Thought of a Lunatic: Arsenal in their Tent, Farmer’s League Revolt and Other Talking Points

The final bend of the season is here. No more international breaks this season. It is sprint to finish from now. The race is most likely for the swiftest. While some are staying permanently in their new found ‘tent’, some are grasping with trying to return to the top or Continental positions. Some are trying to swim out of the murky waters of relegation.

The Lunatic took some lessons from the world of football last weekend and here are his thoughts.

Arsenal’s Permanent Tent

Arsenal and their Youth Corper coach seems to have found home in tenth. They used to complain about going ‘forth’, so they have found a permanent ‘tent’. At a point under Arsene Wenger, finishing fourth was the standard till they started falling below. With Arsenal in it, it used to be a top-four in the Premier League. When Arsenal and Liverpool fell off, it was expanded to top six. If Arsenal are thinking it will be further expanded to top ten, they better wake up.

The most consisTENTH team in the Premier League

They have consistently held on to tenth this season. When it seems they have started to crawl up the table, they always find a way back to their tent. Against Liverpool last weekend, it was men against toddlers. With their Travis Scott captain, they were completely played out of the park.

The bad news for the Gunners with their empty riffles is they may miss out on Europe entirely next season except they win the Europa League. Let’s start welcoming Arsenal to the midtable club.

Pochettino in the farmer’s league

PSG winning the Ligue One is a giving or supposed to be. The ‘havesters’ have always been head and shoulders above the others in the farmer’s league. But it seems the farmers have revolted against the havesters this season. PSG also have a manager that is not used to harvesting and it seems the farmers have noticed it.

While PSG have made some headway in the Champions League, their poor performance in the Ligue One was highlighted by another home defeat against a top side. They had a chance of going top but blew it at home defeat against Lille. They have now lost five times at home this season. As usual, the returning Neymar gets so competitive in this sort of matches that he gets sent off. Just like he got sent off against Marseille earlier in the season, he got another red card against Lille. Anything to show he is committed to the cause.

PSG have been better in the Champions League

At the other place where Pochettino left in England, chaos is brewing. Jose Mourinho as usual throws his players under the bus in public. Questioned about his team conceding a late goal, something not always attributed to a Mourinho team in the past. ‘Same coach, different players’ he said. Maybe a coach is as good as his players after all. No coach be genius.

Atletico Bottlers

Talking about ‘monkey no get skills, na tree near tree’. Atletico Madrid are close to completing a bottling, even Arsenal will be envious of. At the beginning of the year, Atletico Madrid were 10 points away, with a game in hand. With both Barcelona and Real Madrid struggling, it looked like Atletico Madrid winning their second league title under Diego Simeone was a giving.

Barcelona and Real Madrid are back in form and are breathing down Atletico’s neck. They are both one and three points away from Atletico respectively.

In addition to their tepid display against Chelsea in the Champions League. Someone’s sit should start becoming hot. Passion is not enough for the world’s most expensive manager anymore. He must earn his money by ensuring Atletico see this through.

The Lunatic will rest his pen here. Enjoy the midweek Champions League and Europa League matches. Someone said Chelsea were in good form till a President went to London and they got hit for five at home against West Brom. Porto are waiting.

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Boald Code: Madrid and Manchester Derbies, Der Klassiker and Other Betting Tips

If you followed our tips last week, congratulations. We came through with almost all our calls. We dey feel like Nostradamus right now.

It is another week and we have carefully gone through the various matches once again. We have selected those we believe are the Bankers – that we believe will come through, the Banana Peels – the games you should avoid and the Boald Call – big odds you should play only if you are bold.

Bankers

We start from Africa where the CAF Champions League takes center stage. We are going for home wins for Al Ahly and Wydad Casablanca against AS Vita and Horoya respectively. Al Ahly are defending champions, Wydad are penultimate champions. You can always trust this top guns to get the job done at home.

In the English Championship, in-form Norwich host Luton. Norwich have won their last six and are top of the table. Go for a Norwich win at around 1.4/1.5 across platforms.

In the Premier League, West Brom vs Newcastle should be a cagey affair. An under 3.5 should be a good choice. You could also go for no goal in the first 30 minutes. Or first half under 1.5 which comes at around 1.3.

In La Liga, Real Sociedad are unbeaten in six. They host Levante at the Anoeta. Levante could be tricky customers but Real Sociedad’s form should be enough to get a win. It comes at around 1.4.

The Madrid Derby should be a cagey affair. Under 3.5 full-time or under 1.5 halftime should be good choices.

A Madrid derby with title-deciding implications

In the Bundesliga, Der Klassiker is always a game of goals. Over 2.5 should come through or go for a Bayern Munich over 1.5. At around 1.3/1.4 odds across platforms.

