Hipster Tipster: Why I’m Ghana have to disagree with you on AFCON
After last weekend’s Lucky Charms binge at Cereal Killer – the only cafe in Shoreditch that sells these Irish-themed sugary breakfast treats at £4 a bowl – I’ve decided to undergo something of a detox.
But before anyone gets panicked that said cleanse may also mean an end to my football bet globetrotting, fear not as it’s only food and drink that I’m taking a break from.
So while the wheat-free, gluten-free, alcohol-free beers are set to remain on ice alongside those free range, corn-fed, meat-free chicken burgers, like defeats for Jurgen Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund charges, the tips just keep on coming.
Not since the heady days of Thomas Schaaf and the barrel-chested brilliance of Brazilian striker Ailton have Bremen looked this good with Die Werderaner winning back to back games in style since the Bundesliga reconvened.
Leverkusen have taken four points from the six available so far this month but with just one goal scored in that time, they could struggle at Weserstadion.
One-time leaders of the Greek Super League, PAOK lost their nerve in recent weeks but could get back on track against top-of-the-table Olympiacos who come into this encounter off the back of a 2-1 home win over mid-table Atomitos that was every bit as underwhelming as it sounds.
More importantly, PAOK have won the previous two meetings between the teams and the last two played between the sides at Stadio Toumbas.
A bold prediction perhaps, but with Ivory Coast notoriously underwhelming at Africa Cup of Nations gone by, another fall at the final hurdle would not be a massive shock, particularly against a Ghana side that reached the final with two impressive 3-0 victories in the knockout stages.
Avram Grant may have been a laughing stock in the Premier League but you could be chuckling along with the big man off the back of this tip.
Ever since that famously awkward interview with Gary Neville on Sky Sports, I’ve had something of an admiration for Roberto Mancini, which makes this tip arguably the toughest of my four this weekend.
Inter, quite simply, are in free-fall having lost three games on the bounce and that run could well continue when they meet the pink-shirted prima donnas of Palermo who are unbeaten in three and were unlucky not to turn the Nerazzurri over at home in a 1-1 draw earlier this season.
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