Well, thank God the snow has finally gone. Now we can enjoy full fixture lists again, and more importantly, an accy that can reach much farther and wider then the past couple of weeks. What’s that? What rain?
Yes, my live midweek football was ruined as the snow turned to torrential rain and put paid to Crawley v Preston, but having looked at the weekend weather report, I think I’ve avoided any games that could be at risk (slams both hands on big wooden desk).
The unpredictability of the FA Cup excited us all last week, but there can’t have been many who successfully came up with an accy of Luton, Brentford to draw, Leeds and Oldham. Anyone who did must have been able to buy… well… one of those clubs probably.
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Everton to beat Aston Villa @ 7/20
Betting against Paul Lambert’s side these days feels like kicking a puppy, which is why I insist on doing it as often as possible (just kidding, RSPCA).
Villa slipped to another defeat on Tuesday as they were beaten 2-1 at home to fellow relegation fighters Newcastle, though their performance did improve in the second half.
Everton have continued their impressive form to keep their top-four hopes alive and picked up a narrow win over West Brom at Goodison Park in midweek thanks to a brace from sideburns enthusiast Leighton Baines.
The visitors have not won in their last seven league outings and as Everton have lost just once at home this season, I’d put this down as a stonewall Toffees victory.
Watford to beat Bolton @ 19/20
Every time I back in-form Watford, they lose, so just to be spiteful I’m going to push all my weight behind Gianfranco Zola’s boys again this weekend.
The Championship version of the old Premier League ‘could they do it on a cold night in Stoke?’ argument appears to be ‘could they do it on a cold night in Bristol?’ as the Hornets’ silky pass-and-move football was thwarted at Ashton Gate as relegation candidates Bristol City dismissed them.
However, when you look at a fixture, you have to take the whole season into account and for most of the campaign, Watford have been in devastating form and played some terrific football.
Bolton have stuttered all through their first season back in the second tier, despite altering manager halfway through, and despite Dougie Freedman’s best efforts, I feel Zola will fire his team up enough to bounce back from Tuesday with a win at Vicarage Road.
Walsall to beat Oldham @ 21/20
Oldham were the toast of the town last weekend as they put the icing on the fourth round giant-killing cake with a 3-2 win over Liverpool.
However, in nearly all cases such as this, the side in question then goes on to lose with a whimper in their next league outing.
As was mentioned before the Liverpool triumph, the league form of the Latics has been far from impressive and they find themselves flirting with relegation having not won in eight games, losing seven of those.
By contrast, Walsall have been climbing up the League One table with four wins in their last six games and have won their last four at the Bescot Stadium.
Given all of this information, I am fairly confident it’ll be a case of ‘after the Lord Mayor’s show’ in this one.
Nice to beat Brest @ 5/4
When looking through the fixture list, every now and then a game catches your eye. I’m not entirely sure why ‘Nice -Brest’ did, but there you go.
This evening kick off in Ligue 1 wraps us up for this weekend and despite the very childish giggling every time I read the fixture out loud, there is method behind this pick.
Nice may have lost their last outing to Bordeaux, but Claude Puel’s side won four of five before that, including an impressive 2-0 victory at Lille in their previous away clash.
Brest, on the other hand (tee hee), have lost their last four home games and sit 14th, eight places below the visitors, who are a very good price to emerge victorious.
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