For Sunday’s Banker Treble, we’re putting our faith in Manchester United, Montpellier and AC Milan to win their respective league matches.
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Manchester United to beat West Brom @ 3/10
Manchester United go into their clash with the Baggies on the back of yet another European defeat. The usually formidable United have been disappointing in continental action this season and are also out of all the domestic cup competitions, so a victory on Sunday is imperative if they harbour hopes of lifting a trophy at the end of the season.
No one deals with must-win matches quite like Sir Alex and his Manchester United side, so there is only one winner when West Brom visit Old Trafford at the weekend. Despite suffering a loss to Athletic Bilbao on Thursday night, the Red Devils should bounce back on Sunday, as they have done on the two other occasions they have lost a European fixture in the midweek prior.
After being beaten by Basel on their way out of the Champions League, they responded by demolishing Wolves 4-1, and when Ajax caused a shock at Old Trafford last month, beating United 2-1, Fergie’s men got back to winning ways with a hard-fought 2-1 success over Norwich. It is rare that Manchester United slip up twice in a row, so with a victory (and possibly a big one) on the cards, Fergie’s men are an easy pick for the first part of the treble.
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Montpellier to beat Caen @ 1/2
There would have been very few punters backing Montpellier to reign supreme in Ligue 1 at the start of the season, but they are serious contenders for the title with 12 games remaining. They currently sit a point behind big-spending PSG and if it was not for an 88th-minute equaliser for Carlo Ancelotti’s men when the two sides met three weeks ago, Montpellier would be ahead of their title rivals.
Rene Girard’s side have been virtually unstoppable at Stade de la Mosson, losing only one of 13 fixtures (which was against PSG), and I cannot see Caen causing the in-form side any problems when they visit on Sunday.
Caen sit in 13th place in the table, but they are only two points above the drop zone and are struggling for form, particularly on their travels. One win in their previous nine away fixtures suggests a side that is completely out of sorts and I expect Montpellier to comfortably turn them over.
AC Milan to beat Lecce @ 11/50
With their nearest challengers Juventus seemingly losing their bottle as the business end of the season approaches, Milan are looking like champions in the making. Two points clear at the top and unbeaten in five league matches, the Rossoneri are coming good at the right time.
Tuesday’s abysmal showing at the Emirates Stadium does not show Milan’s true colours and I fully expect the Italian giants to impose their authority when minnows Lecce pay a visit to the San Siro on Sunday. Massimiliano Allegri will not accept another lacklustre performance from his side and a home fixture against 18th-placed Lecce – who have not won at the San Siro since 1997 – should be ideal for AC Milan to cement their spot at the top of Serie A.