As those of you who joined me in recent selections will know, last week was the second in a row where we fell just one match short, and for the second week in a row, the crucial game involved Blackburn Rovers.
There I was last week, blaming poor old Arsenal for my FA Cup weekend acca going west, when all along it was those sneaky boys from Ewood Park.
Then last Saturday, despite the best efforts of Jordan Rhodes and company, Michael Appleton’s men could not break down Leeds, and more importantly, couldn’t win me enough money to buy a special acca onesie (studies have shown that punters make better choices if wearing a onesie*)
So here we go, third time lucky, and thankfully not a Blackburn in sight.
If you think that three is indeed the magic number then why not whack the free £20 bet you get for opening a bwin account today on this foursome? With the £226 prize money you could buy a gold-plated onesie, however uncomfortable that may be.
The Premier League offers little in the way of value this week, so I have searched the Football League and overseas for Saturday’s selections. First stop Cardiff.
Cardiff to beat Middlesbrough @ 7/5
Malky Mackay and the Bluebirds (what a great band they were) are so close to the Premier League they can practically taste those Old Trafford pies.
Cardiff sit eight points clear at the top of the Championship with a game in hand over nearest rivals Watford and Hull, and they travel to the Riverside to take on a Boro side desperately out of form since the turn of the year.
Tony Mowbray has seen his team fall out of the playoff spots after a run of seven defeats in nine games, with only one league win to speak of in 2013.
Being knocked out of the FA Cup by Chelsea in midweek will not have helped, and Craig Bellamy and company will be confident of adding to the Teessside club’s misery this weekend.
Yeovil to beat Tranmere @ 11/10
The Glovers have become a regular feature in my accas thanks to an incredible run of wins that has seen them shoot up into the dogfight at the top of League One.
Just four points separates the top seven in England’s third tier, and both Yeovil and Tranmere are heavily involved in the race for the Championship.
However, it is the Somerset side who have been in the better form of late, despite failing to win either of their last two games.
Gary Johnson’s men have had a minor slip on the road, but at Huish Park they have been unstoppable, winning their last six home games.
Rovers have been dragged back from the top of the table in recent weeks, losing four of their last six outings, and with injury problems to boot, expect Ronnie Moore’s side to struggle again in the West Country.
Paris St Germain to beat Stade Reims @ 9/20
David Beckham’s Paris St-Germain (I think that is their official name now) are starting to show the results of forward planning, hard work and an absolute mountain of money.
Carlo Ancelotti has guided his team to the top of Ligue 1 and to the verge of the Champions League quarter finals, and still there are rumours that he will be replaced by a certain Special One come the end of the campaign.
On Saturday afternoon PSG travel to Reims (no, TOWIE fans, it’s a city in France), to take on a side that has not won a home game since early October.
After a good start to life in the top flight, Hubert Fournier’s men have collapsed appallingly, only winning one of their last 19 games in all competitions.
With Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Lucas Moura and some old MLS player to choose from, the club from le capital should have no problem picking up another three points in this clash.
Bayer Leverkusen to beat Stuttgart @ 11/20
We normally start these accas in Germany, but this week’s pick from the Bundesliga is the later kick-off as Leverkusen entertain Stuttgart.
Die Werkself (the Factory Squad) have been led by Liverpool legend Sami Hyypia and have kept the pace with Borussia Dortmund in the race for second place.
Bayern Munich have the title as good as won, but the battle for the runner-up spot is looking to be a tight contest, and Hyypia will be confident of striking a blow with a win over Stuttgart at the BayArena.
Bruno Labbadia’s charges have the worst form in the German top flight, losing four of their last six and winning just one, while Leverkusen have won five of their last six home games, thanks mainly to in-form striker Stefan Kießling.
That’ll do it for this week, happy punting all!
* Not based on a real study, and is almost certainly not even remotely true… but onesies are still awesome!
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