15th of May, £10 to £100 Weekender Bet 1
It’s Friday, and you know what that means. I’m starting a new £10-£100 Weekender challenge, it’ll get started at 12:30 on Saturday afternoon but I’m sharing the bet nice and early since we’re not having the usual Friday night start.
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Risk free is the perfect way to get involved. So if you sign up and place up to £20 on Bet 1 of the Weekender, you’ll get your stake back as cash if it happens to lose!
I’ll be providing research behind each bet as always, you can read my reasons behind Bet 1 of the challenge below:
Rangers v Aberdeen (Rangers win)
· Nothing tickling my fancy tonight so our weekender will start Saturday lunchtime on this occasion and we begin in Glasgow where newly-crowned Scottish Champions Rangers host Aberdeen tomorrow afternoon. Gers will be able to lift the Scottish title for the 55th time today and will be keen to go out in style as well as being only the second club ever in Scottish football history to complete a 38 game season unbeaten. Aberdeen meanwhile have little to play for and having lost their 11th game of the season to Hibs in midweek and are guaranteed to finish fourth for the third successive season.
Rangers should they avoid defeat today will finish the Scottish Premiership season unbeaten, only the second side in history to accomplish this.
Aberdeen have failed to beat Rangers in their last seven H2H’s. They have lost each of the three games they have played against them this season with an aggregate scoreline of 7-1.
Rangers have the opportunity of reaching the 100 point mark for the first-time in their 149 year history should they avoid defeat this afternoon.
Aberdeen have scored just 36 league goals this campaign. Despite sitting 4th in the league this is one of the worst scoring records in the entire division.
· Despite the title being wrapped up for some time, Rangers still have plenty to play for going in to tomorrow with records to be broken. Gerrard and his side will be focused and determined to ensure they finish the perfect season off in the perfect way by both remaining unbeaten and surpassing the 100 point mark.
· The hosts could be further boosted by the likely return of both Scott Arfield and Borna Barisic from their respective injury problems. Gerrard isn’t expected to many, if any changes from the team that won so convincingly in midweek away at Livingston.
· Rangers have won all 18 league matches at Ibrox this campaign, scoring 53 goals and conceding just four times. Can’t see a toothless Aberdeen side causing them too many problems in what should be a routine home win.
· Aberdeen are all set for a third successive season finish 4th in the Scottish top-tier following what has been a pretty underwhelming campaign. The appointment of Jimmy Glass back in March hasn’t really changed much with inconsistent performances and results continuing to cost them.
· Glass has admitted that he has used this last few months of the season to evaluate his players with next season in his mind and now has a decent idea who he wants to keep and who he wants to move on.
· Something certainly needs to change from an offensive standpoint with Aberdeens inability to score goals on a consistent basis becoming a real problem. Tomorrow they must try and score against a Rangers side that could better the British record goals-against tally of 15, set by Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea team back in 2005, if they concede less than two goals against them tomorrow.
Schalke v Frankfurt (Frankfurt win)
· Following on from Scotland we head to Gelsenkirchen where already-relegated Schalke host top 4 chasing Frankfurt tomorrow afternoon. It has been nothing short of a catastrophic season for Schalke who were relegated to the German second tier for the first time in 33 years. Such was the dismay from supporters about the club and the players, on numerous occasions since relegation was confirmed the Schalke players have been targeted by supporters with both physical and verbal abuse. Frankfurt meanwhile have had a brilliant campaign and with two league games left to play sit 5th, just one point off the prestigious top 4 places.
Schalke have managed just two wins from their 32 league games this season accumulating a measly 13 points in the process.
Frankfurt have failed to score just twice this season from their 32 league games played.
Schalke have conceded a league high 82 goals this season. That is 22 goals more than the next worst defensive outfit in the division.
Frankfurt meanwhile with 63 goals scored are the third highest scorers in the Bundesliga. Only Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund have managed to score more.
· When you are in dire form and your fans literally hate you the last thing you need is a COVID outbreak at the club. 15 players missed the defeat to Berlin in midweek due to a combination of injuries, suspensions and Coronavirus.
· It isn’t exactly certain how many will return here but given the short turnaround between fixtures it is likely many will remain out. Seven first-team players remain out through injury and Captain Sead Kolasinac is missing through suspension. It will be very much a second-string 11 put out by Schalke tomorrow afternoon.
· With almost half of their squad likely to be missing and with nothing left to play for I struggle to see how they don’t slump to defeat once more against top 4 chasing Frankfurt in this one.
· Frankfurt really couldn’t have asked for a better team to face when in desperate need of 3 points than Schalke. With Dortmund not in action until Sunday following their German cup victory last night, Frankfurt can pile the pressure on BVB with a win tomorrow.
· Should they win Frankfurt will leapfrog Dortmund in to 4th and know that they have done their job going in to the final day of the Bundesliga season next weekend.
· Portuguese striker Andre Silva will also see this as a perfect opportunity to add to the 25 Bundesliga goals he has already scored this season. He is now just one shy equalling the Frankfurt club record for most single-campaign Bundesliga goals, set by Bernd Hölzenbein in 1976/77. He will surely get countless opportunities to get on the scoresheet in this one and I would expect him to surpass that club record.