EFL: Friday Night Antics and Harry Kewell Feels The Heat

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EFL: Friday Night Antics and Harry Kewell Feels The Heat

James Capps

We kick things off with a Friday night double that could get your weekend off to a flyer…

The Championship

Hull City host Bolton and look a quality price at 5/6 to recover from a couple of hiccups in their previous league games. Phil Parkinson’s Bolton have scored just once in their opening two away games, and were dominated by Derby last time out. Bang that in a double with a both to score banker between Bristol City and Villa at Ashton Gate. The Robins have scored 14 goals in their last six games, while Villa have returned to form with two four-goal routs in the space of three days…

Back the double of a Hull home win, and “Both to score” between Bristol City and Aston Villa at 100/30 with Ladbrokes.

Right, on to Saturday…

Sunderland have shown plenty of steel on the road in the opening stages of the campaign, with a win at Norwich and draw at Sheffield Wednesday representing a very solid start for Simon Grayson’s men. Next up is a trip to a Barnsley side that failed to find a way past Sheffield United last time out, and are without suspended captain Angus MacDonald for the game. 21/20 is your price for a Sunderland win with BoyleSports.

Angus MacDonald's suspension leaves a big void in the Barnsley defence. (Source: Sky Sports)
Angus MacDonald’s suspension leaves a big void in the Barnsley defence. (Source: Sky Sports)

Cardiff should continue their great start to the campaign with a win over QPR on Saturday. Despite an encouraging start to the season for Rangers, they’re without a win away from home since February, and Neil Warnock’s Cardiff are flying following a superb 2-1 win over fellow pace-setters Wolves last week. Get on the Cardiff home win at a decent 4/5 with Ladbrokes.

League One

We head to the Memorial Stadium for our obligatory League One goal fest as Bristol Rovers take on Fleetwood. Confidence will be high in the Rovers camp after they beat Championship side Fulham in the League Cup in midweek, while Fleetwood have scored in all four of their league and cup games this season. Both sides have scored in the last four meetings between the two, so 4/5 for them to seal the deal again looks a cracking price.

While we’re on the subject of goals, there should be plenty of them at the New York Stadium, where Rotherham host Charlton Athletic. Time for some copy and pasting now… Both sides have scored in the last four meetings between the two, and the two sides have only failed to score once each in their respective opening six games. Let’s give over 3.5 goals a go at 11/5 with those pesky devils at Ladbrokes.

Blackpool look like solid candidates for three points on Saturday when they welcome struggling to Oldham to Bloomfield Road. The Tangerines have had a solid start to the season, and began their home campaign with a win and clean sheet over well-fancied MK Dons a fortnight ago. Oldham, meanwhile, have begun the season with four straight defeats in all competitions, and only kept one clean sheet in pre-season. The home win at 23/20 is one of the prices of the weekend.

League Two

Friday night sees a game at the County Ground, as Notts County take on Accrington in what should be a decent game. Notts played out of their skin in a 4-2 victory at Wycombe last weekend to make it three straight wins and nine goals in four games. Accrington Stanley (who are they?!) have been the place to go for goals in the fouth tier, scoring and conceding in all five of their games so far this season. I fancy the Magpies to nick this one in a both-to-score thriller, which you can get at just short of 4/1.

Kevin Nolan will be hoping to make it four wins in a fortnight for Notts County. (Source: Nottingham Post)
Kevin Nolan will be hoping to make it four wins in a fortnight for Notts County. (Source: Nottingham Post)

Crawley Town prop up the EFL following three defeats from their opening trio of games, and next up is a trip to the top of the league as they take on Swindon. Life in League Two is proving tricky for manager Harry Kewell, and two goals in their opening four competitive games in league and cup is a poor return. David Flitcroft knows how to get promoted from League Two, following his success with Bury a couple of years ago, and he has his Swindon side well drilled and set for a quick return to League One. Get on Swindon to get their first home win of the season at 3/4 with Ladbrokes.

Exeter had the second-best away record in the division last season, and started off their travels this campaign with a more than respectable point at title-chasing Swindon Town. This weekend they travel to a Cheltenham side that have scored just once in a sequence of three straight defeats in all competitions. A tenner on the Grecians looks a sound investment at 8/5 with BoyleSports.

Oh, by the way… I’m top of the tree, lads. The L’s stand for “Legend”…

El Capitano’s Tip of the Day: A Notts County win, plus both teams to score, against Accrington Stanley at 19/5 with Ladbrokes.

Cappa’s Acca: £10 on Birmingham, Sunderland, Oxford United and Swindon returns £147 with BoyleSports. Back it here!