Last week we were so close. So close. Our hopes of a fourth winning Saturday went down in flames at the Riverside as the home side saw their seven-game winning streak end at the hands of Stoke City. That 35/1 shot therefore was a loser.
This week we go only four-games deep but with a pretty darn big 43/1 price. Four away wins make up our Saturday Accumulator Tips with one of them being a giant underdog…
Leg 1 – Everton vs Brighton & Hove Albion – Away Win @ 6/5
The pressure cooker that the person occupying the top job at Goodison Park is semi-permanently in seems to be cooling down somewhat following three wins from five in the Premier League.
Early on in the season, things did not look good at all for Sean Dyche and his side but a strong win on the road at Brentford got things moving and Bournemouth were dispatched before a battling victory at West Ham saw the club start to grow that gap between themselves and the bottom three. During that spell however, they did lose at home to Luton and that cannot be forgotten.
Surprisingly Brighton haven’t actually won in four games in the top-flight. They got an absolute shellacking at Villa Park and lost a tight one at the Etihad. The 2-2 draw with Liverpool was an absolute thriller but the 1-1 home draw against Fulham was a disappointing result.
These two sides seem to be in relatively different form but when push comes to shove, Everton are still Everton. I think the quality and the lack of a midweek game freshens Brighton up and they win at odds-against.
Leg 2 – Birmingham City vs Ipswich Town – Away Win @ 5/6
If you want to talk about form then in this column, we talk about Kieran McKenna’s side. Ipswich have been dynamite all season-long and have only dropped four points in the Championship and we are already in November.
The negative results were a 3-4 defeat at home to Leeds and a 1-1 draw on the road at Huddersfield. Apart from that they have been good for a three-point haul every time they’ve played.
On the other side of the equation this Saturday are a Birmingham side who are reeling since they sacked their manager to replace him with Wayne Rooney. The former England striker has overseen three defeats from three. I will grant him the fact that two of them were tough away trips to the Riverside and St. Mary’s but the 0-2 home defeat to Hull was not a good look.
He’ll be looking for his first points and taking on one of the form sides, not only in the Championship but in the whole football pyramid is a tough task. I’m not expecting him to pass that test, so give me the Tractor Boys.
Leg 3 – Peterborough United vs Salford City – Away Win @ 5/1
Here is the weekly wildcard that I like to throw in at a big price to boost up the odds. This time however I seem to have lost my marbles somewhat as adding a 5/1 away win to a four-game acca seems like utter madness.
Hear me out.
This is not a league match. We all know the FA Cup will throw up some surprise results along the way, it is all about trying to see if we can identify them. Posh have been in excellent form in League 1. They haven’t lost a game since August.
Jonson Clarke-Harris saw his deadline day move collapse and his form in front of goal has dissipated somewhat. It has been Ephron Mason-Clark who has been carrying the load having scored in his past three in the league.
Salford themselves have turned around what was a really concerning run. They have only tasted defeat the once since a 0-4 reversal to Premier League Burnley in the Carabao Cup and that was in a game where they led with 89 minutes on the clock.
So we have two sides in decent form but I wonder how seriously Peterborough will be taking the competition. They have eyes on a return to the Championship and a cup run might not be at the top of their agenda.
If this was a league game then give me the home side comfortably but in the cup, that 5/1 price on Neil Wood’s side sticks out on the coupon and I think is a solid roll of the dice.
Leg 4 – Scarborough Athletic vs Forest Green Rovers – Away Win @ 5/6
We end our fourfold up in Yorkshire where Scarborough Athletic are playing in the First Round proper of the FA Cup for the first time in their history. A 3-2 win via replay over Oxford City saw the Boro progress to face league opposition.
They are one of several phoenix clubs, having come into existence following the liquidation of Scarborough back in 2007. They have already risen to the National League North but are not having a great season in the league, having won six and lost seven of their 14 games.
A great cup run though has garnered attention and this will be the biggest game at the Flamingo Land Stadium since its opening in 2017.
However despite all that, I’m coming in as the party pooper as even though Forest Green are no great shakes and this has some of the makings of a big cup upset, too many times recently, we’ve seen lower non-league clubs get hammered at home to distinctly average league opposition in these early-round cup games. I say class counts and the full-time team rolls.
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