Please allow me to reintroduce myself, my name is Charlie Tweeder and I am back with CHIT Picks for this week and for all next 40 weeks as we progress through this years’ campaign. It is good to back, it is good to be talking footy, it is good to help you all win some money. All you have to do is listen to the podcast every week and read this article. This picks are about as close of a guarantee you can get and by the end of these 40 weeks you will most likely have won more money than you have lost.
Dortmund v. Gladbach: DOR -160, DRAW +330, GLA +410
History: Dortmund have not lost to Gladbach since the 2015 season. Dortmund have won every single game during this span, there has not been a single draw between these two sides. Gladbach had an excellent year last year, as did Dortmund, but Dortmund solidified their squad with an abundance of youth. The youth of Dortmund should shine this game and you should expect them to dominate.
Player to Watch: There is only one player to watch this game and his name is Gio Reyna. Yes, this is a completely biased take as this is a completely biased podcast, if you have not recognized that yet then clearly you aren’t listening. If there is a young American on the pitch then the only player you should watch is that young American. Trust me there is plenty to be excited about when it comes to Gio Reyna, the pieces that this USMNT will have the next eight to twelve years is amazing.
YL’s Pick: Dortmund -1, Halland to Score
Real Sociedad v. Real Madrid: RSO +340, DRAW +300, RMA -140
History: Let’s be honest with ourselves. There is absolutely no way that Sociedad even sniffs a draw, let alone a win, in this matchup. Sociedad lost their best playmaker in Odegaard and now have to rely on an aging David Silva to ensure that the passes are connecting to their forwards. Madrid, on the other hand, have increased their depth by simply getting back players who have significantly developed on loan. One of those players is Odegaard. Now do I think Odegaard starts or even plays? No not really but it just goes to show how Real are miles ahead of the competition in La Liga. Sociedad last beat Madrid back in 2019, but I do not see Zidane allowing a defeat this early in the season.
Player to Watch: I would keep an eye on Eden Hazard as he has consistently underperformed for Los Blancos. If he does not start to produce and does not start driving at defenders you may quickly see his time at the Bernabeu come to an end.
YL’s Pick: Madrid -1, Benzema to Score
Chelsea v. Liverpool: CHE +220, DRAW +270, LIV +115
History: Chelsea dominated Liverpool in their FA Cup match back in March but during the restart Liverpool walloped Chelsea 5-3. The key to this game will be defense, which team’s defense will suck the least to be more specific. Liverpool looked absolutely porous versus the newly promoted Leeds and Chelsea had the bankroll this past summer to improve their squad drastically with the addition of Havertz and Werner. Liverpool will certainly have a tough test in front of them and Chelsea will look to impress early on in the season.
Players to Watch: Obviously you need to watch the Prince that was Promised, Pulisic, as he finished the restart extremely strong and he will be looking to have even more of an impact during his second season at Stamford Bridge. I would also keep an eye on the new boys, Havertz and Werner, as they should have an immediate impact in the Chelsea squad. Werner, in my opinion, may even be a dark horse for the Golden Boot this year.
YL’s Pick: Liverpool ML, Over 3 Goals
Wolves v. Man City: WOL +500, Draw +360, MCI -200
History: The odds in this game are a bettors delight. In the last five meetings the teams have split the decisions with one draw mixed in there. Frankly to have Wolves +500 is completely disrespectful to the Portuguese people as you have a large makeup of the Wolves team making Portugal’s national team. Wolves are a force to be reckoned with and City should not take them lightly. Wolves can score as quickly as anyone else in the league, especially with the likes of Jimenez, Jota, Neves, Traore, Moutinho, I mean that is quite a list. City better watch their backs.
Player to Watch: If you have listened to the podcast you know I am a big Diogo Jota guy, but this week it is important to keep an eye on Traore. He is an absolute beast. The man is big, fast, strong, and clinical. I would not bet against him to score at least 10 goals during this season and what better way to start the goal train than against the Oil boys.
YL’s Pick: Wolves ML, Traore to Score
Southampton v. Tottenham: SOU +220, Draw +230, TOT +130
History: Tottenham won the last time out, but I do not know how I feel about them winning this game. Actually I do….they won’t. Of course this is a biased take and if you don’t like it then don’t read it. Tottenham are terrible they did not improve during this offseason and if Harry Kane or Son gets hurt then they are screwed. If were are all being honest with ourselves Tottenham did not look great in their opener and it showed, they lost, because they are losers. Southampton always fields a decent team but their best players are always getting poached and it seems like they have had the same lineup the last five years.
Players to Watch: Keep an eye on the two Tottenham stars, Son and Kane, after failing to score in the opener it is highly unlikely that we see that in back to back games…stranger things have happened though.
YL’s Pick: Tottenham ML, Kane to Score
Written by: Tyler Bond aka Charlie Tweeder (@tybond16)