The Merseyside Derby may be taking centre stage on Sunday but there is potentially money to be won from the footy on the continent as well.
Form Labs are here with a three-fold accumulator that could well be worth taking a punt on this weekend.
Villarreal v Alaves (Saturday 15:15)
Villarreal are far too short to back at home to Alaves having produced just two victories in 19 outings in La Liga and just one in their last 12. However, their form has picked up a bit with just the solitary defeat in six outings across all competitions under new manager Javier Calleja, away at Atletico, and having drawn eight of their last 14 fixtures since mid-December, can pick up a highly useful point in their bid to avoid relegation.
Their visitors enjoyed a sensational start to the season as they won seven of their opening 12 fixtures, but things have dried up for them since then as they’ve emerged victories in just three of the subsequent 13 games and only once in their last seven. They’re still riding high in sixth place, though having failed to find the net in four of their last six, it seems it’s only a matter of time before they slip down the standings. They have however picked up draws in their last two, including against 17th-placed Celta Vigo, leaving them with just one defeat from eight encounters with bottom-six teams this season.
FORM LABS PREDICTION : DRAW AT 3.85!
Reims v Amiens (Saturday 19:00)
Amiens have picked up wins in their last two home games to lift themselves outside of the relegation zone, but they possess Ligue 1’s worst record on the road this season and have managed just six goals from 13 trips to date, so it’s difficult to imagine them picking up any points when visiting in-form Reims. The hosts have rocketed up the table from 12thto 6thafter winning four of their past five unbeaten outings, and with six goals in their last two games against top-half outfits Rennes and Montpellier, should have too much firepower for Christophe Pelissier’s side to handle.
Indeed, Reims have conceded no more than one strike in 11 of their past 13 fixtures and on home turf alone, only PSG have shipped fewer goals per game in front of their own fans this term. Amiens have lost five of their last seven matches heading into this clash overall, and though they haven’t experienced the easiest of fixtures recently, it leaves them with eight defeats from their past nine encounters with top-half outfits. Facing such teams on the road, they’ve lost seven of eight winless clashes this season, failing to score in six of these and shipping an average of two per game down the other end. With that in mind, Reims have a fantastic opportunity to make headway in the race for European qualification, as the two teams directly above them square off on Sunday evening in the late kick off.
FORM LABS PREDICTION: REIMS TO WIN AT 1.80!
Lille v Dijon (Sunday 14:00)
Lille are PSG’s nearest challengers this season and although they trail Thomas Tuchel’s men by a whopping 17 points, they’re still five points clear of third-placed Lyon. They’ve slipped up slightly with stalemates in their last two outings, but these both came against top-half opponents and having been victorious in each of their previous five matches, they should have little difficulty getting back to winning ways hosting lowly Dijon.
The visitors raised eyebrows with three consecutive victories to kick off their season, but they’ve only produced two wins from the subsequent 22 matches, losing 15 of these including each of the past four as Antoine Kombouare hasn’t been able to revive their fortunes since arriving at the helm in January. Dijon have lost their last six matches versus top-six opponents, conceding at least twice in all but one of these, and given their hosts have won seven of their last eight against the bottom six in the table, the home win should prove to be banker material.
FORM LABS PREDICTION: LILLE TO WIN AT 1.52!
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