Cup Fever and a Friday Night Scrap Between a Couple of Birds

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Cup Fever and a Friday Night Scrap Between a Couple of Birds

James Capps

Not much in the way of EFL action for us this week, so we’ll have a gander at some intriguing Championship games, as well as some of the value picks in the Second Round of the FA Cup…

The Championship

The game of the weekend could well be on Friday night when high-flying Aston Villa visit Elland Road to take on a Leeds United side that are rediscovering their stride following a grim couple of months. Villa are sitting pretty in the play-offs thanks to just two defeats in 12, while two wins in their last three have hoisted Leeds back in to the top six picture. It’s a tough one to call but one thing you can probably rely on is a goal from Villa winger Albert Adomah, who has scored five in his last three games, and faces a Leeds defence with just two clean sheets since September. Get on the Ghanaian international at 7/4 to bag anytime. 

Albert Adomah is having a superb season with Aston Villa. (Source: The Daily Star)
Albert Adomah is having a superb season with Aston Villa. (Source: The Daily Star)

Cardiff-Norwich is our other Friday night game, and all the signs point towards the Bluebirds coasting to victory over a pretty flightless Canaries side. Since Norwich took Arsenal to extra  time in the League Cup in October they’ve gone winless in six games, while Neil Warnock’s Cardiff have lost just once in that time and have kept three straight clean sheets. If you aren’t afraid of a bout of early-kick off syndrome then kick your acca off with a home win at 21/20 with Ladbrokes. 

Sheffield Wednesday could well be the side to hammer the final nail into Leonid Slutsky’s Hull coffin this weekend when the Tigers visit Hillsbrough. The visitors are winless in six, including last time out when they surrendered a 2-0 lead to lose at home to Bristol City, while the Owls are undefeated in their last half dozen – just ignore the fact that four of those games ended in a draw. No stalemates to be seen here though – three points for the home side can be bagged at 20/23 with Boylesports.

QPR may be on a high following their dramatic late comeback against Brentford on Monday, but their dismal away form continues to hamper any hope of a top-six finish. They’re winless on the road since February, and travel to Preston this weekend, who are coming into form that has seen them win at Bristol City and draw at Norwich in recent weeks. Three points will put Preston back in the play-off race, and at 10/11 I can’t turn it down.

Two goals in injury time saw QPR snatch a late point against Brentford on Monday night. (Source: BBC Sport)
Two goals in injury time saw QPR snatch a late point against Brentford on Monday night. (Source: BBC Sport)

Fast-forward a couple of days and we have a West Midlands derby at St Andrews between Birmingham City and runaway leaders Wolves on Monday. Current form suggests an away win is a banker, and recent history does too, as the visitors have won on their past two visits to Birmingham. With the amount of goals in this Wolves team you just cannot ignore a price of 3/4 to round off your winning weekend in style. 

The FA Cup

A seven-game unbeaten run has put Gillingham on the brink of escaping the League One drop zone, and they look a great price at 5/4 to see of a Carlisle side who sit a division below them, and are hardly setting the world alight in League Two, especially after being the only side to let us down in last week’s acca. If you’re looking for FA Cup thrills, the Gills should be top of the bill.

I nearly choked on my first advent calendar chocolate when I clocked Scunthorpe at 9/5 to get past Doncaster on Sunday. A Josh Morris-inspired Scunny beat fellow promotion-chasing Charlton last weekend, and should have more than enough to get past a Donny side who are sitting just three points above the League One drop zone following a run of just one win in five.

And if you’re looking for one final leg on your weekend accumulators then don’t forget to stick free-scoring Luton in there. They’re flying in League Two, and possess the firepower required to blast past Gateshead, who currently sit 16th in the Conference. Easy money at 4/6.

El Capitano’s Tip of the Day: Scunthorpe at a massive 9/5 to win at Doncaster in the FA Cup.

Cappa’s Acca: £10 on Sheffield Wednesday, Derby, Ipswich, Scunthorpe and Mansfield returns nearly 250 quid with Ladbrokes! Back it here!