THE Dutch Eredivisie is back from its winter break and on Saturday night leaders PSV can pick up where they left off.
Philip Cocu’s men have won nine of their last 10 in the top flight – including four victories on the bounce before the shutdown – and tonight they travel to a Vitesse side with a patchy record this season.
The hosts have won just once in their last eight league matches and influential midfielder Bertran Traore, on loan from Chelsea, is away on Africa Cup of Nations duty. It must be noted they’ve been strong enough at home, avoiding defeat so far in the league with three wins and six draws.
But PSV have the attacking talent in Memphis Depay and Luk do Jong – who’ve scored 20 goals between them – and Luciano Narsingh to wreck that unbeaten record. PSV’s last four Eredivisie visits to Vitesse have seen two draws and two away wins and I’m backing the visitors to nick victory at 6-5 with Skybet.
In Italy, Inter are on the rise with Roberto Mancini making his mark in his second spell as manager. They’re on a four-match unbeaten run in Serie A and that includes a draw away to leaders Juventus.
Today Inter travel to an Empoli side they’ve had the better of in recent years, winning the last six meetings between the sides and conceding only one goal. Empoli’s decent start has fizzled out and they’re winless in six league matches, drawing five and failing to score in four.
Inter can be notoriously flaky and have burst many a coupon when expected to win but are bolstered by new signings Lukas Podolski and Xherdan Shaqiri and wlecome back captain Andrea Rnocchia and midfield star Mateo Kovacic from suspension. The Nerazzurri can extend their dominance over the Tuscan troops and are 4-6 with Betfair to win either half.
In Spain, Valencia have scored at least two goals in seven of their nine home La Liga matches and can repeat the feat at home to struggling Almeria who have just two wins in 12. Valencia are 2-5 with Skybet to score over 1.5 goals.
To complete the treble it was a toss-up between Villarreal and Lyon and I’ve decided to go for the French table-toppers. Lyon are flying in Ligue 1 with five wins on the bounce and just one defeat in 16 league games. They visit second-bottom Lens who have only two wins in eight and have lost their last three home league meetings with Lyon.
Red-hot striker Alexander Lacezette can fire Hubert Forunier’s side to the away win at 9-10 with Stan James.
Euro treble (7-2, Betfair)
Lyon win, Inter to win either half, Valencia to score over 1.5 goals
PSV win (6-5, Skybet)
Mr Fixit’s Euro treble
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