Thoughts of a Lunatic: Super League Brouhaha, Mourinho’s Sack and Other Talking Points

What a dramatic week it has been in football. Lots of gbas gbos left right and center. I have been munching my popcorn and sipping my bottle of cold somethings as I enjoy the drama, which may not be all over yet. Talking about all over, it is definitely all over for Jose Mourinho at Tottenham. Like say I be prophet, I spoke about when Mourinho starts calling out his players being the sign of the end-times. Musa continues to see a lot at Kano gate. Fellow lunatics, let me share my thoughts with you.

Super League Brouhaha

It was like some civil war in football. It looked like a military take over of football. The defenders of democracy cried foul and it seems there’s reprieve albeit temporarily.

The birth of the Super League might be delayed since everyone is pulling out, instead of going in with a condom. The fear of the result seems to have overwhelmed the ‘rebels’, so they are pulling out and keeping their hungry one-eyed men in their pants.

What’s the Lunatic’s take on this matter? You should have guessed right, I don’t give a damn!

Ed Woodward is one of the casualties of the Super League

There’s already lots of money in football and it is already looking very unfair. If countries can pump money into clubsides and make them very heavy chested like Cosy, leaving others with chest looking like overgrown pimples, it stopped being fair. Manchester City and PSG are world powers today and semi-finalists of the UEFA Champions League because they have undue advantage and can spend money endlessly. Money took over a long time ago and it stopped being fair.

As a football fan and analyst or lunatic, I enjoy what I get served. The structures of the local leagues and continental competitions as they are today, were not determined by me but I enjoy the game nonetheless. Maybe a lot of football aficionados are just impervious to change. If the Super League had gone on or when it finally happens, the football world will get used to watching and loving it. Many of the critics will enjoy and lick from the soup that will trickle down.

Whatever happens, heaven will not fall. Everybody go dey alright last las.

The Sacked One

They say coaches are in the business to get sacked. I can’t remember a manager that went through his career without getting sacked, or at least ‘leave by mutual consent’.

Mourinho seems to have gone full circle

For Jose Mourinho, it looks like he has gone full circle. With and without a disrespect to Tottenham – even though they also flirted with the Super League, they represented like a drop down for Mouinho. After Porto, Mourinho was at Chelsea, Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Manchester United, those are in a higher class than Spurs. Mourinho appears to have gone full circle. ‘Same coach, different players’. Very few clubs can afford to give him the class of players he referred to when insinuating the players at Spurs are not good enough. Out of those few clubs, very few will be willing to hire Mourinho and his sometimes tactics of the 90s.

When he ran his mouth and call other managers various names at his early days in Chelsea, those were the things the managers were going through then – inferior players to the ones he had at his disposal. Maybe a lesson in humility but one Mourinho will not learn and I will not want him to learn. What is Mourinho without those jibes? Anyways, he has gone from the Special One, to the Chosen One to the Sacked one. We await his next destination. Maybe it is time Mourinho returns home like Musa.

Musa at Kano’s gate

Maybe we should first applaud Kano Pillars that they chose to unveil Ahmed Musa. A round of applause. I actually find it boring that at this time and age we are still talking about branding and packaging in the Nigeria Professional Football League.

Even the Governor looks shocked

Back in school, there were those students that will still fail an exam even when the answers are given to them – Timo Werner must have been such a student, even with the goal gaping, we know what he does. Kano Pillars had a lot of examples to copy from. They should have gone to check how Manchester United nearly brought the internet down with ‘Pogback’, even though the jury is still out about how successful the deal has been on the pitch. Anyways, maybe it was a ploy by Kano Pillars, the unveiling of Musa still got people talking anyway. Different approach, same result.

For Musa, we hope it won’t end in tears. Musa can end up seeing what he does not expect at Kano’s gate, if he thinks he has seen it all. As I said earlier, the move appears like one for the twilight of a career, left for Musa to prove me wrong.

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Thoughts of a Lunatic: Good Father Mourinho, Captain Musa and Other Talking Points

PSG knocking Bayern Munich out of this year’s UEFA Champions League butreses the point that what Zinedine Zidane achieved with Real Madrid in the competition between 2016 and 2018 is unreal. I can’t associate managerial wizardry to a particular type of hairline. However, It is funny that for all of Zidane’s achievement, he is not considered as a tactical genius while the other guy with his type of hairline is regarded as one. After another win in El Clasico, Zidane could be on his way to back-to-back La Liga titles with a ‘Ronaldo-less’ and ‘crocked- Hazard’ team. Talking about managers and hair, maybe grey hair does not necessarily translate to wisdom (especially those tinted ones), as posited in this clime. We saw two managers with grey hairs drag each other at the weekend, taking me to the Mourinho Derby.

