Tuesday, December 01, 2009
PART OF TODAY'S EMAIL .......... CAESAR TAKES HIS TROOPS TO OLDHAM .............
TUESDAY DECEMBER 1ST
Preston served us well yesterday and in the NFL, New Orleans defeated a big Superbowl rival with ease and remain perfect at 11-0, I have not seen a better "football" team this season and providing Drew Brees, who threw for 371 yards and five touchdowns against the Patriots, stays fit, I feel they are going all the way. Certainly those of you who took the 25-1 advised have a terrific bet and plenty of excitement to look forward to in the next couple of months.
Quite a lot of matches to choose from today, but just the two bets from me and nothing too earth shattering as both are fairly short priced selections, but I still believe that they are good value quotes. Next email will be sent tomorrow morning.
ENGLAND DIVISION 1
OLDHAM ATHLETIC- LEEDS UNITED
Despite only drawing 1-1 with non league Kettering on Sunday, Leeds impressed me, their attitude was spot on and they kept pressing in very difficult conditions. They created a LOT of chances, 25 in total, 13 on target, enjoyed 61% possession (it looked like more !) and their heads didn't drop when they fell behind, infact, they stepped up a gear. Simon Grayson has done a terrific job in his year in charge at Elland Road and they look what the league table says they are, head and shoulders above the rest of Division 1.
Offensively they have a surplus of riches and these players get all the plaudits, but the defence looks extremely solid too and has conceded only eight times in 17 league outings. When teams are on a great run, you can tell a lot about their make up, when they eventually lose and it says everything about Leeds, that since losing their only league game of the season at Millwall, they have gone four from four with a 12-0 goal difference. Team spirit is very high as you might expect and the equaliser on Sunday was greeted by all the team as though it was the goal that took them back to the Championship, I like teams that celebrate en masse and enjoy their goals.
Oldham have not won at Ice Station Zebra, otherwise known as Boundary Park in just over two months, this is the coldest ground in the country and I will not hear any argument over that as I still have the frost bite scars to prove it ! Athletic have had to dwell on a dire performance in a 3-0 defeat at Walsall for seven days and remember, my beloved Bees had "softened up" the Saddlers a couple of days earlier ! The hosts will be without the suspended Lee Hills in defence, but will have on loan striker Paul Heffernan, a player I have plenty of time for at this level, available to make his debut.
Grayson has no new problems and has added to his already very strong squad by signing winger Hogan Ephraim and goalkeeper Chris Martin, on loan from QPR and Liverpool respectively. No sitting on his laurels for the Elland Road caesar, who is constantly looking to improve and keep his players on their toes.
The two met here in the cup earlier this month and United ran out comfortable 2-0 winners and I expect something similar this evening. United have a big derby game with local rivals and fellow promotion hopefuls Huddersfield Town on Saturday lunchtime, a team who have given them problems recently and Leeds will want tonight's points in the bag, ahead of that crunch game. The visitors are averaging 15.58 attempts on goal per game, which dwarfs the Lactics 9.38 and a six shot plus advantage for an away side "always" results in a road win and if these are not famous last words, I do not know what is !!!!
6.5 points Leeds United -1/2 ball 1.85 asian line.