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Solace’s Weekend Draw Selections To Stake

The search for draws never ends for Solace Chukwu
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Every week, we will look across Europe’s top five leagues in search of draws.

Our form continues to be in the gutter, unfortunately. Only one of our picks came through – Reims v Metz. Oh well, we’ve been here before, and we were able to dig ourselves out of the doldrums, so we stick with it. After all, the only way to go from here is up. Up and at ‘em!

Remember: every tip contained here is a second opinion from a complete stranger online. Ultimately, trust your discretion in selecting which picks to go with.

Real Valladolid v Cadiz (X at 3.25)

Valladolid has not won in five games and are the second-worst at home in La Liga

Yet another game wherein Valladolid are favored to win and I cannot quite fathom why.

Not only do Cadiz have the eighth-best away record in La Liga, but they have also not lost in any of their last three meetings with their host. Also, they are eight points and four places better off on the table.

Tack on the fact that Valladolid has not won in five games and has the second-worst home record in the division, you are left scratching your head. Is there something I’m not getting here?

Anyway, I’m going to go with my gut and pick against the bookies’ favorite here. I think Cadiz is good enough to get a result here, but considering Valladolid is in a relegation battle, I expect its tails to be up at least. A draw – like in the reverse fixture – seems quite logical.

Genoa v Spezia (X at 3.20)

Spezia snatched a 1-0 victory against Inter Milan last week

Hands up if you saw Spezia snatching a draw against runaway Serie A leaders Inter in midweek. Because I certainly didn’t, and I’m sure they took huge slices out of punters’ tickets all over the world. Kudos to them anyway.

The question this weekend is whether they can repeat the trick, this time on the road. Spezia is level on points with host Genoa, who have not won any of their last four matches and have not kept a clean sheet in 10 games.

This is a meeting of two teams that simply cannot keep it together at the back, and that is reflected quite handily in their ‘Goals Against” Column.

So, we know we will probably see goals here, but what about the result? Genoa won the reverse fixture back in December, but their form is pretty shabby at the moment, so it’s hard to back them to do it again. Instead, I favour the draw.

Olympique Lyon v Lille (X at 3.40)

Lille are clinging onto top spot like their lives depend on it

A mouth-watering top-of-the-table clash for us to sink our teeth into in France. Lille are clinging onto top spot like their lives depend on it, and you cannot help rooting for them, even if only so the hegemony of Paris Saint-Germain is finally broken.

The host, Lyon are three points further back, but sit in fourth place – that’s how tight things are over there.

They have tempered some of their inconsistency this season, and have sustained a challenge despite lacking the overall depth of quality their other competitors possess.

That’s a feather in the cap for Rudi Garcia, all things considered, but I think they will just about fall short in the end.

That doesn’t mean they cannot play the role of spoiler, of course. This is a hard fixture for Lille, make no mistake about it, and Lyon has nothing to lose in going for it, really. I expect an exciting game full of incidents, but I think these sides will battle each other to a standstill.

Huesca v Getafe (X at 2.90)

Huesca were finally running out of trouble before they got stopped in their tracks

Just when it looked like Huesca were finally putting together the run that would take them out of trouble, they got stopped in their tracks in back-to-back games against a suddenly resurgent Alaves and Atletico Madrid.

That means Pacheta’s side remains in the relegation places, but that should not invalidate the good work the former Elche boss has done since taking charge.

This week, they host La Liga’s resident goon squad. Getafe is in an appalling form. Since overcoming 10-man Valencia in February, they have not won another game, and they are now bobbing perilously close to the bottom of the table.

I envisage a tight, nervy game with lots of niggles and little by way of compromise. The last three meetings between these sides at El Alcoraz have all ended in draws, and this will almost certainly follow the pattern.

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