With Europe’s elite once again taking center stage this weekend, we look set for another stacked schedule from across the continent. On that note, for those of you looking to stick on a Saturday acca, we have found a handful of helpful tips that are worth keeping an eye out for.
Saturday February 11th
BST 14:00 Empoli vs Spezia
Although Empoli might have been disappointed by their 2-0 loss away at Roma last weekend, the Blues have still impressed many across Italy on either side of the World Cup break. With their sights now firmly set on clinching a shock top-half finish in 2023, Saturday’s hosts should be smelling the chance to make an immediate return to winning ways here. Only sat outside the top-10 thanks to their goal difference, Paolo Zanetti’s men have suffered just a single defeat from any of their previous eight domestic matchups. With their post-World Cup flurry highlighted by a famous 1-0 victory away at Italian giants Inter Milan on January 23rd, Empoli have also gained a reputation for their continued success on home soil. In fact, Zanetti’s side have now collected 13 points from their previous five Serie A battles at the Stadio Carlo Castellani – a run that stems all the way back to October 30th. However, watching Spezia get hit with a routine 3-0 drumming at home against Napoli last weekend, the Little Eagles are now firmly looking over their shoulder at the drop zone. Including an action-packed 5-2 loss away at Atalanta last month, Luca Gotti’s side have lost each of their previous four top-flight outings. Suffering a 2-0 defeat against Bologna in their last showdown outside of Liguria, we’re expecting a similar outcome here.
Tip: Empoli win & Under 4.5 goals @ 11/8
15:00 Cardiff City vs Middlesbrough
While some might have been shocked to see Michael Carrick take charge at the Riverside back in October, Saturday’s hosts are clearly enjoying a remarkable rise under the ex-Manchester United coach. Putting in another thumping display last weekend as they cruised their way to a 3-0 romp at home against Blackpool, the north east outfit now have their sights set on clinching a shock Premier League return in…