Status

Streak Breakers is currently operating at less than ideal capacity. We will stay online and continue to provide the best sports analysis and picks but for the next week or two due to the illness of one of our principle writers and the relocation of another one of our writers we will not be picking all events.

We will still continue to pick daily but we may only review between 3-7 picks per day as opposed to every single pick. We are looking at alternatives to help get us back up to covering every pick, but I wanted to keep everyone posted as to why the last few days have seen a downswing in the number of picks.

 

On a positive note, yesterday while we only picked six of the events we won all six events which we covered. The seventh pick I excluded as one article was writen and then re written but on accident the wrong draft was published and as a result the pick actually suggested picking two different results.

Soccer – Varese @ Padova

Varese travels to face Padova in the other of the promotion playoffs semi final matchup. This one is a bit different than the Novara, Reggina matchup. In this one while Varese hasn’t lost much o the road Padova is a pretty solid team at home. In the teams two previous matchups Varese won one and the other matchup was a draw.

 

Varese

Record: 16-20-6

Road Record: 4-11-6

Last 5: 2-2-1

Last 5 Road: 0-3-2

 

Padova

Record: 15-17-10

Home Record: 12-7-2

Last 5: 4-1-0

Last 5 Home: 4-1-0

 

Padova has been absolutely on fire of late while Varese has been fairly mediocre. Varese has avoided losing on the road but despite drawing their last time they played each other I expect Padova to get off to a good start in the first leg of this series and pick up a crucial win.

 

Pick: Padova to Win

Soccer – Novara @ Reggina

Novara travels to face Reggina in the first leg of the Italian Series B first round of the promotion playoffs. Novara finished the season in 3rd while Reggina finished 6th. In these two teams meetings earlier this year the home team won both matches. That being said Reggina was not particularity good at home this year winning only 8 times vs 11 draws and 2 losses. Novara meanwhile wasn’t terribly good on the road either picking up 7 wins, draws and losses on the road. Reggina allowed the fewest number of goals scored at home while Novara was tied for the league lead in goals scored on the road. Given all the info available and the intensity of a promotional playoffs I would expect this one to be pretty close either way.

Novara

Table: 3rd

Record: 18-16-8

Road Record: 7-7-7 (66% Win or Draws)

Last 5: 3-1-1 (80% Win or Draws)

Last 5 Road: 2-1-2 (60% Win or Draws)

Reggina

Table: 6th

Record: 15-16-11

Home Record: 8-11-2 (38% Wins)

Last 5: 2-2-1 (40% Wins)

Last 5 Home: 1-3-1 (20% Wins)

Reggina is not in very good form and they are certainly not playing as well as Novara. Regina does have home field advantage and has beaten Novara once already at home. That being said Reggina has drawn a ton at home and Novara has been pretty good in at least picking up some points on the road. Both teams will be playing all out in this one and I expect a close match to end in a low scoring draw.

Pick: Novara, Win or Draw

Tennis – Marion Bartoli vs Francesca Schiavone

Marion Bartoli will face Francesca Schiavone for the sixth time in her career on Thursday and is looking to improve her head to head record against Schiavone.

 

So far this year Bartoli is off to a better start posting a 31-14 record so far this year against Schiavone’s 22-12 record. Despite Bartoli’s better start, Schiavone is the defending French Open champion and simply because of that must be the favorite. In their five previous matchups Schiavone owns the head to head record 4-1. That being said Schiavone started the head to head record 3-0 and over the last two matches these two have split results 1-1. Bartoli meanwhile is further in the French Open than she has ever been before. These two players have never met on a clay surface.

 

Schiavone is the better player but Bartoli is in her prime at 26 and Schiavone is on the way out at 30. The last two matches for Bartoli have been pretty pedestrian and Bartoli should be very well rested. Schiavone on the other hand has had split results her last two times out and will likely be more fatigued. I think the difference in this one is Shiavone struggling of late will leave her somewhat fatigued while Bartoli will be fresh and energized by playing in front of her home crowd. Adding to the fatigue factor is the fact that on Clay movement and energy is far more important since rallies last much longer due to the slower surface. If this event was on Grass or Hard Schiavone being more fatigued might not matter but on Clay and at age 30 Schiavone wont recover as quickly as she once did and that’s why I like the younger Bartoli. With the support of the French people I think Bartoli has a pretty good shot of pulling off an upset victory over the defending champion Schiavone.

 

I would stay away from this one. Schiavone is the favorite but I like Bartoli to pull off an upset here in front of this French crowd.

 

Pick: Marion Bartoli