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Boxing Day Football Accumulator Tips
The Boxing Day game is one that most football fans look for as soon as the fixtures are announced and not many things beat seeing your team win this one, especially when playing away.
With this in mind, here’s a tasty treble of potential away wins that could leave three sets of fans (and, more importantly, us the punters) very happy indeed.
Middlesbrough V Burnley
Championship leaders Burnley head to the Riverside looking for a victory that would put them in poll position to finish the calendar year at top spot as they continue their bid for a return to the Premier League against, fellow former top-tier side, Middlesbrough.
Burnley have been in stuttering form recently but three points against Blackpool on Saturday afforded a return to the summit as QPR lost to Leicester. They have now picked up eight points from their last four matches and confidence will be high as they travel to a team struggling in 17th.
At the weekend, Boro’s new manager Aitor Karanka oversaw his team’s second win since his appointment as they beat Millwall courtesy of two second-half goals. There has definitely been a slight improvement since the Spaniard came in but Smoggies are still distinctly average and I think they will find it tough against the promotion-chasing Clarets.
Boro have recorded just 5 wins all season – all of which have come against sides below them in The Championship table. When faced against the stronger opposition they have often succumbed to the gulf in class and it is my belief that this will be the theme of the afternoon again here.
Acca tip: Burnley win @ 2/1 with Bet 365.
Bristol City V Walsall
Rock bottom Bristol City are without a League One victory in six attempts and Walsall will look to capitalise on that poor form as they chase a play-off berth.
The Saddlers’ record on the road is not great but they did beat Shrewsbury last time out and will hope to make it back-to-back away victories at Ashton Gate. They are just two points behind 6th placed Rotherham and a play-off spot will be Dean Smith’s target for the season. If they are going to achieve that goal then this is the sort of game where only three points will do.
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Despite the unenviable position of being bottom, the Robins are scoring for fun. In fact, they have found the net five times more than Walsall. However, with just 2 wins from 21 matches it isn’t hard to understand why they find themselves in this predicament.
If they can turn some of those draws (they already have 10) into victories then they still have a chance of survival but until then it looks like their season is heading in only one direction.
Bristol’s defence has been a big problem this campaign, whilst Walsall’s has been the second tightest in the division. I think the defensive thirds are where this match will be won or lost, and therefore it should be the away side who claim the spoils.
Acca tip: Walsall win @ 17/10 with Bet 365.
Bury V Scunthorpe
Scunthorpe United continue their ascent towards the top of League Two and could be set for gaining promotion back to the third tier at the first time of asking.
The Iron are one of League Two’s in form sides, picking up 13 points from an available 15, and sit proudly in the automatic places and just two points behind leaders Chesterfield.
Away from Glanford Park, they’ve been pretty inconsistent but have racked up a few wins on the road and are certainly capable of getting another at Gigg Lane.
The promotion hopefuls are currently playing under interim manager Russ Wilcox after the sacking of Brian Laws but if anything that has galvanized the players and their recent form has been their best all season.
Bury on the other hand are having a nightmare campaign. The Shakers were relegated from League One alongside Scunthorpe but have endured a far more difficult time and are threatened by the possibility of consecutive relegations.
The Greater Manchester based outfit were one of the busiest this summer, making around 20 new signings and evidently this has not paid off. A mixture of players struggling to settle and others simply not being up to the task has resulted in a terrible first half of the campaign.
Four wins from 21 is simply not good enough and if they don’t improve then Bury will be playing Conference football next season. I believe they’ll just about survive, but think things could get worse before they get better – starting with another home loss to Scunthorpe.
Acca tip: Scunthorpe win @ 7/4 with Bet 365.