Super Saturday is the day most of the world are sitting at home, extremely chilled an looking to make their next profits by diving through the world of football. I have short listed a few picks that could hopefully be that answer.
Torino come into this game after a strong run of performances in recent weeks which has seen win 3 games on the trot and march towards the 5th spot in the table. Torino have turned on the offensive screw in recent weeks with a 3-1 win over Roma, 2-1 win over Fiorentina and 4-1 win over Palermo which has seen them find their offensive mojo in recent weeks. Andrea Belotti has been leading the scoring with 5 goals, along with Falque (4 goals) and Baselli (3 goals). They are the second highest scorers in the division with 17 goals in their 8 games so far. Their games have generally been entertaining as they have had 26 goals in 6 games, aside from to scoreless draws. Despite signing Joe Hart, they have leaked a goal in 4 out of 6 games that he has played in.
Lazio got out of jail in their last game against Bologna, where they were 1-0 down for almost the entire 90 minutes before stealing a late penalty in the final minute of the encounter. Lazio completely dominated the game but failed to put away easy chances led by the offensive stalwart Ciro Immobile (5 goals). Lazio have also scored a decent 14 goals in 8 games so far. Lazio’s games have seen an average of 2.75 goals per game this season; showcasing the struggles they have had defensively especially away from home leaking 2 to Milan and 3 to Atalanta in their tougher away games so far.
This game has a source for a lot of goals to come, and I am backing over on the goals market. With both teams also in great offensive form, you have to consider backing heavy on the corners as well.
Italian Serie A
Torino v Lazio – Over 9.5 Corners@ 1.83 (Bet365) – 4 points
Torino v Lazio – Over 10.5 Corners@ 2.20 (Bet365) – 2 points
Torino come into this game with a great run of form behind them that has seen them win 3 on the trot against Roma, Fiorentina and Palermo. Their offensive firepower has seen them net 8 goals in those 3 games alone; while conceding 3 goals during that spell. As they have been the 2nd best attacking unit in the division, you can see them consistently getting into good offensive positions where their opponents have to put the ball out for corners to avoid the threat coming through. Torino also have seen a new goalkeeper in Joe Hart being ever-present in the box, and while he has conceded goals in 4 out of 6 appearances so far; that count could have been higher if not for his defenses and himself keep balls out
Torino last 5 games corner counts read as – 16, 14, 20, 13, 13.
Lazio on the other hand have been good offensively, but have been struggling to put the ball in the back of the net. In their last game they tried whatever they could to score a goal, but struggled till he dying minutes to get a penalty to steal a game, which saw them hit 18 corners. Lazio have been in a decent offensive run up led by Immobile with 5 goals, but his silly misses in front of the net has cost them some key goals in the past. Lazio have conceded goals in 50 percent of the games played so far, and have to keep it tight especially against a super attacking Torino side who have been in great form especially in front of their home fans.
Lazio last 5 games corner counts read as – 18, 14, 11, 11, 13.
With all these stats, its easy to understand why we are backing over 9.5 corners at minimum in this encounter.
Chelsea and Manchester United come into this encounter with both teams in great offensive nick. Chelsea just smashed 3 past champions Leicester City last weekend while Manchester United hit 4 past Fenerbahce in the Europa League; so this game has all the makings of an exciting encounter.
Chelsea under Conte have generally been quite good led by Diego Costa and Eden Hazard offensively, who have been on the ball so far this season. Costa is leading the league with 7 goals this campaign and will be aiming to add to his tally in this big encounter against the arch-rivals. Chelsea have seemed to improve defensively after the change to Conte’s preferred 3-5-2 formation; but goalkeeper Courtois, Cahill, Luiz and Matic very prone to making mistakes, it might lead them to be out of position and concede cheap goals as was seen in their game against Arsenal where they lost 3-0. Chelsea seemed to be struggling in the big games this season, aside from that Arsenal loss, they even lost 2-1 to Liverpool in front of their fans, so reputations will be out the window as the squad need to turn up a performance in this game.
Manchester United under Mourinho have been happy to turn up and take draws, but the problem becomes when they take draws against low tier opposition like Stoke and then losing 3-1 against Watford. Mourinho has since had a tight 0-0 draw with Liverpool and followed up with a confident 4-1 win against Fenerbahce in front of their home fans. Paul Pogba seems to have found his shooting boots and is expected to have an extended run in the side in the no.10 role with Mata dropping to the bench and Rooney who turned up late to London ahead of this game. This game seems fit for a big game player like Zlatan Ibrahimovic to stamp his authority on the game and with 2 big players like him and Costa; things will surely get interesting. Manchester United have shown defensively they can be vulnerable as they have leaked goals in 4 out of their last 5 Premier League encounters.
I am backing Both teams to score in this encounter, as it even landed last year; as both teams look decent on the offensive end while Manchester United will have some tiredness coming from their late night excursions in the Europa League.
Villareal come into this game after a great run of form behind them with their attacking force of Bakumbu, Sansone, Soriano and Pato all in scoring form. They came back in mid-week from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 while also smashing Celta Vigo by a score of 5-0 last week. The offensive showing from Villareal after their players have recovered from injuries and the coaching focused on more offense, is plain to see. They have netted 14 goals this campaign while maintaining a tight defensive line conceding just 4 goals, which is only bettered by Atletico Madrid.
Las Palmas are going through a dream spell which saw them jump to the top of the pile, before they tapered down, and are now 4 games without a victory to their name. The only helpful aspect of their recent run is their ability to score goals where they have netted 16 goals in 8 games played so far. They have a team effort contributing to their goals with Tana, Araujo, El Zhar, Livaja and Boateng all contributing at least 2 goals per game so far. Defensively, they have been leaky conceding 13 goals in the season so far with 8 conceded in their last 4 alone.
This game looks like it will an entertaining one, given the recent upturn in goal scoring form of Villareal, and I expect over 2.5 goals should land relatively comfortably in this encounter.
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