It’s another big weekend of football action, and two of our three Saturday afternoon selections come from cup final action.
As a treble, our three selections offer a potential payout of just over 4/1. With the FA Cup final to keep us entertained too, it could be a particularly positive start to the bank holiday weekend.
Celtic V Aberdeen. 3PM
The Scottish Cup final sees Scotland’s two best sides come head-to-head at Hampden in what should be a thrilling contest. But while Aberdeen have enjoyed a brilliant campaign, nobody has been able to touch a domestically invincible Celtic, and the Bhoys should be able to complete a memorable treble.
Brendan Rodgers’ men beat Aberdeen 3-1 at Pittodrie just over two weeks ago, and that gulf in quality is likely to show once more. After all, the champions have won each of their last six matches by at least two clear goals.
The quality of Scott Sinclair, Moussa Dembele, and Stuart Armstrong has seen the Bhoys score for fun this term. While Aberdeen have scored a lot of goals too, Derek McInnes’ side are unlikely to have too much joy against Celtic’s strong backline.
Aberdeen are probably the one side capable of beating Celtic on their day. Unfortunately for them, though, we can’t see anything standing between the champions and their treble. We’re backing them to win it in 90 minutes.
Degerfors V GAIS. 5PM
In Sweden’s second tier, Degerfors have endured a three game winless streak to drop down to eighth in the table. However, a home clash against GAIS is the perfect chance for Stefan Jacobsson’s men to get back to winning ways. We expect them to do just that.
Despite their recent disappointments, the hosts are still ahead of the visitors on goal difference. Meanwhile, the fact that they’ve scored six goals in their four home games offers plenty of optimism, especially as GAIS have conceded 10 on the road already.
The visitors have scored four times in their five away games too, but it’s clear to see that their home form will be a lot better than their away record. While Degerfors are a little inconsistent, they should have the quality to come through this one.
Degerfors won last year’s clash at Stora Valla, and home advantage should make all the difference once more.
Eintracht Frankfurt V Borussia Dortmund
Borussia Dortmund head to Berlin for the German Cup final as the overwhelming favourites to lift the trophy. While Eintracht Frankfurt might put up a fight, Thomas Tuchel’s should have no problems getting over the line.
BVB are in great form, winning four and drawing two of their six games since losing to Monaco in the Champions League. Meanwhile, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be in great spirits after picking up the Bundesiga golden boot last week. If they can unlock their lethal assassin in the final third, goals are almost guaranteed.
Conversely, the underdogs have lost three of their last four, drawing the other while their last victory came via a semi-final shootout against Monchengladbach. Moreover, last month’s 3-1 league loss could be fresh in the mind, although they did pick up a 2-1 win in November’s home clash.
Anything can happen in a final, but Dortmund are the superior outfit. If they play to their best, they will be lifting silverware in the capital.