The Weekend’s Big Four

The January transfer window continues to be the major talking point across the football landscape especially in England; where there is a potentially pivotal transfer on the horizon with Alexis Sanchez expected to make a move to Manchester United as Henrikh Mkhitaryan will head in the opposite direction, until that happens we still have league games across Europe to worry about. This weekend, we are highlighting four games where I feel you should make your punt. Whatever betting sites you visit, if its Betstar, Ladbrokes or any other site, these games should be on your slips, however remember to bet responsibly, no point losing all your money, only bet what you can afford. Here are my betting punts for this weekend:

 

Ajax v Feyenoord

The champions currently lie in fifth place at the moment, looking nothing like the team of last season; a victory would really boost the confidence of the reigning champions to go with the form that they were enjoying before the winter break. Ajax have an explosive young side; who without a doubt  have a very bright future ahead of them; as always some of the big teams would come calling to tempt these youngsters away from the capital.

Feyenoord scored plenty of goals before the break, eighteen goals in five matches as against nine scored by Ajax in the same period. Games between both sides are always very gritty and cagey; both teams scored in five of the last six games between them; so it’s safe to expect goals here as well.

Betting Punt: Over 2.5 goals

Kayserispor v Galatasaray

With Istanbul Basaksehir top of the Turkish Super League; Turkish Super Powers, Galatasaray, Besiktas and Fenerbahce have been knocked into the background. This weekend, fifth place Kayserispor welcome Galatasaray in the big game of the round who have Fatih Terim at the helm again for the uptenth time. Romanian Coach; Marius Șumudică has gone into the market to strengthen their squad to freshen it up as they have had a wonderful season so far.

Galatasaray have to snap out of their away day blues as they have lost their last four away matches and their defensive frailties would be another major worry for Terim as they try to catch up or at least stay in touch with Basaksehir.

Betting Punt: Kayserispor Double Chance.

Lyon v Paris Saint Germain

How else do you start a preview of the big game in France than to point in the direction of the eight goals scored by PSG in mid-week against mid table Dijon. It was an absolutely commanding performance from the Champions elect. Host, Lyon have been in great form, continuing where they stopped from before the winter break, unbeaten in six games and scoring their own fair share of goals. Lyon have always been a tough nut to crack for PSG and i don’t expect things to be different in this case especially owing to the fact that it took two own goals for the Parisians to celebrate victory last time out. That been said Lyon have only won once in their last six meetings with PSG, a worrying statistic laying credence to plenty of endeavour with little in terms of positive outcomes.

Expect PSG to line up the usual suspects with little or no changes expected from their mid week triumph, probably only in defense where Marquinhos should return, but a few personnel changes are expected from Lyon in a bid to curtail the Parisian juggernaut; especially in midfield, where I expect Tanguy N’Dombélé to form part of the midfield pivot as OL set up in a 4-2-3-1 formation aimed at seizing control of the middle of the park.

Betting Punt: Both Teams to Score and Over 1.5 goals

Inter Milan v Roma

Will Spaletti roll out the red carpet for his former employers in Milan? Well we will have to wait till Sunday evening to get an answer to that question. Both Inter and Roma have been on the receiving end of poor form lately, putting paid to their comfortable early start to the season. Inter for instance are winless in their last five, which is a big worry considering how well they started the season; Roma has had more of a Yo-Yo last few games; no wins in three; just puts the situation at both clubs in perspective here; both cannot buy wins at the moment and for some reason, I don’t see that changing this weekend.

Last week’s additional one week break would have helped both teams charge their collective batteries; albeit that their top players are been linked with big moves outside Italy which comes as a huge distraction especially for Roma. That been said, Inter cannot afford to lose to ensure they stay close to the Top Four; Roma need to win to go level of points with Inter with a game in hand as well; so expect a very cagey affair in the beginning with things settling to a more open affair as both teams look to open things up to play expansive football.

Betting Punt: Both Teams to Score

 

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Adeyemi Adesanya
Sports Business Consultant and Football Intermediary; Risk Management & Due Diligence Consultant; Freelance Football writer & Pundit on Radio & TV and Man.Utd Fan
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