17th of January, 11/2 Sunday Accumulator
I’ve picked out 5 selections for Sunday afternoon, you can load them by clicking here on mobile. The acca has been placed at odds of around 11//2 and it’ll kick off at 1:30pm.
Have a read of my research below:
VVV Venlo vs Heerenveen
My acca will get underway at 1:30pm in Holland. To kick us off, I’ve gone for both teams to score between two goalsy sides in VVV Venlo and Heerenveen.
If we look at the goals average for each team, they make good reading. VVV have an average of 4.3 goals per game so far and Heerenveen have an average of just over 3.
VVV’s last 4 straight league games all saw both teams score, I fancy that run to continue here. 11 of Venlo’s last 13 Eredivisie matches saw both teams to score end up a winning selection, that’s a cracking strike rate.
Heerenveen are another good side for a BTTS selection. 10 of their last 13 league matches saw both teams get on the scoresheet. If they don’t score and concede on Sunday afternoon I’ll be very surprised.
Guess which Eredivisie team boasts having the league’s top scorer? Not Ajax, not PSV, and no, it’s not Feyenoord either. It’s VVV Venlo who have a Greek fellow named Georgios Giakoumakis. He has scored 16 goals in 16 appearances and is currently averaging a goal every 86 minutes.
Heerenveen also have a goalscorer within their ranks. They’ve got Henk Veerman who has bagged 11 times in 16 matches.
Sheffield United vs Tottenham
Next up, I’m backing Spurs to win either half against Sheffield United in the day’s first match in the Premier League.
Sheff United won their first match of the season last time out against Newcastle. However, I’m refusing to read too much into that as Newcastle practically set up to lose, it was absolutely horrendous. Tottenham are a completely different kettle of fish.
Tottenham have dropped points in a few places recently, they need a big result here to climb back into the top four. The thing I like about this ‘win either half’ selection is that it would’ve been a winner in Spurs’ last match despite Fulham scoring that late equaliser which ruined a few people’s bets.
Before Newcastle gifted Sheffield United their first win, the Blades had lost their previous 3 matches without scoring a goal. As well as that, they’d lost 18 of their last 20 Premier League matches.
Tottenham have the second-best defence in the entire league and Sheffield United have the joint-lowest goals tally alongside Burnley. It’s going to be difficult for the hosts to compete with those stats in mind.
A full strength line-up is expected for Spurs with Harry Kane and Son leading the line, obviously those two need no introduction. 23 goals and 16 assists between them so far this season.
Liverpool vs Manchester United
The rivalry is heating up, and this meeting between Liverpool and Man United is going to be one of the biggest in years. There’s loads on the line and I fancy goals this afternoon, I’ve opted to include both teams to score in my acca.
I was looking at Liverpool’s home record in the Premier League and it’s absolutely incredible. Put it this way, looking through Soccerway it was a struggle to find out when they last failed to score at home in the league. And the results go all the way back to December 2018.
Liverpool have conceded in 8 of their last 10 matches at Anfield in the Premier League. And against weaker sides sides such as Leeds, Sheffield United and West Brom.
It only seems like last week when Solksjaer’s position was under threat and now they’re top of the league going into today. It’s crazy how quick things have changed.
We all remember the horrendous 0-0 in the Manchester Derby, although United have actually won 5 games from 6 since then. So they’re on a seriously good run.
Manchester United are unbeaten in their last 15 Premier League matches away from home. Cracking form. They scored in all 15 of those matches and they managed to score at least twice in 12 of them.
All of the big guns are expected to start tomorrow. Salah, Firmino and Mane for Liverpool, and you’ve got Rashford, Pogba and Fernandes for United.
Atalanta vs Genoa
Good old Atalanta, the boys from Bergamo had a bit of a wobbly start to the season but now they’re right in to their stride. They’re now 7 league games unbeaten, winning 5 of those.
At home they’re on a 5 match winning run in all competitions and they’ve scored an incredible 18 goals in those games. That’s no surprise either, they’ve buried 40 goals in 16 games this season which is quite astonishing, even by their own high standards.
It’s stark contrast to Genoa, they’ve won just 2 of their last 13 Serie A outings. They’ve scored just 5 goals in their 8 away games too, managing just one single win. No side has produced fewer goals on the road and against a side who scored so freely I can’t see how they get a positive result here.
Atalanta are at full strength too, only Mario Pasic is missing for the hosts. With Luis Muriel, Duvan Zapata and Alejandro Gomez and Josip Ilicic all fit it could be a demolition job, especially if they hit their stride early on.
The two Colombians, Zapata and Muriel have scored just 1 less goal between them than Genoa have scored as a whole squad. That’s pretty indicative of how I expect this to go.
Lyon vs Metz
Off to France to round things off as league leaders Lyon host mid table Metz.
Lyon have still lost just 1 game this campaign and are absolutely flying right now. I think it speaks volumes of the quality in this squad that the departure of Moussa Dembele isn’t being seen as a big loss for them. He’d been in and out the squad anyway, a lot of that was on merit as well. Memphis Depay, Karl Toko-Kambi, Houssem Aouar and young starlet Tino Kadewere have been more than worth their salt.
Depay (11), Ekambi (9) & Kadewere (7) have made up 27 of Lyon’s 39 goals this season. That 27 is 7 more than Metz have managed, with Lyon almost doubling the visitors output overall.
At home especially Lyon have excelled, they’re unbeaten on home soil and have smashed in 22 goals in 9 games. They’ve won 5 of the last 6 here, scoring 2 or more in each game.
Metz are now winless in 3 and come here as one of the league’s lowest ranked travelling sides. Just 2 wins on the road this season makes for tough reading and only Nimes have scored fewer goals on the road. In 9 outings they’ve scored just 8 goals. They’re a side who try to keep things tight and steal a goal, they simply won’t be able to do that here, there’s far too much firepower on show for the hosts.