David has taken a good look at the fixture list for this weekend and decided that Everton will put away QPR, Aston Villa will triumph over Fulham, Bournemouth will continue their hot streak at Shrewsbury and Wigan Athletic will book their place in the FA Cup final with a win over Millwall.
It was a case of different week, same story last time out. For the second weekend in a row, this frustrated acca enthusiast came within a goal of striking it lucky, but Motherwell’s failure to find a winner against St Mirren ended all hope of that.
The phrase ‘third time lucky’ springs to mind, and to keep from desperately checking scores from the overseas leagues on my phone every five minutes, I have stayed with fixtures that can be followed on the good old-fashioned videprinter.
And if that weren’t enough excitement, should the first three games come up, then the entire coupon will rest on the outcome of the FA Cup semi-final from Wembley between Millwall and Wigan. The magic of the FA Cup could make you a rich punter indeed.
Should you wish to get involved in this particular selection then you can back it with the free £20 bet you receive for opening a bwin account and be in with a shot at a grand total return of £208.33.
It could just be enough to buy a new barbecue set to use at some point within the next few months (us acca folk are eternal optimists!).
Everton to beat QPR @ 2/5
As Shaun Maloney curled in a last-minute free kick to rob the Hoops of two points in last Sunday’s relegation clash, any hopes Harry Redknapp had of keeping QPR up may have been dashed.
By the same token, as Gylfi Sigurdsson stabbed home a late equaliser at White Hart Lane earlier that day to deny Everton an away win over Tottenham, any hopes David Moyes had of making the top four may have been dashed.
However, these two sides will not be consoling one another when they meet at Goodison Park this weekend and both will be giving it one last hurrah to achieve their goals, with the loser surely conceding defeat in their ambitions for the season.
Rangers have shown some spirit of late, but have not followed that up with points, while Everton have been playing with a ruthless consistency, especially at home (13 points from a possible 15).
With Kevin Mirallas doing his best Gareth Bale impression these past two weeks, the Toffees will be looking to add to their nine home league wins and it is unlikely that QPR will be able to become only the second side to pick up an away win at Goodison this season.
Aston Villa to beat Fulham @ 6/5
Admittedly, this one is a bit of a risk, but having watched Villa expertly dismantle Stoke City on one of the toughest grounds to do so last weekend, I am backing them to follow it up on home soil this time out.
Paul Lambert’s side entertain Fulham, who, despite losing to a late Papiss Cisse goal at Newcastle last Sunday, will feel comfortably safe from the drop and will be unlikely to play with the intensity of the hosts.
A couple of weeks ago I would never have dreamt of backing Villa, but such is the form of star striker Christian Benteke and the confidence that their 3-1 success at the Britannia Stadium should bring, I can see them going from strength to strength.
The Midlands club ran out 1-0 winners in this fixture last season and whereas Martin Jol has improved the Cottagers’ notoriously poor away form, their lack of anything to play for makes me more intrigued by the generous odds of 6/5 on a home victory.
Bournemouth to beat Shrewsbury @ 9/10
This selection is purely based on current form, with Eddie Howe guiding Bournemouth to six straight league wins, three of which have come away from home.
On Saturday they travel to Shrewsbury, who, it must be said, have only lost six of their 20 home games in League One this season, but three of those have come in the last five at the New Meadow.
The Shrews are seven points above the drop zone and will want another couple to ensure they are not caught, but with Bournemouth desperately chasing automatic promotion, the hunger for victory will likely be greater in the visiting side.
Both sides have deadly in-form strikers in their ranks in Tom Eaves and Brett Pitman, but it is the latter who is backed up by quality such as Matt Ritchie and Lewis Grabban and so I must put my faith in an away win here.
Wigan to beat Millwall @ 39/50
Anything can happen in the FA Cup – that’s what makes it so magical – and that’s what is going to make this accumulator one of the most exciting of the season… assuming the first three games come through.
On paper this looks like a close game, but it should be remembered that we have just entered the period of the season where Roberto Martinez shouts in his best Power Ranger voice “It’s morphin’ time!” (one for the 90s kids there) before summoning the real Latics, who promptly turn up and pull themselves out of a relegation battle.
Whether the form that saw them beat Newcastle and then grab a crucial draw from the jaws of defeat at QPR last weekend will translate into the FA Cup semi is debatable, but against Championship opposition they will fancy their chances.
The Lions have done well to reach this stage and are just one win away from replicating their journey to the final back in 2004, but they have been on a horrific run in the Championship, picking up just one point from their last six home games.
It is likely to be close, but the extra Premier League quality of Wigan should see them through to the final and a big day against either Chelsea or Manchester City.
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