League football returns this weekend after the international break. Experienced punters know it is the toughest time to stake. Momentums have been interrupted and a lot of players have returned injured or tested positive for COVID-19. You just are not sure of what to expect as things hardly go to script at this period.
However, it is also the period to make bold calls. For the brave, it is the type of weekend to defy the odds with some unusual bets. On this edition of Boald Codes, we will still keep it cautious. For us, we want you to make money. We have carefully examined the matches and here are our verdicts.
Manchester United should pick all three points at home against struggling West Brom. It won’t be an easy tie as West Brom will try all they can to get something, like they did against both Chelsea and Tottenham, but it won’t be enough. You could also include Bruno Fernandes on your scorers bet, was impressive in Manchester United’s last match and it is the sort of match where United could get a penalty.
Aston Villa host Brighton at the Villa Park. A Villa double chance is still good, at around 1.3. Even though Villa have been inconsistent, they should be able to get something off a struggling Brighton and Hove Albion. Though Brighton have played some good football, they have not been getting the results to match and their early season intensity has dropped.
Leeds vs Arsenal is a goals game. Expect Leeds to come all out against Arsenal, which will suit Arsenal. Both teams can definitely score. Go for an over 1.5, which comes at a reasonable 1.2 odds. Or you could go for a over 2.5 if you want more.
In Spain, even though Atletico Madrid have a poor record against Barcelona, this tie is properly set for them. Atletico are unbeaten this season and they host a Barcelona side that have not been convincing. Post-international break are most times rough for Lionel Messi and they are without Ansu Fati. Atletico double chance comes at good odds – around 1.5.
Juventus have not had an impressive start to the season but they should defeat Cagliari, especially with Cristiano Ronaldo back.
In Ligue 1, Rennes have been good this season, they should do at least a double chance at home against Bordeaux. PSG go to Monaco without Neymar but they have enough quality to see off Monaco. A goals game, over 2.5 could also be a safe bet.
In South Africa, champions and table-toppers Mamelodi Sundowns are valued at around 1.45 to win at home against Amazulu Durban. Trust Sundowns to win.
You can try our 10 odds, compiled on SportyBet:
Here are the matches you should be careful with. Newcastle host Chelsea in the Premier League early kick-off. Stay away from a Chelsea win, early kickoffs after an international break could be tricky. Chelsea are also set to be without Thiago Silva, coupled with, Newcastle have a decent home record against Chelsea in recent memory.
Real Madrid go away to in-form Villarreal without captain Sergio Ramos. A Madrid win will be too much risk.
Manchester City away win at Tottenham is risky. Tottenham are in better form and have won their last two home matches against City.
If you are very brave and favor the unconventional, you can go for this.
PS: our Boald call in the last edition came through.
Brest to win at home against St Etienne comes at around 2.5, Brest have had a decent start to the season by their standards while St. Ettiene have struggled. Go for a Brest win. Brest won’t fall.
Wolves are valued at 2.3 to win at home against in-form Southampton, this are the sort of matches Wolves are made for. Go for a Wolves win.
Remember, terms and conditions apply. If you win, don’t forget to pay your tithe here, ask for our account number. If you don’t win, they blame us, blame the players. All the best.
Follow us on Twitter: @goaldbal