La Liga Betting Preview Casumo

Yes, friends, we felt the same sadness as you. We thought we’d never see our favourite number 10 in a Barcelona kit again. But Messi is back in action, and you can never bet against a man with six Ballon d’Ors in his living room.

Outside Messi’s world, this week also sees Atletico Madrid kick off their campaign. Early wins are vital for them, given the nature of La Liga’s duopoly, so they need to start on the right foot. Read on for our odds and top predictions.

Messi primed to silence everyone (again!)

Yes, Messi’s desire to leave Barcelona was stronger than Ararma Traore’s desire to hit the gym. Fortunately, the showdown is over and Leo stayed put. He’s now licking his wounds after his “Barcelonismo” was doubted. After 20 years of service, the man who won it all deserves more respect. He has nothing to prove and is an expert in silencing critics. We can’t wait to see his feet do the talking.

With that said, you can get Messi to score at least two goals at 4.60

Time for Real Madrid to win ugly

As we had warned here (you’re welcome), Real Madrid were not going to win their first game. Last weekend’s draw invited unwanted pressure on the reigning champions. It’s Manuel Pellegrini’s Betis up next, who are undefeated in two games. On paper, this match is harder than Hazard’s battle to get in shape after a long vacation.

Madrid know that if they do not win, it’s going to get very complicated. At this stage it does not matter if they play well or badly as the three points are vital. Madrid’s fighting spirit will carry them over the line. After all, a dogged 1-0, or a sexy 4-0, they all count!

Real Madrid to win 1-0: 8.00

Atleti to park the bus

And we don’t say this without reason. Atlético kick off their campaign against last season’s revelations Granada. Defensive minded Diego Simeone has already reversed the team bus onto the Wanda grass to shut shop this Sunday. If it is goals you’re after, head to YouTube for highlights of last season’s Bayern v Barca (sorry Barcelona fans!)

It’s under 2.5 goals here: 1.61

Will Elche fall flat on their Liga return?

Well, the truth is that everything points to it. Elche kick-off against a Real Sociedad team that is playing a tiki-taka style of football that would make Pep Guardiola proud. They’ve even signed David Silva! Sociedad only failed to beat Real Madrid due to Courtois’ heroics last weekend, so this should be fairly one-sided.

Well, taking all that into account all this, it seems that Elche have a better chance of winning than me sticking to my diet. Typing and eating ice cream is never easy!

Real Sociedad wins: 2.10

Glorious away days

We did notice that we have some strong away-day favourites this week. Getafe, Sevilla and Celta all travel, so you can group them in an acca, or bet on them as singles.

Alavés v Getafe: Getafe to win at 2.60

Cádiz v Sevilla: Sevilla to win at 1.75 on Monday night

Valladolid v Celta: Celta Vigo to win at 2.80

All away teams in a combination: 12.74

Premier League Betting Preview Casumo

What a start to the Premier League we’ve had! 23 goals flew in one week one, and a further 44 in week two meant an average of 3.7 goals per game. That’s insanity!

Leeds have scored seven in two games, Son bagged four for Spurs against Southampton – all assisted by Harry Kane, Leicester are flying, Liverpool are laughing, City were clinical,
West Ham woeful, Everton look brand new, Palace perfect… and Man United? Well, just dreadful.

United were plundered at home by Palace on Saturday. The display against the Eagles was tough to watch. There was no intensity, no shape, no clear cut chances and absolutely no defending.

They head down to Brighton next who helped themselves to three goals against Newcastle, and if Manchester United show up on their heels again, you’d back Brighton for the three points.

With the transfer deadline day looming, United look lost. They chase Sancho, despite an obvious void in defence, and until that back line is sorted, the Red Devils will always look brittle and easy to beat.

Brighton to win 1-0: 12.50

Evergreen Everton

Would you have ever imagined Everton to be the club they are today? A world-class, high-profile manager in Carlo Ancelotti, and a set of elite signings who are bringing joy back to Goodison Park. It’s been far too long since we’ve been able to praise the Toffees, but they’ve finally shaken the blues!

It’s hard to see them lose against Palace, though Everton fans will tell you; anything can happen. Dominic Calvert Lewin grabbed his first professional hat-trick against West Brom. James Rodriguez, who is quickly becoming a Merseyside darling, also looks brilliant. He and Ancellotti are a match made in heaven and Everton are exciting this season.

Crystal Palace are also on six points and this game will be one for the neutrals to enjoy. We predict goals and entertainment, in a game that could end 1-0 just as easily as it could 5-4!

Silly thoughts really, but if Everton continue to be this unpredictable, they might just finish in a European spot this season!

Everton to finish in the Top 4: 6.10

Monday Night Goals

Our weekend ends with a top clash between Liverpool and Arsenal. Both teams enjoyed two wins so far, but one perfect run will come to an end.

