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April 20th: Saturday’s European Accumulator – 7/1

While we might only have three Premier League showdowns on the cards throughout Saturday, we have a staked schedule from across the continent.

As Chelsea and Manchester City will meet in the first of this season’s FA Cup semi-finals, the likes of Spain, Germany and Italy also offer plenty of intriguing affairs.

Ahead of a frantic Saturday of action from across the continent, we have taken an in-depth look at some of the most attractive European betting markets.

Saturday, April 20th

BST 15:00 Stockport County vs Accrington Stanley

While Stockport might have suffered play-off heartbreak last season, Saturday’s hosts have enjoyed a history-making League Two romp this time around. Wrapping up their fourth-tier crown earlier in the week as they stormed their way to a stunning 5-2 victory away at Notts County, Dave Challinor’s men have only continued to receive a string of plaudits this year. With the mood around Edgeley Park at a red-hot high, the Hatters will certainly be smelling the chance to make another major statement of intent here. Continuing to gain a fearsome reputation for their clinical performances in the final third, Stockport have now won all of their previous seven League Two appearances on the bounce by an aggregate score of 22-4. Likewise, tipped as a standout contender this weekend, the red-hot Patrick Madden will certainly have a leading role to play on Saturday afternoon. Bagging a stunning hat-trick against Notts County on Tuesday night, the 34-year-old has registered seven goals in just his last four showdowns. After losing their League One status last season, Accrington Stanley have drastically struggled to find any kind of stability since making their fourth-tier return. Last seen slumping to a 2-1 loss at the hands of an already promoted Mansfield, John Doolan’s men have collected just a single victory from any of their previous seven appearances. With their extended issues underlined by a shock 4-0 drumming against Doncaster on April 13th, the Reds certainly couldn’t have asked for a tough challenge this weekend. It’s also worth highlighting, Accrington have shipped 17 goals in just their last seven matchups away from the Crown Ground.

Tip: Patrick Madden to score anytime @ 6/5

17:00 Empoli vs Napoli

While Napoli might have made real history last season as they got their hands on a first domestic crown since 1990, the Italian heavyweights have endured a public crisis this time around. Last seen missing out on what they had billed as a golden opportunity as they had to settle for a 2-2 stalemate at home against Frosinone, Saturday’s hosts have now claimed just a single victory from any of their previous six appearances across all competitions. Crashing out of the Champions League last month following a 4-2 aggregate defeats at the hands of Barcelona, Napoli are desperately seeking some kind of boost here. However, despite their extended struggles this season, attacking talisman Victor Osimhen has continued on another free-scoring flurry. Despite real speculation over a potential blockbuster move away from Naples this summer, the Nigerian marksman has bagged 13 goals in his 20 Serie A appearances so far this season. Likewise, along with getting on the scoresheet in back-to-back outings, the 25-year-old has also registered seven strikes over the past couple of months. While Empoli might have eventually clung to their top-flight status last season, Saturday’s guests are at the heart of another Serie A relegation scrap. Making an immediate return to losing ways last week as they suffered a 1-0 defeat away at Lecce, Davide Nicola’s men have now lost five of their previous six appearances. Marking their return from March’s international break with a routine 2-0 loss against runaway leaders Inter Milan, Empoli have also failed to collect a clean sheet in any of their previous nine consecutive showdowns.

Tip: Victor Osimhen to score anytime @ 6/5

17:15 Manchester City vs Chelsea

Suffering major Champions League heartbreak earlier in the week as they watched their European adventure come to an end at the hands of Real Madrid, some will be wondering if Pep Guardiola’s men will show any signs of a hangover here. Now with their attention completely focused on securing another domestic sweep, the former Barcelona boss will certainly be demanding an immediate response here. Storming their way to a routine 5-1 romp against Luton last weekend and sat in pole position to defend their Premier League crown, Guardiola will be desperate for his superstar squad to find some much-needed defensive resolve. Hit with penalties heartbreak against Los Blancos in midweek, City have failed to record a single clean sheet from any of their previous five appearances across all competitions. Suffering a first defeat since way back on December 6th, it should also be noted that the Sky Blues have resisted just one clean sheet from their last seven showdowns away from the blue half of Manchester. Although Chelsea might be pencilled in as a real underdog when they travel to Wembley this weekend, the Blues do appear to have turned a recent corner. Making a major statement earlier in the week as they stormed their way to a 6-0 romp against Everton in west London, Mauricio Pochettino’s men are unbeaten in all of their previous eight appearances across all competitions. Finding a real clinical edge in the final third, the former Tottenham boss has also seen his squad register 26 goals on that eight-match unbeaten flurry.

Tip: Both teams to score @ 7/10

Our Saturday Accumulator:  

  • Stockport County vs Accrington Stanley – Patrick Madden to score anytime @ 6/5
  • Empoli vs Napoli – Victor Osimhen to score anytime @ 6/5
  • Manchester City vs Chelsea – Both teams to score @ 7/10

Place a £10 bet on our accumulator with Vegas Land and pocket £82.28 if all predictions are correct.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom has spent the past six years as one of our senior writers and betting experts. Alongside working with numerous publications from across the globe, Tom also graduated from the University of Falmouth in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Media.
Spending almost the past decade working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, he has also spent time featuring in sports radio. Tom can be followed on Instagram - @iamtomdunstan

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