Getafe had four players suspended for the last match in Atletico Madrid. We believe it’s fair to surmise losing 1-0 was a fair effort under the circumstances. In fact, from possession, goal attempts, and shots on target it was 50/50 with the league leaders. Traditionally speaking Getafe are particularly good when playing at home, and the availability of players is better than it’s been all season for coach Jimenez Bordalas. Only Cucho is suspended for today, while Mollejo remains the only player injured. For a team owned by former Brazilian international Ronaldo, you would expect more from the strikers of Valladolid. From what we have been analysing, the Pucela are decent until the final third. The visitors confirmed Fernandez, Olivas, and Janko are definitely sidelined. Maranhao should be ready to resume, but Garcia and Orellana are more doubtful. We have to say the recent 0-0 in Cadiz was totally drab, and we doubt the visitors will get the upper hand against such a good defensive outfit!
Tony the `Lizard´ Bloom owned Brighton have just two wins from 16 games to their name. The owner of one of the worlds biggest betting syndicates must be very disappointed with how his Seagulls are performing. No doubt the pressure is on manager Graham Potter to turn things around, but we are finding it difficult to see how! Brighton hasn’t won a league game since surprisingly beating Aston Villa on the road, and that’s another issue. Both of the Seagulls wins were away, while at home they are a disappointing 0-4-4. One of those draws was against a team (Sheffield United) which only took two points all season, and they played half of that game with 10 players. Suffice to say, it’s simply not good enough and we are failing to find a valid excuse! Wolves are very hit & miss, and since beating Chelsea the team coached by Espirito lost to both Manchester United, and Burnley. Sandwiched in-between was a draw with Tottenham, but in general, they haven’t been achieving what they set out to do. The visitors are still expecting to be without Jimenez and Jonny, and a few others are doubtful! In conclusion, both clubs have disappointed of late. Nevertheless, we didn’t expect to find a goal-shy host as the bookies favourite!
A best price 15/8 for a horse that hasn’t run for two years doesn’t appeal to me. I’m referring to Nicky Richard’s 10-year-old REIVERS LAD. While he was very progressive when last seen, I’m just not getting the right vibe. ARD CHROS is very genuine, and he’s getting a nice 10 pounds from the jolly. Add to that a 3-pound claiming jockey, this strong front runner is the one to beat!
It takes a good one to win two bumpers (National hunt flat races), and that’s what THE GETAWAY STAR managed. One of the issues in Ireland is these races carry a penalty when changing codes to hurdling, it’s not the same in the UK. Nevertheless, with her main opponent also penalised, and her jockey having a 5 pound claim I can see her winning this one!
MIRANDA scrambled home at Ludlow, and he’s now 7 pounds higher. ROSIE AND MILLIE should be suited by this tight right-handed front runners track. If she gets a soft lead she’s going to be very hard to peg back, and that’s what I believe will happen from a nice weight!
It’s somehow unbelievable to see Manchester United 2nd in the league. This is the same team which were knocked out of the Champions League, and lost an early season match to Tottenham (1-6). In the last round the Red Devils did get a win over Wolves (1-0), but the winning goal came on 93 minutes. Other than that Wolves had more shots on target, and only some poor finishing cost the then visitors points! Cavani is suspended for a social media post! Lindelof is still a doubt, whereas Rojo and Jones are long time sidelined! One thing is absolutely certain, Aston Villa are the most improved team in the league. Skipper Jack Grealish is one of the hottest properties in English football, and it’s not just him driving this team forward. Boss Dean Smith has a bunch of really good players, and even the bench is full of talent. We have been particularly impressed with goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, he looks a safe pair of hands. The Villa defenders are both solid and capable of scoring at the other end. On top of that Ollie Watkins is a sharp striker, and John McGann is one of the hardest workers in the league. Another player who is peaking is El Ghazi, and the youthful nature of this team suggests their is even better to come! Only Trezeguet is missing for the visitors! If Villa won their two games in hand they would only be a point behind leaders Liverpool. While we didn’t imagine such improvement, this highly confident team is doing plenty right!
Celta Vigo has always carried a strong squad, but previous trainers haven’t got the most out of this team. However, that changed following the recent appointment of Eduardo Coudet. The Celticos come into this on the back of a 5-1-0 from the 6 most recent competitive games, and four of those were league wins. Teams beaten were Granada (3-1), Athletic (0-2), Cadiz (4-0), and Alaves (2-0). Only the recent 1-1 in Getafe ended in lost points, and that was probably down to the then hosts killing the game. Celta is in physically good shape because the only injured players haven’t taken part this season. For today's game, Mina is a possibility, but with Aspas and Nolito doing a good job the front places are limited! Huesca is the joint bottom of the league, and a penalty helped them to a draw in the most recent game against Levante. To be fair the season promoted visitors are doing some decent work, but they lack a bit of quality! Insua is suspended for Huesca, while Maffeo, Valera, and Ramirez are injured. This should be plain sailing for the team of the moment!
Back-to-back wins in St Liege and Waregem put St Truiden back in touch with the teams above them. It’s clear to see that new boss Peter Maes is getting a much better tune out of his players, and in that last round win against Les Rouge, they were particularly impressive. On that occasion, two early goals gave St Truiden a 0-2 lead, and up to the time of Caufriez (53 mins) getting himself sent off they were absolutely cruising. Suffice to say, playing with 10 against 11 wasn’t ideal, but the visitors kept their shape well to close out with a well deserved 1-2 win! The Canaries are without injured players Mmaee and Van Dessel, whereas Asamoah is now suspended for too many yellow cards! Other than that Meas has players coming back into the squad, and best of all they are back at the Stayen. Mechelen has also won back to back to move away from the relegation zone. However, they were fortunate to get the better of Mouscron, and capable goal scorers would have exposed a weak defense! The visitors are without striker Tissoudali, and defender Dom. Brogno remains long term injured, while Halaimia is still a doubt! Playing this one at home on an artificial surface is a massive plus for the hosts. The Canaries are in good form and have players returning. Under the new boss, winning this rescheduled game will take the hosts out of the relegation zone!
OSKI will need to jump better if he’s going to progress over fences. LITTLE RED LION knows how to win, but both are giving weight to the admirable ROBIN OF SHERWOOD. Considering he was impeded and lost his place in his last race, I am of the opinion David Rees 7 year old ran better than the bare result suggests. He’s proven he can handle the heavy ground, and he’s a strong stayer who will appreciate going back up in trip.
FUNAMBULE SIVOLA was let down by his jumping at Sandown. Prior to that the Venetia Williams 5 year old was really impressive in winning at Wetherby. Returning to this more conventional track is a big positive, and so is the holding ground. The son of Noroit should improve further, and he’s got a lot more to give!
We have 7 premium racing tips for today. If you want all join premium for €150 per month, or €1200 the whole of 2021. Ready to get to the next level - firstname.lastname@example.org ————When MONKFISH (5/1) beat LATEST EXHIBITION (9/2) by a neck in last seasons Albert Bartlett, the latter was half a point shorter in the betting. With that in mind, we should at least question the odds disparity today. While the codes have changed, Paul Nolan’s seven year old should be just as good over fences. He’s also shown a good level at this track, and the better ground should suit him even better.
TORTUGA BAY won a point-to-point and a hurdle. The five times raced 6-year-old should be much better over fences, and he gets in with a lowly mark of 93. This isn’t the best of races, and champion jockey Brian Hughes who won on him last time is in the saddle again. Trip, track, and ground tick the right box!