A lot of interesting football was played over the weekend, but Sensational Sergio stole the show! It seems that there is nothing this man cannot do at the moment. Everything he touches just turns to gold, which must be settling well with Pep Guardiola.
Of course, this wasn’t the only talking point of the weekend. Once again, we have picked the top 5 events from the bunch and analysed the potential impact for the coming week.
But let’s kick things off with the man of the hour, shall we?
Sensational Sergio – Influence Rating 5/5
A certain Raheem Sterling has been knocked off the top spot this week, thanks to 2 Agüero goals. Manchester City hammered Brighton on Saturday, and Sergio Agüero didn’t seem to be in the mood to mess around.
The Argentinian striker banged in another 2 goals to help Manchester City take home all 3 points. This puts him as the current top scorer in the Premier League. He is 1 goal ahead of teammate Raheem Sterling, and 3 ahead of his main competitor – Mo Salah.
Manchester City does not play in the Premier League until September 14th, when they travel to Norwich City. Sergio’s incredible goal scoring form will have a major impact on this game, and we have found the perfect bet.
We are predicting Manchester City to win, with both teams to score. This is because Norwich has Teemu Pukki as their strike force, and he is currently the 2nd highest scorer in the Premier League.
Vardy Finding Form – Influence Rating 4/5
Who could forget that incredible Premier League run for Leicester City? Well, a certain Jamie Vardy was at the heart of Leicester’s success that season. And it seems he is finding some of the forms he displayed back then.
Leicester enjoyed a 3-1 victory against Bournemouth on Saturday, and Jamie Vardy found the back of the net twice. His performance has set the stage for some huge value, which is up for grabs when Leicester travel to Manchester United.
Manchester United managed to draw against 10-men Southampton on Saturday. With a couple of below average results recently, Solskjaer is coming under plenty of pressure from the fans. The Red Devils have certainly been below par, and Jamie Vardy is coming to try and spoil the party.
We are predicting that Leicester City will travel to Old Trafford and take home all 3 points. Jamie Vardy will prove pivotal in this game, and Bet365 are currently offering 5.0 odds on a Leicester win.
Barcelona Looking Shaky – Influence Rating 4/5
After 3 La Liga games played, Barcelona are in 7th place! They travelled to Osasuna on Saturday and failed to get the win. The game ended 2-2, and Barcelona once again failed to gain much ground toward the top of La Liga.
It is true that Lionel Messi was not on the field, but Barcelona has more than enough depth to make up for this. After this draw, Barcelona has now dropped 5 points in their opening 3 games in La Liga. This is surely shaping up to be an interesting season, especially given that Real Madrid is currently 8th!
Barcelona plays Valencia at home in their next game, and Valencia is currently in 9th place. Clearly Valencia is not in the greatest form either, but Barcelona’s poor form has created an opportunity.
Sure, Camp Nou is truly a fortress of football. We do not expect Valencia to win, but we are predicting Valencia to take advantage of a shaky Barcelona and grab at least a goal.
Taking all of this into account, we predict a Barcelona win with both teams to score. Bet 365 are offering great value for this bet, with 2.6 odds currently available.
Fearless Napoli – Influence Rating 5/5
The Italian Serie A was home to an absolute thriller over the weekend. Juventus narrowly edged Napoli at home, taking a 4-3 win. The game was full of drama and most importantly, it was full of top quality football.
Juventus did manage to squander a 3-0 lead, but full credit to Napoli for fighting back with enormous spirit. Playing Juventus away is never an easy task, but Napoli looked hungry for the victory and played some amazing football.
Napoli’s next game is at home, against Sampdoria. And with Sampdoria suffering a 3-0 loss at home to Lazio over the weekend, the flood gates are open for Napoli goals. Incredibly, Napoli has scored 7 goals in their opening 2 games.
Since we are confident that Napoli can score in both halves, we are predicting Napoli for the half time /full-time bet. Bet365 is offering a respectable 1.83 odd for this bet.
Bayern Net 6 in German Bundesliga – Influence Rating 4/5
The only reason this has received a 4 instead of a 5 is the fact that these 6 goals came against Mainz. Mainz is currently at the bottom of the German Bundesliga, with zero points. This is probably more painful after their 6-1 hammering by Bayern over the weekend.
More specifically, Robert Lewandowski is now average 2 goals per game for Bayern. That is highly impressive and leads us onto our final prediction.
Bayern plays Leipzig in their next game, who are actually at the top of the Bundesliga right now. Leipzig is at home, but Bayern seems to be in full-on destruction mode recently.
We are going for a Bayern win for this game, and Bet365 are currently offering 1.95 odds for this bet. This is great value, especially for a team as strong as Bayern.
We look forward to watching these games unfold over the coming weeks and good luck to all!