In the NPFL, go for home wins for Plateau United, Rivers United and Enyimba against MFM, Jigawa and Ifeanyi Ubah respectively.

In Turkey, title-chasing Besiktas host Gaziantep. Besiktas are in good form and have won their last four. Go for a Besiktas win at around 1.4.

In Ukraine first-placed Dynamo Kiev host Minaj, who are in twelfth. Dynamo Kiev are in good form, back them to win.

In Scotland, Rangers host St. Mirren. Stephen Gerard’s men have won all of their last five against St. Mirren. Go for a Rangers win.

Banana Peels

In the Premier League, there are so many banana peels.

Avoid Leicester to win away at the Amex stadium. Brighton are usually a compact side, though they struggle for goals. Leicester are injury-plagued and may be at that point where their performance level starts dropping.

Manchester City should win at home against Manchester United but you don’t know the Manchester United that will turn up. Manchester United’s likely defensive approach makes it difficult to predict. It may also not produce goals.

The Manchester derby seems tricky

Barcelona seems to be in good form but they have shown some level of inconsistency this season. They should win away at Osasuna but a goals game might be a safe option. Osasuna won at Camp Nou last season.

Boald Call

In the Bundesliga, Wolfsburg are in good form. They play away against a stuttering Hoffenheim side. Wolfsburg have won on their last two trips there. If you are bold, go for a Wolfsburg win at around 2.4.

Those are our picks for today. Don’t forget to bet responsibly.

If goes the other way, hold the clubs and the players responsible. Terms and conditions apply.

Boald Code: Madrid Derby, Manchester Derby and Other Betting Tips For The Weekend

Ticket bursters have been doing their best to stop us from doing detty December but we no go gree. However, as we have always said, you have to be very careful and bet responsibly. Ours here is to give you the assists, yours is to finish. While we are supplying the assist, remember your finishing skills is also important to score a goal. A word is enough for the wise. To our picks of the weekend.

Bankers

Wolves double chance at home against Aston Villa comes at around 1.25, it is a good one to bank on. Wolves will look to bounce back from their trouncing at the hands of Liverpool last week. Aston Villa have had an extra week of rest but Wolves know how to navigate this sort of matches.

Fulham host Liverpool at Craven Cottage. Fulham have gotten better but they don’t look like they are equipped to stop the top sides. Liverpool win comes at around 1.3. Go for it.

Arsenal vs Burnley may also pass for a boald call based on Arsenal’s form but you can trust the Gunners to return to winning ways. Around 1.5 odd is juicy. Arsenal also have a good home record against Burnley.

In Germany, in-form RB Leipzig host struggling Werder Bremen. A Leipzig win comes at around 1.3. It is worth staking on.

Third placed CSKA Moscow host eleventh placed Ural in the Russian League. CSKA win comes at around 1.3, it is worth taking to the banks.

The Egyptian league returns, money bags Pyramids host Al Ittihad. Pyramids to win comes at around 1.5, go for it. Pyramids were third last season, Al Ittihad finished tenth.

On the matters of the Derbies, goals game is your best bet. For the Madrid Derby, expect both sides to be cautious, under 3.5 comes at around 1.2, go for it. For the Manchester Derby, both sides have not been convincing consistently, expect both sides to go for it. It should produce goals, over 1.5 is around 1.2.

The Manchester Derby should produce goals

Banana peels

Be careful with Crystal Palace vs Tottenham. Zaha is back for Palace, they are a different proposition with him in the side. Palace know how to set up in this sort of matches. Be careful with going for a Tottenham win, though the odd is good.

Well, AC Milan for the upteenth time. They have been proving us wrong for some time but we feel they are due a bad result. Parma have not been good but they know how to turn up for big games, like they did against Inter Milan earlier. Be careful with going for an AC Milan win.

Borussia Dortmund have suffered what looks like a mini slump in the Bundesliga, coinciding with Erling Haaland’s injury. They have failed to win in their last two. They are up against a Stuttgart side that have lost just once in five, though they drew three of those. As we saw against Bayern some weeks back too, they could be difficult to beat. Avoid a Dortmund win.

Boald Call

The ultimate Boald call, the Madrid Derby ending in a draw comes at around 3.3. We expect both teams to cancel each other out in what may end goalless or 1-1. If you are very Boald, go for it.

Atalanta to win at home against Fiorentina comes at around 1.6. It is a lesser Boald call, you can include it in your banker. Atalanta have become more pragmatic this season, basking in the euphoria of reaching the Champions League last 16, you can bank on them to win against struggling Fiorentina.

As stated earlier, na pass we dey give, finishing dey your hand. Bet responsibly and if you win, send your tithes here make we sef do detty December. Wishing you best of luck.