Good Father Mourinho

You know, especially as a kid, when you have bottled anger and someone mistakenly touches you, you explode. For Jose Mourinho, there will always be something to talk about when things are not going his way. He starts reminding everyone of how he invented football, won all the trophies at a swoop while controlling the players with a pad from the comfort of his sitting room. He reminds us of what he has won in the past. How does that change the fact that they have increased the price of a bottle of beer at my favorite joint, it’s paining me sha. Hello Mr Mourinho, that does not take away the fact that you are not meeting expectations at your present club, like in your last two jobs.

Grey hair, same old Mourinho

In response to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s jibe at Son Heung Min acting to get a Manchester United goal chalked off, Mourinho insinuated that Solskjaer is a bad father, which we don’t know. Many fathers won’t be good fathers in Mourinho’s books then, especially father’s from this clime. Apart from going to bed hungry for some misdemeanor, you also get some lashes. Many people from my climes will have telling tales but dare not tag their fathers bad.

It has been turpsy-turvy for Mourinho at Spurs

Anyways, the issue is not about fatherhood. That’s what Mourinho does, he takes attention from the matter. The matter is that Tottenham have lost ten league matches this season, the highest in Mourinho’s career. He can’t start saying this players are not good, he once said they had better players than Manchester United. Make Mourinho no turn am to family matter, man should fix his rot.

A man that disrespected his elders does not even have the moral rights of talking about respect.

Good father Mourinho, face the job.

Captain Musa

So Ahmed Musa is returning to play for Kano Pillars ten years after initially leaving for Europe, while Musa and I hope this will only be a temporary arrangement, at least for now. I can’t help but try to analyze the stage of Musa’s career.

Musa is 28. At 28, a player should be at the peak of his career. A decline is expected at the other side of 30, then the twilight. We have seen players return to play for their boyhood clubs at the twilight of their careers or return to their local leagues, it is nothing new. But it is not when they supposed to be at their peak, especially when they have not been blighted by injuries. Is Musa at the twilight of his career? Elder Arjen Robben recently returned to play for Groningen at 36. Even the likes of Lionel Messi, Luka Modric, Cristiano Ronaldo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and some others are playing well in their thirties like they are still ‘peaking’. Maybe those ones are exceptions but a player should not be at twilight at 28. I am not insinuating anything. Decipher what you want.

That’s the way to CHAN

It is of more concern because Musa is the captain of the Super Eagles and expected to still be part of the team. Should a 28-year-old at his twilight be captaining the Super Eagles when there are many young players doing well?

So, since Gernot Rohr suggested that home based players should concentrate on doing well at the Championship of African Nations (CHAN) – specifically for home-based players, Musa should also play for the CHAN team.

Will Allardyce laugh last?

I have not forgotten that I said Sam Allardyce’s ‘jazz’ will fail this time at West Brom. After back-to-back wins, 8 goals scored in two matches and moving to within eight points from safety, could the big Sam perform another miracle? I still believe he won’t do it. It is easier for one Dollar to exchange for a hundred Naira than for West Brom to beat the drop this season.

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Manchester United, Leeds Players Star In Our Team of the Week, Including An African Hattrick Hero

Many of the top matches lived up to their pre-match analysis at the weekend. The ‘Mourinho Derby’ and the ‘El Clasico were not devoid of drama. Some teams did their push for survival a whole world of good. Some of the players came to the party, we have made a selection of the best players across the top leagues, plus seven substitutes and a manager.

Goalkeeper- Ilian Meslier (Leeds United)

The young French goalkeeper was one of the heroes as 10-man Leeds United defeated leaders Manchester City 2-1. He made six saves to help the cause.

Rightback – Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)

Despite questions about his defensive abilities, Trent served the attribute that has endeared him to football fans once again – impact in the attacking phase. Trent scored the winner as Liverpool saw off stubborn Aston Villa 2-1. Thankfully, he was not playing against Vinicius ‘Akpororo’.

Leftback – Quini (Granada)

Quinni did not play left-out, the leftback helped Granada come from behind to win at Valladolid with a goal in the 2-1 win.

