Ladbrokes Blockbuster Treble:
These three all kick off this evening.
Chelsea and Celtic were both on my Acca shortlist for the weekend. Chelsea should be too strong for a West Brom side that have only scored 2 goals in 7 and have lost 9 of 13 against the top 7 this season. Celtic looked a big price anyway away at Aberdeen, given Aberdeen have secured 2nd and Celtic have resumed normal form winning their last two 4-1 and 5-1, Aberdeen might be 2nd to Celtic in the table but are 27pts inferior and their GD is 38 worse than the Champions. Everton have gone off the boil of late, and neither side are playing for much when they host Watford, but Everton had won 8 straight home matches before Chelsea visited and Watford have lost their last 5 on the road without scoring.
Chelsea, Celtic and Everton all to win (Friday) £12.50 @ 3/1 Ladbrokes
Fulham to bt Reading (Championship Play-off, Saturday 17:30) @ 1.62
Benfica to bt Guimaraes (Portugal – Primeira Liga, Saturday 18:15) @ 1.28
Feyenoord to bt Heracles (Dutch Eredivisie, 13:30 Sunday) @ 1.18
Tottenham to bt Man Utd (Premier League, Sunday 16:30) @ 1.67
Monaco to bt Lille (French Ligue 1, 20:00 Sunday) @ 1.20
£15 Acca @ 4.92 WillHill
Fulham finished 3 places behind Reading in the Championship but are rightly favourites in this first leg. Only Rotherham conceded more away goals that Reading this season and only Newcastle and Norwich have scored more at home than Fulham, who beat Reading 5-0 at Craven Cottage in December. Reading have lost 5 of their last 8 away and may not be too disheartened by a narrow defeat here in any case with the 2nd leg to come. Benfica face a massive game against Guimaraes in Portugal, they have history on their side as they bid to land the title however having won 8 of the last 10 renewals of this fixture. They’ve also won 13 of 16 at home this season. The away side has won 7 on the spin but despite drawing twice against Sporting they have been beaten in all three fixtures against Benfica and Porto without scoring. Feyenoord are also gunning for the title and can put last weekend dissappointment behind them back in their own patch where they have been imperious winning 14 of 16 including their last 10. Monaco have been the best team in France this season and can all but wrap up the title with a home win against Lille, who are the lowest ranked team of their last three fixtures in 11th, they’ve lost 5 of 7 against the top 4. Spurs will look to mark their last match at the old stadium with a win and although Man Utd are no pushovers, they have played a hard game already this week, and again will likely rotate the squad. Utd have failed to score in four away at Chelsea, Liverpool, Man City and Arsenal and face a Tottenham side that scored at least once in every single home game winning 16 of 18 so far.
Coupon Bet (in shop Cash) – Paddypower Weekend Easy-Slip (Acca Insurance):
£10 Acca: Chelsea @ 4/11, Bayern Munich @ 5/6, Liverpool @ 7/10, Monaco @ 1/6, Ajax @ 1/5 (5.88 combined odds)
Munich seem to be priced as if they will take this one as a training match but that isn’t likely to be the case with a match against thier nearest league rivals a chance to show their dominance in Germany, with Leipzig already having secured Champions League football they have little to prove. Liverpool have everything to play for in their attempt to secure Champions League football and face a West Ham side thats lost 4 of 6 at home against the top 7 and has a growing injury list. I’ve put Ajax in this one as they will be keen to avoid a repeat of last season when they lost the title on the last day with an away draw, its out of their hands this time but are up against a Willem that has a poor recent record against them and that has seen their form drop drastically since securing safety from relegation, losing 5 of 6 with the only win against the leagues worst side.
If the shop isn’t an option you can place this with Coral as its above 3/1, do double check terms however.