After watching all four European matches this week (or, for certain ITV viewers, as much of them as possible), it’s time to catch our collective breath and calm down.
Seeing what Chelsea and Bayern Munich did to Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively has seen my whole world turned upside down. North is south, black is white, Justin Bieber is talented.
So just imagine what all this uncertainty has done to the electrodes that control the crucial Saturday accumulator section of the average football punter’s brain.
Coupled with the fact that we are nearing the end of the season, which throws form out of the window and turns league games into cup matches, it seems near impossible this week to correctly predict a selection of fixtures.
Now I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a challenge to me, and (in best John Terry voice) we can do this! (Randomly kicks passing Chilean.)
Place the free £25 bet you get for joining bwin on this 10/1 accumulator and give yourself a chance of worrying your neighbours by taking winnings of £294.75 and running around the street making similar noises to Gary Neville.
Newcastle to beat Wigan @ 7/5
What a season it has been for the Toon Army. They all said the wheels would fall off, that they’d run out of steam, that Alan Pardew was a sort of witch doctor who had somehow cast a spell to make Newcastle temporarily amazing… well, maybe not the last bit.
But the Geordies are flying high with just four games to go, and within touching distance of the Champions League. Standing in their way on Saturday are Wigan, themselves hoping to continue their crusade against relegation.
Roberto Martinez’s men have been performing miracles as well recently, defeating Liverpool, Manchester Utd and Arsenal. However, a loss at Fulham last week brought them back down to earth, and facing an in-form Newcastle is the last thing they would want at this vital stage.
With Papiss Cisse scoring more often than a (insert very rude joke here), and Wigan having won just three times at the DW Stadium this season, 7/5 looks incredible value for an away victory in this one.
Everton to beat Fulham @ 4/5
Everton scored four goals at Old Trafford last week. That’s FOUR goals, for EVERTON – and the biggest kick in the pants is that they didn’t even win.
Nonetheless it was just the confidence boost they needed after their FA Cup semi-final defeat, and I am willing to bet, seeing as that’s the whole point of this, that they can follow up their thriller in Manchester with a win at Goodison Park over Fulham.
The Toffees have already done it once this season, beating Martin Jol’s side 2-1 in the FA Cup fourth round, and with the Cottagers having nothing to play for besides Premier League prize money, 4/5 appears to be a generous price on Moyes’ men – especially seeing as Nikica Jelavic is scoring more often than (insert another very rude joke here).
Southampton to beat Coventry@ 3/10
What a day it promises to be at St Mary’s on Saturday. The final day of the Championship season and the Saints know that a win will see them promoted back to the Premier League after a seven-year absence.
They could not really have hand-picked an easier game, with Coventry condemned to life in League One next season after their home loss to bottom club Doncaster last Saturday.
The Sky Blues have won one and lost 15 away this campaign, while Nigel Adkins has guided his side to 15 home wins out of 22. With just a paltry 13 away goals to their name, the Midlands club will not be heading into the last game with any realistic thoughts of upsetting the promotion party.
Short odds on this one at 3/10, but such is the gulf between the two sides, and with Rickie Lambert scoring more often than (insert same joke you used for Cisse due to laziness and lack of genuine wit), back the Saints to go marching in to the Premier League and move on to the final selection.
Bristol Rovers to beat Accrington Stanley @ 11/10
Let’s go out with a bang by betting on a game that makes no difference to anyone, anywhere. Not to downplay it too much you understand.
Neither Rovers nor Stanley have anything left to play for this season other than prize money and pride, but don’t underestimate those factors, which is why I have plumped (love that word) for a home win.
The Gas have been a team reborn since Mark McGhee was hired in January of this year, remaining unbeaten at the Memorial Stadium since then, and triumphing in their previous home game by beating Burton 7-1.
Accrington ‘don’t mention milk or Ian Rush’ Stanley have won just thrice on the road this season, and have lost six of their last eight away games, so odds of evens or better on a Rovers win seems an absolute steal, and a perfect way to round off yet another (hopefully) successful accumulator.
And besides, Rovers’ Matt Harrold has scored more often this season than… most other strikers.
New customers can register here to claim their free £25 bet or click here to see all our Premier League odds.
Follow us on Twitter @bwinbetting