? For Madrid it's Modric, for the same exact reason, with Casemiro behind him and Kroos next to him, he has that freedom to move, but showing how far he will get forward will once again show everything. If I had to guess I see Madrid pushing and pressing heavy, and later on in the game, if tied or in the lead will set up shop and get prepared for the second leg at home. On the other hand, I think Bayern will set up to play more dull and defensive and try to hit Madrid on the counter-attack. I see this being end to end, but I don't see this hitting the 3.0 over and I think it will end in a deadlock.
Prediction: 1-1 DRAW
The Semi-finals are here! We are down to our final four teams in the biggest club competition in the world as we have one from each of the major four European Leagues. Today we will focus on the battle between the capital of Italy and where the Beatles are from as Roma will take on Liverpool! As always we will break this huge game down and give you the best chance to make money, and yes, I am not over the Tottenham game so let's not discuss it.
AS Roma @ Liverpool F.C.
Liverpool is coming off a wacky week as even though they dropped points against West Brom, they can celebrate as their star man Mo Salah got PFA Player of the Year. He will now go against his former club Roma in a clash of the two underdogs to see who will get to the final against Real Madrid or Bayern Munich. Even though I think it's cringe, the European Nights at Anfield are magical and will be a factor in this match. BUT the main factor in this match will be which Roma show up, will it be the one who beat Barcelona? Or the one who has been consistently inconsistent (if that's a thing) all season in the Serie A. With the form of Liverpool, it's tough to give them a lopsided win, because Roma knows if they can get back to Italy with a decent scoreline they will be happy. So I see them setting up a lot safer. Liverpool on the other hand will go for the jugular and I think they will get the win but not by a lot. It will be close.
Prediction: 2-1 Liverpool
I am writing this clinically depressed as Tottenham has lost in the Semi-Final for the eighth time in their last eight appearances. Now though I have to pull myself up and break down the second and some would say less exciting match in Chelsea vs. Southampton. As always we will break down everything and give you some great advice for gambling and some cool tips to impress your friends.
Chelsea F.C. @ Southampton F.C.
For Manchester United vs Tottenham it was close, tight and could go either way, now we have something completely different as we have a team battling to stay up versus one of the biggest teams in England as they try to get at least one trophy this year. I think most people will agree Chelsea are going to win, which is why I will discuss two props to look for in this game as I see Chelsea really pulling away quickly even without Marcos Alonso who is suspended. First is the goal total, it is set at 2.5 and I think for two teams that strength are attacking, both teams will use that tactic to win, and especially when you see that Southampton usually collapse late in games, so that is easily the best bet to take. Secondly is Eden Hazard to score first goal at 4/1. He is by far is most dangerous player for Chelsea and will be looked to get most of the chances for Chelsea, so this is a no-brainer whether you want to put five or fifty. To keep this short, I don't see much of a chance for Southampton.
Prediction: 3-0 Chelsea
While the rest of the worlds 21-year-olds were smoking weed today, I was out here grinding, having anxiety attacks and panic drinking to get into my element to get ready for this incredible weekend of Soccer. The FA Cup Semi-Finals are here! The oldest cup competition in the world has hit crunch time, and we at DST are here to cover all of it. Today, we have our preview of the Saturday's match in Spurs against United and around midday tomorrow we will post our one of the Blues vs. the Saints. I am shitting myself, and as a Spurs fan I realize how badly we need this, but I will stay unbiased and impartial to give you guys the best chance to learn and make some Shekels this weekend.
Tottenham Hotspur F.C. vs Manchester United F.C.
Manchester United: (+215)
Going into this game, I don't think many people have given this match the importance it deserves because honestly, both teams NEED this win, and especially need the FA Cup. Manchester United will be upset they couldn't do better in Europe or battle City more for the League and Spurs need to finally shut the haters up and win a trophy to move to the next step of the process. Obviously, a lot has been said about Tottenham getting an advantage because they are pretty much playing a home game as they have played at Wembley the whole year. Especially when you remember that Tottenham destroyed Manchester United at Wembley a few months ago as Christina Eriksen scored one of the fastest goals in the history of English football. Going into this match, Tottenham is coming off a dull and boring draw to Brighton, but besides that, they have still been one of the hottest teams in the league, but they need to show more character and offensive directness in this match. Manchester United on the other hand after their tough loss to West Brom they bounced back to beat Bournemouth midweek. For me the biggest factor will be Harry Kane, we know on his day he is the best striker in England, but since his injury, he hasn't looked very good, and we don't know if its bad form or it's coming back from that injury he had too soon. Even though I think he will start, I don't think he will have the most significant presence for Spurs in this game as I see once again Christin Eriksen being the big game player to push Tottenham over the edge. If you do gamble, I look at a few props, first off, the over at 2.5, it's a great bet, it's a big pitch, and there is always a chance of this game going to extra time. Secondly, I see Son Heung-min scoring at anytime a great bet at 7/4 and for United, Jesse Lingard scoring at anytime at 10/3. I think it will be close, and hard fought but I think Spurs will sneak a win.
