I had this really horrible nightmare last weekend where I got every single game of my accumulator wrong, but then I realised there was no way Blackburn Rovers could lose at home to Millwall, Championship leaders Crystal Palace could lose to lowly Leeds United, Coventry City could draw with free-falling Portsmouth and of course, Real Madrid would never lose to someone like Real Betis.
I can only assume all the websites and newspapers displaying the results were wrong (denial is healthy, all the doctors say so).
Anyway, the best thing to do is brush it off and move forward on to another four-match coupon and this week, I have included three home wins, placing most of the risk in the final game from Spain.
If you haven’t lost all faith in me then put your money where my picks are by throwing the free £20 bet you get for signing up to bwin on this acca to give yourself a chance to win just over £200.
I’m sure you could use it to cover the electricity bill for all those ridiculous Christmas lights you plan on putting up.
Liverpool to beat Southampton @ 2/5
Yes, okay, I can understand your apprehension. Liverpool have become notorious as a team who dominate games but have a consistent inability to score goals.
They lost 2-1 at Tottenham on Wednesday despite having had more shots and 65 per cent of the possession (depending on whose statistics you believe). However, this is Southampton we’re talking about.
The Saints have conceded a whopping 31 goals in 14 games this season in the Premier League and the irrepressible Luis Suarez will be licking his lips at the prospect of facing Nigel Adkins’ leaky defence at Anfield.
The Uruguayan is the top scorer in the top flight with ten goals and if he had some more help from his team-mates, the Reds would be a lot higher in the table.
Brendan Rodgers’ side comfortably dispatched Wigan Athletic 3-0 in their last league home fixture and despite the visitors possessing plenty of threat at the other end of the field, I can only see a home win in this one, with Southampton having lost five of their six away games.
Millwall to beat Charlton @ 19/20
If you can’t beat them, back them. I admitted last week that I was throwing my weight behind a Blackburn win over the Lions based on reputation rather than form, but Kenny Jackett’s men ended up winning quite comfortably at Ewood Park.
Millwall have been on an incredible run of form which has seen them win 16 of a possible 18 points in their last six games and they currently lie in fifth place in the Championship.
Charlton have themselves been on an impressive run in recent games, with the Addicks having not lost in five games, and Chris Powell’s men have not been beaten on the road since a 3-2 defeat at Derby in mid-September.
However, after another away win at Wolves in midweek, Millwall should have enough to take the spoils in this London derby and odds of 19/20 are too tempting to pass up.
Crawley to beat Chelmsford @ 2/5
It’s FA Cup weekend and that means we include one match from the second round of the greatest domestic cup competition in the world.
However, like with the first round, we are being boring and backing the Football League side as League One’s Crawley Town entertain the Conference South’s Chelmsford City.
The Red Devils have become synonymous with cup runs in the last couple of years and have not lost an FA Cup match to a side outside the Premier League since 2009.
Richie Barker’s outfit have lost some form in recent games, but the Essex side are coming in this one on the back of a 3-0 defeat at Hayes and when has form ever mattered in the FA Cup?
Malaga to beat Getafe @ 33/20
Now to what should be the only big risk (you watch, it’ll be the only one that comes up now!) as Malaga travel to Getafe.
The Anchovies (no seriously, that’s Malaga’s nickname) have made a terrific start to the season and currently sit in fourth place in La Liga, only four points behind Real Madrid.
Getafe have also started well and sit three points further behind in seventh place having drawn only one of their 13 games so far, though that includes six defeats. Luis Garcia’s side have also lost two of their last three at home.
Manuel Pellegrini led Malaga to a whopping 4-0 win over Valencia last week and with the impressive Isco being flanked by the aged trio of Joaquin, Javier Saviola and Roque Santa Cruz, this punter can see another win for Los Boquerones at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez.
Fingers crossed we do better than last week. In fact I could have thrown a dart at the fixtures and gotten a better outcome, though would have likely ruined my laptop in the process.
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