Center-back – Kurt Zouma (Chelsea)

The French defender was a rock in defence like Zuma rock as Chelsea won comfortably at Selhurst Park against Crystal Palace. Zouma contributed a goal in the 4-1 win.

Center-back – Martin Erlic (Spezia)

Not always will you see a center-back with a goal and an assist that helps his side turn defeat to victory. That was what Martin Erlic did in Spezia’s 3-2 win against Crotone.

Midfielder – Paul Pogba (Manchester United)

Salon D’Or star Paul Pogba turned up with a performance, this time on a football pitch. He was instrumental as Manchester United came from behind to earn a win that has brought out the ramblings from Jose Mourinho.

Midfielder – Toni Kroos (Real Madrid)

The German midfielder set Madrid on their way to an El Clasico win with a free kick goal that took Zidane’s men two up. He gave another composed midfield performance young midfielders will be envious of.

Attacking Midfielder – Stuart Dallas (Leeds United)

The Northern Irishman was the hero for Marcelo Bielsa’s men with two goals that downed Pep’s men at the Etihad.

Wing-forward – Jesse Lingard (West Ham)

‘J Lingz’ is discovering his inner CR7 at West Ham. The goals, the performances and dances are back. He scored another two at the weekend to help West Ham to a 3-2 win against Leicester City.

Wing-forward – Wahbi Khazri (St. Etienne)

Former Sunderland forward Wahbi Khazri went home with the match ball as St Etienne defeated Bordeaux 4-1. The Tunisian helped St Etienne go nine points above the relegation zone.

Center-forward – Edinson Cavani (Manchester United)

The Uruguayan was a menace as Manchester United ran riot at the New White Hart Lane. He scored a goal and saw another controversially chalked off as he turned back the years with a class center-forward performance.

Manager – Marcelo Bielsa (Leeds)

El Loco delivered a managerial masterclass as Leeds recorded a 2-1 win against Manchester City, despite playing with ten men for a long spell away from home. Pep must have taken lots of notes from this one.

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Boald Codes: El Clasico, Mourinho Derby and Other Betting Tips

Make we hustle for our quick 2k. As we have always said, Boald Codes is to guide you, the choice is yours. The most important thing in betting is to know the matches to avoid, else the bookies won’t be in business. When you select the matches you expect to come through and they do come through, you don jam quick 2k.

After the teams returned from international breaks last week, this week should be clearer BUT some of the teams on the continent will be more focused there. It is also the time relegation threatened clubs start upsetting the apple carts, as we saw with West Brom winning at Chelsea last week. As usual, we have the Bankers, the Banana Peels and the Boald Calls. We will be as direct as possible, too much analysis no dey bring money.

BANKERS

In the Premier League, Manchester City vs Leeds should produce goals. Over 2.5 comes at around 1.4. For bigger odds, you could go for both to score.

Chelsea should bounce back from last week’s defeat, away at Selhurst Park. They are in a comfortable place in their Champions League tie, they should focus here. A Chelsea win comes at around 1.5. Don’t sleep on it.

Tottenham vs Manchester United, the Mourinho Derby is too close to call. Expect both sides to go for goals. Tottenham’s defence especially, can’t hold water. Over 1.5 comes at around 1.3, if you must play this game at all.

Son will hope for another dance performance

Real Madrid and Barcelona go into the El Clasico in good forms. They both know a win will take them closer to the tittle. It is a game that should produce goals. Both to score comes at around 1.5, go for it.

Barcelona and Real Madrid go head-to-head

In the Serie A, both Inter Milan and Juventus have home matches against Cagliari and Genoa respectively. Both should win. Juventus should overcome their recent struggles here. A win for them comes at around 1.3. Inter Milan are in good form and coasting to the title, they are also valued at around 1.3 for a win.

Atalanta should win away against Fiorentina. It comes at around 1.5. Atalanta should do enough for a win, to solidify their push for Continental places. Over 1.5 could be a safer bet.

BANANA PEELS

There are many matches you should be wary of this weekend but we have highlighted some and their alternatives.

Bayern Munich might play a depleted side against Union Berlin, with the Champions League return leg against PSG in their sights amidst lots of injury worries. Be wary of a Bayern win which comes at around 1.5. But the game should still produce goals. Over 2.5 could be safe.

