5… 4… 3… 2… 1… Happy new accumulator day! Yes we are all set for the first day of 2013 and it’s all very exciting, mostly because there’s a full fixture list of games to enjoy and bet on.
Once again the weekend’s coupon was thwarted by the weather so we’ll be sticking with the Premier League and Championship in this accy: I don’t trust lower league grounds any more (Stoke and Peterborough failing to win had little to do with the decision… honest).
My new year’s resolution is to land more of my accumulator bets and so with that in mind, here are four home wins that back the favourites and still equate to a tasty 10/1.
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West Brom to beat Fulham @ 19/20
The Baggies will be hoping to bounce back from their loss at Manchester United with yet another home win as they entertain Martin Jol’s Fulham in the early kick-off.
Steve Clarke’s outfit have the third-best home record in Premier League, behind only the two Manchester clubs, having won seven of ten at the Hawthorns this season.
Fulham have hit a rough patch of late, winning only once in their last twelve games, and Saturday’s loss at home to Swansea added to the pressure on the London side.
The Cottagers have always been notorious for having a poor away record, and despite registering some impressive draws, they have won only one of their ten away trips, so a home win looks a safe bet in this one.
Swansea to beat Aston Villa @ 57/100
Admittedly Swansea could be pretty much anyone right now, this is mostly a bet against Aston Villa.
The Midlands club have performed so badly in the last three games I am giving serious consideration to backing Bradford in their Capital One Cup semi-final, with the Villans having shipped fifteen goals and scored none in clashes with Chelsea, Tottenham and Wigan.
The Swans picked up a useful win away to Fulham on Saturday, and with Michu likely to be back after missing the weekend’s game with an injury, Villa’s defence will need to remember what made them play out of their skins at Anfield just a couple of weeks ago.
Paul Lambert is too good a manager to not turn this around eventually, but such have been the dramatic under-performances from his side over Christmas, it would be asking an awful lot for the Scot to get his team to improve in time for them to pick up a result the Liberty Stadium.
Crystal Palace to beat Wolves @ 91/100
From one out-of-form Midlands club to another, Stale Solbakken’s Wolves side have whimpered through Christmas with two home losses to other teams in the bottom half of the Championship.
Wolves were booed off the pitch as they went down to Ipswich on Saturday, with Mick McCarthy getting the better of his former employers, and things don’t get any easier as they travel to promotion contenders Crystal Palace, who have lost just once at Selhurst Park this season.
Palace gaffer Ian Holloway will have been frustrated to see his team draw so many games in December, but their home form remains solid and with a limp Wolves visiting, the Eagles are quite rightly favourites to triumph in this one.
The London outfit won at Molineux in October and bested Wolves at Selhurst Park in the FA Cup last February.
Watford to beat Charlton @ 17/20
Another fixture that sees an in-form side face and an out-of-form side. In football you can never be sure of a result, but it would take a drastic turn-around from both teams for this game to not end up in the home side’s favour.
Gianfranco Zola has his team playing the most attractive football in the second tier of English football with his many loan signings who include Matej Vydra, who has been banging the goals in of late, notably in the 3-1 win at Brighton on Saturday.
The Addicks have been dragged down the Championship table in their last few games, failing to win in their six December outings and losing three.
The Hornets have beaten Charlton in their last three meetings, and with both teams playing the way they are, I am confident they will make it four in a row in this one.
Happy punting, and here’s to a successful 2013 of accumulating!
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