5th of July, Sunday Accumulator
I’ve picked 5 selections from Sunday’s matches with combined odds of 7/1. 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.
St Gallen vs Sion
St Gallen need to keep winning matches in order to fend off interest from Young Boys who are just behind them in second. St Gallen are top of the Swiss Super League and they’re set to face Sion who are struggling and currently second bottom. St Gallen have won 3 of their last 4 league matches, a run that actually included a 2-1 win in Sion at the back end of last month.
Sion’s league form is horrendous and they’re under serious threat of relegation. They’re currently on a run of 11 league matches without a win, and they have won just once in their last 20. They have also failed to score in 2 of their last 3, so they shouldn’t cause St Gallen too much of a problem in my opinion. I mentioned when these teams last met that the Coronavirus pandemic had affected Sion financially and that led to them losing several key players over the break.
LASK Linz vs Red Bull Salzburg
Red Bull Salzburg last dropped points against Wolfsberger at home when they let a two goal lead slip out of their hands. Since then, they have played three and won three. Incredibly, Salzburg have scored 15 goals over the course of their last three matches which is an average of 5 goals scored per game!
Salzburg were 3-1 winners when these two sides met last month. LASK’s form has taken a dip and they have struggled overall since the return to action after the footballing world took a break. They went on a run of four matches without a win after returning, but then seemed to pick things up with three successive wins. It’s back to a dull run of form though as LASK have lost their last couple of matches on the spin, and now isn’t the best time for them to be facing Salzburg who literally score for fun.
Inter Milan vs Bologna
Inter currently sit 3rd in the table, they’re 4 points behind Lazio and 8 behind the league leaders Juventus. It’s tough to say where their motivation is and whether they believe they could still win the league but one thing is for sure – Antonio Conte won’t be letting up with his players, anything less than 100% effort won’t be tolerated. That was clear as they smashed Brescia 6-0 during the week. This was Inter’s 3rd win from 4 since the restart and they’ve looked sharp and professional asides from that sloppy 3-3 draw with Sassuolo.
Atalanta are just 4 points behind and Lazio just 4 in front, I can’t see Inter not wanting to finish as high as possible. If Juventus were to slip up then they may just dare to dream. In the meantime they need to keep the pressure up and keep winning games.
I can definitely see Bologna lacking motivation for a game like this. They’re 13 points above relegation but will realistically get nowhere near the European places. They’ve got little to play for and now have to head to a side who’ve just netted 6 last time out. Not the ideal scenario when you’re feeling a bit flat about your season.
Bologna have played one less game since the resumption of Italy’s top flight, they’ve won 1, drawn 1 and lost 1. They were pretty lifeless against Juventus, I watched that game and I felt like that lack of motivation was quite apparent. It was 2-0 by half time and they never really mounted much of a charge to overturn that. If Inter get ahead early here I could see Bologna basically downing tools.
No new injury worries for Inter here, which means we should see Eriksen, Sanchez, Lukaku and Martinez all feature.
Molde vs Mjondalen
I had the Molde game in my Thursday accumulator, I didn’t back them to get a result there, saying that I believed it would be a really tricky game for them. This was after some deep digging and especially some information from local Norwegian articles. The game against Kristiansund finished 2-2 and it was indeed a tough game for the visitors.
However, I expect a return to winning ways here against Mjondalen. It’s not been a terrible start for the visitors in this one and 5th after 5 games is probably better than they expected. Their league position is slightly inflated though, their 2 league wins have came against Aalesund and Sarpsborg who are both winless after 5 matches – Sarpsborg don’t even have a point.
In their main test so far, Mjondalen were beaten by Kristiansund. I can’t see them having a good afternoon in this one either. Molde have won all of the previous 6 competitive head to heads between these two, dating back to 2013.
The predicted forecast in Norway is that Molde will strike back here after having their win stolen away in midweek. They’ve won 4/5 so far and trail league leaders Bodo by 2 points, they can’t afford to allow an early gap to open up so will be on their game here.
Cagliari vs Atalanta
This game absolutely screams goals. Most games with Atalanta do, to be honest. Cagliari can play their part here as well though.
The hosts have had somewhat of a revival after taking 7 points from their last 3 matches. They started off the season superbly and were right in amongst the top 5/6 but tailed off after the turn of the year. One thing has been maintained throughout though, their games have remained full of goals. There’s been an average of 3.2 goals per game in Cagliari matches this season. They’ve conceded more goals than any side inside the top 10, but are also the second highest scorers outside the top 6. With Atalanta being far from convincing defensively, Cagliari could easily get on the scoresheet.
As for Atalanta, you already know how much of a fan I am of them this season. They’re just a mental side. They average 4.2 goals per game this season and have scored a ludicrous 82 times in 29 matches. That’s 16 more than the next highest scorers in Serie A. They’ve also shipped 39 goals, which gives them the worst defence in the top half of the table bar that of their opponents in this one.
It’s easy to see why Atalanta have been so good going forward, their team is bursting with attaching talent. Josep Ilicic, Alejandro Gomez, Duvan Zapata and Luis Muriel have all frequently found the next this season and are all fit to start here. Their dynamic 3-5-2 formation has been a nightmare for defences all season, particularly with the quality and work rate they have out wide in the form of Gosens and Castagne.
I could have gone for both teams to score here but I’m siding with just goals. Atalanta have netted as many as 7 on several occasions this season, with so much firepower they could easily blow Cagliari away.
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