While the Premier League season may have drawn to an end, that doesn’t mean we’re short of action from across Europe. On that note, we here at Soccer News have found a handful of helpful tips that can boost your Saturday acca:
Saturday 25th May
BST 15:00 Hearts vs Celtic
After reclaiming their Scottish Premiership title with plenty of time to spare, Celtic have their sights firmly set on completing yet another domestic sweep when they travel to Hampden on Saturday afternoon. While they may have left it late last weekend, the Hoops picked up a 2-1 win when they welcomed Hearts to Glasgow last weekend in a dress rehearsal for this week’s FA Cup Final. Ending the year with a nine-point buffer over their old firm rivals in the final standings, Neil Lennon’s have continued to shine at the back end of the year. Aside from their 2-0 loss at Ibrox earlier in the month, Celtic are unbeaten in their other 17 matches against top-flight opposition, a run that stems back to the end of December. Along with once again holding the best-attacking return of any side in the Premiership, the Hoops will be boosted by their impressive performances against Saturday’s opposition this season. Lennon’s side have won both of their previous encounters against Hearts this year, scoring seven goals and conceding just one in return. Given Craig Levein’s struggles at the end of the year, the Hoops should be confident of completing a domestic sweep. Including their 2-1 defeat at Celtic Park last weekend, Hearts have lost their last three matches on the bounce and are without a win in their last seven matches against Premiership opposition, losing six of those contests.
Tip: Celtic win and over 2.5 goals @ 1/1
15:00 Newport vs Tranmere
After putting in yet another impressive display in their surprise penalties victory away at Mansfield last week, few in League Two would have expected Newport’s stellar end to the year. Despite just pinching the final play-off spot on the final weekend of fixtures, Michael Flynn’s side are unbeaten in their last 12 appearances, a run that stems back to the 12th of March. Now with their sights firmly set on securing third-tier football for Rodney Parade next season, a huge part of Newport’s continued success has come down to their recent defensive stability. Enjoying their brightest run of the year, County have kept clean sheets in seven of their previous 10 encounters and have also impressed in their two previous meetings against Tranmere this year. Recording clean sheets in both of their League Two encounters this season, Flynn’s side will also be boosted by their 1-0 victory away at Prenton Park earlier in the campaign. While Newport will be heading to Wembley with some real momentum, the same cannot be said about Micky Mellon’s side. Despite just coming past Forest Green last week, Tranmere have managed to record just a single victory in their last six appearances and have continued to struggle outside of Birkenhead. Rovers have are enduring a five-match winless run away from Prenton Park, a run that stems back to the 23rd of March.
Tip: Newport to lift the trophy @ 11/10
19:30 Bologna vs Napolo
Starting with Saturday’s hosts, coming off the back of another impressive display in their dramatic 3-3 draw away at Lazio last weekend, Bologna’s free-scoring end to the year still has Siniša Mihajlović’s side still dreaming of a surprising top-half finish. Losing just one of their last seven appearances, a huge part of I Rossoblu’s late charge has come down to their continued displays at the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara. Putting four past Parma in their last showing on home soil, Bologna have won their last six matches in front of their own supporters, a run that stems back to the end of February. Led by leading goalscorer Riccardo Orsolini who has now bagged four goals in his last five outings, Saturday’s hosts have also begun to really shine in the final third. Bologna have scored two or more goals in each of their previous seven victories at home. While Mihajlović’s side are enjoying a free-scoring end to the year, Napoli have also ended their Serie A campaign on a high. Coming off the back of picking up a 4-1 over Inter Milan last weekend, the Sky Blues have recorded yet another second-place finish and have now won their last four matches on the bounce. With the two sides playing out a five-goal thriller when they met back in December, we’re backing a similar outcome in what could be an extremely lively encounter at the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara.
Tip: Over three goals @ 11/10
Our Saturday Accumulator:
Hearts vs Celtic – Celtic win and over 2.5 goals @ 1/1
Newport vs Tranmere – Newport to lift the trophy @ 11/10
Bologna vs Napoli – Over three goals @ 11/10
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