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.

Pogba’s Situation is Embarrassing, Says Ex-Man United Player

In the wake of Paul Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola’s comment that the French midfielder is done with Manchester United, former Manchester United forward Dimitir Berbatov has termed the situation as embarrassing. Just hours before RB Leipzig sent Manchester United to the Europa League, Raiola declared that his client’s future at the club is ‘over’.

Pogba is unsettled at Manchester United

‘Mino Raiola’s comments about Paul Pogba being unhappy were very poorly timed, right before a massive match in the Champions League,’ Berbatov said.

‘That isn’t ideal and I’m sure it would have been felt in the dressing room before the game.

‘I don’t think Pogba would have known what Raiola was about to say, which is embarrassing for the player. At the end of the day the agent is working for the player, so the agent should do what the player tells him, it doesn’t matter who you are – you work for the player.

‘It was the wrong way to do things, it created a big fuss which was totally unnecessary before a match. On the other hand, if Pogba did tell his agent to say those things then it’s obvious that something isn’t quite right.

Pogba returned to his former club, Manchester United from Juventus in 2016, on a five-year contract for a then-record for highest football transfer fee at €105 million (£89.3 million) plus bonuses of €5 million in the much celebrated ‘Pogback’ deal.

How Manchester United Were Sent To The Europa League in 11 Pictures

Manchester United fans when they qualified for the Champions League

The big boys are back, Champions League will take

When Arsenal fans want to talk to them

We are not mates, go and talk to ya fellow Thursdaylites

When Manchester United won their first two matches in the Champions League

See as Champions League easy for us like picking babe for Allen

When you tell them they may still not qualify for the Round-of-16

Enemy of progress, hater

When they lost against some pensioners in Turkey

What’s happening? Whick kain play be this?

When they got back to winning ways

Shame to bad people

When they lost to PSG and their qualification became dicey

Hope our enemies will not end up mocking us laidis

When they discovered their last group opponents were RB Leipzig

No shaking, people that we trashed 5-0 before

After RB Leipzig scored two in just 13 minutes

Premium dragging loading

Manchester United fans at the end of the match

I’m in sifia pains, hold Ole responsible

Manchester United making their way into the Europa league like

Europa straight

Thoughts of a Lunatic: New London Derby, Ole In and Out and other Talking Points

What is the world without football? I wonder how people who don’t like football cope. It has been a week of gbas gbos both on the pitch and off the pitch. I am sure you are enjoying the various drama as I have. There is also a lot to look forward to in midweek football. There may be some premium tears. There is also the little matter of a Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo clash in the Champions League. Some years back, it would have been one to look forward to, but now, it looks more like that Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones choreography dance drama.

New London Derby

Change is the only constant thing in life and variety is the spice of life. Arsenal fans have been used to seeing their team play London derbies against the likes of Chelsea, West Ham, Tottenham etc. in the Premier League. There will be nothing bad if they start playing league Derbies against the likes of QPR, Brentford, Millwall and the likes. Not because these clubs are on the verge of gaining promotion to the Premier League but because Arsenal are closer to going to join them.

Areta his doing his IT at Arsenal

Arsenal’s record this season is there for every Arsene, Pier and Mesut to see. They have lost more than they have won. They have conceded more than they have scored. They have celebrated Ozil Twitter jibed than they have celebrated goals.

In the wake of Jose Mourinho giving Arsenal and Mikel Arteta plaudits after his Tottenham side defeated them, Arsenal fans should be worried. Mourinho does not give you plaudits, except when he doesn’t see you as a rival. Mourinho does not see Arsenal as rivals. New rivals on the horizon for Arsenal while their coach completes his IT.

Ole In and Out

Depending on what RB Leipzig does or doesn’t do against Manchester United this week, Manchester United could join Arsenal on the Thursday train. A qualification that looked all but wrapped after a good start in a group that has PSG could end up with a round-of-32 Thursday night tie in Cyprus or Azerbaijan.

