Every Thursday, we aim to bring you the best collection of odds-on favourites to stick in a lengthy accumulator. Arsenal and Fiorentina let our nine-fold down last weekend so the Premier League and Serie A are given a wide berth this time around...
We’ll steer clear of the top-flight this week and go straight to the Championship where Leicester (10/27) kept themselves on the tails of Cardiff and Crystal Palace at the top by thumping Derby 4-1 at the King Power Stadium last time out. The Foxes have now won three of their last four and have netted ten goals in their two most recent home games. They host relegation-threatened Barnsley on Saturday who have not won in nine.
Ligue Un title favourites Paris Saint-Germain (2/11) have hit a rocky run of form, but they can get back on track when welcoming Evian to the capital. PSG have won three of their last four in front of their fans in all competitions and haven’t lost any of their eight fixtures against teams currently in the bottom half.
Second-placed Marseille (10/19) are another side stuttering somewhat after a strong start to the campaign, and a visit from poor travellers Lorient is the ideal fixture to build confidence. Les Merlus head south having lost their previous three on the road, conceding ten goals in the process.
Rennes (5/9) have already upped their game and their 3-2 win at Troyes last week was a seventh win in nine outings. They host Brest who have won just one of their last 27 away matches, and have lost seven of eight trips out of Stade Francis-Le Blé this term, failing to score in six of those.
In Germany, champions Borussia Dortmund (5/18) are hoping to build on last week’s draw at Bayern Munich as they strive to keep up with the runaway leaders, and they shouldn’t have too much trouble in seeing off Wolfsburg at Signal Iduna Park. BVB are unbeaten in 11 games in all competitions and have won the last four against this weekend’s opponents.
Elsewhere in the Bundesliga, add underrated Freiburg (4/6) to the mix as they take on bottom-of-the-table Greuther Furth. The Breisgau-Brasilianer have only lost to Bayern and Dortmund in the last nine league games and continue to more than match those around them; winning four and drawing three of their seven games against teams in the bottom half. Greuther have won only once this season.
Finish off with Atletico Madrid (5/18). Los Colchoneros may have lost their city derby at Real last weekend, but can see off Deportivo La Coruna at Vicente Calderón. The visitors have won just once since the opening day of the season and find themselves one point off the bottom while Atletico have yet to drop a point on home soil this season.
Follow Sam Dymond's odds-on accumulator in his Favourite Frenzy column every Thursday at Best of the Bets.
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