This Sunday’s 5/1 accumulator relies on four teams chasing the title in their domestic league disposing of sides who, arguably, have a lot less to play for at the mid-way stage of the season.
High-flying Atletico Madrid should ease past mid-table Zaragoza while Lazio and Juventus need to beat Atalanta and Parma respectively to keep up their trophy challenge. Marseille complete the acca with an away win expected over struggling Sochaux.
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Atletico Madrid to beat Zaragoza @ 3/10
The problem that Zaragoza have here is that they almost always either win or lose – they have drawn just one game all season. This is a problem because a smaller team’s best chance of taking something from the big boys, particularly away from home, is often by holding out for a draw. If Zaragoza never draw, that means the only way they can stop Atletico is by beating them and, let’s be honest, that isn’t going to happen.
Diego Simeone’s side have won every single home game they have played this season in all competitions. That’s 14 played, 14 won. At the end of play on Sunday, it should be 15 out of 15.
Juventus to beat Parma @ 7/10
Defending champions and current table-toppers Juventus have won seven of their last eight games in all competitions and have only dropped five points on the road all season – a defeat at Milan and a draw at Fiorentina.
They are unbeaten in their last three games against Parma, winning two and drawing one, and so they will be confident of getting the right result again on Sunday.
Eighth-placed Parma are on a decent run themselves and will be no pushovers but they lost 2-0 to Juve earlier in the season and are unlikely to stop the Biaconeri juggernaut in this one.
Lazio to beat Atalanta @ 11/20
Second place Lazio go into their home match against 12th placed Atalanta on a 13 match unbeaten run in all competitions. Of those, they have won nine, including their last three in a row, and they have also beaten Atalanta on their last three meetings without conceding a goal, including a 1-0 away win earlier in the season.
The visitors haven’t won any of their last four matches, losing three of them, and have lost their last five away games in a row. Arresting that slump on Sunday seems highly unlikely.
Marseille to beat Sochaux @ 4/5
French Ligue 1 resumes after its winter break on Sunday and Marseille will be looking to get back into their stride as they chase the title.
Elie Baup’s men won their last three in a row before the break, and they will be in confident mood going into this game after comfortably disposing of Sunday’s opponents Sochaux 2-0 back in August.
The hosts are six without a win and have lost their last three on the bounce, leaving them languishing third from bottom and in the relegation zone. They couldn’t have asked for a tougher task to start the new year.