What's going on? Everybody rare out here in welcome to this episode of kicking it as we sit here and we talk about well, this week we're gonna be talking about the English Premier League and we're gonna be talking about the Buddhist League.
Kicks off Friday with my boys FC Bayern Munich going at it.
Um, look, last week was Week one of the English Premier League great start to the week to the season.
I was able to watch one full game.
I watch the full ****nal Fulham game.
****nal did a pretty solid job.
Looked really, really good.
You know, they won the community shield against Liverpool the week before, and then they went out and they took care of business and beat Fulham pretty handily in the three nil win.
Um, but I'm also expecting for them to be right back, relegated next season.
So I mean, was it smoking mirrors for ****nal? That's something we're gonna have to see.
Obviously there's been a lot of Ah lot of disappointment in the ****nal Club and the way that last season finished the way last season finished, like two weeks ago, right? I mean, the NPL feels like it just finished and then here it is.
But there's a good slate of games going on this weekend. Today.
The last couple days obviously was F A Cup games League Cup games that started on the 15th.
I believe Gillian Ham beat uh, carpentry City Middle Zberg defeated bar or know Barnsley defeated Middleburg two to nil.
Milwall defeated Charlton Town 321 A lot of really good game that went on there.
But I want to talk about these upcoming games that start on Saturday and the first game that's gonna be on starting 7:30 a.
Eastern Standard time is gonna be ever 10 vs West Bromwich Um, this should be a pretty easy take for Everton if you are looking for a lock if you're in a pool.
If you like to bet whatever you may be doing, uh, this game is gonna be a pretty simple one for Everton to take over West Bromwich.
Not a solid team.
Um and it should be it.
It really should be just ah ago.
One last week, remove is lost.
That's gonna be my pick game that I'm looking forward to Is Leeds United versus Fulham.
Fulham, obviously the champions of last year, came up into the Premier League this year coming up against Leeds, who had a very, very exciting and solid outing against Liverpool.
I'm really hoping for me.
There's so much history with Leeds United um going all the way back to, you know, the whole, uh if you've seen the movie the **** united and that kind of thing, there's a lot of history there and Champions Leagues and Premier Leagues and F N F A Cup wins and all that kind of things, hoping that they have a lot of success.
They had a great game against ****nal.
I was really impressed with how they played.
I didn't get the watch.
I was watching bits and pieces.
I had some other obligations I was dealing with, Um but they should take I think that they should take full.
I'm pretty easy.
Even though Fulham did, um you know, obviously, um, we're ahead of them in the standings last season.
If you're looking for a wind, Leeds United is a team that I'm looking at again.
If you're looking for another lock of the week 12:30 p.m.
Eastern time you got Manchester United taking on Crystal Palace.
It's not gonna be a game.
Manchester United is way, way.
They're just way too tough for Crystal Palace.
And I'm just expecting Manchester United to go out there and just romped.
Um, I mean, Vegas House, if you could be the odds is a 1 29.
If you bet on Manchester United 9 80 if you bet on Crystal Palace, that's how that's how far apart this is.
Um United, obviously trying to make themselves relevant again, trying to fight for that top of the Premier League in that shuttle between, you know, man City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Um, in those kind of teams.
So, uh, it should be an easy three points for Manchester United if they don't walk away with three.
Um, it's got to be considered disappointment of Draw isn't even isn't even there.
Um, it's not gonna be a big test in the next game at 3 p.
Eastern time when ****nal host West Ham United.
But it will be a little bit more of a challenge than Fulham gave them next weekend.
This is when I think week or last weekend.
I think this is where we could really look at ****nal and try to determine if they are a team to beat.
Are they a team that, or are they a team that can compete? And And for that top four, can they get in the Champions League? Are they going to compete for you? EFA, um, to get into Europa, that kind of thing, where they're gonna land in in the E P l standards to try to compete for Europe? Um, I don't think I consider ****nal team to compete for the for the league this year.
Again, there's a little bit of ah kafuffle in there who it could be.
Those aren't one of the teams, but was the one against full of smoke and mirrors.
I think that this game that they're gonna play against West Ham will be will be the telling sign of whether it was smoking mirrors.
They should come out.
They should dominate.
They should be walking with three points again, very much like Manchester United against Crystal Palace.
If ****nal doesn't walk away with three points, then it should be a massive disappointment and I won't be ready to say that ****nal is officially back.
That's like slate for Saturday.
So, uh, not pretty easy.
You got a one game on every.
You know, there's just back to back to back.
No, no concurrent matches.
So you could just sit there all day from 7:30 a.