Prediction: 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham Money Line
Son Heung-Min goal ANYTIME 7/4
Jesse Lingard goal ANYTIME 10/3
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With all of the competitions in England, many games get pushed back, moved, time changed, etc. Today we have Tottenham against Brighton due to these circumstances, and even though you look at both teams situations you may say "Is this match that important?" you would be wrong to sat that because it's bigger than you think, and we are here to tell you why and of course, who is going to win this extremely vital match.
Tottenham Hotspur F.C. @ Brighton @ Hove Albion F.C.
After suffering their first defeat of 2018 Tottenham look to bounce back as they visit Brighton today to try to go level with Liverpool on points for third and make their gap back to 10 on Chelsea for the final spot in the Champions League. Brighton is coming off a tough loss to their bitter rivals Crystal Palace 3-2. Now both teams will try to get back to winning ways especially when they have some huge games respectively coming up. Obviously, it looks like Brighton are safe, they are one win away from hitting the ever so sought after 40 point mark which usually means safety. Spurs, on the other hand, need to keep pace with Liverpool but also get back to form as they have their biggest game of the season this weekend in the FA Cup Semi-Finals. The reverse fixture was a pretty easy win for Spurs as they won 2-0. What this game comes down to is that Brighton even though not on the 40 point mark yet, don't have much to play for, Spurs do, so it's hard not to see a Spurs victory. If you bet, I would highly recommend betting Kane to score during this game (4/6 anytime, 5/2 for the first goal).
Official Prediction: 3-0 Spurs
The weekend is finally here! Which means one thing, it's time for DST's Premier League picks! This week we had a rough time in our Champions League picks, and I hold my hand up, but it's time for our sweet redemption as we will break down three games and tell you who to bet on. But it doesn't stop there, as if you need any advice for the other seven games or any matches around the world, DM us on Twitter at DST_Tweets, and we will get back to you with everything you need to know. Even though the top four looks solidified there are still many places in the table to fight for as we get into the home stretch of the season.
Chelsea F.C. @ Southampton F.C.
It's been a pretty rough few weeks for Chelsea. Since being bounced out of the Champions League, they have been beaten by their biggest rivals Tottenham and drew West Ham to pretty much solidify them as out of the Top Four race. Now they take on Southampton in a tune-up for next weeks Semi-final match between the two as the home team (Southampton) try to get out of the relegation zone with a win. This is a bizarre game for many reasons, but the main one is that a draw doesn't help either team. For Chelsea to make top four they will need immense luck but also will need to win out, and Southampton are three points inside the relegation zone, which means they can't be looking for one point anymore, they need to go out and get three points. For Southampton playing the big teams is never easy, but when you also add they are the second worst home team, this mountain seems too hard to climb.
Prediction: 2-0 Chelsea
Manchester City F.C. @ Tottenham Hotspur F.C.
This entire season, I didn't think I was going say this, but I am so here it goes: "Manchester City go into this game in awful form as they have lost three games in a row." I know, this is a crazy statement, but it's also a fact, so this has turned into a must-win game because even though they are winning the league, you want to walk over the finish line proudly, not beaten, bloody and limping. Now they travel down to London to face the hottest team in the Premier League in Tottenham Hotspur in what could be the game that all but clinches Tottenham in the top four next season. The big news going into this game is Manchester City's injuries; they will be without John Stones and Sergio Agüero. They will also be without their best defensive midfielder; Fernandinho as he is suspended for the next two games. Tottenham, on the other hand, is in excellent form and have one of the hottest players in the world in Christian Eriksen. The big factor in this game for me is defense, this City defense looks terrible, and I don't see enough right now to give them a clean sheet, so for me, it will come down to the most amount of goals, and for that reason, I see Tottenham shocking the world.
Prediction: 3-2 Tottenham
Stoke City F.C. @ West Ham United F.C.
