Hull City’s opening day draw with much-fancied Aston Villa will provide plenty of encouragement for Tigers’ boss Leonid Slutsky (haha, slut-sky) as he works his way through life in the Championship. Next up for the Russian’s side is a home game with Burton Albion, who suffered defeat to the hands of Cardiff in their opening game. They also suffered heartbreak in pre-season when their record signing Liam Boyce suffered a long-term knee injury. This should be the first leg of your acca ticked off – Back the home win at 4/6 with Ladbrokes.
Mark Warburton takes his Nottingham Forest side to his old stomping ground to take on Brentford on Saturday. Both sides had contrasting fortunes on the opening day, with Brentford losing at Sheffield United, and Forest taking all three points with a tight 1-0 win over Millwall. There should be goals in this one – Over 2.5 have been bagged in this fixture in six of the last seven meetings, while both sides come off the back of League Cup victories in which they failed to keep clean sheets. Let’s give over 3.5 goals a go at a lovely 13/8 with BoyleSports.
Birmingham v Bristol City could be another Championship game with a bit of needle heading into kick off. Birmingham’s very public pursuit of Robins’ centre back Aden Flint is somewhat pissing off manager Lee Johnson, so he will have his side well up for this. His side are off to a flyer this season, scoring eight goals in their opening two games, while Birmingham looked short of ideas in their 1-0 defeat to Ipswich in their first league outing. This isn’t the beer talking, but Bristol City at 15/8 looks big.
Blackburn Rovers began life in League One with a disappointing defeat to Southend last Saturday, but I fancy them to get off the mark at home with a win against newly-promoted Doncaster. I tipped Donny for an opening day win but they struggled to break down a Gillingham side that had the leakiest defence in the third tier last season. A Rovers win is just short of even-money here, and is my tip of the day. I have a 100% record for my tips of the day this season. Just saying…
Northampton Town have started the season with back-to-back 1-0 defeats, and things aren’t going to get easier anytime soon as they prepare to host Fleetwood. Uwe Rosler’s Fleetwood look set for another season of challenging for promotion and looked superb in their 2-0 win over Rotherham last weekend. Odds of 9/5 for the away win are very tempting, so whack a tenner down on it as a side bet
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Another League One away win that looks a good shout comes in the form of Bradford City. Last season’s beaten play-off finalists had a customary home win in their opening game to continue their run of one defeat in 33 at Valley Parade. They have four goals in their opening two games, and travel to a Gillingham side that has drawn blanks in their first two outings. Get on the Bantams at even money.
Down in to League Two now and I better start off with Luton after their fantastic 8-2 victory over Yeovil on the opening weekend. They’re 6/5 to continue their rich vein of scoring form with a win at Barnet. The Bees battled back brilliantly to secure a 2-2 draw at Forest Green in their first game, and then went on to shock League One Peterborough in the League Cup in midweek. This could be tasty, and as I couldn’t possibly bet against a side that won 8-2 last time out, I’m going to push the boat out and back them to win with both teams to score at a massive 10/3 with Ladbrokes.
Harry Kewell’s (yes, that Harry Kewell) tenure at Crawley Town hasn’t got off to the best of starts, shipping eight goals in defeats to Port Vale and Birmingham City. They could be met with some respite this weekend as they travel to Cheltenham, who scored only 49 goals in the league last season, but have started this campaign in more encouraging scoring fashion with a goal in their defeat to Morecambe…yep, really difficult to put a positive spin on defeat to Morecambe, but I tried. Under 2.5 goals at 4/5 looks the smart bet here.
We’ll end things with a trip to a game where there should be a goal or two. Swindon and Exeter both began their seasons with victories, and they will both be harbouring ambitions of promotion. The Robins (yes, they have the same nickname as Bristol City – see above) got the chequebook out with the £350k signing of Kaiyne Woolery from Wigan this week, and he’s 11/5 to get on the scoresheet on his debut. Failing that, both teams at 7/10 looks a safe bet – it’s come in the last three meetings between two.
El Capitano’s Tip of the Day: Blackburn Rovers to beat Doncaster in League One at nearly even-money.
Cappa’s Acca: £10 on Norwich, Sheffield Wednesday, Hull, Blackburn and Lincoln returns £170 with BoyleSports. Back it here!