The Daily Acca: Chelsea to progress without keeping it clean

Chelsea striker - Gonzalo Higuain
Can Higuain perform for Chelsea like he did for Juventus and Napoli?
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Sunday's edition of the Daily Acca is a 13/2 chance that features the FA Cup, Serie A and La Liga. Here are his selections:

- Back Chelsea & BTTS @ 6/4
- Back BTTS in Lazio v Juventus @ 20/23
- Back BTTS in Espanyol v Real Madrid @ 13/20

The Acca pays approximately 13/2

Chelsea to miss out on a clean sheet

Bet 1: Back Chelsea & BTTS @ 6/4 - KO 18:00 GMT

This won't be a straightforward FA Cup tie for Chelsea as Sheffield Wednesday have improved since changing their manager, and while I do think that they will progress, I can definitely see the visitors getting on the scoresheet.

The Owls have won their last two in all competitions, and it's just one defeat in eight - which came at the hands of the in-form, Hull. They have found the net in five of their last six away from Hillsborough, and that includes trips to the Riverside and the Hawthorns.

Chelsea made it through to the EFL Cup final on Thursday night and they have another game coming up on Wednesday against Bournemouth. Maurizio Sarri doesn't have the quality of squad that the likes of Klopp and Guardiola do, so it will be interesting to see what kind of line-up he starts this evening.

The Blues haven't kept a clean sheet in any of their last four, but their own firepower has at least been boosted by the signing of Gonzalo Higuain.

Check out Dave Tindall's preview of this game too.

Goals at the Stadio Olimpico

Bet 2: Back BTTS in Lazio v Juventus @ 20/23 - KO 19:30 GMT

The hosts were beaten 2-1 at Napoli last Sunday, a result which saw them drop to seventh place in Serie A, however it is still quite tight from fourth downwards.

Juventus meanwhile are eight points clear at the top, with a game in hand. They have won 18 of their 20 fixtures this term, with the other two being draws. An undefeated season isn't beyond the realms of possibility, with today's match being one of the toughest tests they will face.

As far as the goals go, Simone Inzaghi's side are on a run of five on this ground to see BTTS backers collect, as they scored 11 and conceded six during that period.

Massimiliano Allegri's men don't concede many goals themselves, but Atalanta did find the net twice against them on their last away outing, and two of their last five on the road have had goals at both ends.

More away goals conceded by Real Madrid

Bet 3: Back BTTS in Espanyol v Real Madrid @ 13/20 - KO 19:45 GMT

Espanyol were stuffed 3-0 at Eibar in their last La Liga match on Monday, but they did come back out on Thursday and earn a 1-1 draw with Betis in the Cope del Rey.

Real Madrid were also in action in the cup this week, as they came from behind to beat Girona 4-2 at the Bernabeu. The title might be long gone for Real this season - they trail Barcelona by 10 points - but they will still want to finish as high as possible.

Goals appear to be a relative certainty in this game. The net has been bulging in Espanyol matches of late - four of their last five have had goals at both ends, as have three of their last four in front of their own fans.

Santiago Solari's visitors have had two of their last three away from home end without a clean sheet, and they have conceded 19 goals in 10 away La Liga fixtures this term.

Daily Acca 2018/19 P/L

Wagered: 196pts
Returned: 112.87pts
P/L: -83.13pts

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