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About assange58

  • Birthday 03/22/1982
  1. Re: Wigan Athletic v Manchester United > Tue 1st January HAHAHA, I completely agree. Also, Anderson is hurt, so not an option. RVP and Chicharito upfront plus the usual suspects should spell ManU win, but of course, nothing is certain.
  2. Re: Manchester City v Stoke City > Tue 1st January Prem website reporting that Nzonzi is available because Stoke has appealed the red. Here's exactly what they write: Team news: Midfielder Steven Nzonzi will be available after the club appealed against the red card he received in Saturday's 3-3 draw with Southampton. Captain Ryan Shawcross and full-back Geoff Cameron are both likely to return after serving one-match bans, while defenders Robert Huth and Andy Wilkinson should also play despite a clash of heads on Saturday that forced Wilkinson off with concussion. Manager Tony Pulis may choose to freshen things up and could recall midfielder Charlie Adam to the starting line-up for the first time since the death of his father earlier this month. Source: http://www.premierleague.com
  3. Re: Manchester City v Stoke City > Tue 1st January Nice post. Stoke +1.5AH and/or +1.75 Stoke are the real deal. Best defense, great road performances and have found out how to score (seemingly). I hate to hear about Nzonzi, but with the return of Shawcross and Cameron, I think they will be able to defend well at the very least. City, on the other hand, are still pretty miserable IMO. They have only looked like 11-12 City for about 45 minutes against Newcastle this whole season. They lack offensive cohesion and chemistry despite their superior quality and although being capable, have found it extremely difficult to put together consistently convincing performances. I really can't see Stoke losing big given their solidity and City's problems.
  4. Re: West Bromwich Albion v Fulham > Tue 1st January This is my main (only) concern. A full strength WBA should handle Fulham who are in miserable form. Even though Ruiz is back for Fulham, I don't see them regaining their early season form immediately and even then, their away form was not great with many many goals conceded. Hopefully, WBA will be as close to full strengthen as possible because I have WBA WIN @ 2.03
  5. Re: La Liga > 20th Dec - 22nd Dec Betis - Mallorca Me thinking Betis @ ~1.78 looks to be decent value. Mallorca are in horrid form: winless in last 11 and only 2 draws in that time! They've also lost/draw to some of league's bottom half sides: Deportivo (L away), Athletic (L home), Celta (D away). Betis, on the other hand, are looking solid with a recent win over Madrid at home and a close loss to Barca the following fortnight. Sure, they aren't the best road team and they have had their stinkers at home, but again this Mallorca they are playing. I don't see many goals and expect Betis win 2-0.
  6. Re: Tottenham Hotspur v Stoke City > Sat 22nd December I see Draw written all over this. Stoke is head and shoulders the best defense in prem. They are very solid away as well. Recall they held high-flying (at the time) Chelsea to 0-0 until late on at Stamford. Furthermore, Stoke has been getting good results lately. Tottenham will benefit tremendously from the return of Bale, but with their penchant for dropping points, I can easily see them being contained (held to 1 goal) and missing chances. Then, there is their defense which has been known to allow soft goals (Everton anyone?). While Tottenham could pull out a narrow win, I like Stoke's physical play and tough D to stifle Spurs.
  7. Re: Southampton v Sunderland > Sat 22nd December Totally agree about Lallana. But Sunderland could be without Fletcher. Would definitely need to know his status before backing Sunderland IMO.
  8. Re: Manchester City v Reading > Sat 22nd December Absolutely. Man City's defense is certainly one of the best in the prem. They just aren't as good as last year, which is why people think they are poor. Where they have been lacking is in UCL. My only concern for this match and esp taking a large handicap is: Will City turn up against this far lesser opponent? They have been notorious this year for lackadaisical and uninspired play esp against teams they should destroy. Unless I am feeling froggy, I'll probably stick with Over 3.5 @ 1.82. My worry being that a Reading goal and an uninspired City could wreck a -2.5AH.
  9. Re: Wigan Athletic v Arsenal > Sat 22nd December I might normally agree with you, but Wigan's injury list is a mile long esp at the back. Jones might have to play centre half. Furthermore, McCarthy has a knock is doubtful. If anyone can provide an update as to his status, it would be greatly appreciated and very useful (for me, at least) in knowing which way to go with this match. If McCarthy is out and Jones starts at the back, I am going to back Arsenal to win (small stake). @ ~1.76 and with the injuries Wigan has, it seems like good value. Plus, we know Martinez (the genius, IMO) loves the open game which may suit Arsenal. Then again, he might tighten things up for them. I think the points about the weather are super valuable and appreciate all who mentioned this!
  10. Re: Ligue 1 > 21st Dec - 23rd Dec @ Atko Man, you are absolutely amazing! So grateful for your time and effort spent putting together these previews! Even if I don't agree or if they don't turn out, this is extraordinarily generous on your part. Thanks thanks thanks thanks...
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