When the first four legs of your five-leg acca land, you have every right to get a tad excited.
That is, of course, until your final pick – Yeovil Town – decide to go and self-destruct in the opening half-hour of their game. The Glovers were reduced to nine men after just 30 minutes when they had two players sent off for a professional foul and violent conduct. After that, they never stood a chance.
Still, we can at least console ourselves that, for the most part, our selections were good ones, and we can go in again with confidence as the campaign nears its thrilling climax.
So, here are this week’s football accumulator tips:
|Liverpool vs Bournemouth||Liverpool -1.00 Asian Handicap||4/11|
|Nottingham Forest vs Ipswich Town||Under 3.5 Goals||2/7|
|QPR vs Preston||QPR/Draw Double Chance||9/20|
|Charlton Athletic vs Scunthorpe United||Charlton -0.25 Asian Handicap||7/10|
|Chesterfield Town vs Mansfield Town||Chesterfield/Draw Double Chance||8/11|
|Five-Fold Acca Odds||6.64/1|
Liverpool vs Bournemouth: Liverpool -1.00 Asian Handicap
After the euphoria of their two-legged victory over Manchester City in the Champions League, it’s back to the day job for Liverpool as they look to cement their top-three finish in the Premier League.
The Reds want to chase down Manchester United in second, but they have Tottenham breathing down their necks, and so there is little chance of an unmotivated Liverpool performance or a hangover from midweek.
Bournemouth’s record against teams outside the top six this term: W7 D11 L5.
Bournemouth’s record against top six teams this term: W2 D0 L8.
That shows how badly Eddie Howe’s men struggle against the elite; perhaps his players have a mental block when tackling the top flight’s premier outfits. It’s a trend we simply have to follow in this week.
Nottingham Forest vs Ipswich Town: Under 3.5 Goals
371 minutes: that’s how long it’s been since Nottingham Forest scored a goal.
Six consecutive blanks have rather perturbed Tricky Trees supporters; many of whom remain unconvinced by Aitor Karanka’s methods. Indeed, 10 of their last 12 outings have witnessed fewer than three goals in total.
Ipswich this week waved goodbye to long-serving manager Mick McCarthy, who did a fantastic job at the club given how little money they have to spend on player recruitment.
Big Mick’s last days have coincided with a complete malaise from the Tractor Boys, and they have failed to find the net in five of their last seven.
Two misfiring frontlines….knowing our luck this one has got 4-4 written all over it!
QPR vs Preston: QPR/Draw Double Chance
If Ian Holloway could somehow get his QPR side to replicate their home form on the road, they would certainly sit higher than their current position of fifteenth in the Championship.
The Hoops have lost just 5/21 on home soil (W11 D5 L5), and that’s a run which features just two defeats at Loftus Road since Christmas and a pair of handsome victories more recently: 4-1 and 4-2 over Norwich and Sheffield Wednesday respectively.
Preston had lost three on the bounce prior to Tuesday’s win over Leeds, which was a match marred by some curious refereeing decisions.
You could argue that QPR should be favourites for this match; not a 6/4 outsider.
Charlton Athletic vs Scunthorpe United: Charlton -0.25 Asian Handicap
The renaissance of the Addicks under Lee Bowyer has been halted somewhat of late, but a return hoe to The Valley should suit them.
After winning three on the spin, Charlton have drawn with Bristol Rovers and lost to Wimbledon, but both of those were on the road and the Gas are a decent outfit while the Dons fight for their lives at the bottom of the League One table.
Scunthorpe, with one win since New Year’s Day, are rather less upwardly mobile. Okay, so they have drawn seven of their last ten, but it will clearly be on their minds that they need a victory sooner rather than later, and that brings its own pressure.
Chesterfield Town vs Mansfield Town: Chesterfield/Draw Double Chance
The last time Chesterfield hosted a local rival was Notts County, which ironically was their most recent home game, and they delivered a fine performance to produce a fully justified 3-1 win over the promotion chasers.
Since then they have played three away matches, losing by a solitary goal tice and drawing at Morecambe on Tuesday, and a return to home soil should coincide with another decent showing in front of lively support.
We’ve backed against Mansfield in this column a few times lately and why not: the Stags are without a win or a clean sheet in nine under David Flitcroft. The pressure is building as their play-off dream continues to drift away.