The result will also determine the ole in – ole out music. We are used to hearing Ole in one minute and then Ole out the next. In their last two Premier League matches, it was Ole out at halftime but became Ole in by full-time. It could be ole ole ole… the song of the fans or ole! ole! ole!… the song of the market for a thief.

Pogba is said to be unhappy at Manchester United

Still on Manchester United, it seems Paul Pogba has finished his holiday at the club, according to his agent Mino Raiola. A return that was so celebrated like that of a princely prodigal son is about to end with both parties largely disappointed. Pogback is turning to ‘Pogpark and go’.

Barcelona casted

Barcelona are also going down like Arsenal, they may be missing their local rivals too – Espanyol. Another defeat, against Cadiz this time has taken them down to ninth, 12 points away from the top.

In the days when Messi was Messi, this was the type of match he used to win singlehandedly when his teammates don’t turn up. Now that the real Messi has been replaced with Jubril Messi, Barcelona don cast.

In Andre Ter Stegen, Barcelona may be having their own ‘Kepa’. Donating points to opponents with some comedic goalkeeping.

The lunatic is done for today. Tell somebody to tell somebody to keep it a date with the Lunatic and other contents on goaldball.com. Follow us across social media platform @goalball except twitter which is @goalbal (someone took the L). The Lunatic will be back in a jiffy.

Thoughts Of A Lunatic: Kroos Pain, Manager Ronaldo and Other Talking Points

The Lunatic is joining the world of football to pay tribute to the legendary Diego Armando Maradona, who was taken home by the hand of God last week. While the debate of the GOAT goes on, the tributes that has followed the passage of Maradona says a lot about his greatness.

To other lunatic matters, it appears the lunatic has been picking on some people or he just hate their guts. Far from it, I am for nobody, I belong to nobody. I say it as I see it. I am particularly pissed with lot of the ticket busters last weekend. How do we do detty December if y’all keep bursting the tickets? Win or lose lots of you collect huge pay cheques and still complain about workload, workload kee you there. Go to Oyingbo market and see workload. Real Madrid, Juventus, PSG, Borussia Dortmund etc. decided to do an Amaka. That thing can pain. Talking about pain, we start on a Kroos pain.

Kroos Pain

When Antoine Griezmann and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were not scoring after Toni Kroos called them out for their ‘disrespectful’ goals celebration, we thought they have decided not to score so there won’t be a reason to jubilate.

Griezmann enjoyed scoring again

Apparently, Griezmann had waited for a goal so he could celebrate, more like mock Kroos and he did, after he scored against Osasuna at the weekend. For Aubameyang, we don’t know what is happening. Even shots on target are scarce, not to talk of goals. Play him on the left, play him in the center, Aubameyang keeps firing blanks like the Army of one Country. While their own blanks cause some havoc, Aubameyang’s own does not. One league goal since he signed a new contract, Arsenal fans will be hoping they have not be scammed.

Ighalo’s Excursion

The Odion Ighalo excursion to Old Trafford is obviously over. Except if he has some other duties he performs at Manchester United than the one we know. Maybe he has started helping set cones and arrange bibs in training. He is never seen in the team anymore. Without Cavani, he was behind in the pecking order. Now with Cavani, he is no longer in the pecking order.

Favour over labour don expire

At least, he achieved his dream of playing for the club of his dreams, he also scored some goals and he called the Nigerian government a shame to the world while wearing a Manchester United jersey. His excursion should end soon and he should find his way back to China, fulfilled. Or better still return to the Nigerian League that never has a fixed starting date. Favour over Labour, be like the thing don expire.

Manager Ronaldo

What will Juventus do without their manager Cristiano Ronaldo? Without him, they have only won once in the Serie A this season. Oh! I heard Andrea Pirlo is Juventus’s manager not Ronaldo, pardon me. But there will be no difference with Ronaldo as player-manager as it seems the tactics is, ‘pass it Ronaldo’.

