And we’re back with another week of Chit Picks. The biggest piece of Chit on the planet has another round of five games to pick from this week. Unfortunately we are missing the Thursday games as there were definitely some good matches to be had. That being said, there are some good matches this upcoming week, hell we even get some Championship football to watch and even an FA Cup match. YL’s picks this week are money, if you don’t want to be broke go with Shope.
Leeds United v. Fulham: LEE -145, Draw +280, FUL +380
History: Both Leeds and Fulham are looking to get back into the Premiership with Fulham sitting in fourth place, out of an automatic promotion position, and Leeds holding on to the second spot which guarantees them promotion at this point in the season. Leeds is winless in their last five matches against Fulham, but Leeds will not be denied their glorious return to the Premiership. Leeds, in my mind, are due for a win against these lads and with automatic promotion on the line it should be an extremely intense matchup.
Players to Watch: Keep an eye on the Leeds striker, Patrick Bamford, a former Chelsea boy who has really found a team to call home in Leeds United. Leeds is stacked with talent and have a great manager, but all eyes should be on their number 9 to lead them to the promised land. Also keep an eye on Klich from Leeds, the Polish international has had some absolute belters this season and has been dynamite in the midfield, expect him to have a big impact.
YL’s Pick: Leeds -1
Leicester v. Chelsea: LEI +165, Draw +230, CHE +140
History: These two clubs at the top of the Premier League table are meeting for the third time this season during this matchup. The last three matches between the sides have all been draws so you should expect a really tight matchup this time around as well. Chelsea have been flying off the restart of the Premier League. All that being said the FA Cup is a different animal altogether and it should be a very intriguing matchup because of the amount of games that are left to be played in the Premier League. I would expect both sides to not bring out relatively strong sides but you never know as this seems like the only trophy that either club will win this season.
Players to Watch: The young American Christian Pulisic has been off to a great start since the restart of the Premier League campaign with two goals in two appearances, including one against Manchester City. One would expect for Lampard to continue to ride the success of the young American but you never know. For Leicester we are all awaiting the return of another Vardy party and hopefully he gets the start and bags a couple of goals so we can bring out the Vodka.
YL’s Pick: Chelsea ML
Villareal v. Valencia: VIL +130, Draw +240, VAL +210
History: Valencia has won four out of the last five matchups against Villareal. Frankly this is one of my favorite La Liga games specifically because it involves two teams who are constantly battling towards the middle or top of the table in Spain. This is always a hard fought game with Valencia always seeming to be able to edge out Villareal when it comes down to the final whistle. Frankly I think that Villareal are due for a win against Valencia, you could say that it is scripted, but honestly you never really know how teams are going to come out and perform. This is even more true as teams are returning to play in unprecedented circumstances.
Players to Watch: Obviously I am going to say watch Santi Cazorla, this is a man who came back from a career ending injury, was left out in the cold by Arsenal, and has been performing greatly for Villareal since his return. I would expect him to have a significant impact for Villareal during this match and hopefully bring about the change in fortunes for the club against Valencia. That being said, Valencia has a supremely talented young Uruguayan striker, Maxi Gomez, who, at 23, has been doing a hell of a job for Valencia this season. The man just scores goals, and you can expect him to replace the likes of Cavani and Suarez on the Uruguayan national team.
YL’s Pick: Valencia ML, Maxi Gomez to Score
Barcelona v. Atletico Madrid: BAR -120, Draw +260, ATL +340
History: A battle of two of the giant clubs in La Liga (both still playing second and third fiddle to Real Madrid) should be one of the games to watch upon the return of European football. Atletico even won the last matchup between these two sides 3-2. I know what you are thinking “Atletico scored three goals?!” Yes, I am as shocked as you are. However, I would not predict such a high scoring affair this time around as Atletico, who have been having trouble finding the back of the net, are going to attempt to have a defensive masterpiece this time around and hold Barcelona to a zero.
Players to Watch: For me the only man to watch this game is Jan Oblak. I will go ahead and unequivocally state that Oblak, right now, is the best goalkeeper in the world. The man has an astounding rate of clean sheets (somewhere around 56% of all his matches) which is absolutely unheard of. I would expect nothing less from Oblak this time around as well, you are going to see some spectacular saves. As always, watch the little magician, Messi, from Barcelona. I will be genuinely interested to see how Barcelona performs in the post-Messi era which is rapidly approaching. However, for now just let us enjoy how simple the Argentine makes the game look.
YL’s Pick: Atletico ML, Under 3.5 goals
AC Milan v. AS Roma: AC +160, Draw +240, ROM +165
History: Historically this game has been closely contested with the clubs swapping wins and a whole hell of a lot of draws. Good news for Roma fans is that, right now, the Roman side has bragging rights as they won the last matchup 2-1 against AC. Roma is currently fighting for a Champions League spot and this is a must win game for them, especially for the Roman side to get back on track. AC has been struggling for years now and they desperately need to right their ship.
Players to Watch: For me all eyes need to be on Edin Dzeko, after the last match you would think that this man cannot miss the net. You should expect for him to see a lot of the ball simply because Roma have resorted to just pumping the long ball directly into the big man and letting him work his magic to find a shot at goal. Expect nothing less during this game. However, you cannot watch this game without watching big Z, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the man is quite literally an assassin. Not only that, but he always makes the game entertaining, whether it be trying some far out shot, or just being a thorn in opposing defenders’ sides. “Are you not entertained?”
YL’s Pick: AC Milan ML, Rebic to Score
Written by: Tyler Bond aka Charlie Tweeder (@tybond16)