We love a cross-sport acca and have already had an E/W double winner and came agonisingly close to winning our 28/1 acca a couple of weeks ago.
This week we have a 45/1 cross-sport acca, featuring two of the key races plus a couple of huge football matches, including our pick for the FA Cup final.
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HIERARCHY (1:35 Newbury – Carnarvon Stakes) 9/2
We start the acca in the opener at Newbury, with Hugo Palmer’s HIERARCHY. The colt had some solid form last season, including a close second over C&D in the Group 2 Mill Reef Stakes last September, when beaten by Wings Of War.
His reappearance run was promising, finishing second behind Go Bears Go in the G3 Merriebelle Stakes at Ascot last month. That day he finished ahead of Ehraz and Wings Of War, with the former reopposing on Saturday. After that run we expected him to be favourite for this when the betting came out, so it was quite a shock to see him open up as big as 6/1! He’s since been backed into 9/2, but that still looks good value.
We can’t see the reasons behind Tiber Flow heading the betting, seeing as he’s only raced on the AW so far and is yet to race in Group company. The drop down to Listed company should benefit Hierarchy, having won both of his races outside of Group level, and this is an easier race than his seasonal reappearance – he should take a fair bit of beating at a cracking price!
BAAEED (3:20 Newbury – Lockinge Stakes) 1/2
On to the Lockinge, and this should be arguably the banker of the weekend, as the unbeaten star of the 2021 season BAAEED makes his eagerly anticipated return to action. William Haggas has his horses in serious form – winning with six of his last twelve runners (correct at time of writing), and Baaeed can add to his growing list of first time out winners this season.
He won all six of his races last year, including two Group 1 races at the end of the season. The manner of his victory in the QEII Stakes was hugely impressive, staying on strongly to get the better of some quality horses, including Palace Pier and The Revenant. He also beat Mother Earth in that race, who is his most likely rival in this. However, she wasn’t overly impressive in her reappearance, making hard work of it in a Group 3 at the Curragh back in March.
The rest of the field shouldn’t come close to the top two in the betting, and it’s Baaeed who looks to have by far the strongest chance, judging on last season’s form. He was the star of last season and he’s all set for another huge season again, starting off by proving his class in this. He looks to be the best miler for some time and if his unbeaten run continues, could become the biggest superstar since a certain Frankel!
LIVERPOOL To Beat Chelsea (4:45 FA Cup Final) 21/20
It’s FA Cup final weekend, and Jurgen Klopp’s LIVERPOOL should once again get the better of Chelsea. They’ve already beaten them in the Carabao Cup final, albeit on penalties but they dominated that game and should do so again this time around.
Liverpool are still in the race for an unprecedented quadruple this season, although they will need Man City to slip up at some point. The reds are by far the better side in this final, having only lost once in 2022 so far, and that was a meaningless 1-0 defeat by Inter when they were already 2-0 up from the first leg.
The Kop are in top form lately, winning seven of their last eight matches in all competitions, whereas Chelsea have hit a bit of a stumbling block lately, winning just two of their last six games – conceding eight goals in the process. Liverpool can call upon the likes of Mo Salah, Sadio Mane, Luis Diaz and Diogo Jota, and that firepower should give Chelsea’s leaky backline plenty to worry about!
With Liverpool in full flow and determined to get another trophy in the cabinet, they can prove their superiority over Chelsea and keep up their bid for a momentous quadruple.
MAN CITY To Beat West Ham + BTTS (2pm Sunday – Premier League) 7/4
We finish the acca on Sunday with MAN CITY looking unbeatable at the moment, and we’re backing them to beat West Ham, with both teams scoring in the process. City boss Pep Guardiola knows victory here will all but assure they win the league, with a home game against Aston Villa their final game of the season, and they’ve won each of their last eight head-to-head games against them.
Man City could hardly be in better form, winning each of their last five Premier League games, scoring a whopping 22 goals in doing so. In that time they have conceded against Wolves and Watford, so they don’t have the most formidable defence. They’re also without Kyle Walker, John Stones and Ruben Dias here, so their defence could get breached yet again here.
West Ham have scored in every home Premier League game this season, and were impressive in demolishing Norwich 4-0 last week. The reverse fixture saw Man City win 2-1, so the hope is for a similar result this time around. With West Ham’s impressive goalscoring record at home this season, we’re banking on them finding the back of the net once again.
The Irons still have a chance of finishing in the top six, but they will do well to get a result here. Man City are on a mission to get the league title wrapped up and are in such good form, we can’t see anything other than a Man City victory here (hopefully with West Ham scoring!).
*Odds Correct At Time Of Writing – 11am Friday 13th May*
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