We were on the right lines with last week’s acca coupon, we reckon, but unfortunately that wasn’t enough to take care of business.
Three selections landed, while we a tad too optimistic about the chances of Lancastrian pair Burnley and Bolton on home soil.
We had the Clarets with a two-goal handicap but they couldn’t hang on to that, and we only needed Bolton to win or draw against Hull but all they could muster was a 0-1 defeat.
All of which makes us want to bounce back in style this week, and so without further ado here are our football accumulator betting tips.
|Stoke City vs Middlesbrough||Under 2.5 Goals||4/6|
|Macclesfield Town vs Bury||Macclesfield +1.50 Asian Handicap||4/9|
|PSG vs Lille||Lille +2.50 Asian Handicap||3/5|
|Montpellier vs Marseille||Montpellier/Draw Double Chance||4/7|
|Fiorentina vs AS Roma||Fiorentina/Draw Double Chance||11/20|
|Five-Fold Acca Odds||8.43/1|
Stoke City vs Middlesbrough: Under 2.5 Goals
This match is set to be televised live on Sky Sports on Saturday evening, and, well, it won’t be one for the purist, unfortunately.
Stoke’s games were entertaining enough in the early part of the Championship season, but since the start of October boss Gary Rowett has overseen a sea-change at the Potteries outfit.
After a September to not remember in which they shipped nine goals in five matches, Rowett has battened down the hatches, tweaked his tactics and now they have conceded just two in five since.
The downside is that the new defensive outlook has affected their attacking fervour, with just three goals scored in their last four outings.
Middlesbrough, as is the way under the ‘Pulis-Ball’ regime, are built to defend, with five strapping defenders across the backline.
That is reflected in the best defensive record in the Championship – just eight conceded in fifteen, and with clean sheets in four of their last eight, and a run of 13/15 matches where they have conceded one or fewer, don’t expect this encounter to be a barnstormer.
Macclesfield Town vs Bury: Macclesfield +1.50 Asian Handicap
When Macclesfield Town beat Carlisle earlier in October, they avoided what would have been a Football League record for most matches without a win (36).
Did that result spark a renaissance in the Silkmen? Nope, they lost 0-5 to Northampton next time out, but the key is that the Maccs very rarely get hammered. Indeed, they have only lost two of their eight home matches by a margin of two or more goals.
Furthermore, their overall formline reads W1 D2 L4, with three of those losses by a solitary goal.
This week’s visitors are Bury, who are a decent enough side but one going through a confusing run of form reading W1 D4 L1.
They have only won two of eight on the road, too, and their away record shows a negative goal difference.
The Shakers will need to score twice to clear this Asian handicap line – a feat achieved in just 2/8 away matches, and to make matters worse for them they have conceded in seven of eight on their travels.
PSG vs Lille: Lille +2.50 Asian Handicap
Let’s make no bones about it: PSG have been awesome in Ligue 1 this season, and they will win the title at a canter.
But there might be little blips along the way, and those are likely to come in and around important Champions League matches.
The Parisians travel to Napoli next Tuesday in a must win game, and so Friday’s domestic dust-up with Lille could not have come at a worse time; especially with Edinson Cavani and Thiago Silva struggling with injury.
Lille are second in Ligue 1 and good for it. They don’t concede many goals, and Christophe Galtier appears to have moulded a side that can compete for the crown of ‘France’s next best team’.
Montpellier vs Marseille: Montpellier/Draw Double Chance
Curiouser and curiouser. The bookies have Montpellier as a 2/1 outsider here, despite the fact they are above Marseille in the table and are unbeaten in their last ten.
Also, we can point to the fact that Marseille have won just 2/5 on the road – getting whipped 2-4 and 0-3 by Lille and Lyon in the past few weeks, and that their goals against column of 18 is the fifth highest in the whole division.
Montpellier have had an agreeable run of fixtures, absolutely, and this will be a real test of their merits. But we believe they are up to the task.
Fiorentina vs AS Roma: Fiorentina/Draw Double Chance
During the summer transfer window, AS Roma sold their premium shot-stopper Alisson, plus midfield generals Radja Nainggolan and Kevin Strootman.
They have tried to replace them with Javier Pastore and Steven Nzonzi, but it’s clear that Roma are a weaker side this season than they were last.
Down in seventh place in Serie A, they have been surpassed by a number of teams including Fiorentina, whose impressive campaign continues.
The Viola’s home form of W4 D1 L0 is indicative of their strength in front of their own supporters, and a goal difference of +11 from those five matches – with just two goals conceded – highlights the size of the task awaiting Roma.
The visitors have already lost to Bologna and SPAL this term, and it’s fair to say that Fiorentina are a much stronger proposition than either of those.