Saturday acca: Five matches to consider
The sweet scent of the weekend is almost here and that means we’ve got five more games for you to consider for your Saturday afternoon acca!
It’s the FA Cup first round that dominates Saturday’s action, but we’ve thrown in a pick from the Premier League and a couple from the Championship too.
Crystal Palace v Leeds United (15:00, Sat)
The sole three o’clock match in the Premier League takes place at Selhurst Park. Leeds United have impressed on their top-flight comeback beating Aston Villa and taking points from Man City.
Marcelo Bielsa will expect a big response after being humbled by Leicester City last Monday. But with Leeds without both Rodrigo and midfield lynchpin Kalvin Phillips, Crystal Palace could fancy their chances of three points at 19/10.
The last time these two sides met in South East London was a 2-2 draw in March 2013. With both clubs locked on 10 points, a draw would be no good for either side ahead of the International break.
Norwich City v Swansea City (15:00, Sat)
Championship promotion rivals Norwich City and Swansea face off at Carrow Road with only a single point separating the two sides.
The Canaries have kept the core of their squad together from last season and have gone on a five-match unbeaten run. But this will be their toughest test against a Swansea side who have only lost once in their last 13 games.
It could come down to who holds their nerve in front of goal with Norwich’ Teemu Pukki netting in three of his last four league games. Andre Ayew is leading the way for the Swans with five goals in 11 matches in all competitions this season.
Birmingham City v Bournemouth (15:00, Sat)
It’s been a very topsy-turvy start for Bournemouth having lost both Callum Wilson and Nathan Ake in the summer.
The Cherries come into this one in fifth place but will look to turn their last two draws into a victory at 21/10. Bournemouth have never lost an away league game to Birmingham, winning 8-0 in their last visit to St. Andrews.
But the home side had put back-to-back wins together before their loss to Wycombe last weekend and can go within a point of their opponents with a win at 29/10.
Cambridge United v Shrewsbury Town (15:00, Sat)
The FA Cup rolls into town and League Two Cambridge United will be hoping to extend their fine form against League One strugglers Shrewsbury.
United boss Mark Bonner may shuffle his pack but will hope strikers Paul Mullin (12 goals) and Joe Ironside (6) continue their blistering form in front of goal.
As for the Shrews, after their 98th minute equaliser against Burton last week, they’ll hope a different competition will provide them with something to build on in the league.
The U’s are 9/5 to spring a shock.
Sunderland v Mansfield Town (15:00, Sat)
Sunderland have lost just one of their opening 10 League One games, their best start to a campaign since being relegated to the third-tier three years ago.
Mansfield haven’t won a league game this season, languish in 22nd place in League Two and will hope the FA Cup is the reprieve they desperately need.
Nigel Clough has been confirmed as the new Stags boss, but will that new manager bounce be enough to tame the Black Cats?
The Black Cats are 1/3 to inflict more misery on their lowly visitors.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication