FOOTBALL ACCUMULATOR BETTING TIPS – 1st February
Our Tuesday treble was ruined by a late Barnsley penalty but we’re hoping this weekend will make up for that disappointment.
With a full schedule of fixtures across the country, there’s a lot of potential to be had on Saturday’s football. Here’s our selections.
Bournemouth V Leicester City
Championship leaders Leicester City travel to Bournemouth looking to continue their 100% start to 2014.
The Foxes are now on a run of eight straight victories, a sequence that started with the 1-0 triumph over second placed QPR on December 21st. Another seven consecutive wins has put Nigel Pearson’s men eight points clear at the top, although they have played a game more, and three more points on Saturday would make them firm favourites for promotion.
With QPR playing fellow title-chasers Burnley, this is a great opportunity for Leicester to increase the gap between themselves and the chasing pack.
However, Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth enter the match having lost just once in seven Championship matches. On the other hand, last weekend’s win over Huddersfield was the Cherries first since Boxing Day and they will have their work cut out against the high-flying Foxes.
The recent addition of Kevin Phillips will lend more experience to the squad as they fight for promotion. Meanwhile, the likes of Nugent and Vardy are already in fine form this season and the Foxes are certainly blessed in terms of firepower. It could be a tough match for a Cherries defence who have already shipped 46 league goals this campaign.
Bournemouth have done superbly considering they only gained promotion from the third tier last year. However, the Foxes will be confident of extending their club record winning streak to nine at Dean Court.
Leicester Win @ Evens with Bet 365
Swindon Town V Oldham Athletic
At the County Ground, Mark Cooper’s Swindon Town look to complete a decent week with three points against struggling Oldham Athletic.
The Robins are currently in 8th but sit just 5 points off the play-offs. However, at home the Wiltshire based club have been formidable – winning 10 out of 13 League One games played at the County Ground.
Further reason for optimism is the signing of Michael Smith, who has hit the ground running with 3 goals in just 2 games since joining from Charlton Athletic earlier this month. If the 22-year-old can continue that sort of form then there is no reason that Mark Cooper’s side can’t start to think about promotion to the Championship.
With a home record like that, the Robins should be in amongst it come the season’s end.
Oldham are not only eight places and eleven points behind Swindon, but they are also on a run of five away games without a win. Three of their eight League One victories have come on the road but all of those were against teams in the bottom half whilst two of those currently occupy spaces in the relegation zone. When they play better opposition, they struggle.
They might have an incredible 5-4 encounter with Peterborough last Saturday at Boundary Park, but they aren’t prolific scorers. It would be a surprise if Swindon don’t at least score and so Lee Johnson’s side could face an uphill battle.
Strong home form against relatively poor away form suggests only one outcome.
Swindon Town Win @ 5/6 with Bet 365
Barrow V Leamington
In the Conference North, a mid-table clash sees 14th placed Barrow host 13th placed Leamington.
The pair sit joint on 31 points, but Barrow have played two games fewer than Saturday’s opponents. More interestingly though is the form going into this one.
Leamington have taken just two points from their last six away games. Even at home the form isn’t much better, with the Brakes losing four of their most recent five encounters. Conversely, Barrow have taken 19 from a possible 21.
At Christmas, the Bluebirds found themselves struggling with just 12 points from 20 games. However, the resurgence since Boxing Day has seen them climb out of the relegation zone and up to 14th. If the form continues, then they’ll finish the season closer to the play-offs than the drop.
Confidence is key and the respective form of these two, along with home advantage, makes it hard to overlook Barrow’s chances.
The biggest threat to this one is probably the weather.
Barrow Win @ 5/6 with Bet 365
A £10 treble returns £67.20 with Bet 365.