Barclays Premier League 2017/18 Predictions

Barclays Premier League 2017/18 Predictions

It would be ideal to have all of the transfers wrapped up before the season starts, as many will play a major influence on the season, such as the Alexis Sanchez and Phillipe Coutinho saga’s. Despite all of the transfers not being completed, you can still make a fair assessment on each and every team; so here is my analysis and predictions on the 2017/18 season.

20th: Swansea City. STAR MAN: Gylfi Sigurdsson, WATCH OUT FOR: Tammy Abraham. I really don’t give Swansea much of a chance this year, they were lucky to escape the drop last season and look set to lose their clear star man Gylfi Sigurdsson. They need to hope that the home advantage they have will be an influence as their squad looks quite depleated heading into the new season. Tammy Abraham is a great addition for the squad but even he is yet to prove himself at the top level.

19th: Brighton and Hove Albion. STAR MAN: Anthony Knockaert, WATCH OUT FOR: Davy Propper. The Championship winners, Brighton. In all fairness they have recruited decently, but I just vision them getting relegated as their side as a whole lacks Premier League experience. They will be relying on star man Anthony Knockaert to produce quality goals like he did so many times last year in their successful campaign.

18th: Burnley FC. STAR MAN: Andre Gray, WATCH OUT FOR: Charlie Taylor. Burnley will be relying on their home record to keep them up again this season as their away form is the worst in the league. Sean Dyche is a good manager but I don’t think he has recruited well enough to the keep Burnley up this year, especially with star player Michael Keane leaving for a hefty price. If they could bring a couple of quality players in to support Andre Gray then they have got every chance of stopping in the top flight, if not then I think they will be relegated.

17th: Huddersfield Town. STAR MAN: Aaron Mooy, WATCH OUT FOR: Laurent Depoitre. This may come as a surprise as many people are touting Huddersfield to finish rock bottom. Also, a lot of people are also saying that they could break a record in finishing with the least points ever. However, I see completely different, David Wagner is an excellent manager and has recruited very well for what he had. It would be no surprise to see Huddersfield return to the Championship but I believe they will just do enough to escape the daunting 18th spot.

16th: Stoke City. STAR MAN: Xherdan Shaqiri, WATCH OUT FOR: Kurt Zouma. This could be a bad season for Stoke. They have failed to replace star player Marko Arnautovic and haven’t improved from what they had last year. They started last season very poorly and were fortunate to turn it around in what was one of their worst seasons since returning to the top flight. If they don’t make a couple of good signings in the next few weeks I see Stoke struggling once again.

15th: Newcastle FC. STAR MAN: Dwight Gayle, WATCH OUT FOR: Jacob Murphy. Out of the three sides coming up from the Championship, I expect Newcastle to do the best. Their club as a whole and squad belongs in the Premier League and with a good manager like Rafa Benitez they should do enough to stay up. But looking at the signings made, I would not expect them to pull any surprises and see them closer to the relegation spots than the top half.

14th: Watford FC. STAR MAN: Troy Deeney, WATCH OUT FOR: Richarlison. Putting Watford in those relegation spots crossed my mind, but the manager Marco Silva looks special, and he has also added some young, new faces to the side. Watford’s side looks good enough to stay up and if the manager performs as well as he did under the circumstances at Hull then they will be no where near those relegation spots. He can also count on star striker and captain Troy Deeney to earn his side some tough points along the way.

13th: Southampton FC. STAR MAN: Manolo Gabbiadini, WATCH OUT FOR: Mario Lemina. Another transfer window which has shown no ambition from a club that simply can’t keep letting their best players leave and expect to improve. It looks worrying for the Saints as they have brought in manager Mauricio Pellegrini but only bought two players. With squad depth taking a hit, squad player Jay Rodriguez leaving and best defender Virgil Van Dijk set to leave, this season doesn’t look promising for the Saints.

