1st of July, Wednesday Accumulator
I’ve picked 5 selections from Wednesday’s matches with combined odds of 5/1. Load the accumulator by simply clicking the button above. If more than 5 selections appear, click ‘Remove All’ then click the button again. Enter your stake in ‘5-Folds’ then click ‘Place Bet’.
Want to know why I picked each selection in this accumulator? Read my reasons below.
West Ham vs Chelsea
Chelsea have really impressed me since the restart and in fact, if you look back to pre-lockdown they’re on a 6 match winning run. I think Frank Lampard has shown his managerial ability is a bit more than just showing faith in younger players. He’s got his Chelsea side well organised and driven.Some excellent half time substitutions and a switch in tactics allowed The Blues to get a good win over Leicester in the FA Cup at the weekend. That comes off the back of that very impressive victory over Manchester City.
I’ve been particularly impressed with Christian Pulisic, he’s returned after a lengthy absence and he’s like a new signing. He’ll feature again here and should be full of confidence.
West Ham on the other hand, they’re having a rotten season. Hopes were high for the London club after what looked to be some great summer signings. However as the season has gone on, the players have looked less and less interested. They’re now only above the relegation zone on goal difference. They’ve won just once in their last 12 games in all competitions and haven’t scored in either of their games since the restart.
I feel as if players like Anderson and Fornals were promised somewhat of a dream uprising, with the new stadium and injection of money that West Ham would become a big hitter in the Premier League. As that dream takes more and more body blows none of the big stars seem to want to fight to change it, knowing fine well that they’ll be off in the summer should The Hammers be relegated.
Fiorentina vs Sassuolo
I’m not sure why, but I’ve found myself seeing quite a bit of Sassuolo this season. Which includes a couple of their games since the restart. They remind me a lot of Atalanta, they’re hell bent on attacking, regardless of how open that leaves them at the back. Since the restart they’ve played 3 matches, there’s been 17 goals in those 3, yes 17!Both teams have scored in each one and it doesn’t matter who they play, they’re capable of finding the net.
They bagged against Atalanta and even managed 3 against Inter, who conceded less than a goal per game on average before that fixture. Sassuolo have seen both teams score in 68% of their matches this campaign and average the 3rd highest goals per game with 3.46.
As for Fiorentina, they welcome back top scorer Federico Chiesa for this one after he missed the 2-1 defeat to Lazio where his team took the lead. That game means that BTTS has landed in 5 of Fiorentina’s last 6 Serie A matches and over the course of the season they’ve had this selection land in 64% of their games. With Chiesa and Frank Ribery starting together, I fancy them to get at least one against this leaky Sassuolo defence.
Lecce vs Sampdoria
These two have been goal crazy recently. Lecce’s last 8 games have seen over 2.5 goals, with 6 of them even seeing over 3.5! They’ve conceded 64 goals this season, which is by far the most in the league. Despite their lowly league position they’ve scored more goals than any team around them in the table and they’ve even scored more than 7th placed A.C. Milan. 24 of their 28 league matches have seen at least 2+ goals be scored.
As for Sampdoria, the stats make for similar reading. Their last 7 matches have seen over 2.5 goals. 9 of their last 10 have seen at least 3 goals, 4 of those games have seen as many as 6 goals.
This is a huge game in the fight for survival, these two are separated by just a point and something has to give. As soon as one goal goes in I think the flood gates could open, as someone will need to chase the game. Whoever wins here moves adrift of the relegation places whilst the other one sinks into them.
Betis vs Villarreal
Villarreal are flying. Absolutely flying. I backed them to beat Valencia at the weekend and they did exactly that, with relative comfort too.Since the return, they’ve won 4/5. They’ve kept 4 clean sheets and their only blip was a 2-2 draw against Sevilla, which to be quite frank is a very decent result. They’ve played some excellent football going forward, the trio of Gerard Moreno (who has 15 goals this season) Paco Alcacer and Santo Cazorla has been so effective. Their link up play at the weekend was sublime and Cazorla now has himself 12 goals and 9 assists this season, he’s shown that class truly is permanent.Betis haven’t been the same since Quique Setien left to manage Barcelona.
Since the end of January, they’ve managed just 2 wins and since the return they’ve been abysmal. They’ve claimed 4 points from a possible 15, with their only win coming against a woeful Espanyol side who still prop up the league table.
For Betis, their season is over, they’re 11 points clear of relegation but 10 outside of European qualification. This is a story of two teams moving in opposite directions and I’m confident Villarreal can get at least a point here, if not all 3.
Sporting Lisbon vs Gil Vicente
Sporting have been superb since the continuation of the Primeira Liga. They’ve won 3/4, with no defeats and lie in 3rd place. A win here would move them on to 55 points, which is 9 behind Benfica in 2nd. It may be just out of reach for them to consider catching them, however with Benfica having all sorts of problems since the restart they might just start to dream of a Champions League place.Either way this game is crucial, if Porto and Benfica are to take the top 2 spots then Sporting fans will settle for nothing less than best of the rest. They’ve showed no signs of a lapse in motivation and I expect their good run to continue against Gil Vicente.
Vicente stopped their 3 match losing streak with a win over Aves last time out. But with all due respect, Aves are absolutely awful. They’ve lost 23 of their 29 games this season, so they should be winning that one. Gil Vicente are ambling towards the end of the season, they’re 11 points clear of relegation with no hope of finishing much higher than where they are now in 11th. Again for me this is a case of two teams with very different levels of motivation. In addition, Vicente have scored just 11 away goals and managed just 12 points from their 14 away trips.Couple this with the fact that Sporting boast the second best home record in the top flight. They’ve won 10/14 in the league and their last 7 straight in all competitions.
Gil Vicente have lost the last 7 head to heads between these two clubs, they’ve not had a result in this fixture since 2003.The man to watch in this one is Jovane Cabral, the Cape Verde forward has 4 in his last 3 games. He’ll more than fancy his chances of getting on the score sheet in this one.
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