Some blog intros just write themselves. Last Saturday we landed this tidy winner…
And then on Tuesday…
£500 would’ve been yours if you got on the last two Cappa Accas, but fear not, I’m back to complete my hat trick…
Preston ended Cardiff’s unbeaten start to the season with an impressive 3-0 win over the Bluebirds at Deepdale on Tuesday, and next up is a very winnable away trip to Harry Redknapp’s Birmingham City. The Cardiff result was no flash in the pan for North End, as they find themselves in fifth following an unbeaten four game run that has included three clean sheets. Birmingham on the other hand are in trouble following a dismal start to their season, and their new signings definitely need more time to settle. Alex Neil’s Preston haven’t lost in the last seven meetings, and if you’re reading the form book, they won’t lose this time. I fancy the away win at 9/5, but the clean sheet for Preston is just as enticing at 9/4, both of those bad boys are with Ladbrokes.
Sheffield United look to continue their perfect home league start when they host Norwich on Saturday. Chris Wilder’s side have picked up some great scalps at Bramall Lane, including a comfortable victory against Derby last time out. Norwich are yet to really get going, and their 0-0 draw at home to Burton Albion on Tuesday will do nothing to quieten the early-season groans at Carrow Road. 11/8 is a stonking price for a home win when you consider the Blades’ sharp form, and is worth a tenner of anyone’s money.
If you’re looking for a scrap this weekend then the best place has to be the Den for Millwall against Leeds. One thing this contest isn’t particularly known for is goals, with the sides averaging just over 1.5 per game in the last five years. 15/8 is your price if you don’t even fancy them to muster that many this time around.
Fleetwood have started their season in a typically solid fashion, with just one defeat in seven seeing them hover just outside the play-off places. Next up for them is a trip to Portsmouth, who have surprised many by struggling so far, and have won just once in their last eight games. Is it just me or does 16/5 for the Fleetwood away win look a bit on the big side?
Blackburn’s four-game winning streak has helped them recover from a poor start, and three straight clean sheets have done them no harm in reaching the top ten in League One. AFC Wimbledon are the next visitors to Ewood Park, and they come into the game off the back of a naff start to their travels this campaign. Just one point and one goal so far for the Dons away from home, so 23/20 for the Rovers clean sheet looks a rather sound bet.
I’m going against form for once in the game between Bradford and Rotherham at Valley Parade. Both Teams to Score has been a loser in the last six games between these two, but both sides have loved a goal in recent weeks. The Bantams have featured in five straight Both to Score games, notching a whopping 15 goals in the process, while Rotherham have bagged eight goals in back-to-back league wins. We’re on to a winner here, surely? 3/4 for a Both to Score..
Exeter find themselves three points clear at the top of the fourth tier thanks to a run of six wins in an unbeaten seven-game start to their season. They host Crewe on Saturday, who haven’t been the best of travellers, losing four of their last five League Two games on the road. This looks like canon fodder for the Grecians, and they’re going into my acca thanks to a lovely price of 10/11.
Colchester have had a disappointing start to the season but can put themselves back in the early play-off chase with a win at struggling Cheltenham. Goals have been a problem for the home side, having failed to score in four of their last five outings. No such problem for their visitors, however, with Colchester bagging eleven in their last five games. You’ve gotta go where the goals are, and 2/1 for the away win makes that journey a whole lot more tempting.
My final mention for the weekend goes to Chesterfield, who despite starting the season as title favourites, are struggling badly thanks to a five-game winless run. The glimmer of hope for Gary Caldwell’s men is they have scored four of those games, so if they can keep a clean sheet against Accrington Stanley (Who are they?) then they have a big chance of victory. Stanley had a disappointing home defeat to Grimsby last time out, so now is the perfect time for the Spireites to prove their undoubted League Two quality with three much-needed points. A month ago you would’ve snapped my arm off to back Chesterfield at 9/4. So now’s your chance. Take it.
El Capitano’s Tip of the Day: Preston North End at 9/4 to win at Birmingham in the Championship.
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