David has gone for Manchester United to beat Sunderland, Tottenham Hotspur to win at Swansea City, Bristol Rovers to triumph over York City and AC Milan to overcome a trip to Chievo. Now for the bit where he explains why.
We are back in the thick of club football this weekend and as the end of the season is coming up in the distance, I’d say it’s about time we nailed another Saturday acca.
I’m feeling particularly confident this week after pulling off a personal midweek coupon. I didn’t cheer that loud for Montenegro’s equaliser, but I raised the roof when Croatia scored their winner… sorry Welsh fans.
Now (cracks knuckles) it’s time to look at this weekend’s fixture list and the good lord – by which I mean the fixture computer – has thrown up some absolute beauties.
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Manchester United to beat Sunderland @ 57/100
The early kick-off comes at the Stadium of Light, where Sunderland entertain the Premier League champions-elect, Manchester United.
This fixture last season saw United win 1-0 thanks to a Wayne Rooney goal on the last day of the campaign, but it was all in vain as Sergio Aguero’s infamous late winner against QPR for Manchester City ripped the title from Sir Alex Ferguson’s grasp.
The end to last year’s title race was without doubt the most exciting culmination to a Premier League season, but it seems we’ll have none of that this time around as the Red Devils look to extend their 15-point lead at the top.
It would have been a hard enough task for Martin O’Neill’s men, but they suffered more than anyone from the international break as they lost both captain Lee Cattermole (knee surgery) and striker Steven Fletcher (ankle ligaments) for the rest of the season.
United have won nine of their last ten games in the league, scoring 21 goals and conceding just three, while Sunderland have not won in their last seven outings, and are bottom of the last six form table. This one should be United all the way.
Tottenham to beat Swansea @ 5/4
It was all going swimmingly for Spurs, well on their way to third, smashing Inter Milan 3-0 at White Hart Lane and Gareth Bale pushing his asking price through the stratosphere as he won games single-handedly.
However, a narrow defeat at Liverpool started the ball rolling, leading to near-Europa League elimination after a 4-1 hammering at the San Siro and a shocking 1-0 defeat at home to Fulham last time out, with Dimitar Berbatov rubbing ironic salt into Spurs wounds.
Andre Villas-Boas still believes his side can cement a top-four place and they must get a good result at Swansea this weekend to try to get their season back on track.
Bale could only muster one penalty from his two games for Wales and was poor against Fulham, so he will be raring to get back to his match-winning ways when he travels to Wales again this Saturday.
Michael Laudrup’s Swansea have had a superb campaign and still fancy their chances of a top-half finish, but having already qualified for Europe next season after winning the League Cup in February, their motivation to give their all until May could be in question.
Bristol Rovers to beat York @ 9/10
This clash at the Memorial Stadium sees two teams at opposite ends of the form table meet as Bristol Rovers entertain an out-of-sorts York City.
Nigel Worthington recently took over at Bootham Crescent to try to prevent their slide back towards non-league, as the Minstermen have not won since New Year’s Day – that’s 15 games.
They now find themselves second from bottom, while Rovers have gone in the other direction after six wins in their last ten games took them away from the relegation zone and up to 14th place in the League Two table.
John Ward’s side have won their last four at home, conceding just once in those games, and will want revenge for the 4-1 defeat that York dished out to them just before they went on their winless run.
AC Milan to beat Chievo @ 13/20
We finish our Saturday in Italy as in-form Milan and the irrepressible Mario Balotelli travel to Verona to take on Chievo.
Massimo Allegri’s men top the form table in Serie A, mainly thanks to the goals of the wacky ex-Man City striker, who bagged himself another three in two games for Italy this past week.
Chievo sit in the bottom half of the Serie A table and have endured a season of inconsistency with ten wins and 14 defeats in their 29 league games.
Milan walloped the Verona outfit 5-1 at the San Siro back in November and have 17 wins over them in their 23 meetings to date – expect that tally to reach 18 this weekend.
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