It’s the return of the Acca, back to make all y’all rich. It’s the first one of the year, so the way I’m looking at is – if you completely ignore 2017, I have not let anyone down so far with my selections, and if you follow me in, you will not lose any money. With that being said, allow me to crack on with Dave’s Acca for this weekends football action.
I start at Turf Moor with the clash of BURNLEY v Southampton. Clarets haven’t exactly been firing on all cylinders in the last few weeks, but these have been against a combination of teams in the top five, and other teams in great form. Throughout their bad run, they’ve remained solid and difficult to break down, as runaway leaders Man City will attest to (I’m looking at you Raheem).Against Southampton, who have been as hot in front of goal as the Siberian wind that’s coming this weekend, I expect the Ginger Mourinho to return Burnley to the form of earlier in the season, which still sees them sitting in 7th position in the league. A massive 15/8 is available for Burnley.
Turning our attentions to the Championship now, my next pick in FULHAM to take the scalp of league leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers at Martin O’Neill’s favourite stomping ground of Craven Cottage. Wolves have been immense all season, and will gain promotion to the Premier League next season, however there has been signs of them stumbling along in recent matches, noteably a recent defeat at home to Nottingham Forest and throwing away a two goal lead to draw with Norwich earlier this week. Fulham have been the form team in the league, possess Premier League quality throughout their team and look a good bet to join Wolves in gaining promotion form the Championship. Get on Fulham at 7/4.
Staying in the Championship I’m going for MIDDLESBORUGH away from home to beat Sunderland. Two north east clubs, relegated from the Premier League, who replaced their underperforming managers with a Welshman. That’s where the similarities end however, The Black Cats are in absolute dire straits while Boro remain solidly in the playoff hunt. It’s hard to see anything other than a Middlesbrough win here, even without home advantage. The Stadium of Light has been anything but a fortress for Sunderland – given they practically went the whole of 2017 without a home win. Boro are available at just over the Even money mark.
Plymouth Argyle at home to beat Bradford City is my forth leg. Both teams are level on points just outside the playoff position, but when you consider that in November Plymouth were in the relegation zone and Bradford were in the top three, this tells you all you need to know about the form these two teams are currently in. The Pilgrims are available at 6/4.
Finally, Mansfield Town at home to get the better of Coventry City. Mansfield, the pre season favourites for the League 2 title are enjoying a good run of form, having won 5 of their last 6 games. Coventry on the other hand have lost the last four. Mansfield are available at 11/8.
A €1 stake on this returns €88 – which is enough to for a night on the town, a fresh cod and chips, a Netflix account, a shaving kit, a haircut, with enough change left over to buy Sunderland FC.
Get Up The Yard.