This weekends football was as action-packed as ever, and the major headline is – “at long last for Lampard”. Few men on the planet will be as relieved as Lampard after his boys finally sealed a win against Norwich. It didn’t come easy, but it is certainly a huge weight off the shoulders for the new Chelsea boss.
Once again, we have rounded up the 5 most important events over the weekend and shown what this could mean for the week ahead. So let’s begin with the major headline.
At Long Last for Lampard – Influence Rating 5/5
It’s never easy getting that first victory as a manager, at any club! This pressure is even greater at a club as prestigious as Chelsea. But Lampard and his boys finally got it done with a 3-2 victory over Norwich County on Saturday. It didn’t come easy, but it sure was sweet for Frank.
It has taken him 4 games, but the monkey is well and truly off his back now. But what does this mean for Chelsea’s upcoming fixture against Sheffield United?
Just like Chelsea, Sheffield has been struggling to find consistent winning form in the early part of the season. They had a narrow 1-0 victory against Crystal Palace, but have looked shaky overall.
Chelsea vs. Sheffield United will take place at Stamford Bridge this Saturday. We are predicting a Chelsea victory, and Bet365 is offering 1.33 odds for this bet.
Glorious Griezmann – Influence Rating 5/5
In a fairytale debut for Barcelona, Griezmann scored twice to secure a 5-2 victory against Real Betis. The French international was in fine form throughout the game, and his confidence was noticeable.
This Saturday, Barcelona travel to Osasuna for their 3rd La Liga game of the season. Osasuna is actually ahead of Barcelona in the league standings, but this isn’t of high importance at this stage in the season.
Given the goal-scoring abilities shown by Barcelona over the weekend, especially Griezmann, they should get the win this Saturday. We are always on the hunt for value as sports bettors, and one bet stands out ahead of this game.
Bet 365 is currently offering 3.2 odds for both teams to score and Barcelona to win. This is a huge value, and we are predicting this outcome for Saturday’s game.
PSG Injury Woes – Influence Rating 4/5
PSG have recovered from their initial slump at the start of the season. They handed 4-0 drumming to Toulouse over the weekend, yet it came at a cost. During the game, both Mbappe and Cavani had to be substituted due to injury. These are two of PSG’s star players, and the severity of the injuries are still unknown.
PSG play Metz this coming Friday, and the potential absence of these players will be noted. Metz suffered a 3-0 defeat away to Angers over the weekend, but they will now entertain PSG on home soil.
While we do not think that Metz will get the win, it is highly possible for them to score. And for this reason, we are predicting a PSG victory with both teams to score. Bet365 are currently offering odds of 2.5 for this bet.
The potential absence of Cavani and Mbappe should weaken PSG enough for Metz to grab a goal!
Napoli Clinch 4-3 Thriller – Influence Rating 4/5
The Italian league produced plenty of talking points over the weekend, but this one clinched the headlines. Napoli managed to scrape a 4-3 away victory at Fiorentina, a stadium renowned for difficulty for away teams.
Last season became a two-horse race between Napoli and Juventus for the title. And these two gladiators are set to do battle again this Saturday.
Of course, there has only been one game played in the Italian league so far. However, the game is set to take place at Juventus, where a certain Cristiano Ronaldo now thrives.
Napoli and Juventus are certainly the powerhouses of the Italian league. And Napoli’s recent goal spree at Fiorentina has set the stage for a specific bet. We are predicting a Juventus victory, with both teams to score during the game.
Continued Dominance for Dortmund – Influence Rating 4/5
Once again the mighty Dortmund took home a victory in the Bundesliga this last weekend. They hammered home a 3-1 win away at FC Köln and did so in impressive fashion. In fact, they have scored 8 goals in their opening 2 Bundesliga games. Now that is impressive form by anyone’s standards!
Dortmund travels to FC Union Berlin this Saturday, and there is only one outcome that we can see. Besides a Dortmund win, the goal-scoring shown in the opening 2 games is showing no signs of slowing down. And FC Union Berlin is far from being one of the strongest Bundesliga sides.
As always, we look for the best that offers the most value. So we are predicting that the game has over 2.5 goals, and Bet365 are offering a respectable 1.44 odds for this bet.