Clarets toil at Turf Moor Burnley and Leeds meet at Turf Moor for a lunchtime tussle between two hugely contrasting styles of football on Saturday, where Marcelo Bielsa’s silky technicians could get the better of the host’s brawn. The Clarets relegated Fulham in their last outing thanks to a 2-0 triumph at Craven Cottage, though it’s worth noting that six of Burnley’s last seven Premier League victories have come on the road. At Turf Moor, their results have been dismal in comparison and Sean Dyche’s men are currently on the longest winless streak in the division on home soil (eight games). Leeds finishing strongly Leeds have excelled in tests against the Premier League’s loftier reputations this season and that was certainly the case last week when they tossed Tottenham around in a 3-1 win at Elland Road. With just one defeat in eight league assignments overall, Leeds are finishing the campaign with a flourish, though they will need to keep the wins coming in their final three games to secure a top-half spot. Leeds to claim three points? Leeds are the only team in the Premier League yet to draw a single away game this term, which suggests there will be a winner in Lancashire on Saturday. With Burnley’s ....
Spezia have been impressive on the road this season, with 82% of their trips seeing at least three goals scored. The visitors have drawn a blank only twice on their travels this term, so we’re backing goals when they meet Fiorentina. The hosts have seen both teams score in three of their last four matches and they come into this one having conceded in their last five games. While la Viola should find joy against a Spezia side who have shipped 1.73 goals per game, the visitors’ scoring record should worry them. The first meeting between these two in Serie A finished 2-2 and we see more goals on Friday, with both teams to score our prediction. Spezia are the only team in Serie A this season to have gained fewer points against teams in the bottom half of the table (11) than against teams in the top half (13). Fiorentina have won two of their last three at home and we’re backing a 2-1 victory.
Sandhausen to suffer more away misery Promotion chasers Greuther Furth are backed to beat woeful travellers Sandhausen this Wednesday night, but the visitors can at least bag themselves a goal in defeat. Sandhausen have lost 12 of their 13 away trips this season, so it’s no surprise to see second placed Furth chalked up at around 1/2 for the victory. That looks a solid bet for any midweek multiples, though we’re keen to throw both teams to score into the mix for a single wager. Furth have kept just two clean sheets from 14 home starts this season, so there’s every chance that the visitors can get on the scoresheet. Stefan Kulovits’ men have drawn a blank in their last two on the road, though they managed to net in their four previous away assignments. With both teams also netting in three of the last four meetings, a home win and both teams to score is our recommendation, while we’re also predicting a 3-1 score-line in favour of Stefan Leitl’s charges.
uventus may consider themselves Super League-bound, but their Champions League hopes are up in the air. A 1-0 loss to Atalanta at the weekend proved that Juve aren’t that super, while it leaves them just two points clear of fifth. Things should be easier for the hosts this week, with Parma losing eight of their 15 away trips going into this one. They blew a 3-2 lead to lose 4-3 late to Cagliari at the weekend, so we have faith in a Juve side who have won nine of their last 10 home league games. Parma have scored in each of their last four matches and each of their last five games on the road have seen both teams score. Given that Juve are seven games without a clean sheet in the league, so we’re backing a home win with both teams scoring.
United hold a commanding lead Manchester United carry a two-goal advantage into their Europa League quarter-final second-leg against La Liga side Granada on Thursday evening, and the Red Devils are worth backing to complete the job at Old Trafford. A first-half strike from Marcus Rashford was supplemented by a late Bruno Fernandes spot-kick in a contest that never threatened to get away from United in Granada last week, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are huge favourites to push into the next round as a result. Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw and Scott McTominay will all miss Thursday’s game through suspension, however, United will believe they can cope without that key trio. Granada playing for pride Granada tried to ruffle a few feathers in the first-leg by throwing their weight around, though they had little impact on the game as an attacking force. Los Nazaríes’ defeat to United was their fourth on the spin in all competitions, though they did stop the rot with a 2-1 comeback triumph at relegation-threatened Real Valladolid on Sunday. However, their chances of producing a miraculous turnaround at the Theatre of Dreams against a Man Utd team that have lost just once in 17 feel slim.