FOOTBALL ACCUMULATOR BETTING TIPS – 25th January
FA Cup football resumes with the 4th round and the competition is really starting to hot up. Fans can now start to dream of Wembley appearance whilst those of smaller clubs will hope a prolonged cup run will give a much welcomed financial boost.
Here’s my tips for this weekends football, which also includes one tip from the football league.
Huddersfield Town v Charlton Athletic (FA Cup)
At the John Smith’s stadium Championship rivals Huddersfield and Charlton do battle for a place in this year’s FA Cup 5th round.
Ten points separate these two in the Championship table, with Huddersfield occupying mid-table obscurity whilst the Addicks sit precariously above the drop zone, currently safe on goal difference alone.
Six of Huddersfield’s nine league wins have come at the John Smith’s stadium whilst Charlton have won just twice on the road this season. Both teams have conceded 31 times in the league but the hoe side boast 13 more goals than Saturday’s opponents.
The pair have previously met twice this season. Both encounters took place at Huddersfield with the Terriers prevailing on each occasion; Mark Robins will be hoping to complete the hat-trick here. A 2-1 league win came less than a month after a 3-2 Capital One triumph, which suggests it could be close but the home side definitely hold the advantage.
Chris Powell probably won’t welcome another cup replay and will instruct his side to try and win here rather than bring this tie back to the Valley. That could lead to their downfall.
Huddersfield Win @ 10/11 with William Hill
Wigan v Crystal Palace (FA Cup)
Holders Wigan look to continue their cup defence by reaching the 5th round but will have their work cut out against a much improved Crystal Palace.
The Latics league record has got better since they’ve not had to juggle domestic football with their European adventure and are now up to 11th. The appointment of Uwe Rosler as manager has galvanised the club somewhat and they retain an outside chance of bouncing back to the top-flight at the first time of asking.
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However, they do still possess the unwanted of trait of being able to put in the occasional shocking performance – such as last weekend’s 3-0 loss to Doncaster.
Palace looked dead and buried when Tony Pulis arrived but the former Stoke gaffer has tightened the defence and led the Eagles to 16th place in the Premier League table. Should they stay up it will be one of the great survivals in Premiership history, a decent cup run would be the icing on the cake.
Pulis previously led Stoke to Wembley and would love a repeat with new club Palace. Let’s not get carried away and say they’re safe but they are looking good. The most impressive trait that Pulis has installed is the ability to beat those teams around them – whilst Palace have been well beaten by the likes of City, Arsenal and Spurs, they’ve taken points off fellow strugglers West Ham, Villa, Norwich, Sunderland and Stoke.
Against a Championship side, Palace should continue that good run against teams of their ability and below. Being away will make it harder but they are capable of leaving the DW Stadium having dethroned the current cup kings.
Wolves Win @ 19/10 with William Hill
Wolves v Bristol City (League 1)
Kenny Jackett’s Wolverhampton Wanderers have hit an inconsistent patch as of late but should grab another three points at home against table dwellers Bristol City.
Wolves have dropped silly points recently but their home record has been good in general. They got back to winning ways against Preston and will be looking to use that momentum in this encounter.
Meanwhile the Robins are 23rd, although they do now at least hold genuine hope of survival having closed the gap on those above them. They are unbeaten in five but that run will be under severe threat at Molineux.
City’s troubles come defensively and 39 conceded in 25 matches is simply not good enough. Going forward they’ve returned a decent 36 goals, but Wolves have the tightest defence in League One by some distance. If the home side can record another clean sheet then the Robins will head back to Ashton Gate empty handed.
Wolves are desperate to get their promotion bid back on track after falling off the pace in recent weeks. An immediate return to the Championship is essential to the club and they’ll be highly motivated here.
Wolves Win @ 7/10 with William Hill.
Sunday Bonus: Sheffield United v Fulham (FA Cup)
At Bramall Lane it’s a clash between two struggling sides as League One Sheffield United host Premiership side Fulham.
These two are suffering relatively similar seasons; both are fighting relegation battles in their respective division’s and both have changed manager this season. League survival will be the priority for each manager but Nigel Clough and Rene Meulensteen know that progression in this competition could boost morale.
The Blades did see a drastic improvement for a month or two and as a result have clawed themselves out of the League One drop zone. However, that honeymoon period under new management seems to be over following one point from their past three matches.
They did beat Aston Villa away in round 3 though.
Fulham are in a very bad way defensively, conceding 48 goals in 22 league matches this campaign. On a brighter note they do have the likes of Berbatov and Bent going forward, a pairing who should be too good for a third tier Blades side.
Sheffield United are capable of causing a shock but at the odds being offered, Fulham have to be taken. Regardless of their own troubles, 17/10 for a Premiership side to overcome a team sitting just one place above the Leauge One drop zone is too good to turn down.
Risky, but worth a punt.
FULHAM Win @ 17/10 with William Hill