We have a Pick 8 kicking off on Friday night and Ian Buckley has previewed the pool with a Syndicate available for you to join.
One win in five put paid to any ideas of automatic promotion for Villa but Tuesdays victory over Cardiff looks to have sealed a play-off place. Two home wins in succession without conceding bodes well against a Leeds side without an away win since Boxing Day. Going with a banker in this game is akin to including the early kick off in your Saturday Acca, it’s tempting fate, but I’m hoping Villa get us off to a perfect start.
No chances taken here. Angers are in decent form in their quest to remain in Ligue Un, with a narrow defeat to PSG their only loss in their last six. Nice’s form almost mirrors that of their opponents, with one loss in their last 8, that too a 2-1 deficit to PSG.
Prediction: HOME/ DRAW / AWAY
A dress rehearsal for the FA Cup Semi Final next week but a match Southampton must take something from if they hope to survive. A brighter showing at Arsenal last week gives them some hope, but they remain vulnerable, conceding three in each of their last three games. Chelsea have lost their last three away games but two of them have been against United and City. It could be a tight game, so cover on the draw.
Prediction: DRAW / AWAY
Four wins on the bounce has revitalised Burnley’s season which was in danger of petering out after no win since early December. However, in Vardy and Mahrez the Foxes have two of the best match winners outside the top 6, so cover goes on all 3 outcomes.
Prediction: HOME/ DRAW / AWAY
The Swans have also won 4 on spin at home, but the form is punctured by 6 away games without one. Everton’s first away win under Allardyce had a helping hand from Charlie Adam’s dismissal. Ayew is back from a 3-match ban for the home side who have more to play for and should be good for at least a point.
Prediction: HOME/ DRAW
10 wins from 11 and 20 unbeaten have propelled Fulham into the automatic promotion spot this week and they look a solid bet now to pip Cardiff to the runners up spot such is their momentum. Clean sheets in their last 5 games, all victories, make them banker material even though their opposition are in impressive form with three 1-0 wins on the spin. I’m relying on Fulham’s bigger goal threat, but it might be tight.
City have had a horrible week of results and are now faced with a trip they wouldn’t have wanted. Spurs have an obvious freshness advantage and are undefeated since losing 4-1 to City in December. City haven’t played poorly in the 3 games and will be looking to stop the sequence at Wembley.
Inter are in danger of missing out on a champions league place, after a first half of the season that led them to have title aspirations, with just one win away from home since November. Atalanta are without a win at home against any team above them (5 games), though they have managed to take a point off Juventus and Lazio. With 20 draws between them this season, it’s a likely outcome.