I’ve been in a sulk all week, and I hold the unpredictability of the Premier League – and in particular Everton and Aston Villa – solely responsible. I have therefore completely avoided it for this week’s accumulator. Take that, Scudamore.
The Toffees’ comeback from two goals down to draw 3-3 against Paul Lambert’s strugglers was impressive, but it wasn’t quite enough to make a success of last week’s four-match acca.
Watford, Walsall and Nice lived up to their part of the deal, but some atrocious defending from David Moyes’ men cost us our first triumphant coupon of 2013.
Suffice to say, that near miss has made this punter even more thirsty to beat the bookies.
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Here’s to stubborn resilience!
Eintracht Frankfurt to beat Nuremberg @ 17/20
Frankfurt have been a favourite of these articles in recent months, having spent the whole of their first season back in the top flight challenging for the Champions League places.
Armin Veh’s impressive charges are fourth in the Bundesliga table at the moment and third in the form table with four wins from their last six outings.
The visitors to the Commerzbank Arena this Saturday are Nuremberg, who sit ten places lower in the table and have lost six of ten games on the road this season.
The Bavarian side have not won in six away games and were beaten 2-1 in the reverse fixture back in September.
These seem like very good odds to back a very good Frankfurt team.
Sheffield Wednesday to beat Derby @ 13/10
It’s an odd feeling thinking that Sheffield Wednesday are going to win a game, but here we are.
I recently backed the Owls to triumph and it was due in no small part to their impressive form of late, having picked up 11 points from their last six games.
Derby have had a mixed season, but there is no doubt that they rely far too heavily on their home form, because they have the third-worst away record in the Championship.
It must be said that Wednesday have the third-worst home record, but their recent purple patch, including a 3-1 win over Brighton last week at Hillsborough, tells me that Dave Jones’ men are the ones to follow in this clash.
Brentford to beat Bury @ 3/5
The Bees were enjoying a wonderful run of form around the turn of the year and were genuine contenders for the automatic promotion spots in League One.
However, their heroic draw with Chelsea in the FA Cup aside, Uwe Rosler’s men have hit a few bumps of late, with a draw at home to Leyton Orient being sandwiched by defeats to Tranmere and Yeovil.
They have a chance to get back on track this weekend as they welcome 22nd-placed Bury to Griffin Park and will be hungry to cut the six-point gap between themselves and the top of the table.
Bury have won only two on the road from 15 games in the league, while Brentford have only lost two from 14 at home, so the Bees look good things here.
Juventus to beat Fiorentina @ 13/20
Our last call of the day is in Serie A as leaders Juventus welcome La Viola to Turin.
On the one hand, the Old Lady might have one eye on their Champions League last-16 first-leg tie against Celtic next week, but on the other, they have a squad full of players wanting to prove that they are capable of starting that game.
Fiorentina are fighting for the Champions League places in Italy, currently lying sixth, but have lost three of their five games since the winter break and three of their last four on the road, going down at Roma, Udinese and Catania.
Antonio Conte’s side have Napoli breathing down their necks and will be confident of picking up their ninth home win of the league campaign by defeating the Florence outfit.
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