Boom, there it is! After a couple of weeks of being a whisker away, we finally landed the acca win that our tips had deserved.
It was a slightly confused win, with three legs landing successfully and the two others being ‘push’ returns, but profit is profit in this game and we still walk away with gold in our pockets.
There’s the annoying spectre of an international break this week, which could not come at a more frustrating time. Just as we were finding our feet, we have a fixture list to work with that only a mother could love.
Nevertheless, let’s see if we can muster up a second consecutive victory in our football accumulator betting tips for the weekend ahead.
|Sunderland vs Fleetwood Town||Sunderland to Win||8/11|
|Exeter City vs Notts County||Exeter -0.25 Asian Handicap||8/11|
|Northampton Town vs Cheltenham Town||Northampton to Win||8/11|
|Harrogate Town vs Havant & Waterlooville||Harrogate Draw No Bet||4/9|
|T.N.S. vs Queen’s Park||T.N.S. to Win||2/5|
|Five-Fold Acca Odds||9.40/1|
Sunderland vs Fleetwood Town: Sunderland to Win
Things are a tad rosier around Sunderland AFC these days.
New boss Jack Ross has done exactly what you should do after suffering successive relegations: signed players experienced at this level, and added to them with a sprinkling of promising young talent.
It’s a formula that has worked, as the Black Cats find themselves unbeaten in six with four wins and a healthy goal difference of +8.
Fleetwood too find themselves rejuvenated under a new leader; the philosophical Joey Barton.
But there has been an element of fortune about their progress thus far, with five of their six matches coming against bottom-half sides. A step up in class on Saturday will be a true marker of their aspirations.
Exeter City vs Notts County: Exeter -0.25 Asian Handicap
We’ve not exactly been blown away by Exeter this term, but on home soil against a hapless Notts County outfit they have to be supported.
The Exiles have looked below-par and appear to be mourning the loss of talismanic manager Paul Tisdale, but their start hasn’t been completely without positives.
Naysayers will note they’ve lost two-in-two, but context is key and you’ll probably find that their conquerors on those occasions – Lincoln and MK Dons – will prove to be by far and away the best teams in League Two.
As for Notts County….it’s hard to know where to start.
Kevin Nolan, who guided them to the play-offs last season remember, has already been sacked, and his replacement – Harry Kewell – hardly set the world alight at Crawley.
The Magpies have conceded three or more goals in each of their last five games, and they need to improve significantly to be competitive this term. Exeter will be looking to deepen their misery.
Northampton Town vs Cheltenham Town: Northampton to Win
Choose any measure of attacking efficiency you like, and Northampton Town are coming up strong.
The Cobblers top the Expected Points table in League Two, based upon Expected Goals data on a match-by-match basis, and so the Cobblers’ lowly league position is something of a headscratcher.
Fortunately, it gives canny punters like us an opportunity to tuck in when the time is right.
The going certainly looks good against Cheltenham, who have delivered some derisory performances so far – three goals scored in 540 minutes and counting – and have already seen their manager sacked too.
Harrogate Town vs Havant & Waterlooville: Harrogate Draw No Bet
Harrogate are going along very nicely in the National League, with an eight-game unbeaten run (prior to the midweek fixtures) and three wins from four on home soil, with a healthy goal difference of +8.
The Yorkshire outfit have scored more goals than any other side in the division, and only Fylde and Wrexham have conceded fewer.
They even have the added luxury of an extra recovery day, as their Tuesday night fixture is followed 24 hours later by Havant & Waterlooville’s Wednesday outing.
The visitors have conceded two or more goals in five of their eight league games to date, including 14 in their last five. Harrogate will surely fancy the job at the weekend.
T.N.S. vs Queen’s Park: T.N.S. to Win
This season, the Scottish FA has opened up their Challenge Cup competition to teams in the English lower leagues and those from Ireland and Wales too.
T.N.S, or The New Saints as they are known, won the Welsh Premier League by 14 points last season, and they open up their Challenge Cup account against Scottish League Two outfit Queen’s Park.
It will surely prove to be a mis-match: T.N.S. regularly play in Champions League and Europa League qualifiers, and on home soil they have drawn with APOEL Nicosia and lost 0-2 to a decent Midtjylland side.