Football Accumulator Betting Tips – 11th March
The TV cameras might be focused on Champions League action but that doesn’t detract from the potential money maker courtesy of a packed Football League schedule.
Here’s a treble that we hope will provide some midweek cheer. Good luck if you follow.
Gillingham V Coventry City
In League One, Peter Taylor will look to leapfrog Coventry by defeating the Sky Blues at Priestfield and if the Gills can record their second win in a week then it will all but secure their place in the third tier next season.
Coventry were two divisions above Gillingham last season but the former Premiership side are now homeless, financially troubled, and joint on points with the Kent side – although the latter is due to a points deduction.
Despite problems off the pitch, Coventry had threatened to respond by claiming a play-off spot. However, their recent run of eight points from a possible 30 has seen them slide down to 12th and now mid-table obscurity is the best that Steven Pressley can hope for. They might challenge for promotion next year but it won’t be happening in 2013/14.
Gillingham will be far happier at retaining their status as a third-tier team. After winning the League Two title last season, the Gills have done well. Only six points separate them from the relegation zone but, more tellingly, so do seven teams; it seems unlikely that all of those teams below will climb above Peter Taylor’s side. Nevertheless, three points here would go a long way to easing their fears.
Coventry boast the third best attack in the division. However, they have only scored twice in their last three away matches – which have all ended in defeat – and are also the fourth worst defence. If Gillingham can put the pressure on early then the Gills may condemn the visitors to yet another disappointing day at the office.
Gillingham Win @ 7/4 with Bet 365.
AFC Wimbledon V Chesterfield
AFC Wimbledon entertain Chesterfield at Cherry Red Records Fans’ Stadium and manager Neil Ardley knows that a couple more wins will confirm the Dons place in League Two once again next year.
However, in league leaders Chesterfield, the Dons will face stiff competition as they look to end a three match losing streak at home and may have to wait for that run to stop.
Ardley’s side have not just lost three on the spin at home, they’ve also failed to score within that period. In fact, only Newport County – who are bottom of the form chart – have failed to keep a clean sheet against the Dons in their last six outings and it’s hard to see the champions elect failing to find the net in Surrey.
The Spireites are stuck in a bad patch of their own right now, having picked up just four points in five matches. Nonetheless, their status of league leaders highlights just how impressive Paul Cook’s men have been this season and they’ll be expected to get back to winning ways here.
Chesterfield have scored 28 goals on the road this season and will fancy their chicness against a poor Wimbledon backline. If they bag a couple of goals then it’s hard to see Ardley’s side getting anything from this one.
Wimbledon should still stay up though.
Chesterfield Win @ 11/10 with Bet 365.
Scunthorpe United v Southend United
Staying in League Two, fans at Glanford Park will be hopeful of a home win as Scunthorpe look to continue their promotion push with victory over struggling Southend.
Whilst the Iron remain in the hunt for the League Two title, thanks largely to an unbeaten streak that extends back to November, Southend have seen their hopes of automatic promotion vanish and are now clinging onto their current play-off position.
Southend are now just two points ahead of 8th placed Plymouth, who have a game in hand, and Phil Brown knows their form must change soon. The Blues sit 23rd in the current form charts, having picked up just three points in six games.
Scunthorpe’s run of three straight draws means that they are only eighth in the form charts but that unbeaten record is definitely a source of optimism for Russell Wilcox’s side. Another reason to be confident is the scoring exploits of key man Sam Winnall – the striker’s return of 18 goals is the division’s best and is eight more than Southend’s top-scorer Kevin Hurst.
The visitors have lost more than they’ve won on their travels this term and could find it hard to end their bad patch at Scunthorpe. The Iron boast a +9 goal difference at home whilst Southend’s away record is 19 scored and 19 against.
Southend are a good shout for a goal but are, as of late, also very vulnerable at the back. If Winnall and co are afforded chances then it’ll be another win for the title-chasers.
Scunthorpe Win @ 6/5 with Bet 365.
The £10 treble returns £127 at Bet365