With a string of fixtures from across Europe still on display this weekend, the Champions League once again takes center stage along with a returning Scottish Premiership. On that note, for those of you looking to open the weekend with an acca, we have found a handful of helpful tips that are worth keeping an eye out for.
Saturday 15th August
BST 14:00 Finn Harps vs Bohemians
Starting with Saturday’s guests, coming off the back of what was a stunning performance last week, there is no doubt that the mood in Bohemians’ camp will be at a real high this weekend. Shocking many and landing a 2-1 win against defending champions and fellow European outfit Dundalk last time out, the Irish high-flyers already find themselves holding a five-point buffer in the top-three after what has been an eye-catching start to the new Premier Division campaign. Receiving a string of praise for their deserved victory against the Reds last week, Head Coach Keith Long finds his side in the midst of a three-match winning run and have collected 15 points over their opening seven matchups this season. Really appearing to have found their feet since returning from football’s enforced break, Bohemians have landed back-to-back wins in August and will be confident of extending on their recent purple patch this weekend. Conceding just a single goal in over 300 minutes of action now, Saturday’s guests have also lost just one of their previous six away fixtures continuing on from last season. It should also be noted that they also hold a dominant record against the Finn Harps. Winning five of their last six meetings against this weekend’s hosts, they should be relishing the trip to Ballybofey. Despite their narrow FAI Cup victory last week, it has been nothing short of an abysmal top-flight run for Ollie Horgan’s men. Despite just about managing to hold onto their Premier Division status last year, the Blues have lost each of their last five league matchups on the bounce and have remarkably managed to record just a single strike in any of those five consecutive defeats.
Tip: Bohemians win @ 3/4
17:30 Hibernian vs Motherwell
While Hibernian might have found themselves slumped in the bottom half of the Premiership table when last season was brought to an early finish, few would have expected what has been a stellar start to life this time around. Keeping up what has been an extremely eye-catching start to the new campaign with a 1-0 win away at a returning Dundee United earlier in the week, Head Coach and one-time Sunderland boss Jack Ross has been rightfully filled with praise for his side. Along with opening up the new campaign with a deserved 2-1 win against Kilmarnock on home soil, Hibs have won each of their first three top-flight appearances and are enjoying their most fruitful Premiership patch since opening 2020. Really impressing with a thumping 4-1 win away at Livingston last weekend, one man to potentially keep an eye out for on Saturday evening will be leading marksman, Christian Doidge. Bagging the winner against Dundee in midweek and now claiming back-to-back strikes since opening the New Year, the former Forest Green striker has recorded three top-flight goals in his last four outings continuing on from last season. On the flip side, while the mood in Hibernian’s camp should be at a continued high, the same cannot be said for Motherwell. Only managing to collect a single point from in any of their opening three Premiership contests, Saturday’s guests appear to be showing the same issues that haunted them at the back of last season’s interrupted campaign. Along with opening this year with back-to-back shock 1-0 defeats against Ross County and Dundee, the Steelmen have remarkably managed to win just one of their last 11 top-flight appearances and should be in for another tough test this weekend.
Tip: Hibernian win @ 1/1
20:00 Manchester City vs Lyon
Eventually picking up another 2-1 victory against Real Madrid last week and building off of their stunning Spanish turnaround back in March, Manchester City cruised past the newly-crowned Spanish champions and made a real statement in doing so. Relinquishing both their Premier League and FA Cup titles over this year’s extended domestic campaign, Pep Guardiola’s side have all his eggs firmly in the Champions League basket. Winning six of their last seven matchups across all formats and bouncing back from their Wembley defeat against Arsenal last month, the Sky Blues have really started to shine in the final third. Signing off their Premier League campaign with a 5-0 romp against Norwich, City also became the only side from across Europe’s top-five leagues to break the 100-goal barrier this year. With Raheem Sterling once again finding the net against Los Blancos last time out, the England international has recorded 11 post-lockdown strikes and has enjoyed a record-breaking campaign in the blue half of Manchester. However, while City might make the trip to Lisbon as a standout pick to lift their first European crown this summer, they should be cautious of a Lyon side that have already collected one notable scalp over the past week. Despite not managing to hold onto their lead out in Turin in the second-leg, the French outfit did manage to come past Italian giants Juventus and they also have one leading marksman enjoying a stunning European run of form. Converting from the spot at the Allianz last week, Memphis Depay has remarkably found the net in each of his last six Champions League appearances on the bounce and became just the second Dutch player in history to achieve such a record.
Tip: Manchester City win and both teams to score @ 7/4
Our Saturday Accumulator:
Finn Harps vs Bohemians – Bohemians win @ 3/4
Hibernian vs Motherwell – Hibernian win @ 1/1
Manchester City vs Lyon – Manchester City win and both teams to score @ 7/4
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