This week’s accumulator is £10 @8/1
- SEVILLA 4/11 (Home v Valladolid. Friday KO 21:00)
- BARCELONA 4/7 (Away v Celta Vigo. Saturday KO 16:00)
- MAN UNITED 2/5 (Away v Norwich. Saturday KO 17:30)
- ATLETICO MADRID 3/10 (Home v Alaves. Saturday KO 21:00)
- ATALANTA 2/5 (Away v Udinese. Sunday KO 18:30)
- REAL MADRID 4/11 (Away v Espanyol. Sunday KO 21:00)
OVERVIEW: The less said about the previous weeks the better. I’ll be staying well clear of Arsenal for the foreseeable so this week, it’s back to basics. 6 clear favourites, spread nicely over the weekend to accommodate staggered viewing. What’s worth noting is I haven’t included any teams from Germany despite them being a permanent fixture since lockdown. The reason being the Bundesliga title race is over and it seems everyone else is beating each other. Quite frankly, it’s been a nightmare to predict. Having Dortmund, Leverkusen et al out of the equation, I’m feeling a lot more confident this week.
PICKS : Sevilla have drawn 7 of their last 10 outings in all competitions but are unbeaten in that period. They are home to Valladolid who have had a very indifferent season and only won 1 of their last 7. I expect Seville to extend their unbeaten run and grab the W.
Barcelona are neck and neck with rivals Real Madrid for the title so they can not afford anymore slip ups. Barca, as you would expect, have only dropped 2 points from their last 15 available and playing before Madrid is a good chance to put the pressure back on Los Blancos. Celta have had a mixed bagged in recent weeks, they lost at Villarreal then hit 6 against against Alaves so it’s not easy to predict which Vigo side will turn up. Which ever one, Barca will be too strong here. Away win.
Man United have quietly gone about their business for a while now and are surprisingly 13 matches without defeat in all competitions. The return of Pogba playing along side Fernandez has been a massive positive and, providing the manager doesn’t rotate, could be key this weekend. Their opponents Norwich are set for relegation having endured a very poor Premier League season. That run will continue in the cup thus being a comfortable Man U win.
Atletico Madrid have been in very good form since La Liga’s restart and are without defeat in their 12 previous matches. Their opponents Alaves have lost their last 2 games which included a 6-0 drubbing at Celta Vigo. Atleti don’t score too many but concede even less. HOME WIN.
Atalanta are having a superb season in Serie A. They have won all of their last 8 matches in all competitions including a 3-2 victory against title contenders Lazio last time out. Udinese, by contrast are having are very scratchy season and hover just 3 points about the drop zone. 3 points for Atalanta.
Real Madrid have won their last 4 La Liga matches and, at home to Bottom side Espanyol, should be a straight forward formality. The only stumbling block could be Barcelona playing before them, winning and adding a bit of extra pressure but can’t see it being a problem. AWAY WIN and the in form Benzema to BRING HOME THE ACCA!!!