It’s FA Cup weekend once more, but our attentions are turned to the Football League for this weekend’s accumulator.
We’ve picked out three teams, one from each of the Football League divisions, to win. There’s plenty of reason to fancy all three to seal crucial victories. With the chance to turn £10 into over £43, it has to be worth a punt.
Hull City v MK Dons
Steve Bruce’s Tigers looked a little toothless in their Tuesday cup loss to Arsenal, but the Championship side should be in far greater form as they return to league action against MK Dons. We’re backing the hosts to roar their way to three crucial points at the KC.
Hull have dropped to fourth, but having two games in hand ensures that they’re still very much in the title race. Their strong home form has been the central focus of their promotion push all term. The Tigers have lost just once at home in the league, conceding just six times in 16 outings while notching 30 in the process.
Conversely, Karl Robinson’s men are flirting dangerously with the drop zone thanks largely to an away record that includes just two wins. The firepower of Nicky Maynard and co have found life particularly difficult on the road, and it could be another tough day at the office against a home side that will be desperate to shut up shop after their midweek battering.
It’s not the best price, but we expect Hull to bounce back with a win.
Colchester United v Wigan Athletic
In League One, sorry Colchester finally ended their winless run at the start of the month with a win at Bradford. However, normality was restored for Kevin Keen’s men as they suffered a lost that sees them rooted to the bottom last weekend. Quite frankly, it’s hard to see them turning things around against one of the division’s strongest sides.
Despite their win at Bradford, the hosts are 10 games without victory on home soil. The visitors, meanwhile, are unbeaten in 15 outings and should be very confident about giving their title challenge another boost here.
The attacking quality of Will Grigg and Michael Jacobs should be more than strong enough to put Colchester’s poor defence to the sword. The spirited Eagles will be optimistic about scoring too, but we don’t think the likes of Marvin Sordell can compensate for their defensive vulnerabilities.
No away match is easy in this league. Nevertheless, Wigan should have more than enough quality to pass this test with flying colours.
Bristol Rovers v Mansfield Town
The dream of back-to-back promotion is still well and truly on for Darrell Clarke’s men asa return of four wins from five sees them sit comfortable in the play-off zone at this moment. However, the Pirates still have high hopes of making a late push for automatic promotion, starting with three points on Saturday.
Visiting Mansfield will certainly put up a fight, but the Stags are low in confidence right now following three defeats in four. Adam Murray’s men could still claim a play-off spot themselves, but they will need to tighten up at the back, especially if they want a positive result here.
Rovers have scored 27 home goals already while star man Matt Taylor sits second on the League Two goalscoring chart. The hosts will also take confidence from the fact they won October’s reverse clash via a 2-1 scoreline too.
In truth, a repeat result could be a great shout at the Memorial too. One way or the other, we’re backing the in-form hosts to prevail. Let’s hope Hull and Wigan can match them.