It’s nearly Easter! You have probably bought all the eggs for your loved ones, but why not win yourself some extra pocket money for buying even more to scoff in secret in the garden shed? I never do that by the way, and certainly not at three in the morning with a bottle of wine.
But enough about my issues, it’s time to do what we are supposed to at this time of the year, remember the story of Jesus Christ’s resurrection, share good times with friends and family, and have a punt on Football League fixtures.
Place the free £25 bet you get for joining bwin.com on this Good Friday accumulator that comes in just shy of 11/1 and you could be £290.45 richer by the time it comes to devour your own body weight in chocolate.
Reading to beat Leeds @ 57/100
Have you ever read the ‘Asterix’ books? Well, I had this theory that Brian McDermott got a druid to brew some magic potion and that is why Reading have been beating anything put in front of them in the last couple of months. I am, however, assured that all of Reading’s players have been tested for magic potion and the results were negative.
In fact, results for the Royals have been anything but negative recently (boom boom), with 11 wins from their last 13, including a crucial 4-2 victory over West Ham at Upton Park last week to keep them well and truly in the automatic promotion hunt.
Leeds, on the other hand, have won just two of the eight games Neil Warnock has been in charge, with a 2-0 home defeat by Watford still fresh in the memory.
Reading beat the Yorkshire club 1-0 at Elland Road back in December and will fancy that their momentum will safely see them to another three points on Friday.
Aldershot to beat Port Vale @ Evens
Into his second year as Shots boss, Dean Holdsworth is just starting to get the side playing his way and this has shone through as the Hampshire club have won nine of their last 13 league games.
The former Crazy Gang member has finally moulded Aldershot into an efficient unit, with their last four wins all being 1-0. Their home form has not been spectacular, with only bottom side Hereford scoring less on their own patch, but they have also been as tight as a duck’s…er….leg at the back, with only Swindon and Shrewsbury conceding less.
It almost certainly won’t be pretty at the Recreation Ground, but coming off of four losses in March (which may have been five if their game at Shrewsbury had not been abandoned), financially-stricken Vale look likely to fall fowl (another duck joke, you see) of Holdsworth’s men.
Dagenham and Redbridge to beat Burton Albion @ Evens
The Essex side have not had many people backing them this season, but on Friday they play Burton. Sorry Albion fans, but your recent misfortune has been a goldmine for betting vultures like myself.
Dagenham started 2012 in poor form themselves, flirting with the bottom two places, but they have turned things around drastically in the last few games, winning three of their last four.
The Brewers could argue that they are on the verge of their own rise from the ashes, having stemmed the bloodflow with a win and a draw in their last two games after replacing manager Paul Peschisolido with caretaker Gary Rowett.
However, the former Derby full-back will have to look at small strides considering he is in charge of a team who recently lost eight games on the spin and whose win against Gillingham last week was their first since Boxing Day.
Swindon to beat Morecambe @ 17/20
Paolo Di Canio’s Robins look to be pushing their way to the League Two title with every game (spot the very subtle Paul Alcock reference).
An impressive victory at Barnet on Monday night cemented their place at the top and a trip to the Globe Arena on Friday could get them another three points closer to the third tier.
Morecambe have been the epitome of inconsistency in recent weeks, with home losses to Hereford and Shrewsbury being dovetailed by away wins at Barnet and Oxford United.
Swindon, on the other hand, have won 14 of their last 17 in the league and coupled with Morecambe’s dire home form – which has seen them lose half of their 20 games to date – this looks a steady way to wrap up what will hopefully be an ‘egg’cellent accumulator.
Yes I did use that joke. You thought I was better than that, well I’m not. Happy Easter punters!
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