Corner Picks are back for the first time in nearly two months. Has anything happened in the world of football since we left? Perhaps the dispute between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo has finally been resolved once and for all? You know, one of them won the World Cup and the other didn’t even start for his team in the World Cup, was released from his club team during the World Cup and had to sign with a team on a completely different continent after that to find a job?
In any case, despite the fact that I enjoyed the World Cup, I am glad that club football has returned to us almost in full force. International football is fun and every year it gets a little more interesting from a tactical point of view, but there is nothing better than club football. All the different ideas and approaches make the matches much more interesting and sometimes more difficult to bet on. Let’s hope that the latter is not the case and The Process has not rusted over the break.
All odds provided by Caesars Sportsbook.
Juventus vs. Udinese
Serie A resumed play earlier this week and Juventus picked up where they left off with a dull match and three points. I tell you, watching Max Allegri’s Juventus play is like looking back in time, but I won’t judge because it works so much better than what Juventus tried to do. Juventus have won seven matches in a row in Serie A and have not conceded a goal in any of them. At home, they conceded three goals in eight matches all season.
I expect there will be another rant on Saturday. Udinese have been one of the top scoring teams in the league this season, but they have surpassed xG (goals expected) and fared better at home than away. In addition, Gerard Deulofe, Udinese’s main creative force, is expected to miss this match due to a foot injury (there are also rumors about his transfer). I don’t think Udinese can beat Juventus definitively without him and while Juventus can get three on their own, it will be more by accident than by design. Choice: less than 2.5 (-115)
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Milan vs Roma
Date of: Sunday, January 8 | Time: 2:45 pm ET | Watch: Paramount+
It’s hard not to make laps at Roma, especially with so much time left to play in the season, but I’m enjoying it immensely. Roma made some big moves during the summer, namely bringing in Paulo Dybala and since their names were recognizable, Roma were considered a surprise team heading into the season. Meanwhile, Napoli had lost known names and replaced them with players they hadn’t heard of, so Napoli had to disappear from the face of the earth. So here we are: Napoli lead the league by five points and Roma are in sixth place and could be in seventh by the end of the weekend.
While Napoli’s lead is significant, Milan poses a serious threat to catch up with them and advance into the league. They have a powerful attack and outstanding defense and I love them in this match. Roma usually fool the market with xG numbers due to the fact that their volume rolls are not good finishers. As a result, they often fight good teams while overwhelming bad ones. Take Milan. Pick: Milan (-118)
Atlético Madrid vs Barcelona
Date of: Sunday, January 8 | Time: 3:00 pm ET | Watch: ESPN+
Barcelona remain in turmoil off the field as they are still desperate to find ways to find the money they have already spent, but things are going relatively well on the field. They are tied with Real Madrid at the top of the table on points, but are ahead on goal difference. Looking at xG, there is no reason to believe that Barcelona are lucky or that they are in for some kind of downfall. That doesn’t mean they’ll keep the lead (Real Madrid are in better shape than Barcelona to get better this month, but there may be leverage they haven’t used).
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There seems to be a little rebellion inside Atlético Madrid, but I’m not sure if that’s the problem. I think Diego Simeone sees friction between himself and his players as a feature, not a bug. He doesn’t care who his team gets mad at, as long as they get mad and take their anger out on their opponent during matches. Unfortunately for Simeone, his team is nowhere near as strong defensively as he would like, and I think we can take advantage of that. Atlético’s home games in the league have been more productive this season (2.71 goals), with Barcelona scoring 2.29 goals per match away from home. This one can go crazy. Choice: greater than 2.5 (-110)
So, there’s not a lot of action in the league this weekend. The Premier League is moved to the FA Cup with Germany and France not playing. This means we are somewhat limited in our parlay options, but I have found two FA Cup matches and one La Liga match that give us a good three-match parlay. payment +122.
- Tottenham (-850)
- Aston Villa (-700)
- Seville (-135)