The Daily Acca: FA Cup weekend to conclude with a bang
The week begins with an FA Cup humdinger, a Serie A fixture and a La Liga match for Paul Robinson, and his picks add up to a 9/1 Daily Acca. Here are his selections:
The Acca pays approximately 9/1
English heavyweights to go toe-to-toe
Bet 1: Back Over 2.5 Goals in Chelsea v Man United @ 4/5 - KO 19:30 GMT
The final FA Cup tie of the last 16 is the biggest of the lot as Chelsea take on Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.
United were brought back down to earth by PSG last week as they were beaten 2-0 at Old Trafford - Ole Gunnar Solskjær's first defeat in charge. A game against Chelsea should prove to be easier though, and while I'm not going to tip them to progress, I do fancy the away win.
It's the goal-side of things that I'm concentrating on however and I am very keen on Over 2.5. It's a bet that has landed in Chelsea's last six fixtures in all competitions, and the same can be said for their last four at the Bridge.
The big improvement for United in the post Mourinho era has been their attacking play, and I struggle to see them not scoring against a Chelsea defence that were put to the sword by Man City. This could be a goal-fest.
A clean sheet to continue to elude Roma
Bet 2: Back Roma & BTTS @ 15/8 - KO 19:30 GMT
Roma are only fifth in Serie A, four points behind Milan, but they do have this game in hand. Conceding goals has been the biggest issue for Eusebio Di Francesco's side this year, as they have shipped 30 goals to date, which is eight more than any of the four teams above them.
The visitors to Stadio Olimpico today are Bologna, and they find themselves down in 18th place. They have picked up some good results of late though - beating Inter 1-0 at the San Siro, before drawing 1-1 with Genoa.
I can't see past a home win tonight, however, but I can't see it being to nil. Roma have only lost once in front of their own fans this season, but they have only kept one clean sheet - and that was against Frosinone back in September.
Bologna meanwhile have netted in seven of their last eight on the road, but they have still lost on three occasions, and I can't see them taking any points back home with them.
Attack to outshine defence in Spain
Bet 3: Back BTTS in Huesca v Athletic Bilbao @ 19/20 - KO 20:00 GMT
The hosts are bottom of La Liga but they have shown great fight over the last couple of weeks to take seven points from a possible nine, and they are now just six points adrift of safety.
Their two most recent outings resulted in victories to nil, and while they could well make it three wins on the bounce this evening, I think that they will concede a goal.
Athletic Bilbao held Barcelona to a 0-0 draw last time out, but they aren't having a great campaign and are only 14th in the table. Things have improved of late however as it's just two defeats in 12, and Gaizka Garitano has really revived their fortunes.
As far as the goals go, their last three away matches saw this selection land, and they have kept just the one clean sheet on their travels this term. For Huesca, two of their last four at home have had goals at both ends, and they are in great goal-scoring form.
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