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The ego is swelling fast.

Had it not been for Hoffenhiem’s miserable home defeat at the hands of Bochum, we would have claimed our first clean sweep in this column. Still awaiting that first, our mood was barely dampened by the Village Team’s defeat as Porto and Sporting Lisbon both romped to home wins as predicted, and then our scalp of the weekend, picking Fulham to win at Manchester City, came to fruition.

Admit it. After correctly backing Chelsea last week at Anfield and now the Cottagers at Eastlands, you are impressed. Nevertheless, far be it from us to get too cocky. More money and bigger profits are the order of the day, and we intend to make this a reality as follows.

Chelsea’s meeting with Liverpool looks extremely difficult to predict. The gut-shot punt is stake money on Reds winning on the night’s battle (2/1 for the Liverpool win) but still eventually heading out of Europe on aggregate (Chelsea are 1/40 to qualify). However backing such a prediction with cash is one step too far, and we are opting for a more conservative prediction.

With odds of 2/1 on Lampard scoring at any time, we are putting down £10 looking to double our money with a £20 return.

Moving on, we arrive to to Wednesday night’s match where many seem to consider Arsenal a shoe-in to knock out Villarreal. Much has been made of the Spanish side’s injuries to midfield-men Marcos Senna and Santi Carzola, but anyone who thinks that the Gunners will simply turn up and win are likely to be proven wrong.

Predicting a difficult and nail-biting evening, we are staking £15 on there being under 2.5 goals scored (at 7/10) looking to bring home £25.50 in returns.

Our final bet of the week is placed on Thursday’s UEFA Cup action, and in particular the progression of the two remaining Ligue 1 sides involved.

As has been mentioned previously on this site, amazingly no French team has ever won the UEFA Cup. The anti-French trend looks likely to continue for PSG, who head to Dynamo Kiev having been held to a disappointing goalless draw at home last week.

The Parisians actually hold a fine away record in this season’s UEFA Cup having won in Braga and Wolfsburg and drawn at Manchester City so far this year. But Kiev hold a tremendous home record, unbeaten in Europe at the Lobanovsky Dynamo Stadium, while chalking up 11 wins in their last 13 matches in front of their own fans in all competitions.

Better fortune awaits Marseille at the Stade Velodrome against Shakhtar Donetsk. OM shot to the top of Ligue 1 last Saturday and there is real hope the 7-time champions Lyon will finally be knocked off their perch this season. Buoyed by their 4-1 victory over Grenoble last weekend, expect to see another home win on Thursday night. Whether Marseille are able to turn over their 2-nil deficit in the tie however remains another question.

We are placing £10 on Dynamo Kiev to beat PSG (4/5) and Marseille to emerge victorious over Shakhtar Donetsk (11/10) looking to claim a £37.80 return.

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