West Ham (-105)
For most of the year, West Ham was a joke, they were just a bunch of pissed off Brexiters watching their shit team and occasionally trying to attack their players and owners, but now everything has changed. Who would have thought getting beat so badly by Burnley would be the best thing to happen to your team. Since then they have flown up the table thanks to players like Marko Arnautović and Arthur Masuaku being the catalyst they need as they are pretty much safe. Stoke, on the other hand, looks like they will be relegated, they have one of the worst/unorganized teams we have seen in a while, and honestly, I think I speak for most people when I say, it's about the damn game they get relegated! If you go by skill, form, and matchups, they will only be one winner, and I agree, it's West Ham.
Prediction: 2-0 West Ham
Annnnnd exhale. Wow, what a day of UEFA Champions League on Tuesday as we had upsets, comebacks, and of course, a little controversy that keeps the world going round! If you have been living under a rock and didn't know, we saw Manchester City lose their third game in a row as they were knocked out by Mo Salah and Liverpool. But by far the biggest news was that Barcelona CHOKED against underdogs Roma as they lost 3-0 to go to the next round instead of the Spanish (probably should get used to using the term Catalonian) giants. Now we turn to Wednesday as we have Real Madrid vs. Juventus and the game we will be previewing Sevilla vs. Bayern Munich. We are here to break down everything so please, come and join us on this journey and let us help you make some money (and maybe learn a thing too).
Sevilla FC @ FC Bayern Munich [Agg 2-1 to Bayern]
The life of a Bayern Munich player, fan and coach is one that is pretty exclusive and "different" than most or even every club in the world. Since forever, Bayern Munich has ruled Germany, obviously along the way they have been hiccups but they have a strong hold on the German game, and it seems like it will be that way for many more years. Due to this, the triumph of winning the Bundesliga (which they did last weekend) may be a joy and an incredible thing for most teams, but for them, it's normal. For teams like Bayern, they will always be graded by one thing, how they do in Europe. For this reason, Pep Guardiola will always be known as a bit of a failure in Germany due to never lifting this trophy in his three years at the club. So now with Manchester City, Barcelona, PSG and most likely Juventus out, you look at Bayern and Madrid as the smartest choices to win this competition, but usually you would think Bayern would stomp over a team that is seventh place in Spain, but this year has shown you can't count anyone out. Luckily for Bayern, they take a massive 2-1 advantage back to the Allianz Arena which is the perfect scenario for them. If there's one thing Bayern can do is use their Centerbacks to win the ball and quickly spray the ball to Thiago, Mueller or one of their speedy wide players to make one of the scariest counter attacks in the world, and funny enough Sevilla will see that first hand, and that's just a fact. With Sevilla needing AT LEAST two goals they will need to push forward which we have seen when Dortmund played Bayern is like hand feeding a shark, it's pretty much only a matter of time before you get bit and lose your arm. When you look at these odds, you may ask yourself, "where am I getting value for money," and I see it in two places, the spread (-1.5) and props. The one prop that sticks out to me is that Thomas Müller is 15/4 to score the first goal, which I think is worth slapping a few bucks on that. In conclusion, we all know there is no fun in betting something that's so heavy like Bayern ML, so if you are like me, go with the spread, and some fun props, and of course if you need any help on props, DM us on Twitter at DST_Tweets, and we will be sure to help or look below where I will place all my bets for this match.
Official Prediction: 3-1 Bayern Munich
Bayern Munich -1.5: (-105)
Game Total (3.0): OVER (-125)
First Goal Scorer: Thomas Müller (15/4)
There are times where you need to put your hands up and accept defeat. In the words of many (cause I'm too lazy to look up who exactly said this), "you are only good as your last fight," and even though this year we have been red hot with picks and predictions we had a ROUGH weekend. BUT we are here to turn it around as we will preview the Liverpool vs. Manchester City match on Tuesday at the Etihad Stadium.
Liverpool F.C. @ Manchester City F.C.
Manchester City (-211)
It was an extremely bad week for Manchester City. I mean, like super bad, and not just for their standards (which is not beating a team by a million goals), but by normal standards, as they were smoked 3-0 in the Champions League in their first leg against Liverpool and choked a 2-0 lead to their rivals Manchester United and lost 3-2. Which meant they now have to wait for two more games before they have a chance to clinch the Premier League title. This Manchester City team worries me, on paper they are the best team in the league, but for the last month, we have started to see laziness and complacency which in the Premier League and especially the Champions League you can't do. In saying this, when their backs are against the wall, their players usually step up. Now in this game, Manchester City will need to go attacking as they need to score 3 or even more if Liverpool score to move on to the Semi-finals of the Champions League. Luckily, it looks like Mo Salah will not start for Liverpool, and for City, all of their big boys are fit and ready to host Liverpool. I am not the one to call a crazy comeback, but if you look at the game on paper, City are better, and they will push Liverpool's already squeaky defense. Will they go through? Who fucking knows, but will they win? Hell yes.
