Back for the 2nd time this season, after gaining a profit from my Charity Bet and missing out on my Acca by one leg, which if you placed the bet with any decent bookmakers would result in a refund, I’m counting week one as a win. So, let’s keep this winning streak with this weekends acca.
First up is WATFORD to overcome the challenge of Stoke City. Watford have gone from the team everybody forgot were even in the Premier League, to the hipsters choice, thanks in no small part to Soccer Saturday favourite Marco Silva. In all seriousness though, Watford have played some brilliant football this season, the 7-0 thrashing by Man City aside, and at Evens, look good value to defeat hapless Stoke.
Next up is HULL CITY to beat Nottingham Forest. Hull are in a false position in the league for me, they are a club in rude health, they have one of the strongest groups of players in the Championship, many of whom played Premier League football with them last season, as well as a few shrewd investments. At Evens, they appear good value to topple Forest.
CHARLTON ATHLETIC to see off Wimbledon is my next selection. Both London teams find themselves at opposite ends of the table, with Charlton pushing for promotion, and Wimbledon looking over their shoulders, hovering just above the relegation zone. Lack of goals has been a huge problem for the real Dons this season, and Charlton should be fancied to take advantage at a price of 10/11.
Going for a decent price for selection four, I’m backing OLDHAM ATHLETIC to get the better of Scunthorpe United. Ever since club legend Richie Wellens took over as manager from John Sheridan, Oldham have gone on an incredible run of form that has seen them go from rock bottom to pushing towards mid-table, with Irish Striker Eoin Doyle at the forefront of the upturn in fortunes, chipping in with 6 goals in 6 games. They are unbeaten in six, and at 7/4 cannot be ignored to get the job done over an inconsistent Scunthorpe.
Last but not least; MAN UTD to beat Tottenham. In the immortal words of Sir Alex, ‘Lads, it’s Tottenham’. Obviously, Fergie never faced a Spurs team with this much quality in his 25 years as United manager, however their record at Old Trafford has not really improved all that much in the years since his retirement with Man Utd winning the last 3 encounters between the teams at home in the league, added to the loss of talisman Harry Kane, they go to Old Trafford with absolutely no team, according to Pep Guardiola. United can be backed at 11/10.
The charity bet rolls on to Week 2, and for this week I am going for WATFORD TO BEAT STOKE EVENS as a single. My bet in Week one returned €80, so that is what we’ll stick on the above bet.
Good luck to anyone brave enough to follow, let’s hope it’s another successful week of punting.