How To Tackle The £2,000,000 Pick 6
A decent selection of Premier League and European matches make up your coupon this week.
Will Liverpool be able to arrest their poor form against the reigning Champions League holders and how will the German champions fare in Italy?
Remember, just a £2 stake gives you a shot at the £2 million jackpot pool – well worth your spend! Last week one £8 player was one goal away from winning £400,000 and playing for a further £400,000 bonus but Scotland were held by Poland 2-2! Luckily the punter utilised the Colossus Bets Fractional Cash-In feature to bank himself £27,000 before the ticket went on to lose – not bad!
Let’s take a look at this week’s Pick 6 matches…
Stoke vs. Swansea
The Swans are still flying high as they travel to the Midlands to take on Mark Hughes’ resolute Stoke City side, although manager Garry Monk will be a little disappointed at his sides failure to get all three points against both Sunderland and Newcastle.
Despite that, the only two reverses in six have come against the divisions in form sides, Chelsea and Southampton.
Monk has the Welshmen playing a fine attacking brand of football, at odds with Hughes’ more direct “route one” style.
It’s perhaps a game to baton down the hatches and dispense with the pretty stuff in favour of grinding out a draw, or better, for the visitors.
Only one win at home coming towards the end of October probably isn’t the start that Hughes had envisaged for a reasonable Potters side.
Decent victories at Manchester City against Newcastle have been followed up by abject defeats against Leicester and Sunderland as the Midlanders struggle for the consistency needed to attain a mid-table berth.
Only four points separate Stoke from the bottom of the table so a win is imperative, but they won’t get it here.
0-1 or 1-2 are my selections.
Inter Milan vs. Napoli
Three places and two points separate these two in the Serie A table and the visitors come into the game in slightly better form being unbeaten in four.
Hosts Inter, having lost two in the same time frame, need to kick start their season again, and a win would see them leapfrog their opponents and possibly find themselves as high as fifth if results elsewhere fall their way.
The Bianconeri have only beaten Napoli twice in the last four years and Rafa Benitez will be keen to continue the trend.
In Gonzalo Higuain, he possess a marksman of the highest quality ably assisted by others enjoying a rich vein of form, Lorenzo Insigne amongst them.
The Partenopei need to be alert at the opposite end however, as Dani Osvaldo and Mauro Icardi won’t give the likes of Raul Albiol a moments peace.
With an incredibly robust Inter midfield also proving difficult to break down, I don’t see anything other than a narrow home win here.
Allow for a 1-0 or 2-1 selection for the coupon.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Manchester United
Louis Van Gaal will be looking to build on the recent good form his Manchester United side have shown, before they face table-toppers Chelsea.
One loss in five represents an improvement on their stuttering early season form however they are yet to win on the road this season.
With talisman Wayne Rooney sitting out the second game of his ban, goalscoring duties will fall firmly at the feet of Radamel Falcao and Robin Van Persie, Juan Mata taking up the captain’s slightly deeper role.
A two week international break has allowed injury absentees such as Michael Carrick, Phil Jones and Ashley Young to get themselves back into contention.
With only Ander Herrera and Antonio Valencia to return in a weeks time, the Dutchman is able to call upon almost his entire squad, a luxury denied him to this point.
The home side have doubts over a number of players but will still field a competitive and combative XI in an attacking 4-2-3-1 formation.
Direct and penetrative running from Saido Berahino and Stephane Sessegnon remain their best chance of upsetting the odds – West Brom’s only win against the Red Devils in the last six came at Old Trafford last season.
The thrilling 5-5 draw at the Hawthorns in Sir Alex Ferguson’s last game remains the only point the Baggies have taken at home against this opposition in the last three years.
I don’t see any change to the status quo here so I’m going for a comfortable away win 0-2 and 0-3.
If you’re still in with a shout of glory at this point, why not consider our unique fractional cash in facility.
Cash in 20 percent of your ticket now for a decent return banked in your account, and play on for the final three games of the pool with the remaining 80 percent.
CSKA Moscow vs. Manchester City
Manuel Pellegrini takes his side to Russia still smarting that this tie will take place behind closed doors, owing to the racist behavior of the home sides fans.
After only a single point from their opening two Champions League games, City are in desperate need of the three points and playing in an empty stadium doesn’t suit Pellegrini at all.
Indeed, Bayern Munich only scraped past the same opponents in similar ghostly surroundings during the last set of matches.
City should take heart that CSKA have lost both of their UCL games to date and with an expected 5-4-1 again likely, the home side are unlikely to trouble Joe Hart for long periods.
Whilst goalscoring chances are likely to be at a premium, Sergio Ageuro and Edin Dzeko should prove a thorn in the side of the hosts throughout.
A hard-working midfield performance could see Pellegrini’s fears eased but the immovable object of a resolute home defence will see a dour 0-0 in this one, which will suit neither.
Roma vs. FC Bayern Munchen
Up until their last game against Serie A leaders Juventus, Roma hadn’t tasted defeat this season, winning all of their games bar an away draw at Manchester City in the last round of Champions League group games.
Expertly marshaled by the evergreen Francesco Totti, the Italians have played some sparkling football.
Even the much maligned Gervinho has showed flashes of utter genius in-play.
Only six goals conceded in all competitions this season also speaks of a defence of the highest quality and the visitors have it all to do when they visit the Stadio Olimpico.
That said, Pep Guardiola’s men have continued where they left off last season, taking all before them.
Since the start of the season, they have drawn only two and won seven in the Bundesliga, scoring 15 and conceding just two.
Two 1-0 wins in the Champions League have been unspectacular but they’ll take a third in a row here.
And that’s exactly what they’ll get.
Liverpool vs. Real Madrid
Champions League holders Real travel to Anfield just a few days before hosting Barcelona in one of the most hotly anticipated El Clasico matches for years.
Quite whether that will see Carlo Ancelotti make any personnel changes for this one is unclear, but it may well be a consideration given the Reds less than emphatic start to this campaign.
After losing only six games throughout last season, Brendan Rodgers’ men have already lost half that number since August and have disappointed in the Champions League to this point.
Clearly therefore the last thing they need is the visit of the highest scorers in La Liga and the eminent threat posed by Messrs. Bale, Benzema and Ronaldo.
Cristiano has found the net in his last eight consecutive club games, all wins, and only a fool would bet against him continuing that record here.
In one of those strange quirks of fate, Los Blancos have never defeated Liverpool, and although it might be stretching it to think that such a jinx may continue, home advantage could play a part on one of those special European nights.
I’ll go for the Portuguese sensation to break Liverpool hearts, 1-2 for your coupon. Add in a 1-1 score draw if you fancy playing it safe.