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Derbies Right Through the weekend!

What a wake up from the post-international break slumber!

We begin with a match that always captures the imagination of the footballing world. The game of which I speak, of course, is Skala Stryj v Naftovyk-Ukrnafta.

Only joking!

We’ve got the following small matters to concern ourselves with…

  • Manchester United v Arsenal
  • AC Milan v Inter Milan
  • Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid
  • Dortmund v Bayern Munich

Great stuff, indeed. Although from a trading perspective, it’s a fecking nightmare.

Why?

Firstly, derbies tend to take on a life all of their own.

Secondly, this is going to be a big, unique weekend of domestic football. We have major teams who’ve had the majority of their team away on competitive international duty. This brings in the aspect of fatigue.

Thirdly, we have the vast majority of those teams playing either Champions League or Europa League football mid-week.

In weeks past we’ve seen this kind of scenario (or a variant of it i.e. pre-international football and post-European competition… this weekend we have post-international Football and pre-European competition) result in big name after big name falter. Either they’ve straight out lost or – as has happened often – drawn against teams they’d ordinarily beat.

This weekends’ DRT Bulletins will include ‘warnings’ to you for affected teams.

I wonder how many of this motley crew will not win at odds on?

The most likely suspects…

  • Leicester away at Watford
  • Manchester City away at Crystal Palace
  • Barcelona at home to Malaga
  • PSG at home to Nantes
  • Spurs at home to West Ham
  • Dortmund and Bayern Munich
  • PSV away at Willem II
  • FC Basel at home to Vaduz
  • Atl Madrid and Real Madrid
  • Juventus at home to Pescara

And that’s just Saturday!

I wonder if the odds on shots here are worth Laying straight off the bat…? Better yet, of course, if they score first.

Will we see these post-international and pre-European competition teams suddenly turn into a local park XI with three players missing because they were out on the sauce the night before?

It has happened time and time again. So much so it surely is not a coincidence.
This angle, and all of the other usual angles, are covered in the Live Chats this weekend. I hope you can pop along to one.

New Balls Please!

No, my girlfriend didn’t catch me ordering my 2017 Kelly Brook bikini-heavy calendar… I’m referring to tennis. Of course. Ahem.

In the lull that comes in weeks like this, I thought I’d share some tennis with you mid-week.

Tennis DRT is simple really. Find a short-priced favourite. Justify that favouritism (and a trip to www.matchstat.com is all you need) and wait to see if said favourite makes a complete Horlicks of it all.

Andy Murray lost the first set against Kei Nishikori. BACK ANDY NOW! He won the second set for a nice trade.

Alize Cornet was playing UNPRONOUNCEABLE NAME from Uzbekistan in the first round in Limoges. Why did I fancy Alize? She was by far the best-ranked player. She is playing in France – at home.

She wins the first set. She loses the second set on a tie-breaker. Cornet gets into a pickle in the third set which also goes to a tie-breaker. This sees this 1.13 shot available to Back at over evens.

If you had faith in the rankings and your research, therein lay an excellent way to Back a strong favourite at over evens and profit as she asserted in the tie-breaker.

That is a small glimpse of the tennis. I hope to do a webinar for you guys and girls in time for the Australian Open.

In the meantime, have a green weekend!