This week’s accumulator pick is £10 @5/1
• MANCHESTER UNITED 1/6 (Home v Bournemouth. Saturday KO 15:00)
• BRENTFORD 8/15 (Home v Wigan. Saturday KO 15:00)
• JUVENTUS 2/7 (Home v Torino. Saturday KO 16:15)
• CHELSEA 2/5 (Home v Watford. Saturday KO 20:00)
• MANCHESTER CITY 3/10 (Away v Southampton. Sunday KO 19:00)
• FC PORTO 2/11 (Home v Belenenses. Sunday KO 21:30)
OVERVIEW: Straight forward this week. 6 teams, all big favourites spread over Saturday and Sunday. I’ll admit, there was a temptation to add Atletico Madrid who played Friday night. They won incidentally, but previous Friday night failures and the subsequent scuppering of the weekend fun made me think twice, never mind.
Anyway, with 5 of the 6 selections being home sides confidence is pretty high, only Chelsea adding a slight hint of doubt in my mind and when I say slight, I mean very slight. Let’s do this.
PICKS: Man United are unbeaten since January and have won their last 3 Premier League games. Home to a Bournemouth side who have lost 4 in a row and haven’t won in 8 games. Eddie howe’s side lookshot of confidence and easy pickings at the moment. Comfortable HOME WIN.
Brentford still have a faint chance of going up to the Premier League automatically and have won 4 games in row, playing some excellent stuff along the way. Their opponents Wigan are also in pretty decent form but having been placed into administration in the week there’s bound be a lot of uncertainty around the club. Brentford to take full advantage, HOME WIN.
Juventus are on course for yet another Serie A title and at home to city rivals Torino I expect them to stay on track. The away side have only picked up 1 victory from 11 in all competitions which includes 5 straight away defeats. The old lady take this one.
It’s becoming very tight in the race for Champions League places in the Premier League. Chelsea will looking to maintain their spot with Man U breathing down their necks and it’s a good opportunity at home to Watford. The away side haven’t won since lockdown and are hovering perilously above the drop zone. It may be tight but The Blues will be come out on top here.
Manchester City may have lost out on the Premier League title but manager Pep Guardiola won’t let them take their foot off the gas. Outstanding against Liverpool in the week, I expect them to keep up the momentum ahead of crucial FA Cup and Champions League matches. Southampton have lost 10 of their 16 home games this season conceding an average of over 2 goals in those matches. AWAY WIN with De Bruyne again instrumental.
Porto are 6 points clear at the top of the Primeira Liga and, at home to 5th bottom Belenenses, you’ve got to fancy them preserving that cushion. The away side have only won once in 7 games – That will surely become 8 as Porto push towards the title and, more importantly, WRAP UP THE ACCA.