Why the Premier League is Arsenal’s to lose; Juventus rocking Italy with largest scandal since Calciopoli

It was an eventful weekend on the earth of soccer. Arsenal cemented their place as title favorites in England, whereas the largest scandal since Calciopoli is presently Italy, with Juventus as the primary wrongdoer. Liverpool and Chelsea additionally squared off. However possibly the much less stated, the higher about that one. I am Mike Goodman and we’re gonna break all of it down on Monday’s Golazo Beginning XI.

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πŸ“Ί What we’re watching this week

On Paramount+ and/or CBS Sports activities Community (instances US/Jap):

⚽ Sequence A: Bologna vs. Cremonese, Monday, 12:30 p.m. (Paramount+)
⚽ Serie A: Inter Milan vs. Empoli, Monday, 2:45 p.m. (Paramount+)
⚽ Serie A: Lazio vs. AC Milan, Tuesday, 2:45 p.m. (CBS Sports activities Community/Paramount+)

We’re additionally keeping track of:

⚽ EPL: Fulham vs. Tottenham, Monday, 3pm
⚽ EFL Cup semi: Southampton vs. Newcastle, Tuesday, 3pm

⚽ The Ahead Line

Arsenal cement Premier League lead

It is a completely exceptional factor that the Premier League is Arsenal’s to lose. The Gunners cemented their place with a dramatic late winner to get previous a resurgent Manchester United facet 3-2. We’re on the midway mark of the season and we’ve got watched the Gunners have go from aggressive, to surprisingly good, to nice at warp velocity. Sunday’s win confirmed one thing else although. It was the sort of match that even good groups typically lose, the place an opponent who would not appear to be doing a lot someway retains discovering the again of the online. However Arsenal gritted it out, dug deep and located a technique to get it performed whilst Manchester United appeared near stealing some extent. James Benge explains:

  • Benge: “Whereas this recreation felt near a distant observer, there may very well be little doubt in hindsight that Mikel Arteta’s Premier League leaders had bossed this recreation. The statistics make for nearly laughable studying. Bukayo Saka, who bullied Luke Shaw, ended the sport with extra touches within the field than Manchester United’s 12 in complete. In 45 minutes, backup proper again Takehiro Tomiyasu registered three touches within the opposition penalty space; no opponent bettered that tally. Martin Odegaard and Eddie Nketiah registered six pictures. So did United.”

There’s nonetheless a protracted technique to go, and Arsenal have but to fulfill Manchester Metropolis, their solely actual rival on the prime, this season. So the hole on the prime might shrink dramatically. Apparently sufficient, these two do truly face off on Friday, however in FA Cup play. You are going to wish to circle Feb. 15 after which April 26 on the EPL calendar. If Metropolis do not come by and shut the hole quick, it is going to be a coronation for the Gunners down the stretch in what would turn out to be probably the most unlikely Premier League champions since Leicester Metropolis in 2015-16.

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Juventus face 15-point deduction

It is a riddle the Sphynx may very well be happy with. How can a workforce draw a match and but nonetheless depart the weekend with fewer factors than they entered it? Effectively, in case you’re Juventus, you do it in a six-goal, 3-3 thriller in opposition to Atalanta on Sunday, simply two days faraway from being hit with a large 15-point penalty for fraudulent accounting practices. The entire saga is sophisticated, however the backside line is that Juventus obtained caught inflating the worth of their gamers for accounting causes. Because of this, 11 totally different execs have been suspended and 15 factors have been deducted, pending attraction. Mainly, after beating prison expenses, a civil case unearthed new info, together with ex-Juventus and present Tottenham government Fabio Paratici. Francesco Porzio explains all of it right here.

  • Portio: “The chief prosecutor Giuseppe Chine, after launching an investigation on the membership, stated he felt satisfied he had “new components of proof that show the existence of the crimes,” based on La Gazzetta della Sport. On this case, we’re speaking about wiretap and new paperwork which got here to mild in the course of the civil trial, together with Paratici’s so-called ‘black guide’ detailing the membership’s capital positive factors over the previous two seasons. The federal prosecutor didn’t initially have that piece of knowledge from Paratici at his disposal in the course of the first prison trial final yr.”

And now let’s get to some hyperlinks:

πŸ’°The Again Line

greatest bets

Some intriguing matches to check out the subsequent few days. All odds courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook and all instances US/Jap.

  • Premier League: Fulham vs. Tottenham, Monday, 3pm
    πŸ’° THE PICK: Tottenham (+110) — It is laborious to clarify simply how good Fulham are operating lately. All of the issues that we all know a workforce has little management over has been breaking their manner. They’ve had probably the most penalty kicks awarded to them of any EPL workforce. They’ve had an incredible 5 crimson playing cards awarded to their opponents. No different workforce has had a couple of participant despatched off in opposition to them. They’re simply not that good and finally the breaks cease coming. Observe SportsLine’s greatest bets right here.
  • Serie A: Lazio vs. AC Milan, Tuesday, 2:45 p.m. (Paramount+)
    πŸ’° THE PICK: Milan (+130) — Whereas its not as excessive because the Fulham case, Lazio have had some fairly darn good luck. One way or the other they have a aim distinction of +16 with an anticipated aim distinction slightly below +3. Is it doable they’re tricking the fashions? Certain. Is it way more like they’re only a workforce that is a lot nearer in talent to Fiorentina than Milan? And it’s. That one. Observe SportsLine’s greatest bets right here.

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