It was a frustrating week for our football accumulator tips last time out. Two selections landed, but the other three failed in the most frustrating ways: Brighton, who have more than held their own this term, capitulated against Chelsea and conceded four times, Oxford surrendered a one-goal lead to lose 1-2 and Sevilla claimed just their fourth away win since the beginning of the 2016/17 season to defy our pick Espanyol!
So yes, frustration was the word of the day.
Never mind, the beauty of sports betting is that you don’t have to wait very long to gain redemption. With that in mind, here are this week’s football accumulator betting tips:
- Peterborough United v Leicester City: P’boro +1.50 Asian Handicap (1/2)
- Hull City vs Nottingham Forest: Under 3.5 Goals (1/3)
- MK Dons vs Coventry City: MK Dons to Qualify (4/6)
- Notts County vs Swansea City: Swansea to Win (10/11)
- Bradford City vs AFC Wimbledon: Wimbledon +1.00 Asian Handicap (4/11)
- Acca Odds: 7.21/1
Peterborough United v Leicester City: Peterborough +1.50 Asian Handicap
There might be some followers of this column who watched Leicester’s pitiful 0-0 draw with Fleetwood in the third round; it was broadcast live on the BBC, for all those unfortunate enough to have to sit through it.
The Foxes’ disjointed performance came as a consequence of Claude Puel introducing almost wholesale changes to his starting eleven, and the top flight outfit did not look assured as a result.
Puel has intimated that he will do the same against Peterborough, but he should be careful as the Posh have slightly more going for them than Fleetwood.
Decent enough at home (W8 D1 L5), the hosts have scored two or more in four of their last five matches at London Road; they will await the arrival of the former Premier League champions with relish.
Hull City vs Nottingham Forest: Under 3.5 Goals
With both sides having half an eye on Championship survival this term, you do wonder how seriously they are going to take a title at the FA Cup.
Nigel Adkins has battened down the hatches since taking over the Tigers, with their last five league outings ending 0-0, 2-2, 0-1, 0-0 and 0-1.
And it’s hard to imagine Nottingham Forest becoming any more cosmopolitan under the conservative stylings of new boss Aitor Karanka. Five of their last six outings have witnessed two goals or fewer.
MK Dons vs Coventry City: MK Dons to Qualify
For what it’s worth, MK Dons are available at 21/20 to win this match and that is fine value.
But we’re going for rather more lugubrious ‘to qualify’ market as, frankly, it gives us two bites of the cherry should this first meeting end in a stalemate.
The Dons have appointed Dan Micciche as their new manager this week; an unknown by all accounts, but with Keith Millen as his assistant there is plenty of experience to call upon.
As we know, new managers tend to give their side a lift, and besides which MK Dons’ home form (W4 D7 L3) isn’t all that wretched.
Coventry, meanwhile, have scored just one goal in 360 minutes of football away from home, losing three of those four, and it is hardly the record of a side brimming with confidence on their travels.
Notts County vs Swansea City: Swansea to Win
The wheels are ever so slightly coming off Notts County’s promotion bus in League 2: they’ve won just one of their last five, and lost 1-2 at home twice in the space of four days on Saturday and Tuesday.
You can forgive Swansea for feeling a lot more positive this week after beating Liverpool on Monday, and there is a sense that Carlos Carvahal is slowly but surely turning the ship around.
His side have an extra 24 hours to prepare for this match over the Magpies, and while he may send a slightly weakened side to Nottingham – Swansea host Arsenal in the league next Tuesday, the confidence they will have gained on Monday night cannot be quantified.
Bradford City vs AFC Wimbledon: Wimbledon +1.00 Asian Handicap
Bradford have lost three on the spin now in League 1, but you do wonder if Tuesday’s 0-2 defeat to Yorkshire rivals Rotherham could be the bitterest pill to swallow.
Local pride was at stake, of course, but also momentum in terms of the league table: just one point now separates the sides in fifth and sixth.
Wimbledon, meanwhile, have had the luxury of a week off without a fixture, and that rest period could be key in keeping their players sharp compared to the Bantams, who will be feeling pretty tired and emotional after defeat to their neighbours.
The Dons are unbeaten in four, have scored two or more goals in three of those and haven’t conceded in more than 270 minutes of football.