12th: Crystal Palace. STAR MAN: Christian Benteke, WATCH OUT FOR: Jairo Riedewald. No one knows what to expect from Palace this season as Frank De Boer looks to bring his possession style football to a club that might take a couple of years to adapt. He has brought in young Dutch talents like Jairo Riedewald and Timothy Fosu-Mensah who will strengthen the side but his style of football may see key players like Christian Benteke suffer. Whatever happens, they will have enough quality to stay clear of the relegation spots and could even creep into the top half if all goes well.

11th: Bournemouth FC. STAR MAN: Joshua King, WATCH OUT FOR: Nathan Ake. Another steady season for Eddie Howe. You know that they will play good attacking football and use their home fortress to pick up points. Joshua King and Jermaine Defoe should make a lethal duo, they will add over 25 goals between the pair if they can stay fit. The additions such as Asmir Begovic and Nathan Ake will also strengthen up their defence long term, as that is by far their main issue with how many goals they leak away from home.

10th: West Bromwich Albion. STAR MAN: Salamon Rondon, WATCH OUT FOR: Jay Rodriguez. This is basically the same West Brom side that Tony Pulis had last year with the addition of Jay Rodriguez who will certainly add a few goals if he can stay fit. We all know that Tony Pulis won’t be playing any attacking, exciting brand of football any time soon but will definitely grind out the results needed to stay well clear of that relegation zone. They looks bankers for a midtable finish, whether that be a couple of places below or above where I have them predicted.

9th: Leicester City. STAR MAN: Jamie Vardy, WATCH OUT FOR: Kelechi Iheanacho. Another team that is unsettled going into the season as star players such as Riyad Mahrez and Danny Drinkwater look set to leave the club. So far the transfer window has treated them well, they have signed another goal scorer and a very much needed centre back in Harry Maguire. The addition of Vicente Iborra will also be noticed, even more so if Drinkwater leaves. Everybody knows that they won’t reach the heights of a couple of seasons ago but they should definitely be aiming for a top half finish under Craig Shakespeare.

8th: West Ham United. STAR MAN: Javier Hernandez, WATCH OUT FOR: Manuel Lanzini. Last season was unacceptable for Slaven Bilic after his impressive debut season. The additions of Joe Hart, Pablo Zabaleta and Javier Hernandez will give his side much needed Premier League experience and they will all improve their respective areas. This side has been crying out for a natural goal scorer over the last few seasons and they have found exactly that in Hernandez. With no key player leaving, West Ham should be looking to replicate that 2015/16 season.

7th: Everton FC. STAR MAN: Wayne Rooney, WATCH OUT FOR: Davy Klaassen. Despite losing their star man Romelu Lukaku, Everton have recruited quite well, they will look to be challenging the top 6. As it looks like Ross Barkley is leaving, Ronald Koeman should look to bring in another quality attacking midfielder as they will need to replace the goals that Lukaku scored for them last year. Wayne Rooney will most likely have a good season ahead of the World Cup but everyone knows he is not the same Wayne Rooney that he was 5 years ago. Everton should be aiming for at least 7th, as Koeman shows signs of a promising dynasty at Everton with the good, young talent coming through.

6th: Tottenham Hotspur. STAR MAN: Harry Kane, WATCH OUT FOR: Harry Winks. What a terrible offseason it has been for Tottenham. They have failed to improve their side in any area, when all areas were crying out for depth. Chairman Daniel Levy made the decision to focus on a new stadium rather than fund Mauricio Pochettino to make the acquisitions he needs to take this side to the next level. I would not be surprised if many players ended up handing in transfer requests due to the club’s reluctancy to compete with other top club’s wage bills. The fans will be praying that their superb manager can somehow rally his team into a top 4 position like he has done the last couple of years with the talent they already have.

