Sassuolo rewarded us last season, and by the end of the season, the NeroVerdi finished a solid 8th in the table. The hosts will have to do some sorting out of their squad because Roberto De Zerbi won’t want to be watching 36 players. The biggest money Sassuolo spent last season was on Gregoire Defrel, Vlad Chirches, and Filipo Romagna. The irony of selling is all were injured when De Zerbi’s men thrashed Genoa (5-0), which just goes to show the strength in depth. Cagliari has made a few changes to the squad from last season, and one of them is selling Nicolo Barella for a cool €25M. The Islanders have reinvested that money on Marko Rog and Giovanni Simeone, so it will be interesting to see how that works out. We do like the NeroVerdi, and we want to get with them today!
6/1 with football premium yesterday, the other two games landed on the Asian line so ‘’void’’. We hope you benefited from the tips we gave for Free use, today we are giving 2 Football for free users ————Teams will need to improve from the first match of the season. Liverpool needed two penalties from Mo Salah to get past (4-3) Leeds, and one of them was on the 88th minute. While we have no problem with the ref decision, we have to say both penalties were unnecessary. With regards to that match, the Reds had more chances than Leeds. However, none of Juergen Klopp’s men stood out, and overall we were a bit disappointed with the champions. Also, Van Dijk might have scored a goal, but on the other side, he was guilty of two from the opponent. Goalkeeper Alisson had wobbles, and Firmino wasn’t at his best. Chelsea won in Brighton (1-3), and in our opinion, the performance shouldn’t be underrated. After all, Frank Lampard had a rushed preparation, and new players were coming into the team. On that note, the man of the match had to be tireless Timo Werner. The new man was very energetic and based on what we saw he’s a great acquisition. Of the other, it looked like another new signing Kai Havertz needed the game. Despite that, he showed bits and should be sharper today. Reece James scored a goal to remember, and while Mason Mount was a bit guilty for not closing down the Brighton goal he was solid in other areas. Lampard confirmed new signings Ben Chilwell, Christian Pulisic, Hakim Ziyech, and Silva will still be missing, all 4 are short on fitness. It will be interesting to see how Lampard wants to take on Liverpool. What we do know is the Blues were very close when they played Liverpool last year, and they are going to be better again!
2 Nice winners from our 5 bets on Saturday, but nothing for Free users. Hopefully we get this one write —— JAMACHO is in the form of his life, and champion jockey Brian Hughes is making a long journey for his only booked ride. However, I like GET BACK GET BACK, because he’s better than his Market Rasen form. The h’capper dropped him two pounds, and he would have been closer at Market Rasen if he had got a clear passage. A couple of mistakes where forced upon him that day, and according to his flat rating (83) he’s relatively well treated!
BREANSKI deserves a win, but he’s h’capped to place rather than be the victor. In fact, the assessor has had his measure for a long time, and consistency means he won’t relent. MY STYLE is up in the weights and without his regular 5 pound claimer. I like the highly regarded DULAS, he was well supported to win his return race but pulled and ruined his chance. Dropping back in trip, he will be a bit wiser today!
FIVETHOUSANDTOONE won his last race well, it’s just that form still leaves him with a lot to find. Maybe this well bred colt will improve again, it’s just that he might need further. BAHRAIN PRIDE and DEVILWALA have some decent form in the book, but the best on offer belongs to RHYTHM MASTER. Richard Fahey’s colt impressed to win his debut, and he followed up with a great third in a Deauville! GP 1 event
The Gent owners have made another change to the team manager. After firing Jess Thorup for poor results, the club appointed Laszlo Boloni. Three matches later, the Hungarian has been shown the door. Club chairman Ivan De Witte said Boloni had been “miscast” in the role after losing two of three matches in charge. “I misjudged, maybe we took too hasty a decision,” De Witte told a news conference. “We have to accept that responsibility. To be honest, in my time as chairman, I've never felt as much opposition to a coach from both the fans and players. It was a poor choice. Full stop.” The new man in charge (caretaker) of the Buffalos is Wim De Decker, he was assistant at Antwerp (with Boloni in charge) before arriving here. The former midfielder has inherited a squad which has a 30 man squad, and we have to say some very talented players. Gent started life under the new manager with a Champions league qualification win over Rapid Vienna. While the Austrian club had more of the chances, it was Gent who scored with 2 from 4 shots on target! Mouscron is bottom of the table, and have yet to win in 5 attempts. Back to back defeats against Kortrijk (3-0) and Waregem (0-1) suggest Fernando Da Cruz is having a tough time to choose from his massive squad of 35 players. On that note, most of the arrivals are ex Lille B players, so it’s going to be tough for this small club to make inroads!
