Friday, September 9, 2011

Week-end Preview

Opinion Poll justified the Place recommendation and was a game second in the Doncaster Cup. Saddler's Rock from John Oxx's stable was just too good but the Godolphin colt gave it his best, as usual.

Inqdah, who I had mentioned had a great pedigree, came up 6th on his debut, some 3 lengths off the winner. Not too bad for a debutant who ran very green. Definitely one to watch out on his next outing.

On Saturday, Sea Moon and Blue Bunting are justifiably the market leaders for this year's St Leger. I think it will go to either one of the two. Blue Bunting looks to be the value Place bet, so that's my recommendation.

I think Fame and Glory has a really great chance in the Irish version. Although he was last beaten by Fictional Account, whom he's facing again, he's clearly the class of the race and should have no problem with the trip. An each-way looks to be a safe recommendation on him, while those fancying some risk could go for the outright win as well.

Football-wise, the players resume their club activities this week-end after their national duties. Arsenal is prime to finally kick-start its season as it hosts Swansea. This should be a straight win for the Gunners and I recommend them as an outright win. Manchester City look to have an easy game against Wigan on paper but the Latics are proving to be a tough team to break down. Still, I can't see City losing this game, so Mancini's men are recommended as a sure draw-no-bet.

In my opinion, Blackburn look set to fighting in the relegation zone this season and they will struggle during their visit to Fulham. Fulham as draw-no-bet looks good value to me and is recommended.

In Spain, I expect a big win from Real Madrid as it hosts Getafe. Straight win recommended for Mourinho's men. Same for Barcelona as it travels to Real Sociedad. They might leave it late, but Messi and his teammates always find a way to breach any stubborn opponents and they are recommended to win.

In Germany, Bayern Munich are recommended to win at home to Freiburg. Borussia Dortmund are deserved favourites against Hertha Berlin but it's probably safer to have them as draw-no-bet in case they can't breach the Berlin defensive wall.

The Serie A starts this week-end but it's probably better to wait on the results of the initial weeks to have an idea of the relative strength of the teams. The best and worst teams in this League are much closer quality-wise, compared to those in La Liga and Premiership.

Win: Arsenal, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich.
Draw-no-bet: Man City, Fulham, Borussia Dortmund.
Place: Blue Bunting
Each-way: Fame and Glory

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