5th: Chelsea FC. STAR MAN: Eden Hazard, WATCH OUT FOR: Andreas Christensen. I completely disagree with many pundits who are predicting another title for Chelsea. After running away with the title last year, they have failed to improve their side, obviously this may change before the window closes. You can guarantee that new signings Tiemoue Bakayoko and Alvaro Morata are not going to have the same impact that pivotal players Nemanja Matic and Diego Costa had last year. The biggest factor in Chelsea’s winning streak midseason was that they had no Europe to worry about, but this year they have the Champions League and go into the season with a worryingly thin squad. 5th might be a bold prediction, with players such as Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante at the club, but every other team around them has improved and look set for the season whilst Antonio Conte is at the centre of rumours surrounding fallouts with Diego Costa and even his own board.

4th: Liverpool FC. STAR MAN: Sadio Mane, WATCH OUT FOR: Mohammed Salah. If Jurgen Klopp manages to sell Phillipe Coutinho, and brings in Virgil Van Dijk plus Naby Keita then Liverpool would move up in my expectations. Coutinho is not as influential as the drama is making out, they will be perfectly fine without him. The attacking line of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah is going to terrorise defences with the pure pace and quality it will prowess. Liverpool had the best record against the top 6 last year, and Jurgen Klopp will be desperate to make a real impact in his third season. However, they could get distracted due to Champions League duties and a lack of quality squad depth.

3rd: Manchester United. STAR MAN: Paul Pogba, WATCH OUT FOR: Andreas Pereira. Jose Mourinho has made a few brilliant additions to his side, but it is clear that they lack that creativity in the final third. As dominant and intimidating as their power may look, they need a star player such as Gareth Bale who is going to click it together and help out Romelu Lukaku with the goals. With time still left in the window you can expect a winger in to fill this gap, this would give Jose an amazing chance to lift the title in his second season, as he has done numerous times before. Expect Nemanja Matic to protect the back four and allow Paul Pogba to improve on his steady first season back at his first club.

2nd: Arsenal FC (IF THEY KEEP SANCHEZ). STAR MAN: Alexis Sanchez, WATCH OUT FOR: Alex Iwobi. This may come as a surprise, due to how terrible Arsenal have been in recent years at mounting a title challenge. However, if they can keep their star man Alexis Sanchez then I give them every chance in having a very successful season. They have signed a goal scorer in Alexandre Lacazette, something they have been missing since Robin Van Persie left. Since finally switching formation late last year, Arsene Wenger has enjoyed watching his sides efforts, including the recent Community Shield win against league leaders Chelsea. Another key factor is that they are not in the Champions League, which may benefit them, they can focus and prepare properly for the league instead just like Chelsea did last year. It would not surprise me if Wenger used a whole new squad for the Europa League as that will not be a priority in a season that he has to prove himself.

1st: Manchester City. STAR MAN: Kevin De Bruyne, WATCH OUT FOR: Gabriel Jesus. It is hard to look past Pep Guardiola’s side this year with the additions made. They desperately needed fullbacks and a keeper, they sorted that by bringing in Ederson, Danilo, Benjamin Mendy and Kyle Walker. It is quite clear that they have the best all round squad and anything other than the title would be a massive disappointment. Expect Pep’s side to play some of the most exciting football ever seen in the Premier League as attackers (Aguero, B Silva, D Silva, KDB, Sane + more) adapt to Pep’s systems allowing for complete freedom in the final third.

UFC 214 Predictions

UFC 214 Predictions

Saturday night brings the highly anticipated UFC 214 card, which features three World title fights, if it lives up to expectations the card will go down as the best UFC PPV in 2017, a year that has been quite stagnant for the promotion. Everyone is mainly looking forward to the main event which sees the best ever step back into the octagon, Jon Jones, who aims to beat the champion Daniel Cormier once again.

Fight Predictions:

Andre Fili (16-4) vs Calvin Kattar (16-2): this featherweight bout opens the prelims. Fili has been very inconsistent with his performances since joining the UFC. He takes on Kattar who is making his debut, this is his chance to prove he can do it in the big promotion. PREDICTION: Kattar wins by decision. I can see this fight being very close, possibly 29-28 to Kattar, both fighters will be a little reluctant in the opening round and then the fight should open up.