In last week's match, Sittard was absolutely diabolical in Twente. While the then visitors had a bit more of the ball, it doesn’t mean a lot when they didn’t get out of their own half. In fact, Sjors Ultee’s team managed just two shots from distance, and they didn’t get anything on goal. To be brutally honest, the Tukkers could have won that match 5-0, so they will clearly need to improve! Heerenveen is known for being better travelers than at home. While the situation is different (crowd limitations) at the moment, we still expect the SuperFriesens will benefit from the hosts having to commit. Heerenveen won last week's fixture against Willem II with ultimate ease, and in our opinion, they won’t need much of the ball to break down the host's defense.
We have to start by saying last season, Ivan Juric got a good tune out of the Verona players. By the end of that campaign, they had taken 49 points and finished above mid-table in the 9th. That’s an excellent return for a team who won promotion at the end of the previous season, albeit it’s well documented that 2nd seasons in higher leagues can be harder again! During the 2019/20 campaign, AS Roma had a midseason slump, and as a result, they couldn’t make the cut for this season's Champions League. Nevertheless, 8 wins and a draw from the last 9 games took Paulo Fonseca’s team into fifth place in the table. With that I Giallorossi will have another go in the Europa League, and if anything they look like they have improved the squad over the short summer. Roma came good at the end of the last campaign, we expect them to continue in the same vein of form!
FC Koeln finished the last season just 2 places above the relegation zone. Despite that lowly finish Markus Gisdol remains in charge, and he’s currently got a 30 man squad to choose from. Interesting that the club let Jhon Cordoba join Hertha Berlin for €15M because the 29-year-old scored 13 goals during the last campaign. We just can’t imagine new striker Sebastien Andersson (€6.5M Union Berlin) having the same effect, and the club's other cash buy Ondrej Duda doesn’t appeal. Hoffenheim finished the last campaign a solid 6th, and this progressive club wants to do better again. With that in mind, Sebastien Hoeneß has taken over the manager's role. The 38-year-old has inherited a strong squad, and 4 from 5 friendly wins suggest the visitors are good to go! The team from Sinsheim won both meetings last season, and what about road wins in Bayern Munich (1-2) and Dortmund (0-4)!
Middlesbrough should probably have taken something from the match in Watford (lost 1-0), but like last season they didn’t have the strikers to get the job finished. On that note, ever since his injury Britt Assombalonga struggled to recapture his Nottingham Forest form. Last season, Ashley Fletcher scored 11 goals in 43 games and a repeat of that wouldn’t be enough. Boss Neil Warnock is on sick leave with Covid, and in the week his team where beaten at home by Barnsley! We can’t say Bournemouth impressed against Blackburn, and they did seem to be wobbly in defense. However, the Cherries bagged the three points with a 3-2 win, and the attack looked sharper than ever. Despite being relegated Bournemouth has managed to keep a competitive team. The new manager knows the club well, and those three points from the first round should give a lot of confidence. During the week the visitors got by premier league club Crystal Palace to make the 2nd round of the EFL Cup, so far so good!
Vincent Poirier remains out for the Celtics. Romeo Langford is also out after suffering an adductor injury in Game 2. Gordon Hayward is listed as questionable and Javonte Green is probable. For the Heat, Gabe Vincent and Chris Silva remain out. Maybe we're starting to sound like a broken record but we still have faith in this Celtics team to figure it out. In Game 1, Boston held a 14 point lead in the 4th quarter before a late run forced overtime that the Heat won. In Game 2, The Celtics held a 17 point lead shortly before halftime before lazy and sloppy play in the 3rd quarter led to a relatively comfortable victory the other way. There was the usual fireworks in the Boston locker room after the game that was made into more of an issue than it really was. But everything aside, this is still the team with the superior talent and presents matchup issues for the Heat. With just a little bit of luck, the Celtics should make a series out of this which we still feel has a good chance to go their way. The Celtics' advantage should also increase as the series wears on as the Heat's over-reliance on outside shots can become a handicap. Perhaps they also get a little extra nudge from the officiating to ensure a lengthy series.
Words fail us to describe yesterdays performance of Marketa Vondrousova. The Czech girl appeared to be well on top in the third set, but not for the first time she lost focus and let her opponent level. The 22 year old was broken at 5/5, before breaking back and forcing a third set tie breaker. We where so very disappointed with Vondrousoval, because only Hercog was standing on the other side of the net! Elina Svitolina played some great tennis to get the better of Svetlana Kuznetsova. While it was hard work to beat the 35-year-old, the result never looked in doubt! Svitolina is looking very focused, and we can#t say the same about today's opponent. The Ukrainian leads the head to heads 3-0, we expect her to make it 4 today.