Same goes for Borussia Dortmund, who have been poor in the Bundesliga, by their standards. They have a tricky away game at Stuttgart. It is also a game that should produce goals. Avoid a Dortmund away win.

PSG are valued at around 1.7 to win a match in Ligue 1, that should tell you something. They go away to Strasbourg, with the Champions League also in their sights. You should also go for goals in this one.

BOALD CALL

West Ham and Leicester are jostling for Champions League places. They play at the London stadium this weekend, with both in good form. West Ham are due a bad result and the signs are there. Expect Leicester to avenge the first leg defeat. If you are Boald go for a Leicester away win at around 2.4.

Kelechi Iheanacho and his teammates should find joy at the Olympics stadium

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Thoughts of a Lunatic: The Ex One, Blood on Lampard’s Hands and Other Talking Points

In the world of football these days, be careful of what you say or do because what you say or do shall be used to drag you in the court of banter.

The UEFA Champions League and Europa League quarterfinal draws must have been made while you are reading this. We already know those that were booted out. Some GOATs were pulled out with their horns, no one confused their bleatings for the roaring of lions. One of the GOATs even promised to deliver a Champions League trophy, just as a Nigerian musician promised to deliver the Grammy. To be nice to him, he was one of those that inspired those that have finally delivered it. Back to the GOAT, the matter is about even keeping him in his barn right now before there can be talks of delivering another Champions League trophy.

The Ex One

Jose Mourinho has had many monikers in his managerial career. The first and the most popular one being The Special One. He was indeed special, he delivered trophies wherever he went to. The name Mourinho became synonymous with success. He called fellow managers names and dragged many of them in the mud.

Once a special one

On joining Tottenham, he gave himself a new moniker – the Experienced One. According to him, he had seen it all. The highs and the lows, getting fired and getting hired. After the disapointment of Manchester United, he appears to have seen it all, there is barely any top club that will want to take the risk on Mourinho any longer. He however made a mistake, the moniker should start with ‘Ex’ but should be the Expired One. Taking over at Tottenham was seen as a sign of his fallen stocks and it wouldn’t have gotten worse than losing a 2-0 first leg lead against Dynamo Zagreb. By the way, Dynamo Zagreb’s manager left his post on the eve of the second leg as he is set to go to jail. This is win should have been his get out of jail card but his imprisonment has nothing to do with football.

Blood on Lampard’s Hands

Since Thomas Tuchel took over at Chelsea, there has been a complete turn around from the Frank Lampard years. Chelsea seems to be enjoying more than a new managers bounce under Tuchel. They have not lost in 13 and have kept 11 clean sheets in that time. Chelsea and clean sheets were hardly in the same sentence during Lampard’s reign. They drank goals like 33 Lager beer. Though Kepa ‘Aribisagba’ had his own shortcomings, he was largely a scapegoat of a poor system. The team looks very solid under Tuchel, with the same set of players.

Chelsea could barely defend under Lampard

Many of the players looked bad bar Lampard’s beloved son – Mason Mount. Lampard has blood on his hands for how bad he made Chelsea look.

It is not absolute fun saying positives about Chelsea or anyone as far as the Lunatic is concerned. I hope Roman Abramovich feels bored very soon, sacks Tuchel and brings in maybe Didier Drogba, so we have more fun things to say.

In other matters. So Arsenal does a clear out that involves Sokratis Papastho… whatever. He plays against Arsenal with Olympiakos Piraeus at the Emirates stadium and he leaves with a clean sheet. Luckily for Arsenal, they had done the job in the first leg. And also luckily for them, they won’t be playing against Schalke 04 anytime soon.

That’s all that came to the mind of the Lunatic today. See you some other time.

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Boald Codes: North London Derby, Seville Derby and Other Predictions

Congratulations to those that have followed our calls in the last few weeks, majority of which came through. Just that you have not been paying your tithes here.

We go again. We have gone through the weekend matches to pick the Bankers. They should come through if the players don’t decide to help bookies chop your money. We have the Banana Peels, the matches you should avoid. Some times we are wrong, most times we are correct, you can read previous editions to confirm. Then we chose our Boald Call, only for the brave. Let’s get into our picks for this week.

Bankers

Leicester are valued at around 1.5 for a home win against Sheffield. Sheffield are all but relegated, Leicester are doing all to hold on to a top-four place. Leicester should benefit from a whole week of rest. Go for a Leicester win.

