Rarely at The Field General Sports do we ever cover matches that include teams at the top of their respective tables; their matchups are almost always lopsided. But This weekend we’ll see Paris Saint Germain square off against 4th place Marseille, a fellow top of the table club, and its gearing up to be an interesting fixture.
Marseille – (6.50)
PSG – (1.44)
Draw – (4.60)
Goals Over/Under – 2.5
Over – (1.40)
Under – (2.87)
Both Teams To Score
Yes – (1.61)
No – (2.20)
Marseille sits 5-2-2 on the season, a record tie with 3rd Place Saint-Etienne and 5th Nantes. With a theoretical win over PSG however, they can leapfrog past Saint-Etienne and 2nd Place Monaco.
If any club deserves it, it’s Marseille. They have the 4th highest Goals for with 18, being Paris’ 29, Monaco’s 24 and Lyon’s 20. This is in large part thanks to the performance of their two young forwards Clinton N’Jie with 5 goals, and Lucas Ocampos with 4, combining for 60% of Marseille’s offense.
Of course, their biggest concern is keeping teams out of their net, giving up 15 goals on the season. And while only 6 clubs have less than 10 goals against, it spells disaster that they just happen to be facing the highest scoring team in all of Europe.
That team is Paris Saint Germain, led by Edinson Cavani and the great Neymar, scoring 8 and 6 goals respectively, a 49% combined share of the offense. This, and their lowly 6 goals against, tied for least in the league, has the club 8-1-0 with a goal difference of +23. Theirs not much to say in the way of arguing their success, as they’ve got 3 of the top-rated players in the league this season (Foward Neymar, Defensive Mid Adrien Rabiot, and Defender Dani Alves).
Marseille 2 – 4 Paris Saint Germain
First off, duh, PSG will win. That’s a given. Marseille’s Defense is Swiss cheese, and even if they weren’t Paris would still put 2 up. But Marseille’s attackers aren’t anything to shake your head at, and they should make Paris sweat a bit.
But what most important is how you can cash in on this. Paris (1.44), Over 2.5 Goals (1.40) and Yes (1.61) should all hit.
Romelu is Chasing History in his first United Season.
Romelu Lukaku seems to enjoy playing for Manchester United. In a Premier League era where Harry Kane and Alexis Sanchez are the best offensive weapons, even the excitement Lukaku garnered seemed to be an understatement of what he’d do.
After 7 matches in The Premier League, he had totaled 7 goals, only being blanked once after scoring 2 in his first match. That’s not to mention the 3 he put in through two Champions League Group matches.
That had him on pace for 38 goals on the season, absolutely shattering Christiano Ronaldo’s 2007-08 and Luis Suarez’ 2013-14 shared record of 31 in a 38 game season.
Lukaku, 24, is coming off a 25 goal effort the year before as Everton’s only weapon. Now with United, its impossible for defenders to shut him out of the match, and he will continue to cash in. He currently leads the Premier League by a goal over the likes of Harry Kane and Alvaro Morata.
And yet he is not the favorite with BET365 to win the Golden Boot, behind Tottenham’s ace 2.75 to 4.73. A week 8 tie with Liverpool didn’t help, now dropping Lukaku’s pace down to 33.5, still a record-breaking pace.
It’s hard to deny Romelu wants to be the Leagues best goal scorer.
Its matchup number eight for Werder Bremen and Borussia Monchengladbach as the latter tries to string two wins together for the first time this year, and Bremen just wants their first win period.
Werder Bremen – (2.62)
Borussia M.Gladbach – (2.60)
Draw – (3.50)
Goal Over/Under – 2.5
Over – (1.61)
Under – (2.25)
Both Teams to Score
Yes – (1.50)
No – (2.50)
In what is a considerably top-heavy league, it’s incredible that Borussia can theoretically jump from 7th to a tie for 2nd with powerhouse Bayern Munich. the 3-2-2 club has scored 2 goals fewer than they’ve allowed and have had issues with consistency, following up a win over VfB Stuttgart with a crushing 6-1 loss to Borussia Dortmund. Still, they rank 6th in Bundesliga with 10 goals, with room to grow.
As of now, none of Borussia M.Gladbach’s offense comes from anyone with more than 2 goals. This is the perfect fixture for Lars Stindl to change that, who is hoping to follow his 11 goal season with another strong performance for his club.
Speaking of having problems getting offenses on track, Werner Bremen sits in second to last place with a 0-4-3 record. they have a -4 goal difference and outside of their 3-3 ties last week just can’t figure out their attack. Where Max Kruse scored 15 and Serge Gnabry tallied 11 a year ago, both boots combine for 0 so far this year (with Gnabry putting 0 in for another Bundesliga club). As previously mentioned, Borussia’s 12 goals against on the season are kind of a red herring as 6 came from the league’s top team.
