With Mother’s Day just around the corner (don’t panic, it’s next Sunday), it’s time to get that money you’ve set aside for flowers and lump it all on a 15/1 Saturday accumulator. Just think how many hydrangeas you could get for £32.
You could actually fill your pockets with £390.50 if you agree with my picks and use the free £25 bet you get for joining bwin to back them at odds of just under 15/1.
To keep your interests across the board I’ve picked a match from the 3pm kick-offs in all of the top four divisions, starting with the longest shot in the Premier League.
Fulham to beat Aston Villa @ 2/1
“Fulham to win away? Somebody strike that man with a wet cloth.” Just hear me out. Martin Jol’s men have been in hot form recently, winning their last three against Stoke, QPR and Wolves. They have won away this season only twice, but Villa have won at home only thrice.
This has been thanks in no small part to Pavel ‘he scores when he wants’ Pogrebnyak. The Russian hit a hat-trick in last week’s 5-0 mauling of Wolves, and will be the deadliest man on the pitch at Villa Park on Saturday.
This is because Villa are striker-less thanks to the season-ending injury to Darren Bent. With a lack of firepower and Fulham’s momentum – which has carried them seven places above the hosts in the Premier League – I predict a fourth win on the bounce for the Cottagers.
Reading to beat Leicester @ 11/10
In the Championship I have also backed the form side. Reading have won an incredible seven games in a row and welcome out of sorts Leicester to the Madejski Stadium this weekend.
With the ink still wet on Brian McDermott’s new contract, the Royals have been unstoppable as they have surged up the table and currently find themselves in third, whereas the Foxes trail back in eleventh having won three and lost three of their last six.
The reverse fixture back in August saw Reading win 2-0 at the King Power Stadium and fresh from a 3-2 loss at Bristol City, Nigel Pearson’s side will find it an uphill struggle to come away with anything on Saturday.
Charlton to beat Notts County @ 33/50
When in doubt, back the runaway leaders to win at home. I did this in my last accumulator attempt, and Tranmere went and ruined it, but it’ll be different this time, I swear.
Champions-elect Charlton have been (mostly) imperious at home and away this season, and only suffered their first league defeat at the Valley in this campaign on Tuesday as Colchester grabbed a 2-0 victory.
The Addicks will be smarting from that and will surely take it out on Notts County, despite Keith Curle turning around the fortunes of the Magpies. Curle hasn’t faced a test like this yet, and I anticipate Charlton emerging victorious, as they did at Meadow Lane earlier in the season.
Shrewsbury to beat Burton @ 53/100
I officially declare this game to be my ‘shoe-in of the week’. Sorry, been watching too much Simpsons. Shrewsbury have a near perfect home record and Burton are suffering a terrible run of form that has left manager Paul Peschisolido’s position at the Pirelli Stadium hanging by a thread.
Unbeaten at the New Meadow this season, and with 12 wins out of 16, Graham Turner’s men are part of the chasing pack as their stunning home form has seen them enter the promotion race. Burton on the other hand have not won since Boxing Day, and have lost eight of their last 11.
The Shrews have won six of their last ten and are clear favourites to compound the Brewers’ misery further and round off a nice four-game accumulator. Oh mother, guess who’s going to Nando’s!
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