Saturday Column – The Footy and The Horses
Dortmund kept up their impressive home form with an easy 4-0 win over Leverkusen and subsequently should have defeated Barcelona during the Champions League midweek fixtures. The Kontu game ‘only’ had six goals, and the 4-2 score was something of a surprise.
Cardiff MU drew 1-1 with TNS, but the game was on Monday night and NOT Saturday, so apologies for that. If you did get on, a cash out would have saved a lot of heartache as TNS equalised in the 95th minute! Let’s see what’s on offer this weekend.
1 – Premier League Focus
The Premier League is stretched out this weekend, with a game on Friday, five on Saturday, and four on Sunday. Chelsea versus Liverpool is the game of the weekend at 4:30 pm on Sunday. The home side enjoyed a 5-2 win last week, and some punters may be tempted by odds of 3.50 on a Chelsea win.
However, the European Champions, despite losing 2-0 away to Napoli, have lost just once in the league since the beginning of last season, and we may see a reaction from what will surely be a fired-up Klopp side. If nothing else, however, odds of 2.75 on Tammy Abraham seem huge given the fact he has netted seven goals in his last three league games.
Speaking of goalscorers, Teemu Pukki continues to fire for club and country. Norwich is on a high after an unbelievable 3-2 win against Man City last weekend, and Pukki will tempt many at odds of 2.37 to score away to Burnley. If you fancy Norwich to do well, odds of 8.50 for the flying Finn to get 2+ goals will appeal.
Watford did well to come from two down to get a draw versus Arsenal, but a hiding could be on the cards away to Man City. The league champions are just 2.10 to score 4+, but you wouldn’t put it past them!
2 – AFC U16 Championships
At the time of writing, I couldn’t find odds for this competition, but it takes place at the weekend and is the final game of a three-match series. Double-figure scores have been a feature of the tournament so keep your eyes peeled. Bear in mind that group winners are guaranteed qualification to the next round, but only a handful of second-placed teams can qualify.
All but two games take place on Sunday. At 1:15 pm, Palestine takes on a Maldives side that lost 13-0 to Iran in the first match. At 5 pm, Qatar take on a Bhutan team that lost 10-1 to Yemen in the first game! There are several such mismatches; the difficulty is finding bookmakers that have these games. With dozens of bookies, surely one of them will make the mistake of having some of these games in play?
3 – Barbados is Back!
The Barbadian league is one of the most unpredictable I’ve ever come across. You see a team draw 1-1 in a game only to lose 9-0 to the same opponents about a month later! This weekend sees the Barbadian Super Cup which features a few lower league sides. On Saturday night at 10 pm, Pinelands United play Pride of Gall Hill in what could be a crazy game. The home side doesn’t score many but Pinelands like a goal; having lost 4-1 in the first game, and 21-0 a few years ago!
It isn’t easy to predict any of the four games that are on this weekend, but I would recommend keeping an eye on the games in-play if possible. The competition continues over the next fortnight, so there should be plenty of potential mismatches to keep you interested!
1 – Qudrilateral QIPCO 1000 Guineas favourite
Roger Charlton is yet to win the QIPCO 1000 Guineas – but Quadrilateral may be the one to put the Classic on his CV after impressively maintaining her unbeaten record at Newbury.
Having made a winning debut at the Berkshire track last month, she had little trouble following up that success as she completed doubles for Charlton and jockey Jason Watson in Friday's Dubai Duty Free Full Of Surprises British EBF Fillies' Conditions Stakes.
2 – McCoy rides winner on return to saddle while Search For A Song wins Irish St Leger
Anthony McCoy returned to the saddle to ride a winner on Quizical in the Pat Smullen Champions Race For Cancer Trials Ireland at the Curragh.
McCoy, 45, who retired in 2015, finished ahead of old friend and rival Ruby Walsh, on Aussie Valentine.
In the Irish St Leger, Search For A Song, ridden by Chris Hayes and trained by Dermot Weld finished ahead of Kew Gardens with Southern France third.
3 – The Stats
We head to Newbury for our stat this week. John Gosden hits the radar with an impressive 23% strike rate at the course and an even more impressive 44% strike rate for the last two weeks. His RTF is 76% and he should be looking to maintain that, today.
He's got five runnners today and I'll be backing them all –
13:10 – Cherokee Trail
14:20 – Waldstern
15:30 – Forest Of Dean
16:05 – Haqeeqy
16:40 – Kosciuszko
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 🙂
Patrick & Eddie for the Football Advisor
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