Brighton and Swansea among five matches to consider for your Saturday acca
After a hectic midweek run, it’s another busy one with the FA Cup, Premier League and Football League vying for our attention.
We’ve taken a run through this weekend’s fixtures and picked out five to consider sticking on your Saturday afternoon acca.
Brighton v Blackpool (Sat, 15:00)
We’ll start with the FA Cup fourth round, where Brighton seek a momentum-building win at home to mid-table League One visitors Blackpool.
Premier League relegation isn’t out of the question for the Seagulls, so a win here could serve as the ideal platform for a survival push in the coming weeks.
Graham Potters men will fancy their chances too, even though Blackpool dumped Premier League West Brom out in the third round. The Tangerines have only actually won one of their last eight games in 90 minutes across all competitions, scoring just three goals in their last six games away from Bloomfield Road.
This is a good opportunity for Potters’ Seagulls, who are 4/9 to progress into the next round inside the 90 minutes.
Swansea v Nottingham Forest (Sat, 15:00)
Sticking in the cup with an all-Championship clash in Wales as in-form Swansea host struggling Nottingham Forest.
The Swans have been among the class acts in the second tier this term, and promotion remains a very viable option for Steve Cooper’s side.
And they’re in particularly sweet form right now, winning five of their last six games in all competitions, conceding just once (to fellow high-flyers Watford).
That doesn’t offer much hope for Chris Hughton’s slightly improving Forest, who will cross the border having failed to win 16 of their last 18 away games.
Swansea beat Forest 1-0 at the City Ground back in November, and 6/5 says they prevail again.
Crewe v AFC Wimbledon (Sat, 15:00)
Heading over into League One, where promotion-chasing Crewe are eyeing up three useful points at home to struggling AFC Wimbledon.
The Cheshire side have steadily waltzed up the table thanks to a run of four wins and three draws in their last seven games – a run which included a 2-1 win over the Dons a week before Christmas.
That home defeat is part of a run which has seen the Wombles lose seven of their last eight league games, collecting one point from a possible 24.
Crewe haven’t kept a clean sheet in their last 11 league games, which offers the visitors some hope, but the Railwaymen should have enough in hand at 3/4.
Lincoln v Northampton (Sat, 15:00)
Like Crewe, Lincoln are seeking a place in next season’s Championship, with the Imps currently second in the table.
They host a struggling Northampton side which has claimed just one win from it’s last six league games.
After a short blip with home losses to Shrewsbury and Sunderland before Christmas, Michael Appleton’s hosts have rediscovered their groove, collecting 10 points from the last 12 available and there’s 3/5 about another home win.
Portsmouth v Hull (Sat 15,00)
Hull may be top of League One, but it’s third-placed Portsmouth who are the ones to watch, with Pompey heading into this clash having lost just one of their last 11 league games.
What’s more, in the middle of that run came a 2-0 win for the Hampshire side at Hull just last month.
Ahead of the reverse fixture, the Tigers have failed to win their last three away league matches, while Pompey are unbeaten in five at Fratton Park, conceding just twice.
We’re not saying there’ll be much in this one, but Portsmouth could edge this once more at 7/5.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication.