Saturday Column – The Footy and The Horses
As usual, the English Football League lived up to its unpredictable nature although I rue not tipping match goals in the Wycombe vs. Southend game which ended 4-3 to the home side. In the Premier League, Manchester City showed they are human in a 3-1 win at Bournemouth while Liverpool cruised to a 3-1 win against Arsenal after an early scare or two.
In Germany, Ansbach lived up to their billing with a 5-2 loss away to Ammerthal while the Bucholz vs. Paloma game ‘only’ had four goals as Paloma won 3-1. Finally, apologies for not pointing out that it was Wacker Nordhausen’s B team in the other game. In any case, they were a disappointment with a narrow 2-1 win.
1 – Finland Kolmonen Potential Drubbing Alert
Anyone who has ever read ANY of my articles knows I regularly mention the Finland Fourth Tier, also known as the Kolmonen. It is a crazy league with bizarre scorelines the norm. The trouble is, predicting upcoming massacres isn’t easy as things don’t always go according to plan.
This week on Saturday at 4:30, there is a game between PK-35 and CLE, which could be an absolute roasting. After 16 games, PK has won 15 and scored 58 goals, conceding just 7. Meanwhile, CLE has won just 2 of 16, scored 11 and conceded 70! Away from home, CLE has shipped 44 in 8 matches!
In CLE’s last two games, they lost 6-0 at home and 13-2 away! While the home side ‘only’ beat the second bottom team HooGee 5-1 away a while back, CLE is even worse. A double figure score would not be a shock. I recommend checking out the Kolmonen this weekend to see if there are any other mismatches. One game ended 23-0 last Saturday!
PKKU is well worth a look at home to HerTo. While the away side is ‘okay,’ the home side is exceptional with 8 wins out of 8 on their turf, scoring 50 and conceding 6. PKKU also beat HerTo 5-1 away earlier this season. The game is on at 11am Saturday.
2 – French Youth League
The French youth league kicked off last weekend and is well worth watching in the coming months. There are always a few sides who are exceedingly poor, and even from the very first game, there have been some big scorelines. All games mentioned here kick-off at 2 pm on Sunday unless otherwise stated.
Castelnau Le Cres U19 lost 7-2 at home last weekend and are not shy of a goal for and against in general. Their last eight games have seen 43 goals, and five of these matches had 5+ goals. They play Colomiers U19, although last season’s fixture ended 0-0!
Aviron Bayonnais returned to the league after a two-season absence and celebrated with a 9-0 defeat! They play a Niort U19 side that is often involved in high-scoring games. Montceau U19 return after a year absence and lost 6-2 at home to Strasbourg. They play away to Sochaux this week.
At 5 pm on Sunday, we see the wild Quevilly U19 side play at home to Lens U19. One never knows what you’ll get with the home side who have won their last five on their turf. However, they lost 9-1 to Lens home AND away last season!
3 – German Oberliga
They say you should stick to what you know, so I am doing just that! In the Bremen Liga, old favourites Geestemunde play away to a Habenhauser FV side that enjoys goalfests as much as the away team! The game kicks off Sunday at 2:30 pm. Habenhauser’s last 12 home games have seen 75 goals, and includes an 8-2 loss to Sunday’s opponents! Geestemunde won 11-3 in their other meeting last season.
In the Hamburg Liga, Hamburger SV’s ‘C’ team play away to Dassendorf on Saturday at 12pm. Hamburger’s last 10 games have seen 65 goals and include a 7-2 loss away to Dassendorf last season. Hamburger’s 8-6 win (not a misprint) away to Suderelbe was one of last season’s highlights!
So, there we have it! Jon and the rest of the team will undoubtedly have your English Premier, and Football Leagues covered. As for me, I’ll be sticking with my low-quality football leagues for a while yet!
1 – Stan Cosgrove: Shergar kidnap marked a sad chapter in a wonderful life
Stan Cosgrove was a man of prodigious energy. From the earliest days of his professional life he won a reputation as a skilled and hard-working veterinary surgeon who made himself available at any hour of the day or night.
That trait of intense commitment was evident during a hectic period in 1983 when Cosgrove, a significant figure in Irish racing throughout a long and productive life, was thrust into the limelight following the abduction of Shergar from Ballymany Stud on the night of February 8.
2 – Jubiloso looks to bounce back in Atalanta Stakes
Jubiloso is favourite to provide Sir Michael Stoute with a record seventh victory in the Betway Atalanta Stakes at Sandown.
It is 31 years since the master of Freemason Lodge first claimed the Group Three contest with Dabaweyaa. He has since added to his tally with Hyabella (1991), Wasseema (2006), Strawberrydaiquiri (2009), Dank (2012), dead-heater Integral (2013) and Veracious (2018).
Following successive wins at Chelmsford and Newbury in the spring, Jubiloso was pitched in at the deep end for the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot – but Stoute's faith was justified as she performed admirably for one so inexperienced to finish third.
3 – The Stats
Simon Crisford is the man in the spotlight, today. He's showing a 38% strike rate over the last 14 days and has a 21% strike rate at Sandown. He's got two declared and I'll be backing them both –
2.25 Sandown – Mordin
4.10 Sandown – Moolhim
We'll be back next week with more insights into the footy and the horse's world and let us know what you're backing in the comments 🙂
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