PM Eastern time, watching football, e p l time.
And then on Sunday, 7 a.
You got Southampton Vs Taught in them.
Uh, that game, I think, is gonna be a lot closer.
I mean, if if I was gonna pick a draw, this would probably be a game that I could see a draw, like a 11 draw or 22 draw.
I don't think it goes nil nil.
I think they both have People who can score.
Um, Southampton are taught in them is the favorite.
So obviously they're gonna be going for the three points.
Uh, but again, it's a much closer game.
Taught them on the road.
But, I mean, how much does the road really matter right now? Especially with no fans in the stadiums and that kind of thing.
Um, I know the Buddhist League is hoping of 20% capacity.
We'll see how that goes this weekend.
Uh, again, if I have I had to pick a winner.
I'm gonna lean towards Tottenham.
Wouldn't be surprised if it's a draw and if Southampton one I wouldn't be that I wouldn't be that shocked.
I think it should be a pretty tight match.
Another type match is gonna be Newcastle vs Brighton Um Newcastle Slight favorite at home again.
I think that there's people who believe Newcastle could be a relegation team this year, which is unfortunate.
I know they're sitting fourth right now.
It's only been one week but I've heard people say that they could see Newcastle in sort of maybe if they don't get relegated relegated in that relegation spot.
So that's something definitely to watch.
And when I'm just looking at this game, I'm sitting there going like again.
It could be a draw.
It could go either way.
Being at home gotta lean towards Newcastle because I think they got a lot more to play for them brighten because they cannot afford to drop points and in the games that are close, if you're gonna be successful, if you're going to stay up in the Premier League.
If you're going to stay in the money and don't forget, man, when it comes to the Premier League, what a lot of people forget is it's not just when you're up, it's you're not just competing for.
You're not just trying to go and compete for titles, right.
It's not like came in.
You have to win a title and that's your whole M O and that's the only thing that you're doing.
There is big money in the Premier League and the teams that stay in the Premier League get the big money.
You don't get big money happen to go down to champions.
Um so I think that for Newcastle, the game against Brighton is one of those games that you know they have to.
They have toe win to be able to make sure they can secure their spot, um, in the league and make their way forward, and then the next game that they got on Sunday is gonna be Newcastle vs or story is gonna be Chelsea vs Liverpool.
That's my game of the week that I'm gonna I'm gonna do whatever it starts at 11 30.
Game should be over around 1 30 which is gonna interfere a little bit with NFL football.
But I'm gonna do my best to watch this game because it's gonna be a hell of a game.
If you're here in Canada, you can watch it on his own.
You can pause it, go back to it.
Maybe that's what I'll have to dio or just start football games.
American football games later because I'm really looking forward to Chelsea Liverpool.
This is one of those games that I think you're going to define when we look back at the end of the year, even though it's only Week two, it's gonna be land that lost to Chelsea that lost the Liverpool, you know, was a was a big contribution.
You know, between 1st, 2nd and 3rd, you've got to really powerful teams that I spent a lot of money and there's gonna be a lot of things.
Obviously, on Chelsea, you're gonna be watching James.
Um, he is going to He's gonna be the guy had a goal last week and assist in his last game on September 14th.
It's gonna be a tough one and then over on on Liverpool, obviously We're looking at Mohammed Saleh.
Um e. I think he would.
He had three goals against Leeds United.
Three shots on net, three goals.
One of those was a penalty kick.
Controversial penalty kick.
I guess you could call it.
Um I'm looking forward to that.
To me, this is the game of the weekend. This is the game.
If you're gonna watch any game this weekend, this is the game of the weekend that you wanna watch.
And then at 2 p.
Eastern time on Sunday, you got Leicester City versus Burnley Leicester City.
Should be bringing in three points.
I mean, if they're not again highly disappointing.
I'm not calling the upset.
I'm calling Leicester City winning that game.
I know that you guys may want my prediction for Chelsea and Liverpool.
I don't know if I could give you that prediction.
I have no idea which way it's going to go.
Liverpool, the slight favorite on the road, Um, again, how much does road and home really matter right now? Maybe little to none.
Um, you know, leads gave Chelsea a run for their money last weekend and maybe they want to come out and Jurgen Klopp wants his team to come out and prove that, you know, they're the defending champions for a reason.
I think Chelsea feels like they have a lot to prove.
I guess if I was gonna call an upset this weekend, I'm gonna call this upset.
I'm gonna take Chelsea to beat Liverpool on Sunday on.
Then on Monday, we got a couple of games.
I love Monday games.
