Returning for the first time this season is my attempts to make everyone slightly richer. Dave’s Acca, after a roaring success last season, where I successfully clicked a grand total of zero accumulators, the forecast for this season is slightly more optimistic than Met Eireann, as the great D’ream philosophised – Things Can Only Get Better.
We kick off our first leg of our accumulator with NEWCASTLE UNITED at home to Crystal Palace. It’s been a good week for Newcastle fans, it looks like Mike Ashley is finally ready to cease using their club as a billboard for his budget sports company. Every media mogul going seems to be linked to The Toon from China, the Middle East, Mark Zuckerburg and Vince McMahon. Newcastle are to be fancied to ride this tide of good feelings and overcome basement team Palace, who had a blip from their woeful form with a win over Chelsea last weekend. Newcastle are best priced 11/10, and are Evens generally – fair to say Crystal Palace have no chance in hell!
Next up is SWANSEA CITY to overcome struggling Leicester City at the Liberty. Leicester unceremoniously let go of their second manager in 2017 during the week, but the sympathy and tributes for the man who won the Premier League title for Leicester were not afforded to the man who looked more like a PE teacher than a football manager. Swansea are a ridiculous best priced 19/10, and generally 7/4 to win at home to The Foxes, and cannot be ignored at that price.
ASTON VILLA to beat Fulham at Villa Park are my next selection. Villa have been solid if unspectacular in the championship this season, are in decent form thanks mainly to a mean defense containing captain, leader, villain John Terry, and Welsh international James Chester, and a good Irish presence in their midfield. Fulham have been quite inconsistent this season, and with home advantage, I fancy Villa at a tasty 11/8.
Next up is SHREWSBURY TOWN to get the better of Fleetwood Town. Shrewsbury are enjoying their best season since the year I got them to the Champions League in LMA Manager 2002. They remain along with the two Manchester clubs, the only undefeated team in the English Leagues, and sit top of League One, not bad for a team that were joint favorites for relegation at the start of the season. They are continually overpriced by the bookies in a similar way to how Leicester were priced in their fairytale season and can be backed at odds against by most firms at 11/10.
Finally, SHEFFIELD UNITED to get the better of Reading. Blades were my outside tip to win the championship, and find themselves two points off leaders Wolves, comfortably in the playoffs, thanks mainly to a rock solid home record, with a 1-0 loss to Norwich the only blot on the copybook. David Brooks and Leon Clarke have starred for them this season. Home advantage should be enough to see them overcome a Reading team who have not come close to hitting the heights of last season where they were beaten playoff finalists, the Royals currently find themselves just two points above the relegation zone. Sheffield United are Even money generally.
This week also sees the return of my charity bet challenge. I will start with a bet of €50 and with some shrewd tipping and a bit of luck, have a balance of over €5000 after 7 weeks of successful punts, with all proceeds going to various good causes.
The Charity bet for Week 1 is – MAN CITY TO BEAT BURNLEY -2.75 & -3 GOALS ON THE ASIAN HANDICAP – 6/5. Man City have scored 5 or more goals in their last 3 home league matches, and could very well do so again against Burnley, and with Sergio Aguero fit again, have a fully fit forward line to choose from. With the double chance Asian handicap line, I am splitting my stake, therefore if City win by four goals or more, my bet wins at the full stake. If City win by three goals or more, I get paid €25 multiplied by 6/5, with €25 returned.
Best of luck to anyone with the bravery to follow up, I can tell with every degree of certainty, if you keep track of Dave’s Acca, that by this time next year Rodders, we will be millionaires!!