With Ligue 1 really taking center stage this weekend, we are offered a string of noteworthy meetings from across Europe on Saturday. On that note, for those of you looking to stick on a weekend acca, we have found a handful of helpful tips that are worth keeping an eye out for.
Saturday 29th August
BST 15:00 Blackburn Rovers vs Doncaster Rovers
While a sluggish back end of the year might have finally cost Blackburn a play-off spot over the summer, Tony Mowbray’s men did shock many across the Championship last season. Managing to squeeze in a couple of behind closed doors friendly contest before Saturday’s EFL Cup tie, the one-time West Brom boss couldn’t have asked for a better preparation as they managed to clinch back-to-back 4-1 and 3-1 victories against Fleetwood and Blackpool. Although Blackburn might have gained a reputation for their issues on the road since opening 2020, this weekend’s hosts had previously continued to catch the eye with their performances at Ewood Park. Aside from a 3-1 defeat against eventual champions Leeds last month, Mowbray’s men had remarkably lost just only one of their other 14 Championship contests on home soil. Bagging a brace in the Rovers’ 4-1 romp against Fleetwood last week, it is well worth keeping an eye out for last year’s top scorer and attacking talisman, Adam Armstrong. Including finding the net in his final two second-tier contests on the bounce, the former Newcastle starlet bagged 16 Championship strikes last season. Coming up against League One opposition on Saturday afternoon, there is no doubt that Blackburn should be looking to keep up their pre-season momentum. Missing out on their own play-off spot after their third-tier campaign was brought to an early finish, Doncaster had previously won just a pair of their last six matchups on the road earlier in the year and were also hit with a 4-3 defeat against Bradford in a friendly contest a fortnight ago.
Tip: Adam Armstrong to score anytime @ 11/8
16:30 Rennes vs Montpellier
Starting with Saturday’s hosts, managing to come from behind and grab a point away at Lille in what was a tricky season-opener last week, Rennes will certainly be glad to make a return to Roazhon Park this weekend. Shocking many across Europe before last year’s campaign was brought to an early finish, Les Rennais managed to secure a remarkable third-place finish last season and have a maiden campaign of Champions League football on the horizon. Receiving a string of praise for their stunning rise under Head Coach Julien Stéphan, Rennes closed off last year’s run with three wins on the bounce and will be looking to make a similar statement on Saturday afternoon. Last seen on home soil back in March when picking up glittering 5-0 romp against Montpellier, it is no surprise that they had gained quite the reputation for their continued performances at Roazhon Park. Remarkably, aside from a 1-0 defeat against Champions League semi-finalists Lyon, Rennes were unbeaten in their other nine Ligue 1 matchups on home soil, collecting 25 points. On the flip side, enduring what was a torrid end to last year’s campaign before it was brought to an early halt, Montpellier had previously lost three of their last four top-flight contests and had really shown their issues on the road. Losing each of their last four straight Ligue 1 contests on their travels, it should also be noted that they managed to land just a single win away from the Stade de la Mosson all year. Hit with that 5-0 drumming when they faced off against Rennes and losing back-to-back meetings against Saturday’s hosts, we’re backing a similar outcome this weekend.
Tip: Rennes win and over 1.5 goals @ 8/5
17:30 Hamilton vs Rangers
With Celtic being handed a real European blow in midweek and still playing catch up due to their off-field issues, there is no doubt that Rangers will be looking to extend on their buffer at the top of the table this weekend. Seen by many as a real challenger in the Premiership title race this season, Steven Gerrard’s men once again impressed in their 2-0 win away at Kilmarnock last time out and have certainly laid down an early marker this summer. Already holding a six-point buffer over their Old Firm rivals, the former England midfielder has seen his side pick up 13 points from their opening five contests and the Blues have really impressed with their performances at the back. Recording yet another clean sheet away at Rugby Park last week, Rangers have remarkably come away unscathed in each of their opening contests this season and are the only Premiership side yet to pick the ball out of their own net. With a stalemate away at Livingston the only blip on their record, fans around Glasgow should also be boosted by the news that Alfredo Morelos could be set for a recall. Coming up against a Hamilton side who have only continued to show some rather glaring issues on home soil, Gerrard and Rangers should be looking to make another statement this weekend. While the Accies might have left it late to snatch a hard-fought 1-0 win away at Motherwell last week, Brian Rice’s men have opened the New Year with shock back-to-back home defeats against Ross County and top-flight returners Dundee United. Remarkably winning each of their last 10 straight trips to New Douglas Park, we’re backing what should be another routine evening for the title chasers this weekend.
Tip: Rangers win and under 3.5 goals @ 1/1
Our Saturday Accumulator:
Blackburn Rovers vs Doncaster Rovers – Adam Armstrong to score anytime @ 11/8
Rennes vs Montpellier – Rennes win and over 1.5 goals @ 8/5
Hamilton vs Rangers – Rangers win and under 3.5 goals @ 1/1
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