The Daily Acca: Tottenham and Chelsea to share the points
There are some big games in England and Spain this evening and Paul Robinson is predicting a trio of draws. Here are his selections:
- Back The Draw in Tottenham v Chelsea @ 5/2
- Back The Draw in Brentford v Middlesbrough @ 21/10
- Back The Draw in Atletico Madrid v Barcelona @ 12/5
The Acca pays approximately 36/1
Chelsea to remain unbeaten
Bet 1: Back The Draw in Tottenham v Chelsea @ 5/2 - KO 17:30 GMT
Spurs are going slightly under the radar this season as while Man City, Liverpool and to a lesser extent, Chelsea, are gaining all the headlines, the fact remains that Tottenham are in fourth place and would actually move ahead of The Blues with a win tonight.
I can't see that happening though as the visitors are yet to taste defeat this year, and that's across all competitions. They have actually defended better away from Stamford Bridge than they have at home, and they come into this fixture having kept three straight away clean sheets.
The hosts have scored just twice across their last three in the league at Wembley and even with Christian Eriksen back to fitness, I'm not convinced that they will find the net more than once. Expect a tight game.
Spoils to be shared at Griffin Park
Bet 2: Back The Draw in Brentford v Middlesbrough @ 21/10 - KO 17:30 GMT
Thomas Frank hasn't been able to deliver the same kind of results that Dean Smith getting when he was in charge and the 3-2 defeat at QPR prior to the international break was his fourth loss in five games.
The Bees are still pretty good at Griffin Park though and they did beat Millwall in one of the two home matches with Frank as the number one.
Middlesbrough are pushing for promotion as expected and Tony Pulis' side are unbeaten in six in all competitions. It is worth noting though that three of their last four Championship outings have ended all square, and they are a team who are never going to score lots of goals.
Simeone's men to hold Barca
Bet 3: Back The Draw in Atletico Madrid v Barcelona @ 12/5 - KO 19:45 GMT
One of the biggest games of the day comes from La Liga, as Atletico Madrid take on Barcelona in which Atleti can go top with a win - for one day at least.
This should be a pretty close encounter that probably won't have too many goals in it. The hosts have scored only 16 times in 12 outings this term, but then they've only conceded eight. We pretty much knew that would be the case given how Diego Simeone's side operate, and they will only tighten up against a better team.
Barca have lost twice already this year, but they still top La Liga in what appears to be a pretty open season. Just four points cover the top six, and Ernesto Valverde's men were beaten 4-3 by Real Betis at the Nou Camp, last time out.
Three of the last six meetings between the pair have ended 1-1, and the other three only had a goal in it. Expect more of the same, making the draw at 12/5 a decent price.
Daily Acca 2018/19 P/L
Back The Draw in Tottenham v Chelsea @ 5/2
Back The Draw in Brentford v Middlesbrough @ 21/10
Back The Draw in Atletico Madrid v Barcelona @ 12/5
The Acca pays approximately 36/1
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