New seasons and old grudges
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New coaches, squad shake-ups and injuries are just some of the considerations predictors must take into account, as new seasons begin and others conclude across the world. 

In Mexico, Pachuca travel to Real San Luis as the Clausura enters its second round. Los Tuzos are off to a fiery start after winning their opener 4-1. Meanwhile San Luis, who dominated the overall league stage of the 2008 Apertura, face a tough road ahead; San Luis have lost coach Raul Arias, along with a number of key players, in the off-season. Pachuca backers will net 45 points for a win, while a San Luis victory returns 76 points.

Only a point separates NAC Breda and PSV in the Dutch league standings but the odds strongly favour a PSV win. The fact that Breda have lost their last three away matches, conceding ten goals and scoring only once in the process, has clearly not gone unnoticed. Bet against the overwhelming odds in this Eredivisie encounter and you could net 94 points.

Our focus in Italy turns to the bottom of the Serie A. Lecce and Torino face-off in the hope of scrambling out of relegation trouble. Lecce are slight favourites with a 37 per cent likelihood of victory. Torino must overcome their six consecutive losses in away matches if they plan to salvage three points.

Despite ranking above Aberystwyth Town in the league standings with one game in hand, Bangor City travel to Park Avenue as heavy underdogs. A Bangor win returns 80 points, while a draw nets 72 points.

In New Zealand, league leaders Auckland City travel to Waitakere United. A win is crucial for the two Championship hopefuls whose last encounter (November 2008) ended in a 2-1 Waitakere win.  An Auckland win returns 79 points, while a United victory nets 44 points.

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In Turkey, Sivasspor host Galatasaray. Ironically, despite leading the league and winning the last six home matches, Sivasspor are heavy outsiders to win. A Sivasspor victory over the mighty Gala returns 81 points. No doubt, Milan Baros will have other ideas as he tries to continue his incredible goal streak for Galatasaray.

There you have it: big stakes, big decisions to be made and one beautiful FIFA World Cup™ winner's jersey ready for the claiming.