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A footballing feast this weekend: Five games to get you out of the garden centre and on to the couch

No World Cup. No Premier League. No problem. The Paddy Power Blog lines up five games and the stats you need to know to stay informed and swerve any unneseccary chores

by Josh Powell | July 18, 2014

WARNING: There is no Premier League football or World Cup action this weekend and that means you may be enlisted to do things you really don’t want to do. Visiting garden centres for that quick-drying paint so you can sort out the fences in the front garden. Making small-talk with elderly relatives who you haven’t seen in years and having to sit in a room that smells like a deadly cocktail of Old Spice and rum. That kind of thing.

But fear not. There are actually plenty of competitive games you can stream (legally or otherwise) from across the globe in order to get out of any unwanted chores. The Paddy Power Blog maps out your weekend of footy, and picks out the key stats from each game in case you want a punt, or need to sound well-informed when someone questions why you’re sat on the couch with the laptop and not cutting back that pesky hedge out the front.

Kalmar v Malmo – Swedish first division (Saturday, 3.00pm)

  • There’s no better way to kick off the weekend than with loads of goals. Malmo have scored in all 14 of their league games, whereas Kalmar have failed to score in just three of their 14 fixtures. Both teams to score: 4/6
  • Malmo have won six and drawn the other two in their last eight matches against Kalmar. They haven’t lost away to Kalmar since a 5-4 thriller in 2009. Malmo to win: 11/10
  • Malmo have gone into the half-time break ahead of the opposition in five of their seven away games this season, and have scored seven of their 11 goals before the break. Half-time/Full-time bet of Malmo/Malmo: 5/2

Tenuous correct score prediction: Malmo 2-1 at 8/1


Sporting Kansas City v LA Galaxy – MLS (Saturday, 11.00pm)

  • Both teams are as flimsy at the back as a Gary Barlow tax excuse. Sporting have kept just two clean sheets in their last 11 MLS games and LA Galaxy have exactly the same mediocre defensive record. Both teams to score: 4/6
  • However neither team are involved in too many high scoring games. Just three of Sporting KC’s nine home games have featured over 2.5 goals, and just two of LA Galaxy’s away games have been over the same line. Under 2.5 goals: 10/11
  • Four of the last 10 meetings between these teams have ended level, and the spoils could be shared again here. LA Galaxy have drawn four of their eight away games this season and Sporting KC have drawn five of their nine home games. Draw: 11/5

Tenuous correct score prediction: 1-1 at 11/2

Molde v Sandnes Ulf – Norwegian first division (Sunday, 2.30pm)

  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s former side are the favourites here and rightly so. Molde have covered the one goal handicap in five of their seven home games this year, while Sandnes have been beaten by two or more in almost half of their games on the road. Molde to win (-1): 4/9
  • Molde’s scoring rate in each half has been pretty consistent in their 15 home games, bagging nine in the first half and 10 after the break. However Sandnes’ defensive record on the road goes to pot as the game wears on. They’ve conceded three times as many goals in the second period in away games this season. Second half the half with most goals: 10/11
  • Four of Molde’s six home wins have been to nil, while Sandnes have failed to score in four of their last six outings. Molde to keep a clean sheet: Evens

Tenuous correct score prediction: Molde to win 3-0 at 15/2


Dundalk v Athlone – League of Ireland (Sunday, 7.00pm)

  • If you fancy some entertainment on your Sunday evening this is the place to be. 78 per cent of Dundalk’s home matches and 78 per cent of Athlone’s away games have featured over 2.5 goals this season. Over 2.5 goals: 4/7
  • Dundalk have kept four clean sheets in their last five games at home, whereas Athlone Town have failed to score in three of their last four games on the road. Dundalk to keep a clean sheet: 8/15
  • Former Celtic midfielder Richie Towell (above) was Dundalk’s Player of the Year in 2013 and the league’s Young Player of the Year. He has four goals in his last nine games for Dundalk and can take advantage of Athlone’s wobbly back line. Towell to score at anytime: 13/10

Tenuous correct score prediction: Dundalk to win 3-0 at 6/1

Fluminense v Santos – Brazilian Serie A (Sunday 10.30pm)

  • In stark comparison to Athlone and the two MLS teams, Santos are as reliable as the German public transport system in defence. They have kept seven clean sheets in their 10 league matches and have conceded just twice on the road all season. Santos to keep a clean sheet: 13/5
  • Santos have conceded just one first half goal all season, while Fluminense have kept three first-half clean sheets in their five home matches. Half-time correct score 0-0: 13/8
  • Four of Santos’ 10 matches this season, including the last three on the spin have ended 2-0. Santos to win 2-0: 22/1

Tenuous correct score prediction: Santos to win 2-0 at 22/1

Kick back, fire up the laptop and enjoy some foreign football to bridge the gap until the Premier League kicks off again next month. All the latest odds from matches around the world are just one quick click away: Desktop | Mobile

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