Shaun Curran sifts though the fixture list at home and on the continent to come up with a Sunday treble that pays over 6/1. At odds of 159/25, a successful £25 free bet on the following accumulator will earn £184. The free bet is available to new customers who sign up for a bwin account.
Bologna v AC Milan (Serie A, Sunday 2pm)
Selection: AC Milan to beat Bologna @43/100
AC Milan are on a terrific run in Serie A and can continue that by winning at relegation-threatened Bologna.
The Rossoneri have won seven of their last eight league games to put a terrible start behind them. They now trail Juventus by just two points, and can keep pace with the leaders by winning at a ground they have loved to visit in recent years.
Milan have beaten Bologna in five of their last six trips, all by at least two goals, and having scored 23 goals in their unbeaten run will be confident of a repeat given Bologna’s poor home form. Bologna have lost four of their six games this season and could be on the end of another defeat.
Udinese v Chievo (Serie A, Sunday 2pm)
Selection: Udinese to beat Chievo @47/100
Udinese are well in the hunt for the Serie A championship and can expect to maintain their title bid with a win against mid-table Chievo.
Udinese are currently just two points off leaders Juventus, helped in no small matter by their immaculate home form. The Little Zebras have the best home record in the division, taking all 18 points from their six matches. They have kept five clean sheets in that sequence, conceding just one goal in all, and will be confident of seeing off a Chievo side who have won just one and lost four of their six trips this season. The Flying Donkeys have drawn a blank on three occasions, and should struggle on the road once again.
Sunderland v Blacburn (Premier League, Sunday 4pm)
Selection: Sunderland to draw with Blackburn @5/2
Martin O’Neill makes his highly anticipated bow as Sunderland manager when Blackburn visit the Stadium of Light on Sunday but he may have to wait to get his first win on the board.
Much will be expected of O’Neill over the coming three years but the Northern Irishman doesn’t possess a magic wand and he cannot banish all of the Black Cats’ problems immediately. He saw first hand in the defeat to Wolves last weekend how tough his job will be, particularly so at home.
Sunderland have just one home win all season, posting a 1-3-3-10-9 record that shows a struggling side. Goals have proved hard to come by since the sale Darren Bent and the bizarre loan move of Asamoah Gyan and until January arrives, there is little O’Neill can do about that.
With just two home wins since New Year’s Day, the 4/5 posted about Sunderland is just unacceptable, especially given Blackburn may be harder to beat than people imagine.
Steve Kean’s men haven’t won away from home this year but they have drawn four of their seven away games and have scored 11 goals, a record that only the top five can better. You couldn’t back Blackburn to win, so I like the look of the draw at 5/2.
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