Corner Picks: Best bets as Roma and Lazio face off in the Derby della Capitale, Leeds face West Ham, and more

Do you ever strive to determine if European soccer leagues being really easy to observe in the US is nice or dangerous for MLS? There are two completely different arguments to be made. One is that having leagues just like the Premier League and Serie A really easy to observe within the States will increase the curiosity in soccer, and due to this fact, will increase the curiosity in MLS. The opposite argument — and the one I discover myself leaning towards — is that watching European leagues makes watching MLS much more tough.

Do not get me improper, the standard of play in MLS is enhancing, however there’s such a drastic distinction within the degree of play that is exhausting to disregard. Nor do I feel it helps that MLS has expanded to 27 groups with extra coming and no promotion or relegation system. The league is already wanting world-class expertise, and watering it down with extra groups does not assist the product in any respect.

I am actively making an attempt to grow to be extra within the league, however the extra I watch leagues from the opposite aspect of the Atlantic, the harder it turns into.

All odds for this week’s picks are through Caesars Sportsbook.

The Derby della Capitale is without doubt one of the most heated rivalries in Serie A. It is the Roman equal of the Cubs, and White Sox in that two groups share the identical metropolis, and also you develop up rooting for one or the opposite. That is it. What makes it extra spectacular is that the groups share a stadium, and there is been loads of historical past (each good and dangerous) between the edges and their followers. It is a incredible spectacle each time they meet, and Sunday’s match will not be any completely different.

Jose Mourinho’s begin at Roma has been close to excellent, because the membership sits fourth in Serie A, whereas the start of Maurizio Sarri’s time at Lazio hasn’t been as clean. Lazio sit in seventh, however they have been considerably stop-and-go so far. I am an enormous Sarri fan — his time at Napoli has endeared him to me without end — however I am backing Roma on this spot. Lazio’s two wins got here by a mixed 9-2 rating over Empoli and Spezia, each of whom will wrestle to outlive relegation. Since that 2-0 begin within the league, Lazio have drawn twice and misplaced to AC Milan 2-0. In anticipated objectives (xG), they have been outscored 6.0-3.3, and Lazio wanted a late equalizer to keep away from a loss to Torino earlier this week. In the meantime, Roma had one slip-up towards Verona however have appeared dominant the remainder of the time. The Decide: Roma (+160)

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Leeds United vs. West Ham United, Sat. 10 a.m, Peacock

Betting on Leeds United matches is my drug. It doesn’t matter what you wager on in a match involving Leeds, it should be a continuous thrill journey to the end. Win or lose; you are going to want a nap afterward. The issue for Leeds is that they are experiencing the identical type of sophomore hunch we have seen different golf equipment have after being promoted. In 2019-20 we noticed Sheffield United come to the Premier League and end ninth after getting considerably fortunate defensively (they allowed 39 objectives on an xG allowed of 47.9). The next season Sheffield completed final within the league and have been relegated.

Final season, Leeds completed ninth however have been considerably fortunate to be there. They allowed 54 objectives on an xG allowed of 62.9. Solely West Brom — who have been relegated — had the next xG allowed. Now Leeds appear to be paying the value for its leaky protection, and their assault hasn’t been robust sufficient to bail them out. By 5 matches, Leeds rank 18th within the league with an xG allowed of 10.3, and I see them struggling to comprise a stable West Ham staff that has been slightly unfortunate to begin the season regardless of stable outcomes. The Decide: West Ham (+122)

Inter Milan vs. Atalanta, Sat. 12 p.m, Paramount+

Targets, objectives, objectives. I am anticipating numerous objectives on this matchup. No staff in Serie A has scored extra objectives than Inter’s 18 this season, because the staff hasn’t had many issues changing gamers like Romelu Lukaku and Achraf Hakimi. In fact, Inter have been comparatively fortunate with their ending as these 18 objectives have come on an xG of solely 9.8, however they’ve such high-quality finishers that it is solely pure they’re going to overperform their xG more often than not, even when not by fairly this a lot. Additionally, Inter’s defending has left one thing to be desired at instances, permitting a minimum of one objective in every of their final 4 matches.

That is good news for Atalanta, who might use a bounce or two. The darlings of Italy are off to a sluggish begin. This staff has scored a median of two.47 objectives per match during the last two seasons however has managed solely six objectives in 5 matches to date this season. Their xG of seven.5 hasn’t been a lot better, however Atalanta’s observe file and elegance of play recommend a breakthrough is coming quickly. I feel it will likely be on Saturday in a match I can see ending 3-2. The Decide: Over 2.5 (-140)

Weekend Parlay

This week’s parlay pays +141.

  • Everton (-165)
  • PSG (-510)
  • Napoli (-390)



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