What do Sheffield United, Egypt, Belarus and Real Zaragoza have in common?
No, this isn’t an obscure 90s football trivia question – though there are plenty of those flying around at Ladbrokes News HQ. They’re actually the four sides we’re banking on to do the business in this weekend’s Sunday football acca, which is a 39.7/1 shot.
Sheffield United to beat Chesterfield @ 4/6
Let’s start with the only odds-on selection in the pack.
The Blades are looking sharp under promotion specialist Chris Wilder, and it’s their form on the road which has really caught the eye – with three wins and three draws in their last six league games on the road.
By contrast, the struggling Spireites have lost their last four home games in all competitions, and face a United side who beat them home and away without conceding in 2015-16.
Real Zaragoza to beat Mirandes to nil @ 21/10
Still, the Derbyshire club did manage to chalk up a goal in their quartet of losing home games, making them one better than Spanish Segunda Liga side Mirandes, who have lost four in a row without finding the net.
They’re unlikely to break that duck against a Zaragoza side who are unbeaten in their last three, including victory over Almeria. Having lost at home to Mirandes last season, back Los Manos to put that record right with a comfortable victory.
Belarus to beat Bulgaria @ 11/4
We can only assume one of our trading team had a bad time on holiday in Minsk, because it’s difficult to see any other reason the visitors would be such a large price for victory in Bulgaria.
Alyaksandr Khatshevich’s side have won away at Slovakia, Republic of Ireland, Norway and Greece already in 2016, as well as keeping a clean sheet in France during World Cup 2018 qualifying.
As for Bulgaria, they’ve lost four of their last five, with their only victory tainted by conceding three times against minnows Luxembourg. That was hardly a surprise though, with the Eastern Europeans shipping 21 goals in those five games.
Egypt to beat Ghana @ 21/20
The Pharaohs and the Black Stars face off for the first time since 2013 tomorrow, and the form points to Egyptian elation in this crucial World Cup qualifier.
Hector Cuper’s men became the first team to win in Congo during 2016 in their last game, and will surely face an easier test tomorrow against a Ghana side with just one win in their last seven away games.
Egypt have won eight of their last ten on home soil, and you can expect that to become nine from 11 tomorrow.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing