This week’s Sunday Treble sees three of the continent’s fattest cats all hanging out together – you’ll find them all drowning their sorrows after being bested by an underdog on the road.
Napoli, Valencia and Lyon are all expected to be on the end of losses to supposedly inferior outfits to sign off the week, with those who put faith in our proposed punts in line to cop a 25/1 payday.
Parma v Napoli – Parma to win @ 21/10
Fresh from ending Juventus’ long-standing winning streak on the road, Rafa Benitez’s troops are boarding the bus and heading to Parma, who will be desperate to get back to the Ennio Tardini after losing three successive away matches.
Juve have proved the only force too strong for L’Crociati on the homestead this term, with a total of ten sides coming and going since the Old Lady plundered the points at the expense of Roberto Donadoni’s men.
Prior to the aforementioned trio of losses, Parma had won six of eight and will get back on track at long odds here.
Valladolid v Valencia – Valladolid to win @ 29/20
The next household name to suffer embarrassment on the frog is Juan Antonio Pizzi’s Los Che, who have a solitary domestic road victory to speak of since early November.
Ok, so that may have been a mighty impressive one at Barcelona, but their recent slapstick form would make Benny Hill proud and struggling Valladolid can take inspiration from this.
Pucela are strong at base camp too, they’re unbeaten in eight across all competitions, recently besting Barca themselves and taking two wins from three in front of their own fans.
Valenciennes v Lyon – Valenciennes to win @ 37/20
Struggling Valenciennes have got their act together in recent weeks, spearheaded by the latest goalscoring sensation to emerge from Africa – on-loan Spartak Moscow striker Majeed Waris.
The Ghanaian frontman has bagged seven in seven in Ligue 1 and can punish Lyon here.
Les Gones’ own revival has hit the buffers in recent weeks, losing four of their last five in all comps and Ariel Jacobs’ charges must be capable of capitalising.