ActiveWins Picks - 17/1 Accumulator26/04/2019
The end of the football season grows closer in our sights but there is no need to panic just yet. There are still a few games left in each of the top European divisions and plenty to play for.
Ahead of this weekend, ActiveWins has picked out a little five fold that could potentially cure your end of season blues.
West Brom to Beat Rotherham – 4/6
There isn’t many more daunting places to visit in the Championship right now than the Hawthorns. West Brom are undefeated in their last five home fixtures, winning four on the bounce since early March. Their latest was a tricky one against Hull City, but Dwight Gayle’s double gifted the Baggies all three points in a win that solidified their position in the playoffs.
Gayle has been in prolific form all season and he will certainly fancy his chances against Rotherham, a side that have conceded eighteen times in just their last six games. The Millers will need to win their remaining two fixtures if they have any chance of survival, but it is looking bleak for them.
Without a win in four, Paul Warne could well already be planning for life in League One next season. West Brom will be after some positive momentum to take into the playoffs, and we can’t see anything other than a Baggies win this Saturday afternoon.
Swansea to Beat Hull – 8/11
Another side that boasts an impressive home record is Swansea City. The Swans have astonishingly won seven of their last eight games at the Liberty Stadium, with the only exception being Manchester City.
We know that stats aren’t everything in football but throw into the mix that Hull have only won one of their last ten on the road, and it isn’t of any surprise to see them arrive in Wales as the underdogs. It’s been an up and down season for the Tigers, who haven’t threatened the play-offs, nor have they hovered near the relegation zone.
At home, the Swans are favourites for a reason and Graham Potter’s men have the firepower to end the season on a high. In their last game at the Liberty, we are expecting them to put in a strong showing.
Atletico Madrid to Beat Real Valladolid – 4/11
Picking the favourable home team may appear like an easy trend, but there is good reason for including Atletico Madrid too. How about this for a statistic: they’ve won all but three of their home fixtures this season. Also bear in mind that two of these exceptions came against Barcelona and Real Madrid.
The Red and Whites are known for their defensive resilience and they have just reason too – they have conceded just 23 goals in La Liga this season, the least of any of the twenty teams. Considering that they face the side with the least league goals (29) this Saturday, it isn’t surprising to see Madrid make their way onto this five-fold.
A win for Diego Simeone’s side would all but solidify their position in second in the table, quite the achievement considering Barca and Madrid’s financial advantages, compared to the rest of the division.
Teemu Pukki to Score vs Blackburn – 4/6
Norwich have scored the most goals in the Championship this season and at the forefront of such success has been Teemu Pukki. The Finnish man has been a revelation in his debut season for the Canaries, netting 29 goals in all competitions.
His goals have all but cemented Norwich’s place in the Premier League for next season, but he will be eager to sign off the campaign with the golden boot. Blackburn have been in impressive form across the last few weeks, but they do concede chances. They have let in 65 league goals this season – QPR are the only club outside the bottom three with a worse record.
Promotion will be mathematically confirmed this Saturday if Norwich don’t lose, so the players will be rallied up in-front of a lively Carrow Road. Can Pukki get on the score-sheet in their final home game? We reckon so.
Leicester City to Beat Arsenal – 9/5
Simply put, Arsenal’s away record is torrid. The Gunners have lost seven and drawn four on the road this season, a run of form that could eventually cost them a place in the top four.
Not qualifying for the Champions League would be a huge blow for Unai Emery, and the odds are stacked against them to do so. Their 3-1 defeat away to Wolves summed up Arsenal to a tee. Defensively they were all over the place and the game was lost by half-time. Had this been at home, they probably would have won comfortably.
Up next is Leicester, where Arsenal have failed to win in their last two visits. Brendan Rodgers will be demanding a positive end to the season, before he makes his summer arrangements for his new side. Jamie Vardy has six goals in eight league games against Arsenal and we think the Foxes will be up for this Sunday afternoon fixture.
Odds at Betfred
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