Betting Tip: Galatasaray v. Kasimpasa – Turkish Super League – 10/31/2014

Galatasaray v. Kasimpasa – Turkish Super League – 10/31/2014
Pick: Over 2.5 Goals at -122 (5Dimes)

Galatasaray are in shambles at the moment. All sorts of problems, both financially and in the locker room. Seems like the players don’t want to play for Prandelli. Felipe Melo is out, and Wesley Sneijder is on the bench. Galatasaray have conceded four goals in three of their last five matches. Kasimpasa is a solid upper-middle table team, and has caused problems for Galatasaray in the past. They have scored 12 goals in the campaign, good for second most in the league. This match should easily go over.

Futbol/Soccer Picks: 22-1-22
NFL Picks: 10-12

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New Orleans Saints v. Carolina Panthers – NFL Thursday Night Football – 10/30/2014

Going to keep this short and simple. I will go with my initial gut feeling on this one. Sometimes we tend to overthink it, and develop doubts. Until they win a game on the road, the Saints are fade material. For whatever reason, this Saints team is not the same on the road, especially outdoors on grass. Carolina’s defense did look better against Seattle, and they get DeAngelo Williams back. Pick: Panthers +3 at +110 (5Dimes) Futbol/Soccer Picks: 22-1-22 NFL Picks: 10-11

Betting Tip: Hellas Verona v. Lazio – Serie A – 10/30/2014

Hellas Verona v. Lazio
Pick: Over 2.5 Goals at -133 (5Dimes)

Lazio are on a hot streak, winning their last four matches in Serie A. Verona has seen a total of 12 goals scored in their last two matches. Lazio have scored at least two goals in their last four matches. Both teams are averaging 2.9 goals scored in the campaign thus far. Verona has scored at least one goal in their last 12 matches at home, and Lazio have scored in 11 of their last 12 matches on the road. In their H2H matches, Verona has scored at least two goals in the last seven, and the over has it in the last six.

Futbol/Soccer Picks: 22-1-21
NFL Picks: 10-11

Betting Tip: Inter Milan v. Sampdoria – Serie A – 10/29/2014

Inter Milan v. Sampdoria
Pick: Sampdoria +.5 at +111 (5Dimes)

Sampdoria are one of two undefeated teams in Serie A, and are coming off a 0-0 draw against title contenders Roma. Aside from their first choice keeper Viviano, Sampdoria will be fielding their ideal starting lineup. Sampdoria have only conceded four goals in eight matches. Forward Gabbiadini leads the team in scoring with four goals.

Inter have been inconsistent thus far. They conceded seven goals in two back-to-back defeats against Cagliari and Fiorentina, and drew against Napoli before finally winning again, last week, against lowly Cesena. Inter have quite a few injuries, especially in midfield. Jonathan, Guarin, M’Vila, Nagatomo, D’Ambrosio, and Osvaldo, who has four goals in the campaign, are all doubtful for the match.

Not sure how the injuries in midfield will play out for Inter, who normally like to keep possession and dictate the tempo of play. Their defense has been shaky at times. Sampdoria are riding high with confidence, and are in better form than Inter. I’ll take Sampdoria to at least grab a point.

Futbol/Soccer Picks: 22-1-20
NFL Picks: 10-11

Betting Tip: Washington Redskins v. Dallas Cowboys – NFL – Monday Night Football – 10/27/2014

I know these two teams very well, as I am a die-hard Cowboys fan living in the Washington DC area. Yes, this is a division game, and yes, these two usually play each other tight – but this year is a bit different. This year’s Cowboys team is much better than in years past. They are proving to everyone that you can still win with an old-fashioned running game, despite the NFL becoming a passing league in recent years. They arguably have the best offensive line in the league. DeMarco Murray is averaging 79.1 yards per game before contact this season. That is just downright ridiculous. The running game allows them to control the clock, and open up the passing game. Romo, Murray, and Bryant are arguably the best QB-RB-WR trio in the game. The Cowboys defense has been playing much better than everyone expected, anchored by the play of Rolando McClain. LB Bruce Carter is expected to return for this game. There’s not much to say about the Redskins, really. They will be starting their third-string QB Colt McCoy. The Skins defense is actually decent against the run, but no team has been able to slow down the Cowboys running game, including Seattle – so I don’t see that changing tonight. The Skins horrible secondary doesn’t stand a chance against the Cowboys passing game. Although I’m confident that the Cowboys should cover the -9.5 spread, I went ahead and bought a few extra points to bring it down to a TD, just as extra insurance. Pick: Cowboys -7 at -155 (5Dimes).

