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Tight Bundesliga affair boosts Friday night Euro acca

| 06.02.2014

There are two schools of thought when a game seems too close to call on an accumulator bet – leave the game alone or plump for the draw – we’ve gone for the latter on this week’s Friday night European acca, with a Monchengladbach and Bayer Leverkusen stalemate meaning odds of over 16/1 on our treble.

Adding Espanyol to win at home to Granada and St Etienne to get the better of Toulouse could see returns of £174 from a stake of just £10.

Monchengladbach and Bayer Leverkusen to draw @ 12/5

The hosts have picked up a reputation of being hard to beat at home this term, going nine games without defeat at Borussia Park before crashing to league leaders Bayern Munich.

Lucien Favre’s side will hope to return to winning ways after losing their last two outings but will struggle against a Bayer side that has travelled well this season.

Leverkusen have lost just four of their last 13 games away from home and just one of their last five altogether.

And, with three of the last five meetings between these sides ending all square, expect second-placed Leverkusen and their fifth-placed hosts to cancel each other out again.

Espanyol to beat Granada @ 19/20

Both sides come into this match on the back of two straight losses but Espanyol’s home form sees them tipped for success here.

Javier Aguirre’s men have won three of their last five at the Estadi Cornella-El Prat and one of the two defeats came via a narrow 1-0 reverse at the hands of Real Madrid.

Granada, meanwhile, have lost three of their last four games away from home and despite losing just one of their last four meetings with the hosts looked doomed to defeat here.

Espanyol forward Sergio Garcia is enjoying his best season to date with the Perquitos with eight goals so far and with three of those coming in his last five outings the Spaniard can fire the hosts to glory again.

St Etienne to beat Toulouse @13/8

Toulouse have lost just one of their last five matches at home but a closer look at their form shows why St Etienne get the nod for this tie.

The hosts have failed to win their last three matches, losing two on the bounce before a draw with Marseille last time out.

St Etienne, by comparison, have won two of their last three games and have enjoyed their recent travels to the Stadium Municipal.

Christophe Galtier’s side have won two of their last three as visitors of Toulouse and should be backed to improve that run on Friday night.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.