Renato Moicano (10-0-1) vs Brian Ortega (11-0): two undefeated top 10 featherweights face off to stamp their mark on the division. This provides an opportunity for either fighter with the division in need of a challenger for Max Holloway, an impressive performance could see the winner move into the discussion. PREDICTION: Moicano wins by decision. Both fighters have better ground games than stand up, so a submission would not be a surprise but I can see both fighters cancelling each other out. I think Moicano will land more shots and takedowns to come away with the victory.

Aljamain Sterling (13-2) vs Renan Barao (35-4): this is a perfect chance for Sterling to beat an experienced opponent who is past his prime and give himself some well deserved recognition in the bantamweight division. PREDICTION: Sterling wins by KO/TKO. Sterling is the more accurate and stronger fighter, I can see him catching Barao in the latter rounds and finishing this one early.

Ricardo Lamas (17-5) vs Jason Knight (20-2): this is a very exciting fight before the main card starts. If Lamas wins he will possibly get a rematch with Max Holloway, but he has to defeat Knight who has been quite active and has been given the performance of the night bonus in his last two fights. PREDICTION: Knight wins by submission. This win would certainly put Knight in the top 10 for the featherweight division, I see his ground game being superior to Lamas’ and a submission to end this one early.

Jimi Manuwa (17-2) vs Volkan Oezdemir (14-1): you can expect the winner of this light heavyweight bout to take on the winner of the main event. Both fighters are knock out artists and this will certainly be an explosive match up. PREDICTION: Manuwa wins by KO/TKO. I think Manuwa will continue his impressive streak and finally get his title opportunity after he defeats the powerful Oezdemir. He can’t look past Oezdemir though, as he also has the ability to finish fights early.

Donald Cerrone (32-8) vs Robbie Lawler (27-11): you can already tell this fight is going to be an absolute war. Both fighters are as tough as it gets and will slug it out for the fans. PREDICTION: Lawler wins by decision. This prediction may be a little surprising as many people think their will be a knockout, but I have a feeling it is going to be an absolute war, with Cerrone just hanging on to a Lawler beatdown.

TITLE FIGHT, Cris Cyborg (16-1) vs Tonya Evinger (19-5): in my eyes, this title is only going one way. PREDICTION: Cyborg wins by KO/TKO. Evinger doesn’t belong in the same octagon as Cyborg, I can’t see this bout lasting more than a round. Cyborg is simply too powerful for Evinger, she has the much better skill set and that will prove.

TITLE FIGHT, Tyron Woodley (16-3-1) vs Demian Maia (25-6): such an interesting matchup, this welterweight division needs a classic fight as many fans are turning on Woodley due to his continuous moaning rants; the division as a whole is looking quite dead at the minute. PREDICTION: Woodley wins by KO/TKO. If Maia can get this to the ground then he has a brilliant chance of winning the welterweight belt, but I think Woodley will be too strong and powerful for this to happen. I think Woodley will end this fight early with a punching combination that will be too much for Maia to handle.

MAIN EVENT TITLE FIGHT, Jon Jones (22-1) vs Daniel Cormier (19-1): the fight that everyone has been waiting for, the rematch has already been cancelled two times due to injury and suspension. The build up has been very heated with Cormier mocking Jones’ infamous events in the past, it is clear these two guys hate each other with a passion. PREDICTION: Jon Jones wins by decision. I can not see Daniel Cormier defeating Jon Jones, even though this Jon Jones may be a little rusty he always finds a way to win. Jon is an awful matchup for DC, he will use his range to stop DC from closing in all night long, it will be very hard for him to use his wrestling if he struggles to close in on Jon. As we could see in the first fight, DC struggled to manhandle Jon like he does with all of his other opponents and left himself open for Jon to strike at and take down in the final rounds due to fatigue. Unfortunately for the MMA World, this fight will likely be his last fight if he fails to defeat Jon, he has nothing left to prove in the division he has defeated all the other competition with ease. It is worth noting that if Jon has not trained seriously for this fight then DC will capitalise on that as he is one of the most dedicated and hardest working fighters in the industry, to add to that there is no one that wants this fight like he does, his passion and determination is at the highest level.