Ronaldo could well be the coach at Juventus

Like Arsenal, Juventus went to appoint a Youth Corper coach, coach wey never do freedom. Maybe they appointed Pirlo based on his brilliance as a footballer, based on that, Ronaldo could as well be the manager.

Enough said. I called Real Madrid penalty donors last week and they did it again. Jose Mourinho and Frank Lampard are busy acting like they never knew each other. Anyways, they are both doing fine on the pitch so no one cares. Once again, Christmas is coming, don’t forget to send gifts to the Lunatic.

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Cavani Could Be In Trouble

After saving Manchester United the trouble of another defeat in the Premier League, Edinson Cavan could have gotten into trouble himself. Cavani made sure the #OleOut people were silenced.

The Uruguayan may be the subject of an investigation from the Football Association after allegedly using a racially offensive term in a social media post.

The 33-year-old shared some of the positive messages he received from fans in the wake of the victory and responded to one post with the message “Gracias n*****”.

The term Cavani used is the same former Liverpool forward Luis Suarez is said to have used during his altercation with Patrice Evra in October 2011, which resulted in the former Liverpool star being fined £40,000 and banned for eight matches. Cavani has since deleted the post.

The Manchester United striker came off the bench help his side to a 3-2 win against Southampton on Sunday.

The Red Devils were 2-0 down when the Uruguay international came off the bench for the second half and set up Bruno Fernandes to pull one back before heading in two of his own to seal the three points deep in stoppage time.

Bruno Fernandes Took My Spot – Scholes

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has heaped praise on Bruno Fernandes for the goal he scored against Istanbul Basaksehir in the Champions League. Fernandes scored two in a 4-1 win for the Red Devils and Scholes was particularly happy with the first.

Fernandes scored from the edge of the box

The Portuguese midfielder let fly from the edge of the penalty area after seven minutes at Old Trafford after a corner had been cleared out to him, with Fernandes’ effort rifling straight into the top corner of the net.

‘I used to love that spot, waiting for the ball to come and hoping there’s no defenders and hoping nobody’s on the edge of the box. What a first time strike and it was a sensational goal.

‘He was the one that won it for them early on. He’s their most creative player and he will create all the chances, even the scrappy goals from midfield, they all count.’ Scholes said.

Earlier this month, Fernandes admitted that his style is very similar to Scholes’ after a goal-laden start to his Old Trafford career.

The 26-year-old has 21 goals in 35 United games in all competitions but claims he is more like Scholes than other ex-Red Devils midfielders in front of goal.

I Take Responsibilities for United’s Defending – Solskjaer

Manchester United produced a black and white performance as ugly as their jersey as they lost 2-1 to Istanbul Basaksehir in the Champions League. The Red Devils were very poor in defence with a terrible error gifting the Turkish team their first goal. Manchester United gaffer Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has taken responsibility for the team’s defending .

‘We forgot about the man up top, that is unforgivable,’ admitted Solskjaer.

‘Obviously it’s not a goal you normally concede. We’ve not done our duties there, that’s my responsibility.

‘Playing a short corner and everyone forgets to get back with the players they’re playing against, and Demba Ba snuck in behind us.

‘It’s a lack of communication and good decisions. You don’t really see those goals at this level.’

United suffered a second defeat in four days following Arsenal’s win at Old Trafford last weekend, and Solskjaer is under mounting pressure going into the clash with Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday lunchtime.

Three Things Manchester United are Lacking with Solksjaer in Charge

The times seems very strange for Manchester United fans. Not just about the pandemic and the empty stands. One time they are very proud of their team and the results, screaming “Ole at wheels’. The next they are seeing their team play like part-time footballers and they find themselves singing the tune of ‘Ole out’. Today Marcus Rashford is better than Kylian Mbappe, tomorrow, he is the English version of Marouane Chamakh. Paul Pogba is a world class midfielder today, tomorrow, he is an over-hyped Abou Diaby. What are the problems with Manchester United and what must they do to fix them? One sentence answers it all -sack Ole! It will be further explained in this article.