Werner Bremen 0 – 2 Borussia M.Gladbach
Do I think Borussia deserves to be in the top third of the table? No, but that’s where they’ll be after this weekend. They lucked out with this matchup as a way to string some success together and to finally find their feet on the attack. On the other side, Werner Bremen belongs at the bottom until they themselves find what they had last season.
Look for Borussia M.Gladbach (2.60), Under 2.5 Goals (2.25), and No on both teams scoring (2.50) all to hit.
Through 5 weeks of the NFL season, two greats are silently about to overtake some incredible records, right under the noses of many fans.
The first and most exciting is Drew Brees nearing the record for most Passing Yards in NFL history. Brees is sitting 4600 yards behind Peyton Manning and Brett Farve in the all-time leaderboards, the Former with 71,940 yards all time. Brees is in his 17th season and has the incredible stat that before him, there was one 5000 yard-passing Quarterback, Dan Marino. Since Drew threw his first 5000, Matthew Stafford, Peyton Manning, and Tom Brady have all thrown for 5k once. Brees has thrown for 5000 five times in his career, and six 4000 yard seasons.
As of right now, Drew Brees is on track for 4500 yards this season, 150 short of the record, setting the stage for a week 17 record-shattering moment.
The second big milestone that looks ready to fall is Frank Gore gearing up to pass LaDainian Tomlinson and Jerome Bettis for 5th all-time in Rushing Yards. Only 380 yards behind The Chargers great, Gore spent 10 seasons in San Fransisco before signing with The Colts 3 years ago and is having a hard time slowing down. This record should come as a surprise to many, as Gore was often injured, but silently accumulated nine 1000 yard rushing seasons.
At the moment the Colts Running Back is on pace for 825 yards on the season, theoretically leaving only 400 yards between him and Curtis Martin, should Gore decide to return for a 14th season.
Last, but certainly not least, is “Legend” Larry Fitzgerald, who is on pace to leap from 8th to 3rd all-time in receiving yards. The 14th year pro is only 284 yards away from becoming a 15k receiver and is on pace to overtake that by 700 yards, passing the likes of Randy Moss, Tony Gonzalez, and Tim Brown. Fitzgerald has caught for over 1000 yards 8 times in his prior 13 campaigns, and though it looked like he was out of his prime from 2012-2014, he’s found new life with Carson Palmer.
Other notable records to watch this season include Tom Brady passing 65k passing yards, and Adrian Peterson becoming a 12k yard rusher.
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Another week, another Primera Liga match. This time around its 3rd place Valencia facing 6th place Real Betis. With both teams winning 4 of their first 7 fixtures, who has the advantage?
Real Betis – (2.62)
Valencia – (2.70)
Draw – (3.20)
Goal Over/Under – 2.5
Over – (1.65)
Under – (2.20)
Both Teams to Score
Yes – (1.53)
No – (2.37)
The differences between these two clubs are few and far between. Both come in having the third and fourth goal totals respectively, 15 for Valencia and 14 for Real Betis. Only 2 points separate them on the league table, as Valencia has been able to turn in a 4-3-0 record, where Real has put up a 4-1-2. The two losses come from their real disadvantage in this match, and that is their allowing 11 goals to Valencia’s 7.
But that’s not to say Real Betis can’t put up a dominant performance, with their forwards sharing the goal scoring wealth. Antonio Sanabria and Sergio Leon both have 4, and Joaquin has 3, all combining for 11 of their 14 tallies. They’ve scored 4 goes in both of their last two matches, and before last weeks 4-4 draw they had only allowed 5 in their last 4 games.
On the other side, Valencia is coming in with a 3 game winning streak after finishing a 3 match streak that ended with all of their draws on the year. They’ve also allowed 4 of their 7 goals against in their last 2 matches, showing Valencia is just outscoring other teams in shootouts right now. And scoring for them is Simon Zaza and Rodrigo Moreno, combining for 10 of their 15 goals.
Real Betis 2 – 2 Valencia
Looking at both squads, there is just no domination across the board. While neither club is losing right now, they are doing the right things to cancel each other out; Zaza is on fire for Valencia, but Real Betis is doing well enough to keep balls out of the net. Real Betis is scoring just as well, but Valencia’s thin defense has only been a recent occurrence.
We feel these squads will Draw (3.20), will hit Over 2.5 goals (1.65) and for both clubs to score (1.53).