Arteta’s revolution continues to gather momentum and Arsenal look good. They hit the right notes in both their games so far and off the pitch, things are also going smoothly. It’s a rare moment of serenity at the Emirates and Arteta’s style suits the club to a tee. He is transparent, demanding, and has a touch of traditional class which can lead to stability. If they keep passing under the radar, we might be surprised by what the Gunners can accomplish this season.

Three points at Anfield might not materialize, but that is not due to Arsenal’s lack of ability. Liverpool are sharp and new signing Thiago Alcantara already looks like he belongs. 75 passes in 45 mins against Chelsea is a new record for most passes in a single half.He looks like the type of player to help Liverpool exert even more midfield dominance on any rival.

Their offensive threat is obvious, their defensive strength is visible, and with Thiag,o they now have that extra presence that will help them retain the title. He’s chalked up at 7.00 to assist a goal on Monday night.

LIVARS betting combo:

We’re going for Liverpool to win and both teams to score at 7.00
Liverpool to win the league: 2.45

Casumo Sports Betting

This really is one of the game’s strangest tales. Gareth Bale has won no less than FOUR European Cups at Real Madrid; scoring arguably the most incredible goal in a Champions League final ever along the way. While most clubs would contemplate putting up a statue of him, Real Madrid fans seem happy to see the back of the Welshman.

A deal has finally been struck to get Bale out of Madrid and his destination is back to where he became one of the world’s mercurial midfielders. He heads to Spurs, his initial springboard, in a match-up that has received mixed reactions.

Bale at Spurs sounds box office. On paper, it should be brilliant. There is however one issue: time waits for no one. 

If Tottenham are getting the Gareth Bale who got fans off their seats, had a creative flair like no other, and terrorized Premier League defences for fun, then we’re onto a winner.

If, on the other hand, Tottenham are getting a 31-year old whose love for the game has diminished and who would rather be on the golf course, then we’re stuck in the rough.

It’s hard to answer what type of player Bale is these days. It’s been so long since he’s played consistently that we simply don’t know. He started just one game of the 12 Madrid played after the season restart and played only a handful before that. He’s never really been a part of the Real Madrid team, despite checking out with no fewer than 16 major trophies. Oh, and his goal-scoring return? 105 goals in 251 appearances, notching 61 assists en route too. He has been brilliant when called on.

Physically, he’s still in top shape, he’s still world-class. His talent is there but he hasn’t had a clear run of games to express himself. Zidane’s relationship with his player has left the football world stunned. There’s so much of the unknown there and you really hope that a sprinkle of love is all Bale needs.

 

Wales, Golf, Madrid

It is clear that Zidane and Bale could have both done more and achieved even greater things. Bale constantly looked disengaged and was an outsider at Madrid. Real Madrid are a clicky type of club and his apparent lack of effort in learning Spanish is often mentioned. It often looked awkward, but there is an element of the unknown. His napping on the subs bench, passing over the club banner during the team photo and not celebrating their latest Liga triumph spoke volumes. 

His priorities in Spain shifted and he did not look like he had the character, or desire, to try to break into Zidane’s plans. Were his hands tied? As far as he was concerned, he had no issues cashing his giant paycheck at the end of each week, so sitting back and relaxing was the easy and appealing option. Maybe the pair just didn’t respect each other enough to work on their relationship. Zidane never said much to Bale, not even after he single-handedly won Real Madrid the 2018 Champions League Final against Liverpool. Even on that glorious evening, Bale’s celebration was far too subdued and left us all, once more, studying his body language.

It’s all too tough to solve, but will Bale’s priorities change in the Premier League, or will Spurs not manage to reignite his fuse?

Does Jose have the key?

On top of it all, there’s the Jose Mourinho factor. If Zidane couldn’t get the best out of Bale (and yes, it’s odd to type that Bale wasn’t his best despite his massive contribution to his club), can Mourinho? Is the Jose Mourinho of 2020 the type of manager who can still bring the best out of elite athletes? Mourinho is another of those characters the sport simply isn’t getting enough from. Bale barely looks like the self-motivated athlete the team needs him to be, and Mourinho is more of a tactician than a motivator. This will be a truly interesting soap opera in North London, with more appeal than the All or Nothing: Tottenham Hotspur series currently being aired on Amazon.

It is tragic that no one in Spain will be sad to see him go. He won’t leave a good impression, he won’t merit any form of ovation, despite his obvious talent and contribution. This was no flop signing. This was no sad case of an injury-riddled career. This is just a case of lack of playing time. His goalscoring return at Madrid was brilliant, but yet no one will miss him in Spain.

His botched transfer to China last season did not help matters, but at last, Bale is out of Madrid and hopefully back to where he belongs: The Premier League! 

 

La Liga game week 2 Betting Preview Casumo

We promise the headline is not clickbait. The reigning champions have a good squad but their first game is a real banana skin. Real Sociedad are a mini-nemesis to Los Blancos, and Madrid hate playing there. It was Sociedad that eliminated them from the Copa del Rey last season, and this tasty encounter on Game Week 2 of La Liga already has us on the edge of our seats.