Why Conor McGregor has a chance against Floyd Mayweather…

Why Conor McGregor has a chance against Floyd Mayweather…

Despite many experts of the fight game either calling this fight a disgrace or saying that it will be heavily one sided, such as: Max Kellerman, Oscar De La Hoya and Mike Tyson, there are many reasons and factors that suggest Conor McGregor has actually got a chance.

Floyd Mayweather is in my eyes the best boxer to ever step in the ring, the little guy has developed his own way of hitting without getting hit, winning, and most importantly making money. He is undoubtedly the biggest draw in boxing, with a record of 49-0 he is bound to have a huge ego, which is why mainly he is disrespected and not given the credit he deserves. We have established over the past couple of decades that this man can not be beating at boxing, he can outbox any boxing style, he has beaten legends of the game ; Manny Pacquaio, Oscar De La Hoya, Marcos Maidana, Canelo Alvarez, Miguel Cotto and many more have all fallen to the defensive master.

Whilst Floyd Mayweather has been building his legacy, a little Irish man with an enormous mouth has been breaking all records in mixed martial arts. Many people have taken to “Mystic Mac” with his funny comments, exquisite fashion style and most importantly his success inside the octagon. His most impressive victory came after knocking out the “pound for pound King” Jose Aldo, after months of build up, Conor McGregor knocked him out with a sweet left hand proving his power once again. This cemented his featherweight legacy, but then he broke another impressive record becoming the first fighter under the UFC to hold two belts simultaneously when he embarrassed lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez.

The fact is, despite Floyd Mayweather’s brilliance, the factors do side with Conor McGregor, he always has a plan. Although this is a different sport, one that Conor is a rookie in and one that Floyd has mastered, this could potentially help Conor. He has so much tape to watch of Floyd, I think that he will develop some sort of plan that takes away the shoulder roll that Floyd has perfected, something that no one has ever been able to do. To add to that, Floyd will have no idea what to expect of Conor McGregor. Floyd hasn’t been in the ring for nearly 2 years, and his age is way past prime, where as Conor is clearly in his physical prime. Going into the fight, he will have the bigger reach and likely more size when they both step in the ring on August 26th. Conor McGregor, even though he has nothing to lose, would not have taken this fight if he didn’t believe that he could formulate a game plan to neutralise the excellence of Floyd Mayweather. At the end of the day, we have never seen something like this so to completely avoid the possibility of a Conor McGregor win would be unwise.

In my opinion, Floyd Mayweather will win the fight, either stopping McGregor in the very late rounds (10-12) or on points convincingly. However, Conor McGregor has a chance to catch Mayweather and puzzle him in those early rounds whilst Mayweather is a little rusty. We know that McGregor can hit from anywhere, this will be his chance to put a stamp on the fight with the ‘MMA approach’ that Coach Kavanagh has spoken about. Surely Floyd will be too experienced to get involved with the mental side of the fight as we all know Conor can win a battle of the words with anyone. Do not be surprised if Conor McGregor upsets the World, you should be looking forward to this fight actually happening, even if it seems incredibly one sided.

Are professional footballers criminally underpaid?

Are professional footballers criminally underpaid?

The discussion of footballers being overpaid is something that is often ranted about in the modern era, often comparing their wages to people in the armed forces. So I thought that I would do some research to hopefully explain to those that have no clue on the subject just where the money from football goes. For this post I will use Manchester United as my example, just to show how much the players earn in comparison to how much the club makes.