Prediction: 2-0 Manchester City
Manchester City ML
Manchester City -1
First goalscorer: Sergio Agüero
Manchester City to go through (YOLO am I right?)
It's time! The weekend has finally come, the day that the Champions can be crowned! This weekend there are many story lines to look forward too, but mainly there is the most important Manchester Derby ever. You may ask yourself, why? Its because if Manchester City win they have won the Barclays Premier League! Of course we will cover that game, but of course, we won't stop there, we will have more picks and more previews to help keep our 100% win record gong for the Premier League since the International Break!
Liverpool F.C. @ Everton F.C.
On the power rankings of awesome weeks, it's hard to say Liverpool isn't number one. In the Premier League they won at Crystal Palace, but obviously, more importantly, they SMASHED Manchester City 3-0 at home in the first leg of their Quarter Final matchup of the Champions League. Now they try to round out their great week with beating their struggling neighbors in Everton. Usually, it's tough to judge this derby, but this season, this is one of the most one-sided matches we have seen in this fixture in a while. Everton are slumping, they are lost and need a reboot during the summer, and Liverpool are the complete opposite, I don't see much of a chance for the Blues.
Prediction: 2-0 Liverpool
Manchester United F.C. @ Manchester City F.C.
Tomorrow, at 12:30 Eastern Standard Time (which is the most important time zone some would say) the ball will be kicked, and at the end of 90 minutes, we may have crowned the kings of England for 2018. This will probably be the only time I say this, but boy do Manchester City need this win, they were thumped by Liverpool 3-0 in their first game of the Champions League and seemed to be out of that competition, so they need to bounce back and make their fans happy again. Luckily they will have some good news as Raheem Sterling is rumored to be back in the starting eleven and Sergio Agüero is back and will most likely start over Jesus. I can sit here for days and suck off Manchester City for being the best, cause they are, but I won't now, I'll do it tomorrow after they win the Barclays Premier League.
Prediction: 1-0 Manchester City
West Ham United F.C. @ Chelsea F.C.
West Ham: (+979)
Chelsea vs. West Ham is a pretty big derby on most weekends, two teams that are from London that band together to make Jew jokes and hate on Tottenham. But now they are enemies for the weekend as West Ham try to pull themselves fully out of the relegation scrap and Chelsea try to redeem themselves after being beaten by Spurs. For me, I do think West Ham will stay up, mainly due to Marko Arnautović who has been on top of the world this month and who is finally showing how good and consistent he can be. In saying this, Chelsea is too good, and at home, I only see one winner.
Prediction: 3-0 Chelsea
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It was an incredible weekend for Tottenham fans, they seem to have solidified themselves in the Champions League next year, Harry Kane is back and it seems like Dele Alli is back in top form. Sadly, with every time Tottenham do something great people/pundits always try to diminish their accomplishments with complaints. The two favorite for the haters do use are "but what have they won?" or "everyone will leave," but now people are finally realizing how stupid that is, they need to find something else, and this time it was a chant about one of Chelsea's players, Marcos Alonso. For people that may not know, Marcos Alonso On May 2nd, 2011 was involved in a car accident due to him being extremely drunk in Spain that ended in the death of a young girl. Obviously, it is a terrible situation, and we all feel for that poor girl's family, but is the situation fair game? The chant goes as follows:
"He murdered a girl; he murdered a girl, Marcos Alonso he murdered a girl."
By this notion, it's fair game; there is no talk about the girl, her family, or anything, it is simply reacting to someones selfish and poor decisions which if it were ANYONE else, would have most likely been put in jail. Even though Chelsea fans will love to make Spurs fans look like the bad ones, but you are allowed to give people criticism people for their actions, what you can't do is attack people for things they can't control like when Chelsea fans make Hitler remarks to Jewish Tottenham fans or when they don't allow black people on trains in Paris. Sadly, as a Spurs fan, I am used to it now, everyone tries to make us the bad ones even though we aren't, these chants are fair game, I mean, you murder someone and instead of prison you get a bunch of drunk Englishmen in Stone Island jackets yelling at you? Yeah, seems like a pretty fair trade-off.
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