I’ve got two words for you all and two words only: Holiday. Motherfucking. Fixtures.
While everyone involved in the Premier League — from the players to the coaches to the bus drivers — are worse off due to the league’s holiday fixtures, fans are all the better for it, as — combined with the Champions League and Europa League — we’re essentially on the verge of an entire month straight of football.
And not only are we facing 30 straight days of elite soccer, but your BOY is 6-0 on his last six It’s Called Football, Lads gambling picks, so we’re on a heater as we enter one of the most action-packed stretches of the year.
Sauce Central Station – Viral Clips of the Week
Excuse me, Mr. Dybala, sir, that is illegal.
Klopp and Pep: Friendly Banter
Jose Mourinho V. 4.0 has a warm & fuzzy feature built-in.
Let’s Talk About (The Top) Six, Baby
Liverpool: Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Liverpool played just okay and probably should have dropped points but still found a way to win with an 85th-minute winner. Stuff. Of. Champions.
Leicester City: The Foxes roll along and have a remarkably easy upcoming fixture list prior to their December 21 match against Manchester City.
Manchester City: Manchester City quietly saved their Premier League season over the weekend, as a draw or loss to Chelsea would have likely put them too far behind Liverpool to realistically catch up.
Chelsea: Chelsea’s match against Manchester City was a microcosm of their squad this season: supremely talented but ultimately lack that big game nous/experience. Although, as manager Frank Lampard said, they’re coming.
Wolves: After a shaky start to the season, Wolves are now firmly the squad we grew to know and love last season as they’ve shot up to fifth in the table and once again look like a team that could beat anybody in the league.
Sheffield United: Do you love Sheffield United yet? Well, you should. Here’s why:
Newly promoted Sheffield United is a fucking blast to watch, and while they likely won’t finish the season in the Top 5, they’ve certainly proved that they’re here to stay.
Get Rich or Die Tryin’ – Underdog Lock of the Week
Everton to DRAW at Leicester City = +290
This is one of those picks where you really need to lean into the sharp side of betting. Any square would tell you rampant Leicester City at home will chew threw legitimately pitiful Everton, who just lost to Norwich City at Goodison Park.
But, in a classic case of “the hungry dog runs faster”, something inside me feels the Blues eek out a point to give manager Marco Silva a stay of execution (he will be fired at Everton, it’s only a matter of when).
It’s not as though Everton are utterly bereft of talent and I think that talent brings some professional pride to this weekend’s match against the Foxes and escape with a draw.
Or they could get beaten by three goals. That’s also very possible.
The Pick: Everton and Leicester City to DRAW
Chalkity Chalk Chalk Chalk – Favorite Lock of the Week
Burnley to WIN at home vs. Crystal Palace = +120
Look, I’m not gonna lie to you: this one is a risk. Also known as a gamble. But any old asshole could give you Liverpool -550 at home against Brighton. You come here for the picks that’ll win you money, and over the course of the last month, I’ve given them to you (6-0 in my last six).
So, Burnley at home against Cyrstal Palace. Remember two years ago when Burnley finished in seventh through stingy defense, tenacious play, and timely scoring? Well, after flaming out of Europa League last season and suffering in the league because of it, The Clarets are back to their old ways as they once again sit seventh in the table.
Don’t get me wrong, Crystal Palace is decent, but I think Burnley just has too much physical might for them and get the result at home.
The Pick: Burnley to WIN
What Fucking Channel Is The Game On?
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Instagram Flex of the Week
He Said What?!?!
“The difference between this year’s team and last year’s is huge. Last year we would’ve been 3, 4 or 5 down.” – Ole Gunnar Solskjær on Manchester United drawing 3-3 with newly-promoted Sheffield United. BIG. TIME. YIKES.
It’s A Wide, Wide World – Rest of the World Game of the Week
Sunday, December 1, 3 p.m. EST – beIN Sports
Eric is a New York City-based writer who still isn’t quite sure how he’s allowed to have this much fun for a living and will tell anyone who listens that Gotham City is canonically in New Jersey. Follow him on Twitter @eric_ital for movie and soccer takes or contact him firstname.lastname@example.org