This week’s accumulator pick is £10 @10/1
•ARSENAL 1/2 (Away v Fulham. Saturday KO 12:30)
•BRENTFORD 4/5 (Away v Birmingham. Saturday KO 12:30)
•NORWICH 11/10 (Away v Huddersfield. Saturday KO 15:00)
•LEICESTER 10/11 (Away v West Brom. Sunday KO 14:00)
OVERVIEW: The new football season kicks off in England today and with it the weekly ACCA is back. The last accumulator was a winner so I’m hoping to get a little run together.
The first day of the season is always a betting minefield and it usually takes a few weeks to work out which teams are going to be continued favourites week in week out. The flip side to this is that the bookies are also unsure which usually means slightly increased odds.
The 4 selections are over Saturday and Sunday with 10/1 looking excellent value, this despite each team picked being away from home. Another couple of things to note is that 3 of the 4 matches on the slip include teams that have either been relegated or promoted from last season and 2 of 4 matches are the early kick off’s on Saturday which is something I’d usually avoid. Again with it being first day of the season anything can happen and as the stadiums are still empty it makes for a bigger lottery. It’s for these reasons the confidence rating is slightly down but I’m happy with the choices none the less.
PICKS: Despite just winning just 4 away Premier League games all season last year, you’d still fancy Arsenal at newly promoted Fulham who scraped back into the elite league via the championship playoffs. The gunners have impressively added free transfer Willian during the off season and that could make a big difference for them this season, as well as the retention of star man Pierre-Emmerick Aubameyang. Away win.
Brentford were one of the teams of the Championship last year and just fell short of promotion in the playoffs. They have lost key player Ollie Watkins during the summer but have added league one top goalscorer Ivan Toney as replacement. Birmingham haven’t won in their last 8 home league games and I reckon it will be extended in this one.
Norwich will be looking to bounce straight back to the big time at the first attempt and they have managed to keep the majority of their squad together over the summer. The Cannaries away form last season was terrible albeit in the Premier League. They should fair better in the lower division and will be sure to be up there amongst the promotion favourites. Their opponents, Huddersfield, have lost 9 of their last 10 games on opening day, another one please.
LEICESTER were very impressive last season and looked certain for a champions league spot until they were curtailed by lockdown and their form dipped. Last season’s Premier League top goalscorer Jamie Vardy will be looking to carry on where he left off and it’s a good chance for a fast start against freshly promoted West Brom. Leicester have won on their last 4 visits to the Hawthorns. Make it 5 on Sunday and WRAP UP THE ACCA.