So in 2016, Manchester United made a total of £515.3m, this is just what they brought in to the club, without spending their money elsewhere on transfers and wages. Obviously, this money was earned from shirt sales, worldwide deals, television revenue and sponsorships. The profit that was made from the £515.3m after it had been invested elsewhere was around £167m. So where exactly does this profit go? The main shareholders of Manchester United are Delaware which is a company based in the USA, it has strong affiliations with the person that officially invested into the club in 2004, Malcolm Glazer. Delaware have about 67% of the shares, and there are six representatives that get the money between them. 67% of £167m is just under £112m, splitting £112m between 6 would equate to an estimated £18.6m that these people get for literally being in the hierarchy of the Delaware. Are these the reason that Manchester United have the reputation that they currently have and the historic national/continental success they have experienced? No, absolutely not! The highest earner at Manchester United reportedly is Zlatan Ibrahimovic who makes £19.1m, the next highest earner comes way below the £18.6m mark that the 6 shareholders will gain. For example, Marcus Rashford who was a main part of Manchester United’s success in 2016 only earned as little as £2.5m.. this makes the figure seem incredibly small.

So in conclusion, the money that footballers actually earn is probably not as much as they should get. Just like Marcus Rashford and many other ‘superstars’ that play for Manchester United. It is not their faults that football is of so much interest, and that their club is a Worldwide business. The lesson from this is that footballers do their jobs, and make great money for their business, therefore their money is either justified, or not enough.

Bet Of The Day 27/04/2017

Bet Of The Day 27/04/2017

After yesterday’s convincing double, I am feeling even more confident with today’s following bets, as I know a lot of people don’t like the shorter odds I will also add a bigger odds bet today for those that like a punt. As always, I believe the bet of the day will come through, but with the longer bet there are no promises due to the bigger odds, read my reasons for why I have picked the bets and make a decision yourself on how much you would like to stake.

Bet Of The Day:

Manchester City vs Manchester United = over 1.5 goals. 2/7

Sevilla vs Celta Vigo = Sevilla win. 1/3

Adding these to a double would account to 0.71/1, so just like yesterday a little bank builder.

Longer odds acca:

Manchester City vs Manchester United = Manchester United or draw (double chance). 5/6

Anderlecht vs Sporting Charleroi = Anderlecht win to nil. 5/4

Sevilla vs Celta Vigo = Sevilla win. 1/3

Atletico Bilbao vs Betis = Atletico Bilbao win. 2/5

If you accumulate all these, it would add up to 6.7/1, which is at a lot heftier price and to be honest looks pretty good odds.

Here are my reasons to why I have chosen these bets…

Manchester City vs Manchester United: So for this game, firstly I have gone for over 1.5 goals, this is a derby which both teams need to win for the top four. I think this game will be an end-to-end game, and without Ibrahimovic, Manchester United will play with more pace on the counter of Manchester City’s possession game which could see a few goals. At home, Manchester City average 2.8 goals, whilst away from home United average 2.67 goals per game. Both teams in 30 appearances have only failed to score 3 times, the earlier meeting this season also saw 3 goals. The next bet in this game I have gone for is Manchester United double chance, I just can’t see them losing to a City side that must be tired both mentally and physically after their extra time defeat in the FA Cup. Manchester City have only managed to win 8 times in 15 appearances at home this season, whilst Manchester United have only lost twice in 15 appearances on the road. To add to this, Manchester United haven’t been beat in the league for a very long time, it was 6 months ago on a run that now stretches over 20 games.

Sevilla vs Celta Vigo: Sevilla have been very impressive at home this year, winning 12 games out of 16, leading to them getting a Champions League spot, on the other hand Celta Vigo have been shaky on the road, conceding 29 goals in 16 games and only winning 4 out of a possible 16. Sevilla beat Celta Vigo 0-3 earlier in the season and with Celta Vigo focusing on the Europa League, you can expect Sevilla to beat them again this season.

Athletic Bilbao vs Real Betis: Athletic Bilbao are very, very impressive at home, this season they have won 12 out of 17 games and nearly averaging 2 goals scored in those games. Real Betis are woeful away from home, they have lost 11 games out of 16, only maanging 1 clean sheet, Bilbao look pretty safe tonight and should come away from the game with 3 points.