Um, especially once it started 3 15 because Aiken kind of watched them as I'm working and then they finish as I and they're still going as I finished work so I can watch a little bit more.
Eastern time, you got Aston Villa vs Sheffield United.
Another picking game.
I asked the villa a slight, slight favorite, but again, this game could go either way to teams that, in my opinion, are not gonna be competing in the top 10 of the e.
L three points are always gonna be important.
Keep themselves middle of the pack, keep getting better.
Keep trying, toe, You know, keep making the money, getting the TV time.
This is a pick up game for me. I don't know who to pick.
I'll pick Aston Villa just because they're the favorites.
Wouldn't be surprised if this is a draw game.
It's gonna be a very tight game.
And then the 3:15 p.
Eastern time is gonna be Will Wolverhampton vs Manchester City.
Um, if Manchester City doesn't whoop them, I'm gonna be absolutely shocked.
Uh, there's probably there's no reason whatsoever that they shouldn't be.
They shouldn't destroy Wolverhampton.
So those are the games to watch, um, in the e p l this week, there's some champions games and that kind of thing, but we're not going to get into that for the moment.
We're gonna get now into the Bundesliga, which is the league I like to cover.
I start here with the pl I give you guys the E p l.
And then I get into the Bundesliga because that's the league I care about.
Um and I do this for fun, and when I do this kind of stuff for fun, I I am going to talk about the teams I want to talk about.
So let's look at a little bit of news is going around.
We're gonna talk about my boys and buyer immune Bayern Munich.
And you know, I want to talk about this whole David Alaba situation.
He's talking about hurt feelings and that kind of thing.
And really, the David Alaba situation is just getting out of control.
I'm not sure how it even got to this point, but Alba has expressed his disappointment with the club, as in relations when it comes to the his future.
And now it's e mean everything is soured and and the things they're going public and, uh, the honorary bio.
Munich President uh Uli Hoeness came out and described Al Oppa's agent, uh, Pini Zahavi, as a quote greedy piranha.
And here is basically the situation.
Alibaba has less than one year left on his current contract, but the chances of an extension being agreed upon is taking a huge blow as it's really starting to get there.
Um, and basically, if no deal happens, buyer may have to consider selling him in this transfer window.
They're not gonna get much because he's gonna be a free agent next June.
I've heard that they are looking for upwards to 60 million euros for David Alibaba, but that's too much for a guy who's gonna be a free agent.
I don't know how it got to the situation.
Alibaba has been a guy who's been loyal to Byron.
Um, you know, Bayern Munich is saying that they're gonna be losing all this money.
I was reading an article today and I can't remember the exact numbers.
But there's a prediction that world football or world soccer, whatever you wanna call it, is gonna lose $11 billion because of the Kobe pandemic.
And and look, bonus league is a little bit different.
They don't make that kind of money that the E p.
What? Bayern Munich is still a very wealthy team.
They're worldwide team.
That air watched everywhere.
They're they're huge in China.
In Asia, they're huge in North America.
That's why Bayern Munich has camps all over the place.
I don't know. What does hold up is on the David Gallop a contract.
I think it's ridiculous.
I think the fact that it's gotten so out of control in the sense of how public things were getting, I really wish that people would just get over it.
But we got a brand new season starting this Friday, September 18th.
The opening game is theory recognized.
Earthy treble chant.
Winners of the Bundesliga, the DOJ's to poke out and the Champions League.
Bayern Munich gonna be hosting Shell CA this weekend or this Friday in the loan game 10:02:30 p.
Eastern Time um, Bayern Munich, the heaviest favorites of the weekend.
And I'm gonna sit there right now.
And I'm gonna say to you that if you gotta pick a team in the bonus legal this weekend, if you're gonna pick a game that's a definite Bayern Munich over Sulka.
There's no chance that shelter wins the game.
Then we get into Saturday and you got Cologne coming up against Hoffenheim.
That's a very, very close game.
Um, there's a lot more closer games in the Buddhist leader than the E P l.
We just went over the E p l schedule and we talked about a lot of the games have you know, gonna be blow out just the way the schedule works this week, minus a few games, they're gonna be tighter.
Uh, there's gonna be a lot more tighter games in the Bundesliga, So even if you're any pl fan, but you're looking for good type football.
I highly suggest if you can try to check out some Bundesliga this weekend.
Um, look, Cologne and often I'm very tight cologne.
A very slight favorite, but barely.
Uh, look, you could just flip a coin and pick which one you wanna win.
Neither team is gonna be competing for the league this year. I'll go with cologne.
