Friday, November 19, 2010

Week-end Preview: Man Utd to start rolling.

Football players are back in their club fold after their international stint, and caution is always advised after this kind of break. In the Premier League, I cannot see Man Utd losing to Wigan. Historically, Wigan has never snatched a point from the Red Devils. But this is not a statistic that I'm relying upon when analyzing this game. Man Utd have an excellent record at home, and I have a feeling the team is starting to get their football together after a slow start. They will be galvanized from Chelsea's recent debacles, and be thankful that they are only 3 points adrift, after having thrown so many points away. I think they should win this game tomorrow, but I'll edge on the safe side with a draw-no-bet on them for the main reason that the game comes after an international break; you just never know how only 2 days training has affected the team form. Rooney should be back as well, so it will be an interesting game to watch.

The same sort of caution applies to La Liga. Spain's debacle in Portugal would have affected mostly the Barcelona players than Real Madrid players since they form the backbone of the national team. I however see both of these clubs snatching at least a point over the week-end. Madrid should win at home, but their coach is still suspended from the bench; Barcelona has a trickier match on the road; I still think they'll win, or at worst come out with a draw. So a draw-no-bet on the 2 leaders should be safe.

In racing, I like Fettuccine in the Lingfield 11:45am race. It will be her first start on a synthetic surface after 3 stints on grass. Provided she takes well to the new surface, she should have too much class for this lot. The 5 furlong distance will suit her. The only issue might be her outside stall position. For that reason, a Place on this Jeremy Noseda filly is advised.

Draw-no-bet: Man Utd, Barcelona, Real Madrid.
Place: Fettuccine.

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