The Big Wednesday Multiple: A Sky Sports Special

The goals are set to flow in Spain
The goals are set to flow in Spain
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It's that time of the week where Paul Robinson selects a home win, an away win, a match to go over 2.5 goals and a match to go under 2.5 goals. Here are his selections:

"Back Man United @ 1.33 (1/3);

Back Barcelona @ 1.18 (2/11);

Back Over 2.5 Goals in Sociedad v Racing Santander @ 1.53 (8/15);

Back Under 2.5 Goals in AC Milan v Udinese @ 1.95 (20/21);

The Multiple pays approximately 4.68 (7/2)"


Bet 1: Man United (HOME) @ 1.33 (1/3) - Live on Sky Sports 1 at 19:45 GMT

We begin in the north-west of England as Manchester United look set to win the second leg of their Capital One cup semi with Sunderland after losing the first leg 2-1 a fortnight ago.

It has been far from a vintage year for United as the departure of Alex Ferguson has affected them more than anyone could have imagined. Down in seventh place in the Premier League, their best chance of qualifying for Europe next season is by winning this competition.

David Moyes' side will have to come from behind though as they were beaten at the Stadium of Light and they'll also be without their goalscorer from that game, Nemanja Vidic, who was sent off in the 3-1 defeat at Chelsea on Sunday.

Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie will likely still be missing and while that is a huge blow, they managed to beat Swansea at Old Trafford in their absence recently.

Sunderland have improved under Gus Poyet and although they're still second from bottom in the league, they have closed the gap to the others and are on a four match unbeaten run in all competitions - three of which were victories.

With Manchester City already through to the final though and the fact that Moyes needs to progress much more than Poyet, I can see a relatively comfortable victory for United - albeit at short odds.


Bet 2: Barcelona (AWAY) @ 1.18 (2/11) - Live on Sky Sports 2 at 21:00 GMT

Talking of short prices, this week's away win is Barcelona and while I appreciate they offer little value, no other away teams stand-out tonight.

Their opponents in this Copa del Rey tie are fellow La Liga club Levante and 'The Frogs' are actually in decent nick at present - undefeated in four - two of which were victories. It hasn't escaped my attention that Joaquín Caparrós' side held Barca to a 1-1 draw on Sunday but the Catalan giants had won the previous five meetings by an aggregate score of 19-1, and lightening doesn't strike twice.

That result will have just angered Gerardo Martino and he will be desperate to get a win under their belts to get them back on track for their La Liga game this weekend as only one point covers them and the Madrid clubs now.


Bet 3: Sociedad v Racing Santander (Over 2.5 goals) @ 1.53 (8/15) - Live on Sky Sports 2 at 19:00 GMT

We stay in the Copa del Rey for our goal-fest as Racing Santander travel to Sociedad looking for their third away win of the tournament at a side who are two divisions above them.

After a disappointing opening couple of months to the season, Real Sociedad have climbed to sixth in the league and manager Jagoba Arrasate is looking more settled following his promotion from assistant. 

Aside from a 5-1 defeat at Villarreal - in a game where the opposition were absolutely superb - Sociedad haven't lost a match since Bayer Leverkusen were in town for a Champions League clash back in December.

They've kept three clean sheets in a row at home and while they did draw 0-0 in their last outing at Anoeta, prior to that they had scored 11 in three games. 

Racing Santander have suffered some lean times in recent years but they appear to be on the up - at least on the field anyway. They currently top Segunda B and have already knocked out Sevilla and Almeria in the Copa del Rey - winning both away legs 2-0.

I don't think this one will be as easy for Paco Fernández's men but they couldn't be coming into the game in better form. I can definitely see them scoring, but a fourth clean sheet in a row is doubtful.


Bet 4: AC Milan v Udinese (Under 2.5 goals) @ 1.95 (20/21) - Live on Sky Sports 3 at 20:00 GMT

We conclude in Italy for another cup game as AC Milan host Udinses in a Coppa Italia quarter-final.

Clarence Seedorf got his new career off to a great start with a 1-0 victory over Verona in Serie A on Sunday but they were far from convincing and had to rely on a late Mario Balotelli penalty to get the job done.

The main thing that the Dutchman will take from the game though was the clean sheet as Milan have been struggling at the back all year - even at the San Siro. That would appear to be the area he's concentrating on fixing first so there's a good chance we'll see a return to the low-scoring matches that the club have been famous for over the years.

Udinese are struggling at the moment and the players' frustrations boiled over in the 3-0 defeat at Sampdoria as Allan and Gabriel Silva saw red. They followed that up with a 3-2 loss at home to Lazio - conceding two late goals - which was made even poorer by the fact that their opponents were reduced to 10 men in the 54th minute with the score 1-0 to the hosts.

The last three on the road for Francesco Guidolin's side may have gone over 2.5 goals but prior to that they had four out of five go under - including a 1-0 loss on this ground to the Rossoneri.


Recommended Multiple

Back Man United @ 1.33 (1/3); Back Barcelona @ 1.18 (2/11); Back Over 2.5 Goals in Sociedad v Racing Santander @ 1.53 (8/15); Back Under 2.5 Goals in AC Milan v Udinese @ 1.95 (20/21); The Multiple pays approximately 4.68 (7/2)


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2013/14 P/L (1pt each bet)

Wagered: 22 pts
Returned: 27.32 pts
P/L: + 5.32 pts

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