With Europe’s elite making their return from the international break this weekend, we look set for a stacked schedule. So, for those of you who are looking to place a Saturday accumulator, we have found a handful of helpful tips that are worth keeping an eye out for.
Saturday April 1st
BST 14:30 Union Berlin vs Stuttgart
While Union Berling might have been left heartbroken after their European adventure came to an abrupt end prior to the international break, Saturday’s hosts have continued to gain a string of plaudits. Last seen finding a welcomed boost as they secured an eye-catching 2-0 victory at home against Eintracht Frankfurt, Urs Fischer’s men should be smelling the chance to make another Bundesliga statement this weekend. With their sights set on snapping up a maiden Champions League spot in 2023, the Iron Ones have also gained a fearsome reputation for their extended success on home soil. In fact, on what has become a remarkable run of form, it should be highlighted that Union Berlin have not suffered a single defeat in the capital so far this season. Rightfully tipped as a standout pick when they return to Bundesliga duties on Saturday afternoon, Fischer’s side will be looking to cash in on a Stuttgart squad who are enduring a public domestic struggle. Last seen heading into the international break with a 1-0 defeat at home against Wolfsburg, Bruno Labbadia’s men are tipped as a leading relegation contender this year. Claiming just a single Bundesliga victory since way back on November 8th, Die Roten should also be worried by their most recent meeting against the top-four contenders. With Union Berlin claiming a 1-0 win when they traveled to the Mercedes-Benz Arena for their reverse meeting seven months ago, we are expecting a similar outcome here.
Tip: Union Berlin win @ 12/11
15:00 Arsenal vs Leeds
Heading into the international break with a routine 4-1 romp at home against Crystal Palace, Arsenal are on course to make real Premier League history this season. Holding a stunning five-point buffer over defending champions Manchester City, Mikel Arteta’s high-flying squad are in the midst of a stellar purple patch. Losing just a trio of their eight Premier League appearances this year, the Gunners will be looking to make another title statement on Saturday afternoon. Gaining a reputation for their free-scoring displays, Arsenal will be calling on their attacking talisman to spearhead their charge here. Once again finding the net while away with England earlier in the week, Bukayo Saka finds his stock at an all-time high. Tipped among one of the leading contenders in the race for this season’s PFA Young Player of the Year award, the 21-year-old had notched five Premier League strikes in his final seven top-flight matchups prior to the international break. Although Leeds might have claimed a crucial 4-2 victory away at Wolves last time out, Saturday’s guests still remain at the heart of a major relegation scrap. Claiming just a pair of Premier League victories since the start of November, Javi Garcia’s new squad will be more than aware that they face a monumental challenge here. It should be noted, with the Gunners claiming a 1-0 victory when they traveled to Elland Road back on October 16th, Arsenal have won each of their last five straight meetings against the bottom-three strugglers.
Tip: Bukayo Saka to score anytime @ 8/5
20:00 Elche vs Barcelona
Heading into the international break with a remarkable last-gasp 2-1 win at home against bitter rivals Real Madrid, Barcelona have only continued on a history-making domestic flurry this season. Marking their return to La Liga action on Saturday night holding a commanding 12-point buffer at the top of the table, Xavi’s side are cruising towards a first domestic crown since 2019. Losing just a pair of their 26 La Liga showdowns this season, Saturday’s guests have gained a string of plaudits. While the Spanish heavyweights might have suffered another public European struggle last year, the runaway leaders will find the mood in their camp at a red-hot high. Gaining a reputation for their continued defensive resolve, Xavi’s young squad have also shown plenty of resolve while outside of Catalonia. In fact, Barca have suffered just a single domestic defeat on their travels since way back on October 16th. Simply looking to make another La Liga statement here, Elche should be bracing themselves for a huge challenge this weekend. Sat rock-bottom of the table when they return to top-flight duties on Saturday night, Sebastian Beccacece’s side have endured a real top-flight nightmare this season. Mustering just a pair of top-tier victories so far this campaign, the Alicante-based outfit already find themselves sat 14 points adrift of safety and are free-falling towards a Segunda return. With Barca claiming a routine 3-0 win when the two sides last met back on September 17th, it is hard to see anything other than a similar outcome here.
Tip: Barcelona win & Under 4.5 goals @ 8/11
Our Saturday Accumulator:
Union Berlin vs Stuttgart – Union Berlin win @ 12/11
Arsenal vs Leeds – Bukayo Saka to score anytime @ 8/5
Elche vs Barcelona – Barcelona win & Under 4.5 goals @ 8/11
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