6th of August, Thursday Accumulator
I’ve picked out 4 selections from Thursday’s matches with combined odds of 5/1. Load my accumulator by simply clicking the link above. If more than 4 selections appear, click ‘Remove All’ then click the link again. Enter your stake in the ‘4-Folds’ box then click ‘Place Bet’.
Want to know why I picked each selection in this accumulator? Read my reasons below:
Sevilla vs Roma
This might well be the pick of the ties tonight as these two domestic giants face off in a one leg tie in Duisburg.
Both come in to this off the back of brilliant ends to their respective campaigns, with both sides full of confidence and with an abundance of ability going forward, I’m expecting goals in this.
In the madness of Serie A this season, Roma were one of the most goal-laden sides. Their average per game was 3.37 and a whopping 92% of their games saw at least 2 match goals. Of all the top 5 sides they managed to keep the fewest number of clean sheets. The Italians will line up in a 3 at the back system here, former Spurs defender Federico Fazio is likely to step in after Chris Smalling’s loan spell expired. Smalling claimed a spot in the Serie A team of the season and had an excellent season in Rome, he’ll be a big miss here.
As for Sevilla, they didn’t lose a single game domestically after the restart. Which allowed them to finish 4th, narrowly missing out on 3rd as they finished joint on points with Atleti.
They are normally strong in defence and although their goal average is still above what we need (2.32) it is quite a bit lower than Roma’s. What I would say is though, Sevilla are incredibly consistent scorers. Throughout their league campaign, they only failed to score in 4 of their 38 games and since the restart they only failed to score against Barcelona and Sociedad, I think we can definitely rely on them for a goal here.
Now, to address the fact they’re strong in defence. Well, that has taken a big hit here with some of the team news.
Starting goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik is out with a knee injury, Yassine Bounou will come in – not a bad goalkeeper by any means but he isn’t first choice. Highly experienced midfielder Ever Banega has called time on his stint in Europe and moved to Saudi Arabia. Another huge departure is Sergio Reguillon, he was on loan from Real Madrid and was lauded with praise for his performances for Sevilla this season. He’s energetic, powerful and a really excellent 1 v 1 defender, his absence will definitely be felt. The final missing player is midfield enforcer Nemanja Gudelj, adding to Banega’s departure they could miss some real bite in the middle of the park.
Leverkusen vs Rangers
I know there’s a few Rangers fans that’ll be following along who may find this selection a hard one to swallow, but for me I can only see one winner from this tie.
Don’t get me wrong, I admire how far Rangers have got in the competition this year and they’ve accumulated some great results but this is a step too far in my opinion. It’s weird to think back so long ago to the first leg but the Gers were outclassed and it’s not much of a surprise given the amount of quality in this Leverkusen side.
It looks likely that a front 4 of Leon Bailey, Kai Havertz, Kevin Volland and Moussa Diaby will take the field for the Germans tonight – if I was Rangers fans I’d be concerned.
There’s a reason why some of these players are rumoured to be moving for big money; namely Havertz. He’s one of the hottest young talents around and he was on target when the sides met at Ibrox back in March. As was Leon Bailey from an assist by Diaby.
It has been a month since Leverkusen played, that’s the only thing that I had to contend with when picking this bet. Rangers on the other hand are right back in to the action after a 1-0 win at Aberdeen at the weekend.
Rangers have been busy in the transfer market of late but sadly for them none of their new players can play. Which is a nightmare especially given the current situation with Alfredo Morelos. Kemar Roofe and Cedric Itten look to be fantastic signings but could all but seal the departure of the Colombian hot head. I can’t say I watched the game against Aberdeen at the weekend but I couldn’t escape the number of people saying he looked disinterested and a real shift in the reaction post match with many fans seemingly calling for him to leave now rather than upsetting the dressing room.
New defender Leon Balogun is also unavailable here. I can’t see this game being a high priority for Gerrard’s men if I’m honest especially given the statement that Celtic made on the opening day. Their priorities this season lie in stopping the 10 in a row title push, 3-1 down already going in to this, isn’t this just a distraction from what Rangers fans really want this season?
Basel vs Frankfurt
That period over lockdown makes you forget things, doesn’t it? Basel ran out 3-0 winners in Germany and now return back home to defend their lead.
The Swiss giants had a pretty disappointing season, finishing up in 3rd place in this seasons Super League. With the league finished it’s just Europe and the Swiss Cup left on the agenda Basel need a big performance the right the wrongs of their domestic campaign. They stuttered to the end of the season with just 1 win in their last 5, albeit with no losses.
That’s stark contrast to Frankfurt who were excellent post lockdown in the Bundesliga. After a tough opening couple of games against Bayern and BMG, Frankfurt lost just once more in the league. They also found their scoring touch which will fill them with confidence ahead of this game. In their last 4 Bundesliga matches they scored 10 times, they’re going to need some of that firepower here but I’ve no doubt that they believe in getting something here.
I love this game for goals as not only do both sides rank highly in numeric terms for goals, this game is so well poised. An early goal for Frankfurt could turn this in to an absolute goal fest. If they smell blood this game could go crazy. Basel will know this isn’t over as well and will likely face a lot of early pressure from the visitors.
Djibril Sow is a miss for the visitors but with a front 3 of Bas Dost, Andre Silva and Daichi Kamada they really do have some firepower.
A goal before half time, preferably for the visitors and I think this selection will be sitting in a very good spot.
Hacken vs Norrkoping
There’s a good fixture list in Sweden this evening but this one really caught my eye. I loved the look of it on face stats but after digging further I’m feeling very confident.
Norrkoping have title ambitions this season and started in scintillating form, they’ve still been scoring goals however their results have slumped slightly of late. They’re the leagues top scorers so far with 28 goals in just 12 matches, not only that, they’ve also conceded 15! That means their average already is 3.6 goals per game.
Hacken sit in 5th place and are also showing a really strong attack, they’ve netted 22 times already in their 12 matches and 4 of their last 5 games have seen over 2.5 goals scored.
Every article I’ve translated from Sweden is backing this for goals, one site I used regularly has made it their main tip for the game. They’ve mentioned similarly as I have that both these sides are really strong offensively. Also adding that this Hacken side are more than capable of mixing it with the biggest sides in the league and that we ‘just have to sit back and watch a very entertaining and well played Allsvenskan match’.
Nobody knows this league better than the natives, so this filled me with confidence. The players to watch out for here are Seas Hakasbanovic and Totte of Norrkoping who’ve got a combined 12 goals already this season.
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