With Europe’s top flights making a return to action this weekend, we’re offered a stacked Saturday schedule from across the continent. On that note, for those of you looking to stick on a weekend acca, we have searched far and wide to find you a couple of helpful tips that are worth keeping an eye out for.
Saturday 17th October
BST 15:00 Swansea City vs Huddersfield Town
Starting with Saturday’s hosts, last seen heading into the international break picking up what was an impressive 2-1 win against Millwall on home soil, it has been a very eye-catching start to the New Year for Swansea. Appearing to have put their play-off heartbreak over the summer behind them, Head Coach Steve Cooper finds the mood in his camp at a real high and another top-six finish is firmly at the top of their agenda. One of just a handful of Championship sides who can boast an unbeaten start to the 2020/2021 campaign as they make their return from the international break this weekend, the Whites have collected 10 points from their opening four appearances and have impressed many in the second-tier with their recent displays at the back. Coming from behind with just 10-men to snap up all three points against the Lions last time out, Swansea have conceded just a single strike on their four-match unbeaten run and will be confident of laying down another marker as they return to the Liberty on Saturday afternoon. Picking up a 3-1 win when they last welcomed Huddersfield to South Wales, Cooper’s side will be boosted by the fact that the Terriers have failed to find their feet since appointing new boss Carlos Corberan. Managing to just about salvage a 1-1 draw against Rotherham thanks to a 96th-minute equalizer, this weekend’s guests have won just one of their five competitive contests this season, including a thumping 3-0 defeat against Brentford last month.
Tip: Swansea win @ 19/20
15:00 Barnsley vs Bristol City
From one Championship fast starter to another, few around Ashton Gate would have predicted what has been nothing short than a stunning start for Bristol City. Last seen prior to the international break picking up a deserved 2-1 win away at a struggling Nottingham Forest, the Robins have really found their feet under new boss Dean Holden. Enjoying what has been a free-scoring start to the New Year, Saturday’s guests have skyrocketed their way to the top of the table and the mood in their camp is at a red-hot high. One of just two sides along with Reading who can boast a 100% start to the 2020/2021 campaign, the Reds have found a real clinical edge in the final third and they have won six of their seven competitive contests so far this season. While City might have ended last year’s interrupted campaign by showing a string of issues on the road, there is no doubt that Holden will be excited by his side’s recent displays away from Ashton Gate. Picking up back-to-back victories on the road against Nottingham Forest and Stoke, the Robins will be hugely confident of marking their return in winning fashion this weekend. On the flip side, while City might be enjoying a real bounce under a new boss, Barnsley start life without Gerhard Struber who left to join MLS outfit New York Red Bulls earlier in the month. Last seen before the international break getting hit with a 2-1 defeat against Middlesbrough, Saturday’s hosts had failed to win any of their last four matchups across all formats, losing three of those appearances.
Tip: Bristol City draw no bet @ 5/6
20:00 Getafe vs Barcelona
Starting with Saturday’s guests, while Barcelona might have been disappointed to have only taken a point off of Europa League winners Sevilla prior to the international break, they have enjoyed a bright start under new boss Ronald Koeman. Although their might have been a string of questions surrounding the Dutchman’s arrival over the summer, the former European champions have collected seven points from their opening three appearances this season. With it no secret that the former Barca defender has his sights set on guiding the Catalonia giants back to the La Liga title this year, they do appear to have somewhat managed to bounce back from their Champions League disaster out in Portugal. While Lionel Messi staying put at the Nou Camp might have stolen most of the headlines, it could be worth keeping an eye out for 17-year-old sensation, Ansu Fati. Including a brace in Barca’s 4-0 win against Villareal, the Spanish starlet has bagged three goals in as many appearances and will lead their charge on the road this weekend. As for Saturday’s hosts, while Getafe might have appeared to put their summer issues behind them after a bright start to the season, they came crashing back down to earth prior to the break. Putting in a worrying display, José Bordalás’ men were hit with a 3-0 drumming against Real Sociedad. In for an unenviable task when they return to action this weekend, it should also be noted that the Blues hold what is a woeful record against the former champions. With Barca winning each of their last four straight trips to the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez, we’re backing a similar outcome.
Tip: Barcelona win and under 4.5 goals @ 11/8
Our Saturday Accumulator:
Swansea City vs Huddersfield Town – Swansea win @ 19/20
Barnsley vs Bristol City – Bristol City draw no bet @ 5/6
Getafe vs Barcelona – Barcelona win and under 4.5 goals @ 11/8
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