Is the worm is turning….
This seventh round of English Premier League fixtures saw a return to normal service for the world’s most entertaining league.
There were more home team victories than away ones, there were a serious amount of goals scored and Manchester United returned to the top of the league for the first time in about 2 years!
Clearly if no other team is going to be able to put together a consistent run of form this season, I would be happy to see Wayne Rooney lift the title in May, even if it is ‘by default’ as some observers seem to believe it can be done.
Despite, the aforementioned return to normality across various stats, there were still some excellent Asian handicap betting opportunities for sharp punters to profit from.
Newcastle v Chelsea
Jose Mourinho’s beleaguered champions travelled up to the North East on Saturday evening, for what looked like a great chance to reignite their season after the horrific six weeks that they have suffered through so far.
They were priced up at 1.62 against what was the league’s worst team, Steve McClaren’s side had only managed to score three goals in their opening six games and a worrying lack of fight had the Geordie faithful worried about what this season has in store.
The Asian handicap line of +/-1 saw the champions priced at 2.13, which looked a tempting opportunity to get on the favourites in a games they would surely win…..
Unfortunately for Blues fans and favourite backers alike, Jose’s awful record against Newcastle continued as the Magpies largely outplayed Chelsea and fully deserved their 2-0 lead after 60mins had been played.
At that stage the shrewdies who had taken Newcastle +1 at 1.95, were laughing as only an unlikely four goals in 30mins from Chelsea would see them lose their stake. As we know, Chelsea did what champions do when playing poorly, they fought their way back into the match to save a point.
In the end backing Newcastle +0.5 would also have returned a full win for punters at a price of 2.49.
Usually, I stick to the English Premier League for this piece but there were two huge results, one in La Liga and one in Bundesliga, this weekend that fully deserve a mention.
Real Madrid V Malaga
Many people questioned the wisdom of Real Madrid hiring Rafael Benitez as their manager this past summer and while they remain undefeated so far this season with four wins and now two draws from their opening six games, it is results like this weekend’s 0-0 draw that will stick in the mind of fans.
Considering the fact that the visitors had a man sent off with 15mins left to play, this was a very poor result. Real Madrid went off as 1.13 favourites to win the match and even some would not have been put off by their -2.5 Asian handicap line, priced at 1.93!
Obviously, Real are a big step up from most teams in La Liga but Malaga are always defensively sound. In fact their six games so far this season have seen a total of just three goals scored, even Barcelona only beat them 1-0 at the Camp Nou.
Borussia Dortmund v Darmstadt
I don’t know too much about Darmstadt but I do know that with Dortmund playing at home, with the start they have had to the season it was a huge shock that they could not take all three points against this newly promoted side.
Here again the home team went off at just 1.13 to seal the victory and even the -2.5 Asian handicap line did not seen to be beyond BVB’s powers. They had fully covered a -2.5 line in three of their opening six games heading into this match.
It did take a last minute equaliser for Darmstadt to claim an impressive away point but, they were leading the match 1-0 until the 73rd minute. Having only faced two shots on target up to that point in the match, they deserved to share the points with their hosts. You could have backed them at 5.50 on the +1 Asian line, if you knew something I clearly did not.
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