With the Champions League’s return really taking center stage this weekend, Saturday offers us a string of noteworthy meetings from across the continent. On that note, for those of you out there looking to stick on a weekend acca, we have found you a handful of helpful tips that are worth keeping an eye out for on Saturday.
Saturday 8th August
BST 14:00 Energetyk-BGU vs Neman Grodno
Starting with Saturday’s guests, continuing on what has been an extremely eye-catching run of form at the back end of this year’s Belarusian Premier League campaign, Neman Grodno find the mood in their camp at a real high. Inching towards a European return and on course to secure their best top-flight finish since 2002, Igor Kovalevich’s men have also now landed back-to-back victories against Dinamo Minsk and Belshina. In fact, now in the midst of what has been a stellar 10-match unbeaten run, the Hrodna outfit have collected a stunning 26 points on their recent purple patch and have continued to impress with their performances at the back. Remarkably, Neman Grodno have recorded seven Premier League clean sheets on the bounce and have gone almost 700 minutes without picking the ball out of their own net. Holding the second-best defensive record in the division and also collecting 13 points over just their last five matchups on the road, there is no doubt that Kovalevich’s side will be relishing Saturday’s trip to Minsk. Still clearly reeling from their embarrassing 8-1 drumming at home against Ruh Brest last month, Energetyk-BGU have lost three of their last four Premier League outings and have recorded just a single point since the start of July. Freefalling down the standings and hit with a 3-0 drumming when they faced off against Grodno earlier in the season, it should also be noted that this weekend’s hosts have lost seven of their last eight meetings against the European chasers.
Tip: Neman Grodno win @ 5/4
20:00 Bayern Munich vs Chelsea
Last seen claiming the DFP Pokal title thanks to a dramatic 4-2 win against Bayer Leverkusen last month, it has been nothing short of a sensational end to the extended campaign for Bayern Munich. Only going from strength to strength since returning from football’s enforced break back in June, the German heavyweights stormed towards their eighth straight Bundesliga crown and are in the midst of a remarkable purple patch. Enjoying a silverware sweep domestically this year, Saturday’s hosts have remarkably won each of their last 17 matchups across all formats and are unbeaten since opening 2020. With some believing that this new Bayern squad are surpassing Pep Guardiola’s former record breakers, Hans-Dieter Flick’s side are seen to be one of the leading contenders in this year’s Champions League. Showing a stunning clinical edge in front of goal, Bayern also have one leading marksman who has continued on a famous campaign at the Allianz. Once again grabbing a brace against Leverkusen in the DFP Pokal final last month, Polish striker Robert Lewandowski has bagged 55 goals for club and country and also has 11 strikes in this year’s tournament. Ending his domestic season with 10 goals in his final seven contests, the 31-year-old will be relishing Chelsea’s arrival this weekend. While the Blues might have managed to secure another top-four finish in the Premier League, they once again threw away the lead seven days ago and would have been left heartbroken to have seen Arsenal lift the FA Cup at Wembley. Continuing to show some glaring issues at the back, Frank Lampard’s youngsters have lost three of their last four matchups away from Stamford Bridge, including a 3-0 drumming against Sheffield United last month.
Tip: Bayern Munich to win by 2+ goals @ 10/11
20:00 Barcelona vs Napoli
Starting with Saturday’s hosts, while Barcelona might have managed to sign off this year’s La Liga campaign with a 5-0 romp against Alaves on the road, it was not enough to help them reclaim their La Liga crown. Watching their bitter rivals capture Spain’s top prize for the first time since 2018, the Catalonia outfit now turn their attention fully to European success. Picking up what could turn out to be a crucial away goal when they faced off against Napoli on foreign soil back in March, Quique Setién’s side do hold a fearsome European record on home soil. Including landing a 3-1 win when they welcomed Borussia Dortmund to the Nou Camp back in November, Barca are remarkably unbeaten in any of their previous 35 Champions League home fixtures, collecting 31 wins. Looking to finish off the job this weekend, the former Real Betis boss could be calling on Luis Suarez to lead their charge on Saturday night. Returning from injury thanks to the enforced break, the 33-year-old signed off his La Liga campaign with a strike against Alaves and he appears to be getting back to his best after grabbing five goals in his last seven appearances. Also bagging three goals in his last two Champions League outings at the Nou Camp, Suarez should be looking to extend that tally this weekend. While Napoli may have managed to end this year’s Serie A campaign with a 3-1 victory against Lazio on home soil, Gli Azzurri have continued to show their issues on the road throughout the extended 2019/2020 campaign. Including back-to-back 2-0 and 2-1 defeat away at Inter Milan and that shock loss against Parma, Saturday’s guests have managed to win just one of their last five matchups away from the Stadio San Paolo.
Tip: Luis Suarez to score anytime & Barcelona win @ 13/8
Our Saturday European Accumulator:
Energetyk-BGU vs Neman Grodno – Neman Grodno win @ 5/4
Bayern Munich vs Chelsea – Bayern Munich to win by 2+ goals @ 10/11
Barcelona vs Napoli – Luis Suarez to score anytime & Barcelona win @ 13/8
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