There’s nothing quite like one leg of an acca letting you down to quite get the old adrenaline pumping, but we’re well versed in the art of the near miss by now!
Yep, we were let down by one leg last time out, with Brentford’s failure to win or draw at Nottingham Forest ultimately ending our hopes of glory.
Do we sulk in the corner? No, we pick ourselves up, dust ourselves down and revel in the knowledge that the next set of football accumulator betting tips could bring home the bacon.
|Chelsea vs Manchester United||Manchester United +0.75 Asian Handicap||11/20|
|Rotherham United vs Sheffield Wednesday||Rotherham/Draw Double Chance||11/20|
|Gillingham vs Scunthorpe United||Scunthorpe/Draw Double Chance||3/5|
|Exeter City vs Bury||Bury/Draw Double Chance||4/9|
|Lille vs Montpellier||Lille Draw No Bet||4/11|
|Five-Fold Acca Odds||6.57/1|
Chelsea vs Manchester United: Manchester United +0.75 Asian Handicap
Regardless of home advantage, you’d be hard pressed to convince many punters that Chelsea are worthy of being favourites to win this one.
Yes, the Blues are stronger at Stamford Bridge than they are on the road, but that doesn’t account for the fact that they look a sorry bunch right now. From the outside looking in, it could be suggested that ‘Sarri-ball’ isn’t quite having the desired effect.
Woes in the league – hardly aided by the 0-6 hammering at the hands of Manchester City – mean that their efforts in the cups now take on greater significance; particularly the Europa League, via which they can secure Champions League qualification.
Thursday’s tie with Malmo is of importance then, and changes may be made for this clash on Sunday; music to Manchester United fans’ ears.
They are playing so well at the moment that you suspect Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be reluctant to rest too many players, so we would expect Paul Pogba and co to secure a positive result here.
Rotherham United vs Sheffield Wednesday: Rotherham/Draw Double Chance
For all their faults, Rotherham are game on home soil and it does take a special effort to beat them at the New York Stadium.
A home record of W5 D7 L4 is surprisingly good for a side at the wrong end of the table; indeed, three of those defeats have come against top-half outfits in Leeds, West Brom and Hull City.
As for Sheffield Wednesday, you can construe their recent form in a couple of different ways: 1-0, 1-0, 0-0 and 0-0 is positive enough for a team locked in a relegation battle for a while, but they are struggling to put the ball in the net and that’s why we fancy the Millers to get something from this game.
Gillingham vs Scunthorpe United: Scunthorpe/Draw Double Chance
Surprisingly to many, Scunthorpe sit second in the League One form table of late, and the bare facts are hard to oppose.
The visitors have won six of their last eight, with their only defeat inflicted by high-flying Barnsley, and after a spell where they failed to score in five straight games they have sine netted in seven of eight.
As for Gillingham, life isn’t quite as rosy. They’ve won just one of their last seven, and in that time they have conceded two or more goals in five of those outings.
The Gills, who’ve triumphed in 4/16 on home soil this term, are also struggling with injuries, with the likes of Billy Bingham, Callum Reilly and Alex Lacey on the sidelines.
Exeter City vs Bury: Bury/Draw Double Chance
League Two’s top goalscorers are at it again.
Bury have bludgeoned 62 goals in 32 starts this campaign, and in their last eight alone they have notched 17 times in a fantastic unbeaten run (W5 D3 L0).
The Shakers’ boss Ryan Lowe has stacks of attacking options available to him, from the likes of James O’Shea and Caolan Lavery to the experienced Nickys: Maynard and Adams.
It should be said that Exeter are no mugs, but they have conceded in 13 of their last 17 games. That makes them vulnerable to this often irresistible Bury attack.
Lille vs Montpellier: Lille Draw No Bet
Those who followed last week’s column will know that Lille obliged for us with a 2-0 win at Guingamp, and once again the bookies don’t seem overly sweet on them.
You can get even money on a side with a formline of W6 D1 L1, whose home record reads W8 D3 L1 this term, against an outfit with one win in their last eight games and 4/11 on the road.
To make life even harder for Montpellier, top scorer Andy Delort – responsible for 30% of their goals this season – could be out through injury.