Another weekend, another chance to strike gold with a great football acca based on games going off around the UK.
We have a derby games in London and Manchester, the latter of which could prove fateful for one Premier League boss, but we begin with the first derby of the weekend, South Wales.
Let’s jump on in.
Cardiff City V Swansea City – Saturday 12.30
We kick things off this week with an all Welsh clash at the Cardiff City stadium where Swansea City pay a visit to their South Wales rivals.
After winning their last four games, it’s the hosts who are in the better form right now, but the Swans who are four points ahead in the table.
The Bluebirds have also plundered 10 goals in those four games, leaking just one.
Swansea, on the other hand, have only lost three times this season and sitting fourth, one point off the automatic promotion spots.
This could be a tight one, derbies usually are and Neil Harris’ squad is injury hit and the likely to be missing Liverpool loanee Harry Wilson might be missed.
Cardiff City 1-1 Swansea City and under 2.5 goals.
Manchester United V Manchester City – Saturday 17.30
Another derby follows next as Manchester United “welcome” Manchester City to Old Trafford.
Incredibly, only one point and one place separate the two, despite United’s horrible start to the new season.
It has largely slipped under the radar but City, too, have been very disappointing thus far.
But that only makes for a more competitive game and hopefully the most tightly fought Manchester derby for a long time.
There are signs that City seem to be turning form’s corner but every time United hint at doing the same, they seem to falter in their next step.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s job security continues to the subject of debate and things won’t have been helped by United limping out of the Champions League in midweek.
One highlight for United is their domestic away form where they have won all games on the road, but that hardly helps when their home form has been so poor and this is a home fixture after all.
I still think this contest will be tighter than many expect and that City won’t leave here with all three points.
That said, I don’t have faith in United taking their full quota either.
2-2 and over 3.5 goals in this match.
Everton V Chelsea – Saturday 20.00
Chelsea head to Merseyside to take on an Everton that are experiencing something of a wobble of late.
With Tottenham and Liverpool not playing until the Sunday, Frank Lampard’s Blues can go back to the top of the table if they take the points on Saturday night.
If they do, they will take their winning streak to five wins from six league matches.
In contrast, Everton find themselves in ninth with any early season hopes of a top four finish looking like evaporating unless they put the brakes on their skid that has seen win one from seven.
As Carlo Ancelotti prepares to face his former club, he will be painfully aware that the Toffees go into this game on a run of 13 matches in all competitions without a clean sheet.
Chelsea, though, are the second highest scorers in the division and have conceded the second fewest.
There will be goals, but it doesn’t look like Chelsea will come unstuck against the Toffees.
Chelsea to win & over 2.5 goals.
Dundee United V Rangers – Sunday 12.00
Table toppers Rangers travel to Tayside this Sunday lunchtime for a likely routine win that will stretch their lead at the top to 16 points, albeit possibly only for a few hours.
Steven Gerrard’s men are also in the hunt for their eighth straight clean sheet in the league.
Not only do Rangers appear to be domestically superior to everyone they play right now, Dundee United have been hindered by manager Micky Mellon being forced into COVID-19 related isolation.
Dundee United lost 2-0 away at Livingston last weekend after Mellon was joined by nine Dundee players in isolation after a lack of social distancing was leaked by way of a team photo.
How many of these make their return this weekend at Tannadice remains to be seen, but Gers won’t worry too much about that.
This could be a hefty win for Gers and I’d say at least 0-3.
Crystal Palace V Tottenham – Sunday 14.15
Another derby next, this time London as South takes on North when Crystal Palace host Tottenham on Sunday afternoon.
There is a strong chance that this will be a low scoring affair.
Both managers – Roy Hodgson and Jose Mourinho – love to bore. Sorry, tactically grind out a win. It’s just a case of who has the greater chance of bagging a win. To which the answer is, of course, Spurs.
Palace do carry a threat in Wilfried Zaha but his impact could be thwarted as Jose keeps his full backs on the lead.
At the other end, Spurs carry lethal potency in Harry Kane and Heung min son.
I just can’t see Palace holding for 90 minutes out against this pair.
The problem is I can’t see Spurs chasing the high scores either.
I’d go with an away win and under 2.5 goals.
Celtic V Kilmarnock – Sunday 15.00
Neil Lennon’s Celtic host Kilmarnock on Sunday, with the Bhoys desperate in need of their full quota of points if they are to stand any chance of preventing Rangers winning the Scottish Premiership.
Fortunately for the under fire Celts boss, they stand a very good chance of doing so.
Taking all three points that is. Not stopping Rangers walking away with the title. That’s as good as done.
Killie have lost four of their last six, winning the other two. They come into this game off the back of a 1-0 defeat away at Hamilton Academical.
Celtic’s domestic form has been really poor in recent weeks, but I think they win this one with ease.
Home win and over 2.5 goals.
- Saturday 12.30, English Football Championship: Cardiff City V Swansea City, 1-1 and under 2.5 goals
- Saturday 17:30, English Premier League: Manchester United V Manchester City, 2-2 and over 3.5 goals
- Saturday 20.00, English Premier League: Everton V Chelsea, Chelsea to win and over 2.5 goals
- Sunday 12.00, Scottish Premier League: Dundee United V Rangers, Rangers to win 3-0
- Sunday 14.15, English Premier League: Crystal Palace V Tottenham Hotspur, Spurs to win and under 2.5 goals
- Sunday 15.00, Scottish Premier League: Celtic V Kilmarnock, Celtic to win and over 2.5 goals