Kelechi Iheanacho is in good form for Leicester

Crystal Palace defeated West Brom 5-1 in the first leg. Both sides are struggling, Crystal Palace have not produced that sort of goals scoring performance again since. West Brom have changed manager since then and are more disciplined defensively. It is a match that will struggle for goals. Under 3.5 comes at around 1.2.

Real Madrid should win at home against struggling Elche. It comes at around 1.24. Or you could go for Real Madrid to win either half.

For the Seville Derby, Sevilla have gone off the boil in recent weeks but should still do enough to avoid defeat at home against Real Betis. Sevilla double chance comes at around 1.2. It is usually a game of goals, you could also go for over 1.5.

Borussia Dortmund, basking from qualifying for the Quarter-finals of the Champions League should win at home against Hertha Berlin or produce an over 2.5. Both comes at around 1.5.

In France, PSG should win at home against Nantes. It comes at around 1.2.

Mbappe and co should get the job done against Nantes

In Russia, leaders Zenit St. Petersburg have struggled since resumption, but should win at home against 11th placed Akhmat, who have lost their last two.

In Turkey, third-placed Fenerbahçe should win at home against bottom-placed Genclerbirligi. It comes at around 1.2.

Benfica are unbeaten in their last six in the Portuguese league, they play at home against 14th placed Boavista. Benfica should win, it comes at around 1.3.

In Uganda, third-placed Express should win at home against Kyetume, who are 13th. Express won the reverse fixture away from home. Express win comes at around 1.3.

In the NPFL, go for Dakkada to win at home against Katsina United, it comes at 1.30.

Banana Peels

If you can, avoid the North London Derby between Arsenal and Tottenham. Both team’s inconsistencies makes it difficult to predict how the tie will shape up.

The London Derby looks finely poised

Be careful with Werder Bremen against Bayern Munich, especially for a Bayern win. A safe bet might be goals. Werder Bremen have lost just one of their last seven.

Cagliari vs Juventus could be tricky. Cagliari are in the relegation zone but have avoided defeat in their last three. They also won this tie last season. Juventus may also still be struggling from the hangover of their Champions League ouster.

Boald Call

In France, fourth-placed Monaco host leaders Lille. If you are brave, go for a Lille win at around 3.2. Both sides are in good form, though Monaco lost their last match. It could go either ways but Lille win is worth risking.

Those are our picks for this week. Wishing you the luck of the green as you bet responsibly.

Can Mourinho Lead Tottenham to Premier league Glory?

After eleven matches in the Premier league, Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham sits top of the table. Bar some teams that have played one match less, we are close to a third of the season. Tottenham are looking like they are equipped for their first Premier League title, following in the footsteps of Liverpool, who also broke their Premier league duck last season. With the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City on their trail, can the Lillywhites see their title charge through this time?

Tottenham are in the title race

Tottenham came close a number of times with Mauriccio Pochettino in charge. They ended up third in the 2015/16 season when Leicester defied the odds to win the title, Tottenham were in the race with them for a long time, till they dropped out. In some other cases, they have shown signs they could be up for the title but they always come up short. They also got to the Champions League final in 2018. They have been nearly men for some time.

Pochettino was close some number of times

However, there is a difference this time – Jose Mourinho. They have a manager that has won league titles before. He has won the league title at every club he has been at bar Manchester United. When Pochettino was sacked last season, despite his good job at the club, there were signs he may have taken them as far as he could. Constant qualification for the Champions League and being in the mix as one of the big boys. It is believed that Mourinho is the manager that can take Tottenham to the next level.

So far this season, they are playing with all the swagger of a potential champion. they have taken the scalp of the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal without breaking a sweat. They have also forced Chelsea to a goalless game at the Stamford Bridge. Like a typical Mourinho winning team, they are stable defensively and brutal in attack. Harry Kane and So Heung Min are the most potent attacking duo in the league today, they are players playing on top of their games. As we have seen so far, they can put any league team to the sword. In defence, they are finding balance. Toby Alderweireld and Eric Dier are becoming a potent defensive pair, Sergio Reguillon and Serge Aurier are looking assured at full-back. Than the individuals in the defence, they are building a strong defensive structure, little wonder young Joe Rondon stepped in for the injured Alderweireld in central defence against Chelsea and they still kept a clean sheet. One of the keys to their defensive structure is Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, who has slotted into the midfield and given the team stability, a typical Mourinho player who works his socks off, winning the ball and keeping it simple and tidy in possession.