Um, Onley because they're at home.
But it's gonna be a tight game.
Then Union Berlin is back up in the Bundesliga.
They're gonna be taking on Ostberg this weekend.
Even though I'm not a big fan of Osberg.
They are a Achterberg are a rival of Byron there another Bavarian team.
They're not a great Bavarian team, but they're okay.
Um but Berlin doesn't have it.
Union Berlin doesn't have it. You gotta take Oxford.
Uh, pretty much a straight even.
Pick This'll weekend at 9. 30 p. A. M.
Eastern time is well, I'm rich Frankfurt facing off in Bill Field and I'm gonna go with Frankfurt.
I think Frankfurt's a good team.
I think that they could end up third or fourth in the Bundesliga this year if things really work out, They could be competing for second.
You've got to go with Frankfurt.
Another good game is gonna be Hertha Berlin versus Verte Bremen.
That's at 9:30 a.
m. is well again.
Uh, on the road, Hertha or Berlin is thesis Slight favorites.
Both teams again.
Probably not gonna be competing.
Um, gonna be lower to the table teams.
I'm gonna go with further Bremen in this game, going to call the upset.
And what is a very tight game? I just like the way vertebrae man plays better.
I'm gonna go with them.
Then you got stood Guard versus Friedberg.
Freeburg is actually the favorites for this game, and I think a lot of people wanna take stood guard.
But to me, the stood guard, um or A that they have because there's a lot of people who are taking stood guard in this game three or that they have is from the past.
I don't think that they're a strong team, but all I think they're gonna be fighting to even stay in the league this year.
I'm gonna go with the favorites.
I'm gonna go with Free Bird.
And then at 12 30 PM, the solo game at that time is gonna be Borsa dormant verse munchengladbach.
And I mean, Dorman's gonna just Dorman's gonna destroy them.
Um, dormant is dormant, Boris.
A dormant is it's gonna be between them and buying for the league this year.
This could be a year that that that dormant and lipstick can really make a run at Byron to try to go for the title because they're gonna be playing a lot of games.
You're gonna have to see Hanzee flick.
You can see all teams having to go through some sort of rotation, But for handy flick, he's gonna be happen to go to his bench.
Guys like Lewandowski can't won't be able to play every game.
Thomas Mueller won't be able to play every game if Lipsett if lips big and boss the doorman we're gonna make the move.
It was should be this weekend.
Or it should be this year.
I'm gonna go with dormant for the win, for sure.
And then we move into Sunday.
We got to game solo game at 9:30 a.m.
You got lipstick against F S V. Mainz.
Um, look, this is gonna be another blowout again.
I have lipstick Byron endor*****t, fighting it out for 1st, 2nd and 3rd.
I think it's gonna be tight at the top.
I don't think Byron runs away with it.
I don't think they have a clinch, you know, three games left in the season.
I think it's a battle right down to the end.
I'm gonna go with lipstick this game on right now for buying endor*****t and lipstick.
These are all three point games for them.
They need to be three point games.
If you're gonna battle with each other, you have to beat these kind of teams.
You can't draw these kind of teams or lose these kind of team because that's what's gonna kill you in the standings.
That's what killed Byron in the standings.
You've got the coach fired eventually brought in handy flick way too many draws.
It wasn't a lot of losses, but it was way too many draws.
Uh, Hansi Flick comes in and plays and and get the team winning again and they go up and they win the trouble.
Big game for lipstick.
They're gonna win that.
And then the 12 PM Eastern time game.
Another close game between Wolfsburg and buyer Lubick Leverkusen Um, by and leave a cousin It's a slight favorite.
Or is Ah yeah, the slight favorite in this game.
I think that they've been a little disrespected.
I think that they're looking at fourth place.
And if things really go really well, maybe third place, Um, really well, and they'd have toe things would have to go back for another team, but we they should be fighting for Ah, Europa Spot and I don't see why they couldn't be there or they could even be fighting for a Champions League spot, to be honest with you, but that's gonna be my pick for that game.
Is gonna be Bayern Leverkusen beating Wolfsburg.
Even though Wolfsburg's a pretty solid team, they you know, Tim Warner is now no longer there.
He's now moved over to Chelsea, which is really legitimize them.
I'm gonna bring in by.
I'm gonna take by and live with Houston to win that game and then the next games don't run until the following Friday.
So that's the first week of the Bundesliga, the first week of the E p l.
Let's take a look at Spain, whose are playing this Saturday A couple of games Obviously we'll look at the big teams Real Madrid is taking on Soc Dad.
Real Madrid is the big favorite.
