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5th June: Friday’s Football Accumulator – 12/1

With Europe’s top-tiers slowly starting to make a return to action this month, Friday offers us a handful of interesting fixtures from across the continent. On that note, for those of you looking to open the weekend with an acca, we have found you a few helpful tips that are worth keeping an eye out for on Friday.

Friday 5th June

BST 17:30 Bochum vs St. Pauli

Starting with Friday’s hosts, while Bochum may have been disappointed to have only picked up a point away at Nurnberg last weekend, the Whites are enjoying an eye-catching second half of the Bundesliga II campaign. Although Thomas Reis’ men might have left it too late to mount a serious promotion charge this season, they are yet to taste defeat since returning from the enforced break last month. More impressive, along with marking their return to action with what was a season-best display and landing a stunning 3-0 romp against top-three contenders Heidenheim, Bochum are unbeaten in their last seven second-tier appearances on the bounce. Enjoying their most fruitful run since opening 2020, Reis will be most impressed by his side’s recent displays on home soil. Including that shock victory against Heidenheim last month, Friday’s hosts have landed back-to-back victories at the Vonovia Ruhrstadion and it should also be noted that they have scored nine goals in their last three home fixtures. On the flip side, lucky to have picked up their own point against scrappers Karlsruher last weekend, St. Pauli have continued to show some real inconsistencies in the second half of the season. Including what was a woeful showing and hit with a 4-0 drumming against Darmstadt, Jos Luhukay’s side have won just one of their last five Bundesliga II outings and even more worrying for the one-time Sheffield Wednesday boss, his men have remarkably recorded just a single away win all season.

Tip: Bochum win @ 27/20

19:00 Santa Clara vs Braga

Making their return from the enforced on Friday night, Braga will be simply hoping to carry on from where they left off back in March. Within touching distance of securing yet another European finish in the Primeira Liga this season, the former European giants entered the enforced break with a thumping 3-1 win against Portimonense and the mood in their camp should be at a high. Led by attacking talisman Francisco Trincão who is soon to join Barcelona in a deal worth €31million, Friday’s guests have previously won each of their last four domestic matchups on the bounce and were really showing a clinical edge in the final third. With Trincão finding the net in each of his last three Primeira Liga matches on the bounce, Braga have bagged at least a pair of goals in eight of their last 10 top-flight appearances. There is no doubt that Head Coach and former Portugal international Custódio will be most impressed with his side’s displays on the road prior to the break. Including a stunning 1-0 win over title contenders Benfica, the Reds have won each of their last five domestic matches on their travels and should be confident of making a return to winning ways on Friday. As for this week’s hosts, only managing to pick up a single point in their last three Primeira Liga contests heading into the break, Santa Clara have continued to show plenty of cause for concern on home soil throughout the season. In fact, along with crashing out of the Taca da Liga against lower league Casa Pia, João Henriques’ side have lost six of their last eight home matchups, including a 4-0 thumping against Sporting Lisbon back in December.

Tip: Braga win and over 1.5 goals @ 5/6

19:30 Freiburg vs Borussia Mönchengladbach

Starting with Friday’s guests, making a return to winning ways in empathic fashion last week and picking up a thumping 4-1 win against Union Berlin, Borussia Mönchengladbach still find themselves sat in pole position to secure a Champions League return this year. Bouncing back from their shock defeat against Bayer Leverkusen last month, just their second defeat in their last 11 Bundesliga appearances, Head Coach Marco Rose will undoubtedly be excited by Marcus Thuram’s continued purple patch. Once again stealing the show last weekend and grabbing a brace at Borussia-Park, the 22-year-old has gained a long list of admirers from across Europe after what has been a breakout year. Returning from the enforced break and enjoying his brightest spell for Gladbach, Thuram has now bagged four Bundesliga goals in as many appearances and should be confident of cashing in on a fragile Freiburg this week. Putting in another sluggish display and hit with a deserved 1-0 defeat at home against Bayer Leverkusen last week, Christian Streich’s men are yet to record a win since returning to action last month. Continuing to slip away from the European spots, it should also be noted that the top-six strugglers have been hit with back-to-back defeats on home soil, including another shock 1-0 loss against relegation scrappers Werder Bremen. Picking up a 2-1 win when the two sides faced off at Borussia-Park earlier in the season and winning each of their last three matchups against Friday’s hosts, we’re backing a similar outcome this week.

Tip: Borussia Mönchengladbach win & Marcus Thuram to score anytime @ 21/10

Our Friday Accumulator:

Bochum vs St. Pauli – Bochum win @ 27/20

Santa Clara vs Braga – Braga win and over 1.5 goals @ 5/6

Freiburg vs Borussia Mönchengladbach – Borussia Mönchengladbach win & Marcus Thuram to score anytime @ 21/10

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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