Anderlecht vs Sporting Charleroi: This is the risky bet, but the stats certainly go in the favour of the home team, I have predicted an Anderlecht win to nil, meaning Sporting Charleroi will not score. They have averaged less than 1 goal a game at the home of Anderlecht and have lost 19 / 22 games throughout the years. This season away from home they have averaged under a goal per game away from home also, whilst Anderlecht have scored 2.35 goals per game and only conceded 0.65 goals per game at home. They look awesome at 5/4, especially with the fact that they have kept 10 clean sheets, in 17 home games, giving them one of the very best defences in Europe. Obviously, this is a slight risk as a goal can come from anything in football.

 

 

Bet Of The Day 26/04/2017

Bet Of The Day 26/04/2017

Barcelona to beat Osasuna with Osasuna having a 2 goal head start (-2 handicap) 3/10.

Real Madrid to score 2 or more goals (2+ goals) 1/3.

The odds I have gone for will add up to 0.73/1 as a double. Meaning if you place £10 you will win £17.30, including your stake back. These are two bets I feel very confident with, read on to find out why…

Cutting straight to the point, Barcelona should absolutely destroy Osasuna, this is first in the league taking on the bottom of the league. Barcelona need to win or their chances at winning the league might just vanish, they will be very high on confidence after the excellent El Classico win that was led my magician Lionel Messi. On average Barcelona have scored 3.06 goals at home this season in the league, and Osasuna have conceded 2.44 goals away from home this season. In the last 4 meetings between these two teams at the Camp Nou, Barcelona have won:  7-0, 5-1, 8-0 and 4-0. When the sides met earlier this season, Barcelona defeated Osasuna 0-3, with Osasuna only managing 2 clean sheets in 33 league games this season, expect Lionel Messi and co to continue their title campaign.

Onto the second part of the double, Real Madrid to score 2+ goals, away at Deportivo La Coruna, Real Madrid also need to win after their dreadful loss at home to Barcelona a few days ago. Real Madrid statistically have the best away attack in the league, averaging an incredible 2.8 goals per game when they play on the road. You can expect them to continue their incredible scoring spree against a down and out Deportivo side who are in danger of getting relegated after their awful recent form. You can also expect Ronaldo playing with something to prove after his below par performance in the El Classico, 2 goals or more at a price of 1/3 seems brilliant. And if you need even more reason to back this, Real Madrid have only failed to score 2 goals or more against Deportivo 1 once out of their last 10 meetings.

2017 Mock Draft NFL

2017 Mock Draft NFL

With the draft coming up this weekend, here is my prediction for who will go where and with what pick, pending no trades. Just for the 32 first round picks.

#1 – Cleveland Browns select defensive end MYLES GARRETT. Probably not the position Cleveland need the most, but can’t see them passing on Garrett who is highly rated by all scouts.

#2 – 49ers select defensive end SOLOMON THOMAS. They need a defensive end and Thomas is definitely the best option behind Myles Garrett.

#3 – Chicago Bears select corner MARSHON LATTIMORE, a great corner out of Ohio State, with Chicago needing to improve their secondary this seems a likely pick.

#4 – Jacksonville Jaguars select LEONARD FOURNETTE, Fournette is the best running back out of this draft class, the build of him is very freakish and he would be a useful tool for the Jaguars.

#5 – Tennessee Titans select MIKE WILLIAMS, with Mariota looking promising the Titans need to improve their weapons. I see them picking the best wide receiver in the class to link up with Mariota.

#6 – New York Jets select JAMAL ADAMS, this pick could go anywhere and I wouldn’t be surprised if the Jets actually took a risk on Deshaun Watson with them needing a quarterback. But, I think they’ll go with the more safe option of safety Adams.

#7 – Los Angeles Chargers select MALIK HOOKER, safety after safety here. If the Jets don’t take Adams then he could land here, but the Chargers definitely need a defensive piece.

