Stupid, stupid Liverpool. The Scousers’ inability to do-over a struggling Reading side in the FA Cup last weekend ruined our three-game accumulator and brought us back to square-one on the betting front. Tears wiped and the mascara removed, it’s time to pick our tips for the midweek round of action.
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Tuesday night in the Premier League sees two of the more unfashionable teams, Stoke and Fulham, battle it out at the Britannia Stadium. (Full match preview here.) The Potters, with just 15 goals all season, are the lowest scoring outfit in the top flight while Fulham are hardly top of the hotshots with 24 goals in 19 games.
Banking on less than 2.5 goals in the match (4/6), we’re staking Â£2 in the hope of a Â£3.33 return.
Also on Tuesday night, Barcelona take on Sevilla in the Copa del Rey (match preview here) with the Andalusians down to their bare bones with only 14 fit senior players. Cup holders Barca, by contrast, have the luxury of recalling Leo Messi after the Argentine was rested at the weekend, while the A-list of Dani Alves, Andreas Iniesta, Xavi, Zlatan et al will all be available for Pep Guardiola’s 2009 all-conquering Catalans.
Backing Barcelona to win their first leg with Sevilla (4/9), we are betting Â£5 on the hosts with a winning ticket yielding a Â£7.22 return.
Lastly, Wednesday sees the return of Serie A and we’re hoping to pick two home wins that offer tasty combined odds that could see you quadruple your money.
14th-placed Udinese travel to 9th-placed Bari desperate to stop the rot after losing four of their last five games. Another loss in midweek could prove costly for under-pressure coach Pasquale Marino, and the visitors will be up-against-it as the hosts boast a formidable home record of five wins and two draws in eight home matches, in which Bari have conceded just four goals.
In-form Sampdoria will be confident of maintaining their positive run at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris when they host Palermo. Samp have only given away three points this campaign in Genoa and lie eighth, one position and one point worse off than their pink visitors.