With Leicester and Middlesbrough facing each other this weekend, their three rivals in the promotion mix can steal a march on one, or both, if they can pick up maximum points. This is what they are forecast to do and, along with another Leeds victory at Elland Road, they combine nicely to form a 19/1 fourfold.
Leeds to beat Bristol City @ 4/6
The shortest price in this week’s accumulator is arguably the best value given the Yorkshire clubs’ formidable home form.
They’ve won five from as many home outings in the league and, despite the Robins’ installation of Brian O’Driscoll to the dugout this week, seven defeats from 10 away trips is enough to deem Bristol City cannon fodder here, as they have been on each of their previous three trips to this part of west Yorkshire.
Crystal Palace to beat Bolton @ 11/10
Dougie Freedman returns to Selhurst Park for the first team since insisting he doesn’t leave jobs unfinished about two weeks before joining Bolton.
The Eagles haven’t fared so well in terms of wins since his departure, but remain in the promotion shake up nonetheless.
Wanderers have won just once in their last 10 away days so this represents a reasonable opportunity for Ian Holloway’s men to put some pressure on the division’s top two.
Hull to beat Peterborough @ 6/5
The Tigers suffered a shock reverse in their last outing when Sheffield Wednesday snapped their eight-game unbeaten run at the KC Stadium.
They’re a strong price to return to winning ways at London Road, where the Posh have shipped 18 goals in their last six games. Steve Bruce has fine-tuned the Hull defence to the extent where it’s unlikely that the hosts will run in four or five goals, meaning the visitors are well poised to take advantage of any defensive lapses on Peterborough’s behalf.
Cardiff to beat Blackpool @ 6/4
The Bluebirds are finally flocking in the general direction of the Premier League after several instances of getting lost along the way and, with Blackpool unable to hang on to a manger for love, nor money, at the moment, Malky Mackay’s men should punish them at Bloomfield Road.
The Tangerines have celebrated just three victories since Holloway left the club in early November and none since they beat Lancashire rivals Blackburn five games ago.
Cardiff, on the other hand, have won six of their previous eight fixtures and four of their last five on the road. Expect this good run to continue at a very generous price.
All odds and markets accurate as of publication’s time and date