Uh, they should win their game even though I've heard now that Gareth Bale is on his way out and probably going to rejoin taught in him the Atletico Madrid game is postponed for this weekend.
So was the Sevilla game.
I don't believe that Barcelona is playing this weekend.
Valencia has a game against Viggo at 3 p.
Eastern time Vigo actually the favorites for the game.
So it's gonna be tight.
Look, it's, um soccer is gonna be, uh is gonna be interesting this year.
It really, really is.
And all the big leagues air backing Adam.
I think the Syria kicks off this weekend with Torino and Florentina going at it.
Florentina, obviously the big favorites for that game.
That's who I'd be going with.
Roma is gonna be taken on Hellas Verona.
It should be Roma's game on Friday.
Then you get into Saturday.
You got Parma vs Napoli Napoli, the big favorites in that game, even though they're on the road 6:30 a.m.
Eastern time on Saturday if you're interested in watching that and getting in the game before the e pl starts would be Look at 7.
30 PM so I would be looking to Napoli for that game.
Joan is gonna take on crow.
Want a I'm gonna take Jonah in that game you got.
Event is going on against Sampdoria.
Should be an event this game.
And then you got suelo So solo versus, uh uh, Hillary.
I'm being an awful Italian right now, Clary.
I'm gonna take solution to win that game in the A C.
Milan plays on Bellona on on Sunday and the solo game of 2:45 a.
m. Eastern time on Sunday a c.
Milan the big favorites.
I'm gonna be going with a C Milan in that game.
So that's the big three are the big four and basic, Basically, what's happening? Um, next Nations Cup game.
Night leg is coming up on October the 10th, where there's a couple of teams that I think are going to be fighting to keep themselves relevant.
Um, Germany is third in their division with two draws, only walking in with two points, with Spain leading with four and UK Ukraine with three.
Switzerland is one draw, one loss.
Um, Portugal is on top of their group, with France following them, Sweden behind them and, uh and France and Portugal both won their games.
France or Portugal just has the goal differential.
Croatia shockingly hasn't won a game yet there, owing to in the division Belgium in England, on top of Denmark and Iceland and their group, both with winds.
I know England is a win and a draw, and then Italy and the Netherlands are sitting on top of Poland and um, Bosnia, which is in a shock.
Either I'm looking forward.
Toa October 8th, Germany and a bunch of those teams, especially the teams that played in a lot of those champion these games, haven't been participating in that haven't been fully participating in the Champions E.
So we'll have to see how that goes.
And then, of course, we got some in my last games, 8:30 p.m. Tonight.
You got Dallas going up against Colorado.
Dallas is the favorite in that game.
I'd probably be going with Dallas to at 9:30 p.m.
You got San Jose going up against Portland.
That's gonna be a very, very tight game.
I am going to give the wind to San Jose and then, oh, up here in Canada for like, the 500 time you got.
Vancouver versus Montreal.
Montreal is the favorite, but, I mean, they play these teams in Canada, play each other so much, I'm gonna I'm gonna give it toe to Vancouver to beat Montreal this time on.
Then this Friday at 10 p.
Eastern time, you got Seattle facing the Los Angeles Football Club.
L A F c uh, not the Galaxy.
I'm gonna be going with Seattle in that game and then, Ah, full slate of games on Saturday.
Busy, busy, Busy day.
On Saturday, you got Sporting Kansas City taking on FC Dallas.
You got New England vs in New York FC or New York? Uh, New York FC.
You've got Atlanta vs into Miami.
You've got the New York Red Bulls versus FC Cincinnati, Columbus and Nashville.
They're gonna be going out of D C.
United in Toronto versus Toronto.
The Katie teams air finally facing the American teams.
Then you got Orlando versus Chicago.
Houston versus Minnesota riel.
Salt Lake vs Vancouver.
The L a Galaxy vs Colorado and San Jose versus Portland on Sunday.
You got Montreal taking on Philadelphia? Um, it's good, I'm telling you.
As a Canadian, it's great to see some of these American teams.
Are these canine teams being able to play some of these American teams? So a lot of good soccer going on this weekend.
If I didn't talk about your league, I apologize.
I try to talk about the big ones.
I know that there's the Mexican League and that kind of thing.
I don't follow it that closely, Thanks everybody who tuned in here to kicking it here on SportsCastr on the on the ray route channel.
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I cover the Bundesliga.
I cover the league and I cover MLS.
Um, don't really cover the news.
I do more game breakdowns.
I'm hoping tonight to catch one.
A little bit of some of the MLS games.
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