Mourinho could take Spurs a notch higher

Agreed, they have ingredients of a title winning team. What could stop them?

They don’t look like they have enough quality cover for their first team players, which is important for a title winning team. They could struggle for good enough replacement if one or both of Kane and Son gets injured. As stated earlier, Hojbjerg is very important, can they replace him if he gets injured?

Beyond Tottenham, the performances of some of the other contenders is a huge factor. Liverpool had 97 points two seasons back and still did not win the league. A haul that could have won them the title in every other Premier League season. Jose’s men may still fall short because some teams can do better. We know the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City can still take it notches higher. They are not faraway for now, even with some of their key players out. Tottenham may not be able to stop them when they get into full flow. Chelsea are also looking good, they look like a team that could be better than Spurs.

Son and Kane are the best attacking duo in the Premier League

There are signs Mourinho has gotten the perfect blend for his team. How to tackle the lesser opponents and the bigger teams. They look like they will be difficult to beat. In the opinion of this writer, Tottenham will do well but will end up short because the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City are more equipped and have what it takes to usurp Tottenham. Mourinho could still lead Spurs to glory but glory won’t be the Premier League title this season.

How Tottenham Destroyed Arsenal in 10 Pictures

When Mourinho saw Arsenal were Tottenham’s next opponents…

Oh! My favourite meal

How Mourinho prepared for the match

When they had a coach I beat them, talk less of now that a youth corper is in charge

Arsenal fans when they see Harry Kane and Son Heung Min numbers

Massacre loading

Arsenal fans when they heard ‘Partey after partey’ will be playing

Small hope still dey

How Arsenal fans held vigils going into the game

God, let Kane see Holding and see Maldini, put sense inside Willian bushy head...

How Arsenal started the game

We are the Gunners, we mean business, come on

When Tottenham went on the counter

Na premium beating una go chop

What Arsenal offered in the second half

Beautiful nonsense, possession with no substance

Arsenal fans at the end of the match

Which kain life be this, L every week

When an Arsenal fan was woken up at 3:00 am this morning

Have they scored a third goal?

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Pundits Roundtable: Joseph Bassey, Edwin Onyebolise and Patrick Echatah Joins Us To Preview Chelsea vs. Tottenham

Chelsea taking on Tottenham at the Stamford Bridge has a lot riding on it. It is looking like a potential title six-pointer based on the forms of both teams. Jose Mourinho takes on his former player Frank Lampard, against his former team – Chelsea.

We are joined by Joseph, Patrick and Edwin

Top class Pundits – Joseph Bassey, Edwin Onyebolise and Patrick Echatah joins us for a comprehensive preview.

GB: How do you expect the tie to shape up tactically?

Joseph: The dynamics of this game is a bit hard to predict because Mourinho places emphasis on defensive structure especially in big games while Lampard’s defensive line is finally looks right with six clean sheets in eight games. Both managers could adopt a more pragmatic line-up.

Patrick: This season, Mourinho has found a way to galvanize this Spurs side with so much tactical flexibility (depending on the game) and two of his preferred formations have been 4-4-2 and 4-3-3, while Lampard has stuck with 4-3-3 which gives his midfielders more leeway to stamp their authority in the middle of the park.

Edwin: It’s clearly contrasting styles from both managers. Jose’s teams sits deep and hits you on the counter.

Lampard can mix it. Possession, playing between the lines and hitting on the counter-attack.

Another Lampard-Mourinho reunion

GB: Both sides have had good starts. Do you think they are both in the title race?

Joseph: Hard to come up with any reason why they are not title contenders; the season has been anything but straightforward. Liverpool’s injury crisis has automatically opened up a title race.

Patrick: Of course, Chelsea have been all guns blazing while Spurs look absolutely unstoppable. Early days yet, but these two sides are arguably the best teams in the league on current form.

Edwin: Yes both are. They’ve built momentum with some very good wins. It breeds confidence. Also, there’s quality in both teams.

GB: Lampard has had the better of Mourinho on head-to-head. Do you think this will be playing out on Mourinho’s mind?

Joseph: Not just playing in his mind, probably giving Mourinho sleepless nights. Jose Mourinho is the most competitive manager in the game, winning is all that is important to him and a bad head-to-head against a player he coached would be an unbearable pain.

Patrick: No, Mourinho is a top manager who knows that it’s only a matter of time before he gets one over Lampard.

