Nook Picks: Soccer predictions, finest bets, odds for Atalanta vs. Inter Milan, Tottenham vs. Leeds, extra

Effectively, it is here-the ultimate weekend earlier than the World Cup break. I do not know the way I will deal with it. Whereas I get pleasure from main worldwide tournaments just like the World Cup and the Euros (like so many Individuals my age, I used to be launched to the game in the course of the 94 World Cup), I do not get pleasure from it the identical manner I do membership soccer.

In comparison with membership soccer, worldwide soccer appears a bit fundamental. Nationwide groups do not have the identical time to work collectively as a membership, and it limits how they’ll play. This 12 months may very well be even worse. No less than in a typical World Cup 12 months, leagues finish within the spring, and nationwide groups have extra time to ramp up towards the World Cup. This 12 months it is mainly, play on your membership this weekend, hop on a jet to Qatar, get in a apply or two and go.

I am unable to think about it’s going to result in essentially the most thrilling few matches to start out the match. Additionally, it is harder to construct up pleasure inside myself. My soccer mind is at the moment overloaded with ideas about how issues are going with the golf equipment I assist, and I am abruptly being smacked within the face with crew choice for america squad, and I don’t know how I really feel about any of it ! I have not had the time to spend money on an opinion but!

It is all very, very unusual. And who is aware of? Possibly this will probably be one of many craziest, most entertaining World Cups we have ever seen. Or perhaps it’s going to be a multi-week exhibition of threat avoidance and pragmatism. I am hoping for the previous and anticipating the latter.

Both manner, let’s persist with the summer time any more, all proper? All odds through Caesars Sportsbook.

Tottenham Hotspur vs. Leeds United

Date: Saturday, Nov. 12 | Time: 10 a.m. ET | Watch: peacock

“Will he ever cease betting Tottenham?” In all probability someday, however not this one. Spurs did not pull via for us final week in opposition to liverpool, however we stay undeterred! Significantly on this matchup in opposition to Leeds, a crew I can’t stand. After all the lone Premier League crew managed by an American is the least gratifying one to observe. It is a crew whose fashion of play is finest described utilizing a phrase we can’t publish however rhymes with “with-housery.” Severely, Leeds runs round with their hair on fireplace for 90 minutes, diving at your ankles and calls it a mode of play.

Anyway, it’s going to be Spurs’ ankles they’re diving at this weekend, however whereas it has been efficient in opposition to some groups this 12 months, I do not suppose it’s going to be efficient sufficient on this matchup. Spurs will probably be blissful to let Leeds cost at them and go the ball into all of the open area they’re going to go away behind. Leeds have gained two of their final three matches (together with a win over Liverpool) however hae allowed a median of 1.67 anticipated objectives (xG) in these matches. You possibly can’t maintain profitable if you play like that, irrespective of what number of ankles you attempt to break. The Decide: Tottenham (-155)

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Atalanta vs. Inter-Milan

Date: Sunday, Nov. 13 | Time: 6:30 a.m. ET | Watch: CBS Sports activities Community/Paramount+

Atalanta bought off to a wonderful begin to the Serie A season, spending lots of time within the high two and high 4, however they’ve misplaced three of 4 matches and fallen to sixth within the league with Roma respiratory down their neck. So what occurred? Effectively, early within the season, Atalanta had been the most effective defensive groups within the league. Over their first eight matches, they allowed solely three objectives on an xG of seven.5, and the chickens have come house to roost. Over the past six matches, Atalanta have allowed 9 objectives on an xG of 5.9. Sadly for Atalanta, what I’ve seen with my eyes tells me that it is not simply regression however merely permitting higher possibilities and never having superhuman goalkeeping.

I do not see the issue subsidizing on Sunday in opposition to Inter. Inter misplaced to Juventus 2-0 final week however outplayed Juve for essentially the most half, and Juve’s Wojciech Szczesny made some terrific saves. Inter have completed with not less than 2 xG in six of their final 9 matches, and solely Bayern Munich held it beneath 1.0 in any match. I might take Inter to win, however their protection has been considerably shaky recently, so the over looks as if the smarter play right here. The Decide: Over 2.5 (-145)

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Juventus vs. Lazio

Date: Sunday, Nov. 13 | Time: 2:45 p.m. ET | Watch: Paramount+

So I suppose the emergency at Juventus is over? Juve have been knocked out of the Champions League, which is rarely good, however they have been operating roughshod via Serie A. After beating Verona 1-0 earlier this week, Juve have gained 5 straight Serie A matches, outscoring opponents 9-0 . Granted, outdoors the 2-0 win over Inter final week, it hasn’t been in opposition to the cream of the crop within the league, however Juventus at the moment are as much as fourth place within the desk after sitting outdoors the European spots not way back. Now they get a Lazio crew that discover themselves in second place and are on a scorching streak of its personal.

There was an odd 3-1 loss to Salernitana two weeks in the past, however that is Lazio’s solely league loss of their final 9 matches. It is also the one match during which Lazio have allowed a aim. Each of those groups come into the weekend enjoying fantastic protection, and I do not think about this will probably be a high-scoring affair. The Decide: Beneath 2.5 (-130)

Weekend Parlay

We do not have as many choices to select from this weekend with Spain’s La Liga already being on break, however we do have a chalky five-legger that nation +127. You get the sense these leagues wished to get their most worldwide rosters the softest matches doable.

  • Manchester Metropolis (-800)
  • Liverpool (-420)
  • Bayern Munich (-675)
  • PSG (-1100)
  • Lille (-330)



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