Championship Accumulator: Watford to purge their play-off pain

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The first accumulator of a new season is the toughest to crack but the most financially reward if you successfully sniff out the value. Here are three above-evens picks to hopefully get your 2013/14 Championship betting off to a profitable start, with the treble priced a shade above 12/1…

Watford to win away to Birmingham @ 6/4

Nothing is harder to recover from in football than a play-off final loss, especially after finishing third, but, while terrible downfalls have occurred to several recent sufferers, there is always an initial show of resolve.

The last five Championship sides beaten at Wembley all avoided day-one defeat the next campaign and Watford have wisely refreshed their squad with promising signings like Diego Fabbrini, Lewis McGugan and Reece Brown to rid the stench of last term’s harsh failure.

They had the best away record in the division last time out and beat a Birmingham team that have recruited well yet lost some key players in this window 2-0 and 4-0 along the way.

Bournemouth to beat Charlton @ 6/5

The Cherries are on one of the most remarkable rolls that the Football League has ever witnessed, securing automatic promotion from League One having been in the relegation zone in October, then seducing Real Madrid to the south coast for a friendly.

Charlton were silently superb last season, sealing ninth without much fanfare, but haven’t won their first away match at this level for 20 years, taking nil points on seven of their eight attempts to get the travelling campaign off to a flyer.

Doncaster to beat Blackpool @ 7/5

Three of the last four League One champions marked their Championship debut with a victory, and though Doncaster’s momentum has been stalled by another change of manager, Blackpool look a good club to be facing on the opening weekend.

The Seasiders closed 2012/13 by conceding eight times across their final two away games and saw more outgoings than incomings over the summer, despite Thomas Ince surprisingly still remaining for now.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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