With another weekend of action from across England ahead, we here at Soccer News have found a handful of helpful tips that can potentially boost your Saturday acca:
Saturday 1st December
15:00 Newcastle vs West Ham
While it may have been a sluggish start for Newcastle at the start of the season, Rafa Benitez’s side appear to have finally found their feet. Picking up a 2-1 win away at Burnley on Monday night, the Magpies are now enjoying three wins on the bounce and are unbeaten in their last four. Putting in their best run of performances in recent memory, fans in the north west will also be boosted by their recent record against the Hammers. Putting three past their guests the last time the two sides met last season, they have also won the last three connective meetings and have not tasted defeat against West Ham on home soil since 2012. While Newcastle are enjoying their rise up the Premier League table, the same can not be said for Manuel Pellegrini’s side. Coming off the back of a 4-0 loss at home to Manchester City last weekend, while their were a handful of promising signs the London based side have now picked up just one win in their last seven, a run that stems back to the end of September.
Tip: Home win @ 6/4
15:00 Nottingham Forest vs Ipswich
Well, although Nottingham Forest would have been disappointed not to have left Villa Park with all three points on Wednesday, their 5-5 draw in the Midlands leaves Aitor Karanka’s side firmly in the chase to secure a playoff position this season. Now unbeaten in their last four Championship matches and with the chance to move within two points of the automatic positions, it will be their form in the final third most impressing the former Boro boss. Scoring seven in their last two, one man to watch for the Reds will be leading goalscorer and summer arrival Lewis Grabban. Scoring nine in his last nine and a brace against the Villans in midweek, the 30-year-old should be relishing the chance to face off against an Ipswich side sat rock bottom of the table. Already conceding 33 goals this season, Paul Lambert’s new side have struggled to adjust to life under the former Norwich manager and have now lost their last two on the bounce and have not picked up a win in their last seven Championship outings. Given the gulf in class between the two sides, we’re backing Forest to put on another clinical display in front of goal.
Tip: Home win and over 2.5 goals @ 7/4
17:30 Southampton vs Manchester United
While the style of play and their score lines have been far from convincing, Jose Mourinho should see Saturday’s trip to St. Mary’s as the perfect opportunity to get their top-four push back on track. Picking up a late winner against Young Boys to secure their spot in the knockout stage of this year’s Champions League, United’s Manchester derby defeat earlier in the month is their only Premier League loss in their last six. Although they might not be playing their best football, the Reds do hold a stellar record against Southampton, particularly on the south coast. Unbeaten in their last 10 matches at St. Mary’s, a run that stems back to 2005, the Saints have also failed to score in their last three matches against Mourinho’s side. With some believing that Mark Hughes’ time at the Saints is coming to and end, the hosts crashed out of the Cup at the hands of Leicester in midweek and are now without a Premier League win in their last nine. Backing a United win certainly seems like the smartest bet on Saturday evening.
Tip: Away win @ 10/11
Our Saturday Accumulator:
Newcastle vs West Ham – Home win @ 6/4
Nottingham Forest vs Ipswich – Home win and over 2.5 goals
Southampton vs Manchester United – Away win @ 10/11
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