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PICK 15 PREVIEW- SAT 25 FEB

Last week, Alex’s Pick 15 preview predicted 12 correct results in the Pick 15. He created a Syndicate with his previews and had his contributors very happy with the selections.

This week, the Pick 15 gets underway with a Yorkshire derby in the Championship at 12:30 on Saturday. Here are Alex’s latest predictions on the £1,600,000 jackpot pool.

 

LEEDS vs Sheffield Wednesday

A difficult one to start this week’s pool. Leeds have tailed off slightly in recent weeks but it would be foolish to back against Garry Monk’s men at Elland Road. However, the visitors deserve plenty of respect and that’s why I am going Leeds OR draw.

Pick: Home win OR Draw

 

CRYSTAL PALACE vs Middlesbrough

Sam Allardyce has struggled to inspire confidence at Selhurst Park but Palace can secure a vital win here. The visitors have won just four games all season and Christian Benteke could prosper if Boro’s defence take their eye off the ball.

Pick: Home win

 

PRESTON NORTH END vs Queens Park Rangers

Preston have lost just once in their last 10 Championship outings and that is enough for me to side with the hosts at Deepdale. QPR have won two on the spin but the hosts are looking up towards the playoffs and I fancy them to pick up all three points in this one.

Pick: Home win

 

Aston Villa vs DERBY

Steve Bruce’s honeymoon period is over. Villa have now lost seven of their last eight league games and it is hard to back the hosts with any sort of conviction. Derby’s recent form isn’t great either so I’m going for an away win OR draw on Saturday afternoon.

Pick: Away win OR Draw

 

Barnsley vs HUDDERSFIELD

A simple choice. Barnsley have won just one of their last five league games and I fancy the visitors to continue their fine run of form. Huddersfield have won six in a row and Town will be full of confidence when they visit Oakwell; the visitors should have enough for the win.

Pick: Away win

 

CARDIFF CITY vs Fulham

Neil Warnock might not go down in history as one of the most liked managers in the sport but he certainly knows how to win. Cardiff have won four of their last five games and I’m backing the Bluebirds to beat playoff-chasing Fulham on home soil…

Pick: Home win

 

WIGAN ATHLETIC vs Nottingham Forest

Wigan are still in the relegation battle but Warren Joyce’s men can claim a second win in four league games in this clash. Forest actually beat Wigan 4-3 in August but confidence is low at the City Ground; stick with the hosts here.

Pick: Home win

 

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Watford vs WEST HAM UNITED

West Ham were denied a fourth win in five league games in stoppage-time last time out but Slaven Bilic’s men can restore order here. You never know what you’re going to get with Watford but I’m hoping that the Dimitri Payet-less Hammers can secure the win.

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Pick: Away win

 

LEGANES vs Deportivo

Take your pick. Both sides are fighting near the bottom of La Liga and I’m edging towards a home win; based purely on Leganes’ bold effort at Barcelona last weekend. Deportivo have scored more goals but the hosts could step up in what might be a titanic battle.

Pick: Home win OR Draw

 

EIBAR vs Malaga

The hosts look well placed to snatch another three points in this one. Prior to last week’s defeat against Sevilla, Eibar had won four of their previous five La Liga games – scoring at least three goals in each game. Back the hosts to win OR draw in this one.

Pick: Home win OR Draw

 

NORWICH CITY vs Ipswich Town

Norwich’s blip has ended and it would be foolish to back against the hosts when arch rivals Ipswich come to town. The Canaries have won four of the last six derbies between the two sides and that is why I’m siding with the hosts to continue their fine run of form.

Pick: Home win

 

Sassuolo vs AC MILAN

AC Milan got back to winning ways last time out and I’m expecting the Italian giants to notch another victory here. Sassuolo have struggled at home this season and Milan should have enough quality to secure the three points on Sunday afternoon.

Pick: Away win OR Draw

 

MANCHESTER UNITED vs Southampton

Anything can happen in a cup final but I’m backing Jose Mourinho’s men to extend their unbeaten run. United have lost once since October and Southampton will need plenty of luck to emerge victorious. Unfortunately for them, I can’t see the Red Devils slipping up.

Pick: Home win

 

Villarreal vs REAL MADRID

The return of Gareth Bale gives Real Madrid a huge boost and the visitors could run riot if they perform at their best. Villarreal are a decent outfit and they tend to keep the score line close but I’m expecting Real’s class to shine through.

Pick: Away win

 

FIORENTINA vs Torino

Fiorentina were unlucky against AC Milan last time out and I fancy the hosts to get back to winning ways when Torino visit. The away side may have Joe Hart between the sticks but it would be foolish to back against Fiorentina’s firing attack.

Pick: Home win OR Draw

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