Brilliant acca treble for this week’s European actionPublished February 19, 2018
Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United all to win at 11/1 – with BetVictor
It is set to be another huge European week for the Premier League teams with Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United all in action. There is certainly money to be won, so jump on our acca tip of all three to win at 11/1…
Chelsea vs Barcelona
Chelsea face arguably the toughest European tie of any English side, as they face Barcelona in the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday. This is a fixture that has brought a lot of drama and controversy over the years, but it never disappoints in terms of entertainment. Because they are traditionally teams with contrasting styles, with Barcelona liking to pass the ball and Chelsea often preferring a more defensive approach, they are always interesting matches fro, a tactical point of view. This one will surely be no different.
The Blues know what it takes to beat the Catalans, having done so in 2005 under Jose Mourinho and then, more famously, in 2012 on the way to winning the competition. Although Antonio Conte is facing tough times at Stamford Bridge and Ernesto Valverde has taken to life at Camp Nou like a duck to water, there is certainly hope for the Premier League side. Lionel Messi may have 97 Champions League goals to his name, not to mention five Ballon d’Ors, but he still has never scored against the West London sides. If he continues that dismal record, Chelsea have a chance, especially at home.
Sevilla vs Manchester United
Manchester United travel to Sevilla for their first knockout round tie, and it certainly will not be easy for Jose Mourinho’s men. The Spanish side had a tough start to this season, but things have been looking up since they replaced Eduardo Berizzo with Italian Vincenzo Montella. Their European pedigree is undeniable, having won three Europa League crowns in succession before Mourinho led United to the crown in 2017.
Paul Pogba may not play, whether through illness or following a rift with the manager, but it is always a risk to write them off. They are favourites to progress with good reason; their form overall is fantastic, with not many goals conceded. Alexis Sanchez will be making his Champions League debut in this one, and everyone knows the impact he can have.
Arsenal vs Ostersunds
Arsenal’s clash with Ostersunds in Sweden last week was not too tough on paper, but the temperature and conditions meant a positive result was both imperative and tough to get. Winning 3-0 has put them in such a strong position for the return leg, especially with the Carabao Cup final to come on Sunday. Arsene Wenger may rest some players, but that shouldn’t impact the result in any way.
Graham Potter deserves great credit for his work with the Swedish outfit, but it is almost certain that their adventure will come to an end at the Emirates Stadium. Mesut Ozil was a difference maker last time, will he be so again?