Our resident acca man was close to a big payoff last Saturday and hopes to succeed this weekend after picking Bayern Munich to beat Frankfurt, Doncaster to put away Tranmere, Motherwell to dismiss the challenge of St Mirren and Paris St-Germain to see off Rennes.
I did see that right this week, didn’t I? It was snowing, in April – right? It has played havoc with my fragile little mind as snow usually denotes that there’s still half a season to play… alas, that is sadly not true.
We are less than two months away from the end of the 2012/13 season and there have been plenty of ups and downs, especially where this weekly acca column is concerned.
Last week was the most agonising of narrow misses as Bristol Rovers inexplicably failed to score against out-of-sorts relegation candidates York at home, before banging three in the opening 20 minutes at Dagenham just two days later.
Onwards and upwards from that though, and the key to the other three selections coming up was backing very accomplished teams in tricky-looking games, and that’s exactly what I’m going for this week.
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Bayern Munich to beat Eintracht Frankfurt @ 53/100
Well this one didn’t take much thought. Bayern have been simply phenomenal this season and currently lead the Bundesliga by 20 points.
Jupp Heynckes has also guided his charges to a comfortable two-goal lead in their Champions League quarter-final against Juventus, although it must be remembered that they may rest players for the second leg on Wednesday.
Having said that, the Bavarians rested a number of players last week – and then promptly spanked Hamburg 9-2.
Bayern won 2-0 at the Allianz Arena in the reverse fixture, and despite having a very good season, Frankfurt could be anyone right now and you’d be a fool not to back Bayern, whose away record in the league this season is 12 wins and a draw from 13 trips.
Doncaster to beat Tranmere @ 87/100
It’s the battle of the Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium, and both Doncaster and Tranmere have been in very different form of late.
Tranmere set off like Usain Bolt at the start of the season, but have stuttered and fallen back like the Team GB relay team in the last couple of months.
Ronnie Moore now finds his side out of the top six after losing four of their last five, and their last four away from Prenton Park.
Doncaster are well on their way to automatic promotion back to the Championship, and picked up a vital 1-0 win over Swindon on Easter Monday.
Such is the fragility that Tranmere have shown of late, and the huge importance of a Doncaster win, I predict Brian Flynn’s men will get the job done in this one.
Motherwell to beat St Mirren @ 9/10
Motherwell currently sit second in the SPL, and although they won’t fancy their chances of clawing back the 13-point deficit up to Celtic, they are currently the form team in the Scottish top tier.
Thanks largely to the goals of the league’s top scorer Michael Higdon, Stuart McCall’s side have been impressive this season and welcome St Mirren to Fir Park on Saturday.
The Saints are third from bottom, five points behind Hibernian above them, and have won just two of their 15 away games this season.
A late Thomas Reilly goal denied the Steelmen a win when they first met on Motherwell’s turf in August, and McCall will be determined to see his team go one better here.
Paris St Germain to beat Rennes @ 6/5
We end with this 4pm kick off in Ligue 1 as David Beckham and his PSG buddies travel to Stade Rennais.
Carlo Ancelotti’s outfit clawed their way back to a 2-2 draw with Barcelona in the Champions League in midweek, and as with Bayern, they are likely to rest several of their big stars.
As that will almost certainly include top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the odds on this one are rather generous when you consider that PSG lead Ligue 1, while Rennes are bottom of the form table in the French top division, having lost four and drawn two of their last six.
However, the team from the capital have an awful lot of talent in reserve, and with accomplished players such as Jeremy Menez, Mamadou Sakho, Marco Verratti and Kevin Gameiro in line to appear, the Parisians should have more than enough to put away Rennes.
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