Edwin: It will. There was a fallout between both managers during the League Cup match earlier in the season. There’s a subtle feud brewing. Lampard did the double last season and Jose will want his revenge.

Mourinho will be looking to get one over his former player and team.

GB: Key battles

Joseph: Timo Werner and Harry Kane is an interesting battle- arguably the most important piece of both teams’ attack, playing like a de-facto number 10, dropping deep to create spaces for the other forwards. How well both players execute that role will be a big determinant of the result.

Patrick: Werner Vs Aurier, Hojberg Vs. Kante, Kane Vs. Zouma, Ziyech Vs. Reguilon and Son Vs. Chilwell.

Edwin: The real battle is in the midfield. Spurs have grit and power. Chelsea have technique and finesse. The team that controls the midfield controls the game.

GB: Call it

Joseph: This looks like a draw written all over it.

Patrick: Two-nil in favor of Spurs.

Edwin: Chelsea to win. They have extra depth in attack than Spurs

Boald Codes: Betting Tips for the Weekend

So you have selected those games. Your bet slip as long as a roll of tissue paper. They will take. You have selected what you believe are the sure games. You have already gone to price a car. You are already planning on how to spoil that babe silly. Dirty December on your mind. Now, calm down. Na so you stake last week, the week before, the week before then… wetin you win?

Well, nobody be Professor for this business. Everybody just dey try. That is why we always advice that you bet responsibly. Don’t stake people’s thrift kept with you.

We have selected some games as usual. The Bankers, the Banana Peels and the Boald Calls, just to guide you. Remember, we self just dey forecast, na the footballers dey play. If you lose money, hold the players responsible. However, we have a 70% average success rate, check our previous editions to confirm.

Bankers

Norwich are at home against Coventry in the English Championship. The Canaries are in good form and are top of the table. They come at around 1.6 for a win. Though they will be without Emiliano Buendia, who is out suspended, they still have enough to get a win.

Bayern did Amaka last week, expect hem to atone this week. They come at around 1.3 to win away at Stuttgart. Trust them to win. You could also include Robert Lewandowski on your goals scorer ticket.

Borussia Monchengladbach are at home against struggling Schalke 04. They are valued at around 1.3. Gladbach are in good form, off the back of another impressive win in the Champions League. Trust them for a win.

Atalanta are back to winning ways. They should beat Verona at home. It comes at around 1.3.

Juventus away to Benevento is also around 1.3 for a Juve win. This are the sort of matches were Cristiano Ronaldo shows. A Juventus win should come and also Ronaldo to score.

Ronaldo should have a filled day

Lyon to win at home against Reims is around 1.4. Lyon should do enough to win against a Reims side that have struggled.

In South Africa, defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns host Stellenbosch FC. Sundowns are valued at 1.4 for a win. Too good to ignore.

The likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona should also win their home matches against Alaves and Osasuna respectively.

Banana Peels

Brighton and Hove Albion host Liverpool at the Amex. Be careful. Not just because Liverpool lost in midweek against Atalanta, but because Brighton know how to be difficult in this sort of matches. They could be very organised and deny Liverpool the spaces.

Real Sociedad host Villareal at the Anoeta. Sociedad are top of the table and have been impressive. However Villareal have not been bad either. Sociedad are without David Silva, who is out injured. If you must, play an Under 3.5. Both teams will likely cancel each other out and struggle for goals.

Sassuolo have had a good start to the season, they host Inter Milan this weekend. Antonio Conte is under some pressure at Inter Milan and Sassuolo have proven to be difficult opponents in the past.

AC Milan host Fiorentina at the San Siro. AC Milan are top of the table, Fiorentina have struggled. AC Milan to win comes at around 1.7, avoid it. Fiorentina have a knack of showing up in big matches are Milan are without talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Boald Calls

If you get mind, back Atletico Madrid to win away at Valencia. Atletico Madrid are unbeaten and in good form, Valencia defeated the other Madrid side Real Madrid some weeks back. Regardless, they will find Atletico Madrid a more difficult proposition.

Chelsea vs Tottenham is the big match of the weekend, both teams are in good form. If you are Boald go for a Chelsea win. Lampard has a good record against Jose Mourinho and Chelsea have the players to expose Tottenham’s defence. It comes at around 2.0.

Lampard versus Mourinho once again.

That’s all on these edition. If you win, don’t forget to send your tithe here. If you don’t win, hold the players responsible. Bet responsibly.