Sunday sees a couple of fiesty looking Midlands derby’s isolate the fixture list as just two matches of note take place in England all day. First up, Forest host Derby in the Championship before Villa and West Brom meet in the Premier League. Whilst both games are sure to be full of full-blooded entertainment, due to the nature of the games they are very tricky to predict even a winner let alone a scoreline.
Therefore, for Sunday’s picks I have decided to go further afield and here’s my European Banker selections:
VVV vs PSV, KO: 15:30, Dutch Eredvisie (1/4)
PSV visit winless VVV Venlo on Sunday afternoon and quite frankly should cruise to victory. The home side sit just 1 point off the bottom of the league, can’t buy a win this season and were even dumped out of the League cup at the hands of lower-league opposition in midweek, playing 120 minutes plus penalties in the process. PSV Eindhoven can move into 2nd place with a win, and there’s nothing to suggest anything but 3 points for the away team here.
Anzhi Makhachkala vs Volga, KO: 13:00, Russian Premier League (1/4)
Anzhi boast an unbeaten home record this season as well as winning 7 of their last 8 here, they currently sit 2nd in the league just 1 point shy of the leaders. Volga, if you’ll excuse the pun, are about as good as they sound. They’ve lost 8 of their last 9 games and therefore unsurprisingly they sit joint bottom of the league. Anything but a comfortable home win is almost unthinkable.
Molde vs Stabaek, KO: 17:00, Norwegien Tippeligaen (1/5)
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Molde can consolidate top place with a win over basement boys Stabaek as we reach the business end of the season in Norway. In pole position with just 7 games to go, Molde are not likely to slip up against a team that they thrashed 5-0 in the away fixture earlier in the season.
Helsingborg vs Atvidaberg, KO: 14:00, Swedish Allsvenskan (4/7)
Atvidaberg may be up challenging the top teams in Sweden if it wasn’t for their woeful away record this season. They visit Helsingborg looking for only their 2nd away win of the season, but it looks extremely unlikely as they haven’t tasted victory on the road for 12 matches spanning almost 6 months. Additionally, Helsingborg ran out 2-1 winners when they travelled to Atvidaberg and with home advantage this time I expect it to be another Helsingborg win.