The club must take a decision on Ole

Lack of Style

Manchester United have become like that liquid that takes the shape of its container, it is otherwise shapeless. The team has mastered the art of reacting to opponents in matches. This style will bring occasional results but nothing consistent. It is a style that helps teams to avoid relegation or force a top four finish, it is not one for champions. For champions, it is the other way round. Opponents are aware of their style but will set-up to counter them and also hope they (champions) have a off day. We have seen it with every proper team in the World. Liverpool and Manchester City – the two best teams in the Premier League presently are examples. One can not say this is Ole’s style after over a year in charge, all we know is the team plays well on the counter against superior oppositions.

Even the Captain is a bag of errors.

Lack of Leaders

Leadership cuts across from the bench to the players. Solksjaer does not seem to have that character that a team like Manchester United needs. Someone that can handle the biggest of egos and cut them to size. Such managers will not cease to occasionally have clashes with some of their players because the demands they make of them will cause occasional clashes. However, how managers handle it differs. But Ole has this peaceful mien with everybody and there are clear signs most of the players do not give 100 percent or near-100 percent every matchday.

On to the pitch, the captain is a bag of errors and inconsistency. The fact that Harry Maguire became captain in his first season says a lot about a lack of leaders in the team. There is no one driving the others and standing out even when others are not doing well. Most times, when it is bad, it is bad all round.

Lack of Consistency

From the opening paragraph, this point has been made. However, consistency still bores down to the manager. It is evident many of the players have something to offer but the style and push to offer it consistently is lacking, which still comes down to a lack of style.

The selection most times is in response to the opponents, so some of the players do not have fixed roles. Sometimes Pogba is playing at the base of the midfield, behind the striker or on the right of a midfield diamond. Sometimes Rashford is a striker, sometimes he is a winger.

Ole many times cuts a confused figure.

“Sometimes you say ‘there’s no reason to panic’. But the results and performances suggest you should be panicking. He says they are good boys and want to win but I judge a player by actions. My eyes don’t lie to me. The last disappointment was just a few weeks ago against Spurs – this teams reacts for a few weeks and get carried away with themselves.” Club legend, Roy Keane said after the defeat against Arsenal.

Holistically it does not look like Manchester United have a working team or a project they can be optimistic about. Their transfer business does not suggest they are working at anything and Ole does not seem to have the know-how to return Manchester United to the top. The earlier they cut ties with him, the better.

Solksjaer Blames Lack of Fans for Man United’s Defeat

According to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Old Trafford did not feel like home without the fans in the Red Devils defeat against Arsenal. Little wonder Manchester United have lost three of their four home matches in the league this season. And that may explain why Son Heung Min of Tottenham and Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have turned the stadium to a dance floor. The Norwegian gaffer believes there is no home and away without fans in the stadiums.

Solskjaer had no answers to Arteta’s tactics

‘Today we were too sloppy, too many passes went astray, too many things that can go wrong went wrong for us.

‘There is a reason behind big squads in football, you want to perform time and again but that’s not possible. We need that consistency.

‘Home and away form is out the window really with no fans in the stadium. You cant really look at that, just look at the stats. It doesn’t mean too much, we need to get points on the board. We need to focus on Everton next week.’

It was a disappointing result for the Red Devils, after it seemed they had turned the corner after their 6-1 thrashing by Tottenham before the last international break. Since then they have won three of their last four games, including two highly impressive results in the Champions League against PSG and RB Leipzig.

However their form at home in the league will remain a big concern for Solskjaer. Their point against Chelsea was their only one in four home games so far, after defeats to three London-based sides in Crystal Palace, Tottenham and Arsenal.