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Sunday 12th January
BST 12:00 Cardiff City vs Swansea City
While Cardiff may have done an impressive job to bounce back from two goals behind to snatch an FA Cup replay off of League Two outfit Carlisle last weekend, the Bluebirds are still struggling to pick up maximum points since brining in new boss Neil Harris. Hit with an embarrassing 6-1 hammering away at QPR on New Year’s Day, a result seen as one of their worst performances in recent memory, the former Millwall boss has seen his side pick up just a single win in each of their last seven matches across all competitions. Unsurprisingly, fans around the Cardiff City Stadium will be most concerned by their side’s continued issues at the back. With just one clean sheet since the end of November, the Bluebirds have also shipped at least a pair of goals in five of their last eight appearances. As for Sunday’s guests, much like their bitter Welsh rivals, Swansea are another side coming off the back of their own humiliating performance against QPR. Watching the Hoops pick up a 5-1 win at Loftus Road last week, the Whites have won just three of their last 13 matches across all formats and are dealing with their own defensive issues, particularly on the road. Steve Cooper’s men have shipped 14 goals in their last five matches away from the Liberty and have recorded just one away clean sheet since the 21st of September.
Tip: Both teams to score @ 4/6
14:00 Bournemouth vs Watford
Starting with Sunday’s guests, while Watford may have been left shocked to have seen League One outfit Tranmere come from three goals down to snatch an FA Cup replay last weekend, the Hornets have made a string of improvements since bringing in Nigel Pearson last month. Including picking up a very impressive 2-1 win over European contenders Wolves at Vicarage Road on New Year’s Day, they are now unbeaten in their last five matches across all competitions and the mood in their camp appears to be at a season-high. Undoubtedly still boosted by what was a shock 2-0 victory over Manchester United last month, a huge part of Watford’s rise has been their new-found form in the final third. With Gerard Deulofeu bagging two in his last three, the Hornets have bagged 11 goals on their unbeaten run and will travel to the South Coast knowing that three points could see them claw a route out of the drop zone. While Bournemouth may have managed to snatch a spot in the fourth round of this year’s FA Cup thanks to a routine victory over Championship strugglers Luton last week, the Cherries find themselves in the midst of a woeful run of form. Putting in a season-worst display and hit with a 4-0 hammering away at West Ham on New Year’s Day, Eddie Howe’s men have fallen into the bottom-three and have now lost eight of their last 10 matchups.
Tip: Watford win @ 7/4
16:00 Dijon vs Lille
Booking their spot in the semi-final of this year’s French League Cup thanks to a 2-0 win over Amiens on Wednesday night, Lille find the mood in their camp at a high and are enjoying quite the run of form. Appearing to bounce back from their hammering away at Monaco prior to the festive break, Sunday’s guests have won four of their last five Ligue 1 appearances and once again find themselves in pole position to secure another top-four finish. There is no doubt that Head Coach Christophe Galtier will be most impressed by the on-going success of leading marksman, Victor Osimhen. Once again finding the net against Amiens in midweek, the 21-year-old sensation has continued to be linked to a string of Europe’s top sides and has now bagged three goals in as many appearances. Sitting third in the race for France’s Golden Boot and already with 14 strikes this season, Osimhen will certainly travel to the Stade Gaston-Gérard boosted with confidence. Playing out a 2-2 draw with fellow strugglers Metz on home soil after making a return from the festive break, Sunday’s hosts have failed to win any of their last five Ligue 1 matchups and are still dealing with some glaring issues at the back. Holding just a one-point buffer from slipping into the drop zone, Dijon have now failed to record a single clean sheet in any of their previous 11 outings across all competitions.
Tip: Victor Osimhen to score anytime @ 1/1
Our Sunday Accumulator:
Cardiff City vs Swansea City – Both teams to score @ 4/6
Bournemouth vs Watford – Watford win @ 7/4
Dijon vs Lille – Victor Osimhen to score anytime @ 1/1
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