#8 – Carolina Panthers select CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY, the running back had an impressive combine and with the Panthers needing a running back I would say Mccaffrey is the second best option behind Fournette.

#9 – Cincinnati Bengals select JONATHON ALLEN, I imagine the Bengals taking a defensive end so Allen should round up 3 DE’s going in the top 10.

#10 – Buffalo Bills select MITCHELL TRUBISKY, I can see the Bills taking a quarterback and going with Trubisky, I also think they’ll regret this as he will wind up as a bust, not the answer to their problems.

#11 – New Orleans Saints select GAREON CONLEY, the Saints have a great offence but they need to improve the defence immediately in order for Drew Brees to make the most of his threats.

#12 – Cleveland Browns select DESHAUN WATSON, I think he will finally go with the 12th pick, a lot of people are excited to see what he can do after his brilliant finals performance for Clemson in the comeback over Alabama.

#13 – Arizona Cardinals select JOHN ROSS, after his blistering record setting 40 yard dash, I think the Cardinals will take a risk on Ross rather than Corey Davis just because of the combine results.

#14 – Philadelphia Eagles select REUBEN FOSTER, this pick could literally go anywhere, but I think they will improve their defence by taking the first linebacker out of Alabama.

#15 – Indianapolis Colts select TAKKARIST MCKINLEY, another defensive end goes, the Colts simply have to improve their defence, they cant afford to waste Andrew Luck’s prime years.

#16 – Baltimore Ravens select O.J HOWARD, the first tight end for me in this draft, same again the Ravens pick could go anywhere but I’m sure they will use it to give Joe Flacco an extra piece.

#17 – Washington Redskins select DALVIN COOK, a very exciting running back out of Florida State, the Redskins should improve their offence if they want to compete with Cowboys and Giants in their divison.

#18 – Tennessee Titans select TRE’DAVIOUS WHITE, this pick could very well be traded with having an earlier pick to add an already well established corner but I think they will take White out of Louisana.

#19 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers select DEREK BARNETT, the defensive end love fest continues, Tampa Bay will select Barnett to improve their defence as Winston looks to settle into their franchise quarterback.

#20 – Denver Broncos select RYAN RAMCZYK, the Broncos had a shocker of a season last year and definitely need to improve their offensive line to protect the quarterback.

#21 – Detroit Lions select HAASON REDDICK, they need a linebacker so the Lions will look at Reddick from Temple to improve their defence.

#22 – Miami Dolphins select TACO CHARLTON, you guessed it, another defensive end, the Dolphins will use this pick to improve their defence but it could go outside of this position with so many already being picked.

#23 – New York Giants select CAM ROBINSON, they need to protect Eli more as he has a lot of options this year that could put them into a playoff run.

#24 – Oakland Raiders select JARRAD DAVIS, the Raiders definitely need a linebacker to help them out and Davis is the best of those left, they look promising going into next year.

#25 – Houston Texans select PATRICK MAHOMES, the Texans desperately need a quarterback so I expect to take a risk on Mahomes.

#26 – Seattle Seahawks select KEVIN KING, a cornerback would be a good addition, especially with star corner Richard Sherman there to help.

#27 – Kansas City Chiefs select QUINCY WILSON, another cornerback goes with this pick as the Chiefs look to improve their already stable defence.

#28 – Dallas Cowboys select ADOREE JACKSON, the Cowboys will use this pick on a defensive piece after their disappointing playoff appearance on the defensive part.

#29 – Green Bay Packers select JOE MIXON, they need a running back but this pick will go on a cornerback if one of the previous three aren’t taken.

#30 – Pittsburgh Steelers select T.J WATT, welcome the first outside linebacker to the draft, Watt looks promising and will be a good asset for the Steelers.

#31 – Atlanta Falcons select FORREST LAMP, they definitely need to protect Ryan a lot more after their embarrassing Super Bowl choke.

#32 – New England Patriots select BUDDER BAKER, this could literally go on anything and you’d expect Bellicheck to turn the player into absolute quality.