David Segar has scoured the European fixtures for Saturday and decided that Bayer Leverkusen will beat Hoffenheim, Schalke will get an important victory at Eintracht Frankfurt, Everton will grab a win at Sunderland and Bolton will inflict another defeat on Middlesbrough.
After an emotional week in which the most divisive political figure in British history was laid to rest, people up and down the country have been passionately arguing about everything and anything related to the late Margaret Thatcher.
The only thing that causes more arguments in the pub is accumulator selections, though it must be said that I’ve never been openly booed while listing my teams.
I was booing the classified football results last week though as Aston Villa’s draw with Fulham came in as a full-time score, meaning that for the third week in a row I had come within one goal of a successful coupon (stupid Fabian Delph!).
What this week’s acca needs is ruthless efficiency, so I have gone for two games from Germany, and I’ve not even done the easy cop-out of picking Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.
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From my own view, I was very sad to hear of the passing of the Iron Lady. Poor Janet, she used to go door-to-door selling Brevilles.
Bayer Leverkusen to beat Hoffenheim @ 11/25
Sami Hyypia has done an admirable job this season in trying to put Bayer Leverkusen up with the big two in the Bundesliga and return them to the heady heights of the early noughties.
Leverkusen were challenging Dortmund for second place up until recently, but Jurgen Klopp’s outfit turned on the turbo charger and appear to have cemented the runners-up spot, though Hyypia will be hoping he can still finish a respectable third to guarantee Champions League football.
Hoffenheim are struggling against relegation and are currently three points from safety, with the worst away record in the German top flight.
Markus Gisdol’s men have lost ten of 14 on the road, while Leverkusen have won nine from 14 at the BayArena, and this one will almost certainly follow form.
Schalke to beat Eintracht Frankfurt @ 5/4
Now this one is a big call, but then I’m an acca daredevil and I don’t care who knows it.
Both of these teams are fighting it out for the crucial fourth spot in the Bundesliga, with Jens Keller’s Schalke sitting four points ahead of the hosts, with Freiburg sandwiched in the middle.
Frankfurt have had an excellent season after their return to the top flight, but have fallen back in the past couple of months, and up until recently were fairly comfortably ahead of Schalke.
They have lost four of their last six, including their last three at home, while the visitors have picked up four victories in their last six outings. On that kind of form, 5/4 on an away win seems rather generous.
Everton to beat Sunderland @ 23/20
When Sunderland dispensed with the services of Martin O’Neill to bring in Paolo Di Canio for the remaining few games of the season, I honestly thought it would blow up in their faces, and it still might.
Although their 3-0 win at rivals Newcastle last time out was very impressive, Saturday sees Di Canio’s first game at the Stadium of Light, where the pressure cooker will be turned up to the maximum.
Their visitors are an Everton side who still believe they can make the top four after an impressive draw at Arsenal in midweek, a match in which they came close to taking all three points.
Di Canio is a great motivator, as seen last week, and the Black Cats will give it their all, but David Moyes always gets a heroic effort from his players and the Toffees boast more quality, so they get a tick on the old coupon.
Finally, to the unpredictable Championship… tread carefully.
Bolton to beat Middlesbrough @ 3/4
While I like to think I keep my finger on the pulse of the football world, the close nature of the Championship this season has caught me out on more than one occasion. Up until recently, I thought Bolton were struggling in the bottom half of the table.
However, to my surprise they popped up in the running for the play-offs from nowhere thanks to a run of wins at the Reebok Stadium.
Dougie Freedman has turned Bolton’s home into a fortress, winning their last seven games and keeping clean sheets in their last five.
Boro, on the other hand, have been in freefall, and although they picked up a narrow home win over Nottingham Forest in midweek, it was only their third in 18 league games since the turn of the year and Tony Mowbray’s men had lost seven of their previous eight.
The Trotters sit just a point off the play-offs, and that should be all the motivation they need to see off the Teessiders.
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