Our Saturday accumulator is a mixed bag from Finland, Argentina, and the U21 European Championship. But at odds of nearly 4/1, we’ll be more than happy to split our attentions across the globe if it results in a winner.
The action starts at 3PM and doesn’t end until 11PM, so it could be a long day of checking those results. Still, it’d be a fantastic winner to keep our bank balances going strong before 2017-18 arrives.
Here are our selections.
AC Oulu v EIF. 3PM
After just four away games in Finland’s Ykkonen, struggling EIF have conceded a huge 11 goals. While six of those came in midweek against TPS, a return of one point from a possible 12 is far from impressive. Sadly for the travelling fans, we think that form will continue here.
Manager Jens Mattfolk faces a huge task as he looks to rebuild the confidence, and it’s hard to see how their defence is going to stand strong here, even if Oulu aren’t the division’s strongest outfit either.
The hosts have picked up seven points from four home games, conceding just four goals in the process. While they have only conceded five themselves, Sasa Jovovic and co. can be optimstic as they look for a return to winning ways after a tough run that has included four away games in six.
Oulu didn’t win any of the last five games in that run, and will need to keep an eye on EIF’s Felix de Bona. If they can keep the American quiet, though, a home win could be on the cards.
Portugal U21 v Serbia U21. 5PM
Portugal went all the way to the final in this competition two years ago, and the new crop of youngsters will be eager to emulate that success or go one better in Poland. While Serbia have a pretty strong history in this tournament, Rui Jorge’s men should have the quality to gain three points.
The Portuguese are unbeaten since losing the 2015 final on penalties, winning 11 of 14 matches. Meanwhile, they arguably have the tournament’s best player in Bayern’s Renato Sanches at their disposal. With the likes of Goncalo Guedes and Ricardo Horta in their ranks too, there’s no reason that they shouldn’t enjoy a good tournament here.
Serbia have won just one of their last four. While this shouldn’t be seen as being overly important at this stage, it shouldn’t be ignored either. With Spain also in their group, they could be set for an early exit despite boasting the goals of Uros Durdevic, as well as several other talented stars.
Portugal’s U21s do tend to boss matches, and we think they will here too. It’s unlikely to be a rout, but they should find a way to victory.
Atletico Rafaela v Quilmes. 9:15PM
Argentine side Atletico Rafaela have been pretty inconsistent throughout most of 2016-17, but they do enter this weekend’s action having won five of their last seven. If they perform to their potential on Saturday, it should be another three points against a poorly travelled Quilmes.
Atletico have only scored 15 times in 13 matches at the Estadio Nuevo Monumental, but the fact they’ve conceded just 11 is far more pleasing for Juan Manuel Llop. Frankly, it’s hard to see them conceding against an away side that has scored just four on the road. If the hosts do keep a shutout,they’ll be fully expected to win.
Quilmes have conceded 25 times in 13 away games so far, and are yet to taste victory on their travels. A loss here would bring up a 10th of the season away from home, and could signal a sixth game without a goal too.
Rafaela might not be brilliant, but they are far stronger than their out-of-form opponents. Home win.