English Premier League
West Ham Utd vs Tottenham (Saturday 12:30pm)
A game that was tight and tense for the opening 30 minutes but exploded into life shortly before half time, bringing with it a glut of goals. Tottenham have looked much better playing away from Wembley and that was the case in this one as Harry Kane struck twice before the break.
West Ham looked to get back into it but struggled and Eriksen finished superbly to put the game Over the goals line before West Ham finally started to trouble the Spurs defence, with 2 goals sandwiched by a red card for Aurier. In truth, it was more due to clinical finishing by Tottenham and West Ham throwing men forward with nothing to lose but once it was 2-0 before the break this one was always likely to finish as Overs.
Suggestion: Under 2.75 Goals @ 2.030
Actual Outcome: 2-3 (Loss)
Fair Outcome: 1-2 (Half Loss)
Spain Primera Liga
Atletico Madrid vs Sevilla (Saturday 12:00pm)
It was rather a surprise how comfortably Atletico won this game. They never really hit top gear against Sevilla, always looking like they had one eye on the Champions League game with Chelsea in midweek but still did enough to easily see off a Sevilla side who were expected to put up more fight.
The 1st half was relatively even but once Carrasco scored in the opening minute of the 2nd half there was only ever going to be one winner. Sevilla pushed forward a little more after this but Atletico defended comfortably and Griezmann eventually scored a 2nd to put the game beyond doubt with the home side then sitting back and taking the sting out of the game to claim the easy victory while expending minimal effort. Sevilla created little of note throughout the game and didn’t deserve to score.
Suggestion: Sevilla +1 @ 1.854
Actual Outcome: 2-0 (Loss)
Fair Outcome: 2-0 (Loss)
Hoffenheim vs Schalke (Saturday 2:30pm)
While this looks like a comfortable win for Hoffenheim it proved to be anything but. After taking the lead through Geiger on 13 minutes Hoffenheim then sat back and looked to defend and play on the counter attack but Schalke had numerous quality opportunities to score, just not being able to put the ball into the net.
After squandering a host of chances it was the home side who got the crucial 2nd goal as a mistake by Fahrmann allowed Rupp to tap into an empty net and make it 2-0 right at the end. Schalke will consider themselves unlucky not to take at least a draw from the game as Hoffenheim looked to conserve energy for their Europa League tie in midweek.
Suggestion: Schalke +0.25 @ 2.000
Actual Outcome: 2-0 (Loss)
Fair Outcome: 1-1 (Half Win)
Ones to Watch
Sheffield Wednesday vs Sheffield United (Sunday 1:15pm)
Being a Wednesdayite I’d really rather not talk about this one! The goal after 2 minutes really opened the game up but Sheffield United did enough to beat the goal line comfortably on their own through some truly terrible defending by the home side. While Wednesday fought to get back into the game at 2-2 it was undeserved and took United just 2 minutes to retake the lead and then add to their score through more bad defending. This was the Sheffield derby with the most goals in since 1951, so the high scoring game was a real surprise.
Suggestion: Under 2.25 Goals @ 1.877
Actual Outcome: 2-4 (Loss)
Fair Outcome: 1-2 (Loss)
Rangers vs Celtic (Saturday 12:00pm)
This was a relatively comfortable win for Celtic but it looked like it would be much tighter for long spells of the 1st half, as both teams struggled to create much, wanting to give little away. At the start of the 2nd half Rogic fired Celtic into the lead which forced Rangers to attack for the first time in the match. This was defended adequately by Celtic who then used the spaces to score a 2nd goal and see out the remainder of the game with ease to beat the handicap with little fuss.
Suggestion: Celtic -0.75 @ 2.000
Actual Outcome: 0-2 (Win)
Fair Outcome: 0-2 (Win)
Italy Serie A
Juventus vs Torino (Saturday 7:45pm)
Juventus cruised to a win over local rivals Torino as they continued their perfect start to the season. Goals from Dybala and Pjanjic in the first half were sandwiched by a red card for Baselli which made it look increasingly like Torino wouldn’t score and it would be down to Juventus alone to beat the goals line. With a midweek Champions League tie it would have been easy for them to sit back and reduce the tempo in the game but first Alex Sandro and then, after a series of misses and heroic saves, Juventus eventually got a 4th in injury time as Dybala struck his second of the game to end with a scoreline reflective of the home sides dominance.
Suggestion: Over 3 goals @ 2.020
Actual Outcome: 4-0 (Win)
Fair Outcome: 4-0 (Win)
Greece Super League
AEK Athens vs Olympiakos (Sunday 6:30pm)
This game turned into an utter disaster for Olympiakos who looked to be heading for a much needed victory for the majority of the game. Goals from Marin in the 1st half and Odjidja-Ofoe early in the 2nd, combined with the generally ultra defensive nature of the Greek league seemed to mean the game should have been done at that point. But Christodoulopoulos scored twice, grabbing an 80th minute equaliser before Mandalos scored on 89 minutes to turn things around and allow AEK to beat the handicap. 2 late red cards had no impact on the game but the loss cost Besnik Hasi his job as Olympiakos manager on Monday morning.
Suggestion: Olympiakos +0.25 @ 1.909
Actual Outcome: 3-2 (Loss)
Fair Outcome: 3-1 (Loss)
Total Actual Outcome: -3
Total Fair Outcome: -1
*Odds accurate at time of writing