Once again, Sunday evening in Italy has an absolute ripsnorter of a game. And once again Napoli are involved but this time they travel to the capital to face the team four points below them and doing all they can to catch them and claim a place in the Champions League qualifying rounds.
Lazio will go into this game high on confidence. Midweek saw them defeat fierce local rivals Roma to reach the final of the Coppa Italia and they have the smell of fresh Neapolitan blood in their nostrils. This game is all about goalscorers, Ciro Immobile has been a revelation this season and many believe him and Torino striker Andrea Belotti are the future of Italian goalscorers. Immobile has 9 from 9 in all competitions so 6/4 odds on him to score any time offer great value.
Although Napoli’s defence has been their achilles heel at times, their strength as been the reinvention of Dries Mertens as a false nine. The Belgian has 20 for the season and 7/5 odds on him to score anytime past a Lazio defence, who have had to play midweek whilst Napoli and Mertens were resting, looks fairly odds on.
Back in February when Werder Bremen won their first game of 2017 they were in the relegation playoff place which they had narrowly avoided the previous season. A quick ride in the Delorean with the Doc to take us back to the present and great scott1 Bremen have won six from their last seven. Not only that but a win on Friday evening against eighth place Eintracht Frankfurt will enable them to leapfrog their opponents and be two points from European competition next season.
Frankfurt have had a very different year to Bremen. Just as Die Werderaner began to turn the tide, Frankfurt were embarking upon a pitiful run of results in which they earned a measly two points from a possible twenty four.
Werder are becoming a bit of a favourite of mine to back after some good results and 12/5 odds to win this one shouldn’t be ignored.
Marseille have been collecting failed or previously celebrated Premier League footballers this season. Remy Cabella, Florian Thauvin, Patrice Evra, Bafetimbi Gomis and of course Dimitri Payet have all had moments of success this season. Unfortunately they have mostly come at home with their away form leaving a lot to be desired. One win this calendar year and that was against bottom club Lorient.
This reason combined with Toulose’s stern home form is why I’m backing the home side at 19/10 on Sunday. Toulose have a strong defence that should have no problem bullying Gomis off the ball and imprinting their strong tackling on the flair players of the aforementioned ex-EPL players.
Sunday’s early kickoff showcases two of the worst defences in Spain. Granada and Valencia have collectively shipped 115 goals this season so expect a fair few when they face each other.
Valencia’s stuttering form has has plateaued into more predictability with wins coming against Deportivo and Leganes whereas Barcelona and Atletico have taken full points from the former heavyweights of Spanish football.
Odds of 3/1 for both teams to score and for Valencia to win are well worth your money.
TJ’s Euro Acca.
This week it’s a big one with the potential winnings coming close the £80 mark! We begin in Italy….
Juventus face Chievo at home on Saturday evening and we all know what happens when Juventus play at home, victory. Milan will face Palermo at the San Siro on Sunday and whist Milan haven’t been as scintilating as the start of the season, one would expect that to change when they come up against a Palermo team without an away win since last year and destined for Serie B.
Onto France and Saturday evening brings youthful and vibrant Bordeaux against the mid table obscurity and the divisions third lowest scorers Metz. A home win looks almost as inevitable as the following evening’s game on Sunday in which PSG face Guingamp. The away team have been decent this season but with Edinson Cavani on fire, as shown in last weekends Coupe de la Ligue final against Monaco, this will be a home win.
In Spain I have gone for Barcelona to put the pressure on their rivals Real Madrid by defeating Malaga who are so bad they make Sunderland look like Chelsea and Jack Rodwell look like N’Golo Kante.
Germany was the most difficult to choose from this week due to Bayern Munich taking on Dortmund but based on Bayer Leverkusen falling into disarray with two points from their last fifteen I’m finishing the acca with a RB Leipzig victory.
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