Real Sociedad to win with odds of 4.5

End to end action

Real Sociedad infuriated Madrid last season in the Copa del Rey, running out 3-4 winners at the Bernabeu. In the league, both home and away, Real Madrid triumphed, but neither victory was a walk in the park. Sociedad have a habit of getting under their skin, and they simply love playing at home. 14 goals were shared over three games last season, so anything can happen in Anoeta. It’s going to be end-to-end action and we’re predicting a lot of goals here.

Enjoy over 2.5 goals with odds of 1.71

Getafe v Osasuna: The duel of anti football.

And we’re not kidding around here. Last year, both coaches accused each other of playing less football than Jonathan Woodgate when he signed for Real Madrid. It is difficult to guess who’ll win the match, but it’s clear that if you want to see goals, change channels.

Correct score 0-0: 6.75

Cádiz for their first victory

As we had warned in last week’s Casumo betting preview, Cadiz did lose their first game, and so they did (you’re welcome!). This week they face Huesca. Huesca beat Cadiz to the Segunda Division title last season but the Andalusians gave us much better football. We expect a cagey game, with few chances created.

It’s under 1.5 for this one at 2.55

Celta’s chance of beating the leaders

Valencia surprised us all in week 1 and now sit on top of the La Liga pile. Celta will provide stiffer opposition this time and Iago Aspas can be the difference between the sides. Their captain and main talisman often channels his inner Pele when he plays in Balaídos and he’s hungry to open his La Liga account. 

Celta win this one: 2.28

Iago Aspas scores at least two goals at 10.00

A local Acca

We know that playing without fans has almost eliminated the home advantage, but we have spotted three games where the home team can triumph. Trying your luck in our weekend Acca could land you a big win, and send you to your office on Monday smiling. Yes, a smile on a Monday morning is possible!

Get the home team to win in these three games: odds of 6.12

  • Villarreal v Eibar 
  • Granada v Alavés
  • Betis v Valladolid

 

Chelsea v Liverpool Betting Preview Casumo

It’s the sort of match you might feel is being played too close to the start. The neutrals, however, are licking their lips, particularly after the blistering start both teams made.

Much has been said about Chelsea’s summer spending, which soared to well over £220 million. Klopp was critical of the spree, citing that “some clubs don’t need to worry about the future, because they are owned by countries, owned by oligarchs.” 

An amused Lampard said he’d rather not do the maths, following similar spending patterns at Liverpool the previous season. The key difference between then and now is the pandemic, and the fact that Chelsea’s transfer ban has almost permitted them to spend big, off the back of zero net spend. 

The hype for this match is real and started before a ball was kicked. It has the flair of a modern rivalry, and yes, Frank is almost correct… The maths is simple: Liverpool’s matchday squad against Leeds was worth £352m, while Chelsea’s was £309m against Brighton.

A treat awaits us on the pitch, as both teams were impressive on opening day. Mo Salah hit a hattrick against Leeds, while Chelsea punished Brighton 3-1.

 

More goals from Mo Salah? He’s priced at 9.00 to score at least two!

Goals galore

Salah’s display against Leeds was incredible. He’s sharp, has bulked up even more and a new trim gives him an even meaner look. He’s got the selfless Mane up with him and Firmino’s flair has no off button. Three goals and four chances created by the Egyptian King are the type of numbers that will worry Frank Lampard. 

While Chelsea now boast a new quartet of Pulisic, Havertz, Werner and Ziyech, they have failed to improve in the goalkeeping department and stuck with Kepa. That position remains their Achilles heel, and goals are expected on Sunday. 

Get both teams to score at 1.50

A case for the defence

Liverpool’s 4-3 victory over Leeds was special. No one knows what to expect against a Leeds side which is so fluid tactically. They play toe-to-toe and man-mark in an obsessive way. They attack like a swarm of wasps, with a deadly sting. The fact that Trent Alexander-Arnold and Virgil van Dijk were rattled is a compliment to Leeds.

It’s also a ray of hope for other teams. Liverpool’s defenders are human after all and the element of the unknown at Chelsea can be a factor too. Werner looks sharp already, with 11.53km covered against Brighton. Only N’Golo Kante outran him, and he popped up everywhere. His post-match comments left a chuckle “I played against three massive defenders, you don’t have that in Germany!”. A tasty duel against Big Virgil is going to be popcorn. 

We’ve got Werner to score during the first half at 4.30

…Or a Liverpool win to nil at 4.20

This game has a wild feeling about it, and once both managers are done counting coins, it’s the 22 players that will keep us on the edge of our seats, hopefully scoring for fun.

Pick Liverpool to win at 2.17, a draw is priced at 3.70 while a home victory for Chelsea is at 3.20.

 

Note: all odds subject to change.