With the international games over for 2020, we return to domestic matters this weekend.
With that in mind, we have selected another accumulator, pulled from the English Premier League plus the Scottish Premier League.
Let’s get started shall we?
Hibernian V Celtic – Saturday 12.00
Celtic travel to Hibernian on Saturday looking to extend their unbeaten away game run. Should the Bhoys manage to come away with a win, it will be their sixth such win of the season so far.
Despite maintaining good form while they suffered a player crisis, they are still nine points behind the Glasgow rivals Rangers who play Sunday.
Home team Hibernian, however, have a mission of the own, to move within two points of Celtic and climb up to third in the league table.
Inconsistency is the major issue for Hibs though. In the previous six matches, they have won two, lost and drawn two.
Jack Ross’s side lost 2-0 to Aberdeen a fortnight ago and while they haven’t yet lost successive league matches this season, there is every chance that they might have come Saturday afternoon.
Hibs have a good record against Celtic at home, losing only one of their last eight Celtic visits.
I expect that record to drop this Saturday and will back an away win plus over 2.5 goals.
Manchester City V Tottenham Hotspur
Manchester City were handed a massive boost in the week when Pep Guardiola shot down all the noisy speculation about his future when he put pen to paper on a new deal.
Now, his first job after agreeing to a further two years in the City hotseat, is to rendezvous with his old enemy Jose Mourinho.
Two polar tactical approaches collide as the entertainer meets the bore and yet things have changed. Tottenham have 19 goals this term, almost twice as many as City.
Second placed Spurs are, despite some wonky form of their own, enjoying the better season of the two so far.
City remain favourites despite languishing in 10th place which probably has as much to do with Liverpool’s injury implosion than it does with their own current form.
In truth, their Premier League title chase has got off to a faltering start and they look anything but a sure thing either at home or away this season, where points have been dropped more often than Pep would surely have been comfortable with.
Trouble could once again be brewing for City at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, where they could slip again or, the very least, have to settle for a point.
Rangers V Aberdeen
Home side Rangers have won their last five and are sitting clear at the top as Steven Gerrard looks to break Celtic’s dominance over Scottish football.
The visit of Aberdeen should provide them with a tougher test than they face most weeks.
It is one that should not worry them, however, as they should have enough to send the Dons packing.
Past meetings between the pair suggest that this could be a low scoring affair.
Certainly, seven out of eight past duels have ended with fewer than three goals and that is enough to convince me to back a home win and under 3.5 goals for this leg.
Leeds United V Arsenal
After getting off to a decent start, opening day Anfield loss notwithstanding, Leeds have suffered a worrying dip in form of late.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side headed into the international break fresh from successive 4-1 defeats to Leicester and Crystal Palace which stretched their losing record to three in four matches.
Defensively, they have shipped 18 goals at the back, managing to keep only two clean sheets this campaign.
Their Sunday visitors Arsenal are also looking to bounce back having been shot down 3-0 by Aston Villa at the Emirates last time out.
In truth, Mikel Arteta’s men have, for the most part, impressed but remain almost as patchy as they were during his predecessor’s time in charge.
Defensively too, things have not improved that much and with Patrick Bamford on the hunt, Bernd Leno could be in for another busy afternoon.
The Gunners have plenty to offer up the other end too so a simple Both Teams To Score bet should suffice for this leg of the acca.
Liverpool V Leicester City
With Liverpool right on the cusp of beating their own unbeaten topflight home run record this weekend, it is incredibly bad timing that Jurgen Klopp is facing an injury crisis of epic proportions.
The international break has decimated what little he had left and, with the news that Rhys Williams has now picked up an injury, it would seem even their replacement’s replacements are breaking down.
As for the record they may or may not be about to reach, between 1978 and 1980 Liverpool went 63 league games unbeaten at Anfield, just as they have now. Back then, it was Leicester who ended that streak, just as they hope to do so on Sunday.
Could history be about to repeat itself?
The Foxes manager Brendan Rodgers is, of course, a former Liverpool man as well as being Klopp’s predecessor so would take extra pride in ending The Reds’ great run.
But that diminishes in significance given that this is a top of the table clash and its Leicester who are top, one point ahead of Liverpool and Spurs.
Has there been a better time in the past 63 games to face Liverpool? At the back, they are out of options as we write, while at upfront Mo Salah will also now be missing.
The Foxes have been superb recently, but Klopp will be hoping his depleted squad can still get the job done this weekend.
The German’s shattered defence must cope with Jamie Vardy however which is a tough task even at the best of times.
Playing it safe, I’ll go with a BTTS bet.
- Saturday 15:00, Scottish Premier League: Hibernian V Celtic – Away win plus over 2.5 goals
- Saturday 17:30, English Premier League: Tottenham Hotspur V Manchester City – Home win
- Sunday 12:00, Scottish Premier League: Rangers V Aberdeen – Home win and under 3.5 goals
- Sunday 16.30, English Premier League: Leeds v Arsenal – Both teams to score
- Sunday 19:15, English Premier League: Liverpool V Leicester City – Both teams to score