Back with his weekly acca that tips Liverpool to beat Southampton among its five selections, David Segar looks to the weekend fixture list for his 10/1 shot. Take it away, Segar….
So, it appears that God’s representative on earth is Argentinian, and he scored a cracking brace against Milan on Tuesday night to send Barcelona into the Champions League quarter-finals. Oh, and on Wednesday they elected a new Pope.
It has been an exciting week of European football, but we head back to domestic games on Saturday, and there’s a lot of potential for more heart-stopping football.
Having scoured the globe (well, it was a Christmas present) I set about looking at the upcoming fixtures, and selected five games that will hopefully produce the goods.
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Werder Bremen to beat Greuther Fürth @ 11/20
Admittedly, it is hard to argue that Bremen are capable of winning games at the minute, having lost three of their last four in the Bundesliga in a run that has seen them fail to record a victory in over a month.
However, Thomas Schaaf’s men welcome bottom of the table Greuther Fürth to the Weser-Stadion, and will be looking to get their season back on track with a much needed win.
Fürth have won just two of their 25 games in Germany’s top flight after promotion last season and are seven points adrift in the relegation zone.
Although the team led by Frank Kramer has actually enjoyed better form away than at home this season, expect a relatively comfortable Bremen win here.
Liverpool to beat Southampton @ 87/100
Backing Liverpool in any game this season has been a poisoned chalice given the erratic form of Brendan Rodgers’ charges.
However, since the turn of the year, the Reds have limited their lapses in concentration and, a home loss to West Brom aside, have been consistently impressive, registering the third most points in the Premier League so far in 2013.
Mauricio Pochettino has only managed to extract one point from games against Newcastle, QPR and Norwich, and his Southampton outfit now sit only four points above the relegation zone.
The reverse fixture at Anfield was a lot more one-sided than the 1-0 scoreline suggested, and assuming Rodgers has a full set of attackers to choose from, Liverpool should register another away win and put a dent in the Saints’ survival hopes.
Doncaster to beat Portsmouth @ 1/2
Both of these sides were relegated from the Championship last season, and have enjoyed polarising campaigns in League One this time around.
Pompey’s money woes are well publicised, and due to them having to juggle numerous players on short term contracts, they have spent much of the season in the bottom four, whereas Doncaster are pushing for an immediate return to England’s second tier.
The Yorkshire side are top of the table, three points ahead of Sheffield United, and have won three of their last four games.
Portsmouth have had something of a mini-revival of late, but remain second from bottom and it would take a mammoth effort for Guy Whittingham’s team to take anything from the Keepmoat Stadium.
Real Sociedad to beat Real Valladolid @ 11/20
Back abroad now (yay!) and to north Spain where in-form Sociedad welcome Valladolid to the Anoeta Stadium.
Phillipe Montanier has guided his Sociedad side into the top five in Spain after a run of results that has not seen them lose since the first weekend in January, and that was a bravely fought 4-3 defeat in the Bernabeu.
They have accumulated more points than Barcelona in their last six outings, including an impressive 1-0 win at Atletico Madrid last time out, and face Valladolid on Saturday afternoon.
The Pucela have proven themselves to be hard to beat in recent times, only losing one of their last six, but such is the form of the home side here, I am sure they can go one better than the 2-2 draw in the reverse fixture in October.
Bayern Munich to beat Bayer Leverkusen @ 67/100
Jupp Heynckes’ side ran it close on Wednesday, very close, but they just about managed to hang on to eliminate Arsenal and advance to the Champions League quarter-finals.
It was a rare off night for Bayern, and so one might think that Leverkusen will fancy their chances of derailing the Bavarians further when they meet in the evening kick off, but don’t count on it.
Liverpool legend Sami Hyypia has guided Leverkusen to third in the Bundesliga in his debut season as a manager, and is fighting Dortmund tooth and nail for the coveted runner-up spot.
That will come many many points behind the Munich giants though, as they already hold a 20-point advantage at the top, thanks in no small part to one of the most phenomenal away records in history.
Bayern have played twelve games away from the Allianz Arena this season, won eleven, drawn one, scored 28 goals and conceded one. Yep, one.
Last May’s Champions League finalists will be looking to restore normality after their home defeat to the Gunners, and with the crucial return of Bastian Schweinsteiger, should be able to do just that in the BayArena.
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