Sunday has always been the day of rest, a time to be spent enjoying the finer things in life, and for me that most definitely includes oven-heated slippers, a continental breakfast and 12-hours of non-stop European football.
It’s all thanks to Sky and BT, who are involved in something approaching a football coverage cold war, with every league and club across the continent available to watch on the aforementioned digital television platforms – even the soccer-based retirement home that is the MLS gets a look in!
So let’s take a deep breath and dive head first into the televisual vortex of games featuring men from across the globe running and kicking pig’s bladders into nets because, quite frankly, we love it.
Here are five top picks from across Europe that offer great odds as singles or are available at just over 15/1 with Ladbrokes.
The visitors may have triumphed in the Europa League last time out but we are predicting Guingamp to suffer something of a hangover when they visit a Lyon team that has won four on the trot – if the likes of Everton and Tottenham can endure similar slumps, then why not the Ligue 1 minnows?
The Aquile have stepped out of the considerable shadow of AS Roma in recent weeks, having taken 16 points from the last 18 available in Serie A and with World Cup ‘legend’ Miroslav Klose back in scoring form, they should have enough to swat aside an Empoli side that has lost three in a row.
The Wolves have been in howling good form of late, having won seven games in a row during a run that has even seen Nicklas Bendtner get on the scoresheet – I kid you not. Hamburg, meanwhile, have won just one of their last four and went down 3-1 the last time these two met.
Forever associated with audio equipment manufacturers Phillips, PSV have been recording plenty of great results in the Eredivisie of late, winning each of their last four to sit atop the standings and should have more than enough in their locker to see off second-bottom Heracles.
Diego Simeone looks set to put the icing on this fivefold accumulator with what could be Atleti’s sixth consecutive win in all competitions. Real Sociedad are winless in eight and have tasted defeat in three of their last four going into this encounter.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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