Futbol/Soccer Picks: 22-1-19
NFL Picks: 10-10

Betting Tip: Kayseri Erciyesspor v. Besiktas – Turkish Super League – 10/27/2014

Kayseri Erciyesspor v. Besiktas – Turkish Super League
Pick: Besiktas -115 (5Dimes)

Besiktas has been playing the best futbol in the Turkish league this season. This could be the year they finally put an end to their title drought. I knew the club was going to turn things around after they signed coach Slaven Bilic last year. Besiktas hung tight with Arsenal in the last round of Champions League qualification, and really should have beaten them in the first match. They played really well against Tottenham as well, in the Europa League. They are yet to lose a match in the Turkish league, and have won all three road matches. Kayseri Erciyes have not won a match this season, grabbing only one point out of three matches at home. Besiktas especially looked impressive, midweek, against Partizan Belgrade in EL play – and I see them riding that momentum for a win tonight.

Futbol/Soccer Picks: 22-1-19
NFL Picks: 10-10

Betting Tips: NFL Week 8 – 10/26/2014

Detroit Lions v. Atlanta Falcons
Pick: Lions -3.5 at +100 (5Dimes)

The high-speed Atlanta offense will not be as effective on grass at Wembley Stadium. The Falcons are yet to win outside of Atlanta, and are in for a long day against the Lions #1 ranked defense. Atlanta’s offensive line will have a hard time protecting Matty Ice. Despite missing Megatron again this week, the Lions should not have much trouble moving the football and scoring against the Falcons 30th ranked defense.

Buffalo Bills v. New York Jets *Added just before kickoff.
Pick: Jets -2 at -130 (5Dimes)

The Jets can’t keep losing, and are due for a win. They are not as bad as their record indicates. Look at the teams they have played: Green Bay, Chicago, Detroit, San Diego, Denver, and New England – all of whom have pretty good QB’s. Kyle Orton is not as good as any of those QB’s. Both teams have good defenses. The difference will be the injuries at RB for the Bills, as Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller are both out. This will force the already inept Bills offense to have to rely on Orton. Jets have dominated the Bills at home, winning the last four in NY.

Miami Dolphins v. Jacksonville Jaguars
Pick: Dolphins -5.5 at -117 (5Dimes)

The Dolphins won by double-digits in Chicago last week, and almost beat Green Bay the week before. Miami’s 4th ranked defense will be up against the leagues second worst offense. Ryan Tannehill has been playing really well. The Dolphins will dominate the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, and will run it down Jacksonville’s throat.

Houston Texans v. Tennessee Titans
Pick: Texans -3 at -120 (5Dimes)

The Texans are better than their record indicates. They have lost three in a row, but could have won all three of those games. They lost to the Cowboys in OT, kept it close against the Colts, and had a really bad second quarter against the Steelers. The Texans have a solid running game, and arguably have the best defensive player in the league in J.J. Watt. The Titans are one of the worst teams in the league, and are starting rookie Zach Mettenberger at QB. Poor Mettenberger, going up against Watt in his first start ever.

Indianapolis Colts v. Pittsburgh Steelers
Pick: Colts -3 at -130 (5Dimes)

This pick is a steel, pun intended. The Colts are the hottest team in the league right now, and arguably the most balanced. Indianapolis has the best offense in the NFL, and the 3th ranked defense (1st in the AFC). The Colts have won five in a row, and are 6-1 ATS. This Steelers team is a far cry from teams in the past. Pittsburgh lost to Tampa Bay, and barely beat Jacksonville – two of the worst teams in the league.

Green Bay Packers v. New Orleans Saints
Pick: Packers +108 (5Dimes)

No need to over think this one. Yes, the Saints are better at home than they are on the road – but their two wins at home were against the Vikings and Bucs, the latter requiring OT. The Packers are, plain and simply, a much better football team. The Saints will be missing RB’s Khiry Robinson and Pierre Thomas. Jimmy Graham is still nursing an injury, and will probably be limited again.

Futbol/Soccer Picks: 19-1-18
NFL Picks: 8-6