The Daily Acca: Belgium have nothing to fear from Egypt
Wednesday's edition of the Daily Acca is a 10/1 shot that sees Paul Robinson begin with an international friendly and end with a couple of Brazilian Serie A fixtures. Here are his selections:
The Acca pays approximately 10/1
Another clean sheet for Belgium
Bet 1: Back Under 2.5 Goals in Belgium v Egypt @ 10/11 - KO 19:45 BST
The Egyptians are still sweating over the fitness of Mohamed Salah ahead of the World Cup, but even if he does make it in time, he definitely won't be playing this evening.
It would be slightly over the top to call them a one man team, because they are decent defensively, and I think that they are using their warm-up friendlies to hone their defence ahead of their opening match against Uruguay.
Héctor Cúper's men drew 0-0 with Colombia last time out, and 10 of their last 14 fixtures have all seen this selection land. Obviously it will be tough for them to keep a clean sheet in Brussels as Belgium are potential contenders for the World Cup, but Portugal managed it at the weekend.
Roberto Martinez's side drew 0-0 on that occasion, and it was their third clean sheet in a row. They put four past Saudi Arabia prior to that, but Japan kept them down to a single goal previously.
Unders the best play with Brazilian champs involved
Bet 2: Back Under 1.5 Goals in Corinthians v Santos @ 6/4 - KO 01:00 BST (Thurs)
Our second selection comes from Brazil's top flight as I can't see many goals at all when Corinthians take on Santos.
The hosts are in transition following Osmar Loss' recent promotion to manager. They were beaten 1-0 at leaders, Flamengo, on Sunday, but prior to that they edged out America Mineiro by the same scoreline on this ground.
Santos haven't made the greatest start to their domestic campaign as they are down in 15th place having lost five of their eight matches already. They had only scored half a dozen goals in their first seven outings, but they racked up five at home to Vitoria at the weekend.
They are back on the road tonight however, where they have so far scored once across their four defeats this term, and it's difficult to see them improving on that when Corinthians rarely concede at home.
Gremio's defence to remain as tight as ever
Bet 3: Back Under 1.5 Goals in Gremio v Palmeiras @ 11/8 - KO 01:45 BST (Thurs)
We remain in Brazil's Serie A for our final selection, and I once again fancy a low-scoring affair when Palmeiras travel to Porto Alegre to take on Gremio.
Gremio have kept five clean sheets in a row in all competitions and have conceded just three goals in nine league matches to date this season. An average of barely over one goal per game themselves though means that they have only won four times, which leaves them fourth in the standings - four points off the pace.
The visitors are in seventh and they have scored 13 and conceded eight so far this year. That means that their matches are averaging 2.33 goals each tie, but four of their nine have still gone Under 1.5. It's also worth noting that their two latest away games ended in 1-0 defeats.
2017/18 P/L (1pt each bet)
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