This Saturday’s accumulator comes from action on the continent and includes games from Sweden, Austria, and the Women’s European Championship in Holland.
We’re backing three favourites to all see off inferior opposition, with high hopes of turning £10 into over £47. Will those teams help us find a winner? Let’s keep our fingers crossed.
Here are our selections.
Helsingborg v Orgryte. 5PM
In Sweden’s Superettan, Per Ola Ljung’s Helsingborg endured a difficult final few weeks before the mid-season break. However, they’ve had a month to refresh their minds and will be eager to bounce back to winning ways as they welcome Orgryte to Olympia.
The hosts are still on track for a promotional play-off spot while they boast an impressive 13 goals in seven home games this term. Given that the visitors have conceded 18 in just six games on the road, Jesper Lange and co. will fancy their chances of goals.
Helsingborg have conceded 10 goals on home soil too, but may have a better chance of keeping a shutout against an away side that’s scored just four on their travels. The hosts have won each of the last three head-to-head meetings here too.
It wouldn’t be overly surprising to see the visitors find the target. Nonetheless, the home side should seal the win.
Iceland Women v Switzerland Women. 5PM
The Women’s European Championship is well underway on Dutch soil, and Group C rivals Iceland and Switzerland enter Saturday’s showdown at De Vijverberg knowing that three points will be essentially following their respective matchday one defeats to France and Austria. However, we’re edging towards three points for the Swiss.
Iceland very nearly held on for a memorable draw against France, but eventually succumbed to their quality. While their defensive qualities are promising, the fact that they struggle to score goals is a major cause of concern. It’s now four blanks on the spin for Elin Jensen and co. Do not be surprised if we see another.
Switzerland may have lost their opening game via a 1-0 scoreline too. Despite the fact that they lost to a lesser side than France, they should be confident about bouncing back with a win. After all, they reached the knockout phase of the World Cup in 2015, and have bags of attacking talent in their arsenal.
It could be a close affair, but we’re backing the Swiss to prevail.
Wolfsberger v Salzburg. 5:30PM
The Austrian Bundesliga gets underway this weekend, and the champions begin their title defence with a trip to an average Wolfsberger. While it might not be the easiest game of their campaign, Salzburg should leave the Lavanttal Arena with an opening day win.
Salzburg may have lost Jonathan Soriano, but they still boast bags of attacking quality in the form of Hee-Chan Hwang and Takumi Minamino. Given that they’ve been scoring goals for fun in pre-season, including their Champions League qualifiers, we would expect them to score.
Wolfsberger were pretty solid on home soil last term, but they still lost 2-0 in last season’s corresponding fixture as well as suffering a 3-0 defeat in the reverse one. While Heimo Pfeifenberger’s men will be hoping to take advantage of Salzburg’s limited preparations, the gulf in quality should shine through.
Back an away win for the champions.