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Every week I will be previewing the weekend Pick 15.

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We will always be going for the Jackpot of £800,000 with a maximum of 64 lines (£128 stake).

We will not Cash Out – we will not fold to pressure – we will win this thing!

Last week was looking pretty decent until a run of 4 draws in a row towards the end truly killed us off. I hold my hands up as well and declare Hull my worst pick since the beginning of time.

Each week I will be highlighting some fixtures as bankers – games that I have maximum faith in, but you should remain cautious as they don’t always come in.

Last week’s banker was Newcastle, who duly obliged and obliterated Huddersfield.

Bankers so far: 26 out of 54 (genius)

Bankers this week: Brighton, Sevilla and of course Atalanta

Anyway, onto the fixtures…

Brighton vs Huddersfield

Brighton are going to smash Huddersfield into next week, or into the Championship at least. Huddersfield’s win against Wolves was just a blip in an otherwise disappointing season. Home banker.

Selection: Home

Burnley vs Crystal Palace

Who knows what’s going on at Burnley. They beat Spurs, draw at Old Trafford, and smash Brighton away. Clearly this is within their grasp. Crystal Palace ended Puel’s career with a sound thrashing of Leicester so they are not to be underestimated either.

Selection: Home / Away

Rotherham vs Blackburn

The Championship is as predictable as the weather and I have a slight fancy here for a draw, but Blackburn are due a win and this looks like a good opportunity.

Selection: Away

Ipswich vs Reading

Ipswich still have both eyes firmly fixed on League 1 with Paul Lambert finding just as difficult as his predecessor. Reading are beatable, but I feel they have slight advantage, even at Portman Road.

Selection: Draw / Away

Wigan vs Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough are still battling hard for promotion and showing some decent form of late. Should get all three points at Wigan and keep the momentum going.

Selection: Away

Stoke vs Nottingham Forest

Can’t decide. It really depends if Lewis Grabban is fit to play or not and that’s a bit up in the air which is why I’m covering home and away.

Selection: Home / Away

Aston Villa vs Derby

Even at this bleak stage – 8 points adrift of a playoff position – I still believe there’s a slim chance Villa can turn this season into a successful one and get back into the Prem. Derby have failed to score in their last 2 matches and have looked pretty dire of late, but I think a draw is still likely.

Selection: Home / Draw

West Ham vs Newcastle

West Ham have decent home form despite their awful ground and Newcastle have only won 2 away games this season. Newcastle’s form is picking up but I think West Ham will take this.

Selection: Home

Huesca vs Sevilla

Will Sevilla – who spanked Barcelona in the Copa del Rey and sit comfortably in 5th in La Liga beat bottom of the table, newly promoted Huesca? Are you kidding me?

Selection: Away

Real Madrid vs Barcelona

Real Madrid always beat Barcelona, except of course when they don’t. This particular fixture at the Bernabeu in the last 5 games goes: Away, Home, Away, Home, Away… So we’re due a home win. But better cover away too just in case.

Selection: Home / Away

Eibar vs Celta Vigo

Eibar will beat Celta Vigo without even breaking a sweat. Probably.

Selection: Home

Udinese vs Bologna

If Udinese are capable of winning a game, then this is one of those games.

Selection: Home

SPAL 2013 vs Sampdoria

Sampdoria are a lot stronger at home, with only 3 of their 10 wins achieved away. It’s this that’s making me lean towards a draw in what will probably be a cagey game, likely 1-1.

Selection: Draw

Atalanta vs Fiorentina

Bet against my favourite Italian side? Not likely sunshine.

Selection: Home

Napoli vs Juventus

And finally we have an undecidable fixture in which hopefully £800,000 hangs in the balance. Napoli are the favourites, despite facing a team that have only lost a grand total of zero times this season. When I have a pick still and we’re down to the last fixture, I can’t help but choose home and away, because that way the win is only ever a goal away right up until the final whistle.

Selection: Home / Away

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