Teams Who Can’t Win
Now we are at the beginning of October, the football season is well underway. The first few games are crucial to how the team's campaign will follow and here are a handful of teams who haven't quite had the start they would have hoped for. If you're Acca has a void to be filled, betting against one of these sides would be wise as they're on some of the worst forms in Europe.
Rafa Benitez's side finished their 17/18 season on a euphoric high as they beat Chelsea 3-0 at home. The Magpies had been showing glimpses of high potential throughout the season and it all came together on the last day of the campaign. They finished tenth in the league which was an exceptional finish as it was their first season back in the top flight of English Football.
Unfortunately for Newcastle so far into this season they have shown no resemblance of their performances last season. In the league, they are currently 19th with 0 wins, 6 losses and 2 draws. This has left Newcastle with a measly two points and following their premature exit from the Caraboa Cup, it isn't looking good for football in the North East. Benitez's men haven't won in nine matches and if they fail to beat Brighton at home next week, the stat will go into double figures.
Monaco is a side with such a stature in France that you wouldn't believe someone if they told you they were struggling in Ligue 1. They won their first game of the season 3-1 v Nantes and have yet to receive three points since then. Just like Newcastle, Monaco to are 18th in their division. With a squad which features Radamel Falcao & Golovin, scoring should go hand-in-hand but it has been a real issue finding the back of the net in the 17/18 season.
Usually, when a team lacks in one competition, they will excel in another. However, this hasn't been the case for Monaco. They have accumulated 0 points out of their first two Champions League fixtures. This could prove to be vital by the end of the Group Stage as dropping six points already will make it a real task to qualify for the Knock Out Stages.
Veering away from club football, Northern Ireland are enduring a rough spell in their International competition. Micheal O'Neill has failed to lead his side to a victory since October last year. In terms of dates is sounds a lot worse than it is. Due to Northern Ireland having no participation at the World Cup in Russia they have only played five fixtures since their win in October 2017.
Northern Ireland has scored one goal in three matches and with a UEFA Nations League fixture on the horizon, someone has to slip on their scoring boots. We reckon Will Griggs will be the one to lead Northern Ireland back on track.
In La Liga one of the few sides who has been able to challenge Barca & Real Madrid for the title in the past decade is Valencia. They are usually always in a Champions League spot by the end of the season but that seems very ambitious considering their current league standing. It hasn't been a nightmare introduction to the new season, but it is by no means a respectable start.
Out of their ten matches so far they have only won one which came against Real Sociedad in September. Valencia has only lost two games and the other seven have all been tedius draws, often ending goalless. The most recent stalemate was verse Barcelona at home. Nearly every team in Europe would take a point form a fixture against the Catalonian giants and hopefully for Valencia, this will spur the rest of their season on.