Saturday Football Accumulator – 21st December
Fans across the country are gripped by Christmas cheer but all most of us really want is three points on Saturday.
Here are three teams that we think will get the Christmas period off to a cracker.
Leeds v Barnsley
In the Championship, a Yorkshire derby at Elland Road sees rock-bottom Barnsley make the short trip to Leeds United.
Bottom placed Barnsley have only avoided defeat twice on their travels this season and it will be another difficult match for the Tykes at Elland Road. Leeds are in pretty strong form and currently occupy the final play-off berth; they will be desperate to remain in those places and view this is a must-win fixture as they attempt to finally win promotion back to the top tier.
In Ross McCormack, Leeds have one of the best players in the Championship. The Scotland international has already bagged 17 goals this season and will be looking to add more on Saturday. The home side have won five of their last six at Elland Road, with the only failure being the 3-3 draw with Watford; if they score another three against Barnsley then that record will stretch to six wins in seven.
Leeds won the corresponding fixture last season and I’d expect them to do so again here.
BET TIP: Leeds WIN @3/4 with Bet 365.
Leyton Orient V Crawley
Table-topping Leyton Orient will aim to keep their place atop of League One with three more points at home against struggling Crawley.
The O’s are on a run of three consecutive draws but back-to-back defeats for Wolves has meant that the Londoners remain top. They will be desperate to get back to winning ways against a side who have not won in nine attempts.
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Orient have scored in 9 of their last 10 outings and will be expected to do so against a Crawley side who are still searching for their first victory under new manager John Gregory. The ex-Villa gaffer replaced the departed Steve Coppell earlier this month but the team’s fortunes haven’t really improved as they continue to slip into mid-table obscurity.
Crawley have only found the net in 3 of their past 10 matches so it could be another difficult day at the office for Gregory’s new side. Home advantage only further swings this in Orient’s favour and it should be a routine win for the promotion-chasers.
The away side had their cup replay postponed at the last minute due to adverse weather on Wednesday, which could potentially be another contributing factor in making this a difficult fixture for Crawley.
The O’s should get back to winning ways here. Home win.
BET TIP: Leyton Orient WIN @17/20 with Bet365.
Nuneaton V Woking
Nuneaton aim to make it five wins on the bounce on Saturday and will fancy their chances at home against an indifferent Woking.
The away side have actually won four out of their last five league fixtures too but are still in a lowly 17th position. Despite the recent improvement, their away record has still been poor with just a single win recorded in the last five matches outside of Surrey.
Nuneaton are 4th in the Skrill Premiership and manager Kevin Wilkin will be desperate for another three points here leading up to Christmas. If his side can continue their recent form then there is no reason that they can’t finish the season in those much sought play-off places and possibly gain promotion to the football league. That will be Town’s target and three points against Woking will certainly help the cause.
Former club captain Mark Noon was brought in as assistant manager only a week ago and that should galvanize the club as they continue to stride towards a potential promotion. Regardless of Woking’s current form, Nuneaton will win this if they play to their potential.
BET TIP: Nuneaton WIN @6/5 with Bet365.