IT was a day of near misses on the top tips although when it came to Crystal Palace they were well beaten.
Form went out of the window as they crashed at home to West Brom but later Chelsea, as I predicted, beat Man United to just about wrap up the Premier League title.
Biggest disappointment for me was Bournemouth conceding a last-gasp equaliser to down the Top Treble but there will be plenty of surprises before the end of the season.
The cup semi-final favourites didn’t fare well on Saturday with Arsenal needing extra time to see off Reading in England and Hibs losing to Falkirk north of the border.
I expect Sunday’s favoured sides to progress but both will have to battle. Liverpool face an improving Aston Villa at Wembley and at Hampden Celtic take on an Inverness side who have troubled them this season.
In the Premier League Spurs look sound bets at struggling Newcastle while Man City should take care of West Ham as they try to firm up a top-four slot.
There are big matches all over the continent and in Italy best bets are Napoli at Cagliari and Roma at home to Atalanta.
Werder Bremen should see off Hamburg in the Bundesliga and Wolfsburg v Schalke has a history of goals.
Sevilla can win at Granada in La Liga and Villarreal are expected to beat basement boys Cordoba at home.
I thought about Spurs for the Super Single but with Rafael Benitez saying his side will concentrate fully on their trip to Sardinia before the Europa League second leg with Wolfsburg I’m taking them.
Napoli bounced back from defeats to Roma and Lazio with a 3-0 home triumph over Fiorentina last weekend then stunned the Germans with a 4-1 success in the VW Arena.
The Naples outfit are fourth in the league, eight points adrift of Roma with a game in hand, but of course have two chances of a Champions League spot.
Cagliari last won on January 24 and have lost six of their last seven, including last weekend’s 2-0 defeat at Genoa. They are eight points adrift of safety and have the worst defence line in the league and there’s not much a new boss can do to improve things.
I’m starting the Top Treble with Sevilla who have won four of five at Granada and beat their rivals 5-1 at home earlier in the season. Barcelona loan signing Denis Suarez has made a great impact with six goals and last week’s Europa League win over Zenit extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to 11 games.
Granada’s hopes of surviving the drop suffered a serious blow last weekend when they slumped 3-0 away to fellow strugglers Almeria. The defeat left Granada four points from safety with seven games to play and the display was so poor the club issued an apology to fans on their official website.
Add Roma at home to Atalanta. The home men have won the last six meetings at the Olympic Stadium – five by at least two goals – so h2h and form gives it to the favourites.
Complete the treble with both to score in the Milan derby. AC’s last five have brought up this market as have four of the last six meetings.
I’m putting up a low-stakes over 3.5 goals Trixie and reasoning is on the goals/both teams to score thread.
5pts Super Single
(10-11, William Hill, BetVictor)
2pts Top Treble
Inter Milan v AC Milan btts (7.45pm)
Over 3.5 goals Trixie
Wolfsburg v Schalke (4.30pm)
Cagliari v Napoli
Utrecht v Twente (3.45pm)
Perm any 2 and all 3 (4 bets)
Treble pays 18-1 at BetVictor
April Super Single Record
17 bets (9 winners, 8 losers)
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