Weekend Preview: Five matches to consider in your Saturday acca
There’s a feast of football to enjoy from across the continent this weekend as the FA Cup returns, the Bundesliga concludes, and the Premier League and Championship continue.
That means there are plenty of options where your Saturday acca is concerned, but which matches in particular catch the eye? Let’s take you through some of the potential coupon fillers this weekend.
Aston Villa v Wolves
Wolves are huffing and puffing and may soon blow the Champions League door down. Nuno Espirito Santo’s men find themselves just five points adrift of fourth spot following two wins from two since football’s resumption.
Raul Jimenez and Adama Traore combined again to put Bournemouth to the sword in midweek, and with Willy Boly’s commanding presence at the back, Wanderers have kept six clean sheets in their last seven PL matches.
Opponents Villa are threatening to pull away from trouble but remain stuck in the relegation zone after a 1-1 draw with Newcastle. They’re 19/5 for all three points, with Wolves a more likelier 3/4 chance.
Leeds v Fulham
It’s crunch time at Elland Road. If Leeds win this, they’ll move ten points clear of Fulham, while if the Cottagers take the spoils, then the gap is down to just four points with seven games to go.
The odds point towards a home win at 4/7, but the recent history suggests things might not be so clear cut.
Leeds haven’t beaten their West London opponents in their last seven attempts, with five of those ending in a draw, and four finishing 1-1. We go 13/5 about another stalemate with 11/2 for a 1-1 scoreline.
Swansea v Luton
Could Swansea make a late push for a play-off place? You wouldn’t rule it out. The Swans are just a point adrift of the top-six after last week’s emphatic win over Middlesbrough which spelt the end for Jonathan Woodgate.
While they have plenty in their favour, there remains a large question mark over their home form. Steve Cooper’s side have won just five matches at the Liberty Stadium since August, which isn’t good enough.
Luton have only won three times away so far this term but are interesting on the Double Chance at 11/10. The hosts are odds-on to land the spoils at 7/10.
Birmingham v Hull
Two crisis clubs but one is in marginally better form than the other. Irrespective of football’s mid-season pause, Hull have lost 10 of their 12 league matches in 2020, shipping 30 goals in the process.
They’re also without several key players, including Jackson Irvine, captain Eric Lichaj and Stephen Kingsley, which will be news to the ears of Birmingham, who earned a solid 0-0 draw with West Brom last week.
The Blues also have a decent enough home record and are 3/4 to pick up a valuable three points, and with the Tigers lacking much bite, it’s 2/1 for Birmingham to Win to Nil. Hull are available to back at 7/2.
Norwich v Man United
Ole’s still at the wheel, and if Wednesday night’s 3-0 victory over Sheffield United is anything to go by, he might be driving Manchester United back in the right direction again.
The Red Devils were quick, slick and classy in their defeat of the Blades, and on that evidence, may have too much for a Norwich side who have lost to Southampton and Everton since the restart.
Our traders go 4/9 about an away success that would send the visitors through to another FA Cup semi-final, while there’s 23/20 about United on the -1 Handicap. The Canaries are 13/2 to spring a shock.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication