We’ll kick off our EFL preview with a trip to Elland Road where Leeds United are hosting Cardiff City. Leeds are on a roll at home – they’ve won six games in a row without conceding at their place, while Neil Warnock’s Cardiff have been struggling on the road in that time – their last six away ties have yielded just one victory. BoyleSports are offering a whopping 11/10 for Leeds to make it a lucky seven in a row with victory here, and should be the first name on your acca team sheet.
The battle for top spot is continuing to heat up, and there should be an easy win for second-placed Brighton when they face a Burton Albion side that have won just twice on the road all season. 1/2 for the Seagulls to bully the Brewers doesn’t get my pulse racing, but a solid tip in this one would be a Brighton clean sheet at 20/21 with BoyleSports. The hosts have conceded just seven goals in 14 games at the AMEX this season, making them the sturdiest home defence in the division.
Two of the bottom three face off in the Championship’s basement battle between Rotherham and Blackburn. Rotherham have certainly been a lot pluckier in their approach since Paul Warne took the reigns following Kenny Jackett’s resignation in November after just five games in charge. They’re still a whopping 15 points from safety though, and Blackburn have a chance to go climb out the relegation zone with a positive result here. Both teams to score here is a certainty at 8/11 with Ladbrokes, and I fancy Blackburn to nick it, so give Rovers a go with both teams to score at a lovely 7/2.
Down into League One now and a clash featuring one of the leagues many surprise packages. Bristol Rovers are just three points off the play-offs in their first season back in the third tier. Darren Clarke’s side entertain Bradford City – a side sitting comfortably in the top six and in fairly decent nick away from home. A 0-0 draw at Rochdale last time out for Rovers suggests tough times are ahead after their controversial sale of runaway top scorer Matty Taylor to local rivals Bristol City. The Bantams have won two of their last three away games, and have the quality upfront to make the most of a potentially blunt home attack. 6/4 is your price if you’re feeling brave.
And speaking of brave, see if you’ve got the meat and two veg for a 4/1 single on Walsall for their away trip to Bolton. Third-place Wanderers have lost their last two home games, and Walsall are unbeaten in six – including four away games.
League Two sees a crunch Devon derby tie between Plymouth Argyle and Exeter. There hasn’t been a 0-0 in this one for nearly four decades so you can probably rely on a few goals going in. You’d expect at least one of those goals to come from Exeter winger David Wheeler, who’s scored in seven consecutive league games to help his side maintain a 12-match unbeaten run. Ladbrokes are offering a pretty uninspiring 13/8 for him to bag once more, so go for the 4/1 on offer for him to score first if you fancy some extra meat on your price.
Elsewhere in the fourth tier, Wycombe look like good news to bolster their promotion hopes with a victory at mid-table Stevenage. The home side have kept just one clean sheet at home this season, while Wycombe have found the net in eight straight away games. 17/10 for a Chairboys away victory looks a decent away punt.
El Capitano’s Tip of the Day: Bradford City at 6/4 to win away at Bristol Rovers in League One.
Cappa’s Acca: £10 on Brighton, Leeds, Derby and Scunthorpe returns £93 with BoyleSports. Back it here!
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