Shaun Curran picks three banker selections playing across Europe on Wednesday evening at odds of 119/100, giving punters a double-your-money bet just before Christmas
Manchester City to beat Stoke @ 23/100
Manchester City bounced back to wining ways in the Premier League against Arsenal on Sunday and can make it consecutive home wins against Stoke City on Wednesday.
The Citizens shaded a brilliant game at the Etihad at the weekend but could find it much easier against the Potters. That 1-0 win against the Gunners was Man City’s eighth successive win at home this season, giving them a 100 per cent record. In that time, just four goals have been conceded while 25 have been scored, an average of over three goals a game.
With Roberto Mancini’s men in such great form, it is hard to envisage Stoke getting a result, even if they have won their last two away league games. But trips to Everton and Wolves are not the same as a visit to the Etihad, and despite those two wins Stoke’s away record remains poor. Prior to those back-to-back victories, Tony Pulis’ men had won only one of their previous 16 away league matches, losing 12 of them, and it would be a major shock if they were not to be on the end of another defeat.
Inter Milan to beat Lecce @ 27/100
The desperately poor start that did for manager Gian Piero Gasperini after just five games nearly derailed Inter Milan’s season but the recovery is underway and can be continued with a home victory over lowly Lecce.
New boss Claudio Ranieri hardly had an immediate impact, but Inter are on a decent run and are climbing the table. The Nerazzurri have won five of their last six matches in Serie A, with the only defeat coming against high-flying Udinese, and are in good enough nick to beat a Lecce side who find themselves at the wrong end of the table.
Giallorossi currently lie bottom of the table with just two wins and nine points to their name this term and every single statistic marks them out as the worst team in the league. Lecce have conceded the most goals (29), have the worst goal difference (-13) and have lost the most games (ten) and look every inch relegation fodder. They have lost four of their last six games and don’t look good enough to take advantage even if Inter’s confidence remains fragile.
Lille to beat Nice @ 2/5
Joe Cole’s Lille (as they’ve become known by the English press) are just two points off the summit in Ligue 1 and will be expecting to maintain their push for the title at the expense of struggling Nice.
The top of table is as competitive as ever and Lille have kept pace with Montpellier and big-spending Paris Saint-Germain with a great unbeaten 16-game run. Los Dogues have lost just once all season, a second-game defeat to the current leaders. They have the best defensive record in the division and only two sides can beat their 12-point six-game haul.
The story couldn’t be more different for Nice, who lie in the relegation zone on just 17 points. This is explained by their truly awful away form – Les Aiglons haven’t won away all year, and have lost seven of their eight trips so far, scoring a measly three goals. It would be a huge surprise were they to stop the rot on Wednesday evening.
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