As we inch closer to the New Year, we have another stacked weekend of footballing action from across Britain on the cards. So, for those of you looking to stick on a Saturday acca, we have searched far and wide to find you a handful of helpful tips that are worth keeping an eye out for.
Saturday 19th December
BST 12:30 Norwich City vs Cardiff City
Starting with Saturday’s hosts, while they might have left it to the dying embers earlier in the week, Norwich managed to pick up a last-gasp 2-1 win away at play-off chasers Reading and the mood in their camp should be at a real high. Although Daniel Farke’s men might have sacrificed their Premier League status over the summer, the Canaries are universally seen as one of the leading contenders in the promotion chase this season. Opening up Saturday’s meeting at Carrow Road holding a three-point buffer at the top of the table, Norwich find themselves enjoying a four-match Championship winning run, with all four of those victories coming by a scoreline of 2-1. While the former Borussia Dortmund coach is calling for his side to find some stability at the back after his side have failed to record a clean sheet in any of their last seven second-tier matchups, Farke does have one leading marksman enjoying a real purple patch. Converting from the spot against Reading in midweek, attacking star Teemu Pukki has already notched himself 10 strikes since opening the 2020/2021 campaign. On the flip side, while Cardiff might have been left hugely disappointed to have seen Swansea snatch Welsh bragging rights earlier in the month, the Bluebirds have managed to bounce back in eye-catching fashion. With their own leading marksman Kieffer Moore bagging four goals in his last five Championship appearances, Saturday’s guests have collected a staggering 15 points from their last six second-tier contests. Landing a dramatic 3-2 win against Birmingham earlier in the week, we’re backing another lively meeting at Carrow Road this weekend.
Tip: Both teams to score @ 8/11
15:00 Swindon Town vs Charlton Athletic
While some around the Valley might have started to worry as Charlton struggled with their stability during the December run, Saturday’s guests did manage to make a clinical return to winning ways last time out. Given extra time to prepare after seeing their midweek showdown against Bristol Rovers scrapped only hours before kick-off, Head Coach Lee Bowyer saw his side pick up a thumping 5-2 romp when they faced off against AFC Wimbledon on home soil. Losing their Championship status over the summer and desperate to try and book themselves a play-off finish this time around, the former England midfielder finds just Charlton’s goal difference keeping them outside the top-six. Losing just a pair of their last 13 League One contests, a run that stems all the way back to September 27th, Charlton should also be boosted by an eye-catching record against Saturday’s hosts. Picking up a 3-1 win when they made the trip to the City Ground back in September in the EFL Cup, it should be noted that Bowyer’s side have secured back-to-back wins against Swindon. On the flip side, while Charlton might be seeking back-to-back wins this weekend, Saturday’s hosts are really in the midst of a torrid run of form. Firmly battling it out in the relegation zone, the Reds were last seen earlier in the week getting hit with a 2-1 defeat against Doncaster on the road. Losing each of their last four League One contests on the spin, we’re backing an away victory this weekend.
Tip: Charlton Athletic win @ 23/20
17:30 Everton vs Arsenal
Starting with Saturday’s hosts, while some might have thought that Everton were enduring a blip when opening December, the Blues have bounced back in hugely impressive fashion over the past week. Last seen away at the King Power in midweek, Carlo Ancelotti’s side picked up an eye-catching 2-0 victory away at Leicester and the former Napoli boss has seen his side climb up to fifth in the table. Now sat just a single point adrift of breaking into the top-four and with it no secret that they have a European return at the top of their agenda, fans around Goodison Park will also be boosted by their side’s last performance on home soil. Shocking many across the Premier League and securing a 1-0 win against title outsiders Chelsea last weekend, Everton will be confident of making it three in three this week. With leading marksman and attacking MVP Dominic Calvert-Lewin already notching himself 11 top-flight goals so far this season, and no player recording more strikes, Everton know that victory this weekend could see them skyrocket their way as high as second in the table. On the flip side, while Saturday’s hosts might have enjoyed a very impressive run over the past week, the same cannot be said for an Arsenal side in the midst of a crisis. Opening the weekend sat way down in 15th, the Gunners are enduring their worst start to a top-flight campaign since 1975. Despite managing to snatch a point off of Southampton in midweek, Mikel Arteta’s side have failed to win any of their last six Premier League contests, collecting just a pair of points on their woeful run.
Tip: Everton win @ 5/4
Our Saturday Accumulator:
Norwich City vs Cardiff City – Both teams to score @ 8/11
Swindon Town vs Charlton Athletic – Charlton Athletic win @ 23/20
Everton vs Arsenal – Everton win @ 5/4
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