This weekend’s football accumulator comes from action across Scandinavia and the Gold Cup. And if our three chosen teams do the business, we’ll be turning £10 into over £64.
The first game starts at 3PM while the final clash doesn’t end until after 11PM. That means we’ll be keeping our eyes on the action for over eight hours. Let’s hope that entertainment results in profit too.
Kuopio PS v PS Kemi. 3PM
Kups have endured a terrible run of form in the Finnish Veikkausliiga and are now on a run of six matches without a win. Having said that, a home clash against an equally poor PS Kemi could be the perfect chance for them to get back to winning ways.
The hosts have scored eight times in seven games at the Savon Sanomat Areena, and Jani Honkavaara will be keen to see his side increase that tally here. Given that the visitors have shipped 11 on their travels, that should not be an issue.
Equally worrying for the visitors is the fact they’ve failed to score in each of their last two away games. Coupled with the fact that Kups have won each of the last four head-to-head encounters, the hosts stand out as the favourites.
It probably won’t be a massive scoreline, but the hosts are more than capable of grabbing three points.
Hacken v Malmo. 5PM
Swedish champions Malmo are top of the Allsvenskan with a game in hand are well on track to retain the title. Saturday’s trip to the Bravida Arena won’t be an easy fixture, but a win would fire a huge signal of intent.
Magnus Pehrsson’s men have won each of their last three league games and will look to the experience of Markus Rosenberg for further inspiration as they look to preserve their unbeaten away record. With 10 goals scored and just four conceded from their seven matches on the road, the signs look positive.
Hacken did beat Hammarby in their last match, but that was their only win in four so a clash against the best side in the country isn’t exactly the best fixture Mikael Stahre’s men could’ve asked for in spite of a decent home record. They do boast some quality, especially in the attacking third, but the gulf in class is likely to show here.
USA v Panama. 9:30PM
The host nation enter this year’s Gold Cup with high hopes of winning the tournament altogether, and will be eager to kickstart their campaign with a big result against Panama. On current form, it would be tough to bet against Bruce Arena’s men.
USMNT have left out a number of their biggest names for this tournament, but they still boast plenty of talent for this level. Jordan Morris, Dom Dwyer, and co. will be eager to take their chance by firing the country to silverware. While that’s a long way off right now, they should be expected to open their account with a win.
After all, Panama aren’t exactly the strongest of sides on their travels. Without the goals of veterans Luis Tejada and Blas Perez, it’s hard to see where they can cause problems for the hosts. They’re arguably a little stronger in the defensive third, but keeping a shutout will be a big ask in Nashville.
It’s not the strongest of USA sides, but the fans will still be expectant. We’re backing the players to deliver.