There are plenty of inviting fixtures this Saturday for my accumulator banker, and we of course have the start of the African Cup Of Nations starting, which I have been doing my homework on all week. Without further ado here are my best banker selections for this Saturday’s football action.
West Ham v Nottingham Forest 3.00pm
The Hammers are going through an indifferent form spell at the moment, being knocked out of the FA Cup by Sheffield Wednesday and winning just 2 of their last 5 games in all competitions.
However this game gives them a perfect opportunity to bounce back against an awful Nottingham Forest side.
Stuck down in 22nd position in the league, Forest have suffered two heavy defeats on the bounce by Southampton(0-3) and Leicester(0-4) and are unlikely to cause any problems for The Hammers at Upton Park.
Birmingham v Watford 3.00pm
Birmingham have stepped up a gear since their Europa League elimination and are now well and truly involved in the play-off scrap.
Still undefeated at St. Andrews this season, Birmingham should be too strong for Watford, who have won just twice on their travels and scored a paltry 9 goals in 11 away games.
Brum have only conceded 6 goals on home turf, and Watford are unlikely to get too many opportunities here. A comfortable home win in my opinion.
Swindon v Macclesfield 3.00pm
Paolo Di Canio has worked the oracle at Swindon this season, and his side are looking good for at least the play-offs.
The Robins are undefeated in 12 home games this season, and Macclesfield, who have lost 8 of their 11 away games with just 8 goals scored are not going to be able to handle Swindon’s quality.
Macclesfield were involved in FA Cup action on Wednesday evening against Bolton, and may also be suffering from a bit of leg weariness here.
Senegal v Zambia 9.00pm
Senegal are a class act in this competition, and I’m expecting big things of them over the next month. Zambia did well in qualification but will be hard pushed to keep Senegal at bay.
With Demba Ba on fire and his new Newcastle partner Papiss Cisse prowling up front, I can see nothing but a comfortable opening win for Senegal.
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