Weekend tips: New era Newcastle, shock LaLiga contenders, José v Juve | OneFootball
Weekend tips: New era Newcastle, shock LaLiga contenders, José v Juve
That’s the international break over and attention turns back to the return of the domestic game across Europe.
Here are three of the biggest stories to look out for …
A new beginning
During the international break, one club took up more column inches in the sports pages than any other: Newcastle United. The Magpies have new owners and Monday morning’s game against Tottenham sees all talk of the boardroom turn to on-pitch action.
Steve Bruce is under increasing pressure. Every pass, every set piece and every kick of the ball will be scrutinised with Newcastle still looking for their first Premier League win of the season.
His side are conceding an average of 2.3 goals a game as they welcome a Spurs side loaded with talent.
A slow start in front of goal didn’t hamper Tottenham’s early season form but three victories were swiftly followed by a hat-trick of defeats. A win against Aston Villa last time out needs to be a springboard for the north London club to bounce on towards the top six.
Can Newcastle’s happy home fans power them to a win on the dawn of a new beginning? If you think so, a home win sits at 3.40, while the long shot looks to be both teams to score and the match to be tied worth a look at 13.00!
The Real deal?
Two-time Spanish champions Real Sociedad have been a real surprise at the start of the new La Liga season. Currently part of a three-way tie for the top, they haven’t tasted defeat since an opening day loss to Barcelona.
Imanol Alguacil has got the best out of his squad, with a late thriller against Granada the pick of recent performances. To say they have been grinding out results might be a bit disrespectful when it comes to explaining their form but positive results have set the bar high.
Visitors Mallorca will arrive at the Reale Arena for Sunday’s game in high spirits. A 1-0 win against Levante before the domestic pause ended a torrid week in which Los Bermellones shipped nine goals in four days.
Whipped 6-1 by Real Madrid in the Bernabéu, Luis García’s side then conceded three more at home to Osasuna just 96 hours later. October couldn’t come quick enough and neither could those precious three points.
Mikel Oyarzabal is the host’s top scorer and the winger is 2.20 to score anytime during this matchup, but the draw could be one to keep an eye on, sitting at 4.00.
A special fixture
Juventus versus Roma might not have the current billing it deserves, especially with the hosts languishing in seventh place in Serie A, but Monday morning’s early kick-off remains one of Italy’s biggest fixtures.
This time it comes with added spice on the touchline. José Mourinho has his eyes on the Scudetto. What better way to demonstrate his side’s title qualities than an away win at the one-time untouchables of Turin?
After a poor start to the season, the Old Lady has found her feet; Massimiliano Allegri’s side have won three in a row. It was always a case of when, not if, Juventus would improve.
Both sides have a habit of scoring, Juventus have seen 75 percent of their matches this season finish on over 2.5 goals, while Roma are just behind with 70 percent of games ending in the same way … but will the two cancel each other out?
If you think so, Monday’s game to end at under 2.5 goals sits at 2.30, while Juventus to win, but coming from behind, looks tempting at 7.00.