EFL: A Forest Shutout and An Acca That’s As Easy As 1-2-3

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EFL: A Forest Shutout and An Acca That’s As Easy As 1-2-3

James Capps

The Championship

Bolton Wanderers claimed their first win and first goals in eight games in their 2-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday last weekend, and are a great price at 2/1 to make it two in a row against perennial away strugglers QPR. Ian Holloway’s Rangers haven’t won on the road since February, so represent ideal opponents for a side looking to make up for lost time in the points department.

That Bolton win heaved the pressure on Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal, and it doesn’t get any easier for his side as they make the short trip south to face Derby at Pride Park. The Rams took the derby day spoils on Sunday when they comfortably beat local rivals Nottingham Forest, and have a decent record against the Owls, with their last home defeat against them coming eleven years ago. 5/4 for another home win for Derby looks solid.

The pressure remains for Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal (Source: Eurosport)
The pressure remains for Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal (Source: Eurosport)

One more home win to tempt you with comes in the form of Nottingham Forest’s match against Burton Albion at the City Ground. Forest may have lost at Derby last time out but put in a decent performance and created plenty of chances, which is something that can’t be said of their visitors. Nigel Clough’s Brewers are among the lowest scorers in the EFL, and haven’t found the net in six hours of Championship football. Get on the Forest win at a tidy 4/5 with Ladbrokes. If that price doesn’t tempt you, then 7/4 for a Forest clean sheet definitely will.

League One

Southend remain unbeaten at home in the league so far this season, and they’re at Roots Hall again this weekend as they host an improving but inconsistent Bury side. A disappointing start to the Shakers’ season was summed up by a 2-1 defeat to Blackpool that ended a run of three wins in four. They remain in the relegation zone and it’s hard to see anything other than a 11/10 Southend win – Cheers, BoyleSports!

Speaking of sides with great home records, we return to Bradford City as their promotion push continues with a tough matchup with fellow hopefuls Charlton Athletic. Both sides have scored in four straight games, so over 2.5 goals at nearly evens looks an absolute steal. You can’t ignore the Bantams’ home record if you’re trying to pick a winner – They’ve only lost twice at Valley Parade in 18 months, so let’s back them for another three points at 5/4 with Ladbrokes.

Fancy Charlie Wyke for a goal against Charlton this weekend? (Source: The Telegraph And Argus)
Fancy Charlie Wyke for a goal against Charlton this weekend? (Source: The Telegraph And Argus)

Wigan can return to the top of League One if they get three points in their local derby at Blackpool, and at even-money, I’m finding them tough to turn down. Paul Cook’s Latics have only lost once in nine games and have scored in every game in that sequence. Blackpool may sit just outside the play-offs but are in a spot of patchy form and haven’t kept a clean sheet in four games…

League Two

The fourth-tier top spot hot potato was passed around once more in midweek as Luton’s impressive 4-1 win over Exeter sent them to the summit. They can stamp their authority on first place on Saturday if they can grab three more away points from their trip to Crawley. Harry Kewell’s Crawley have lost their last four home games and no side has scored fewer goals than them in League Two. The Hatters, meanwhile, have won their last five games and have scored 13 goals in three games. The away win at 19/20 looks a real no-brainer.

A five-game unbeaten run for Lincoln is helping them build up a real head of steam in the race for a top-seven finish. A 1-0 win at Swindon on Tuesday boosted the Imps up to 9th place and they have a great chance to make further play-off inroads with a win at mid-table Cheltenham, who have lost back-to-back games whilst conceding six in their last two games. Get on the Lincoln away win at a tempting 13/8…

El Capitano’s Tip of the Day: Luton Town at 19/20 to win at Crawley in League Two.

Cappa’s Acca: £10 on Sheffield United, Forest, Wimbledon and Luton returns a lovely jubbly £123 with Ladbrokes. Back it here!