With an action-packed Saturday afternoon from across England’s footballing tiers, we here at Soccer News have found a handful of helpful tips that can boost your weekend acca:
Saturday 22nd February
BST 15:00 Burnley vs Bournemouth
Starting with Saturday’s hosts, picking up a 2-1 win away at Southampton last weekend and continuing on what has been a very eye-catching run of form, Burnley now sit within touching distance of breaking into the top half of the Premier League table. Undoubtedly still boosted by their stunning back-to-back victories over Leicester and Manchester United last month, Sean Dyche’s men find the mood in their camp quickly on the rise. Also extremely unlucky not to have snatched all three points off of Arsenal in their last appearance at Turf Moor, the Clarets have lost just one of their last five matches across all competitions and should be relishing Bournemouth’s arrival this weekend. Including picking up a 1-0 win when Burnley made the trip to the Vitality earlier in the season, Saturday’s hosts have won each of their last three Premier League matches against the Cherries. On the flip side, despite appearing to turn a corner when entering February, Eddie Howe’s side came crashing back down to earth in the most dramatic of fashion last weekend. Throwing away a one-goal lead and watching Sheffield United snatch a 2-1 win at Bramall Lane, Bournemouth side just two points clear of the drop zone and have continued to show some glaring issues on the road. The one-time Burnley boss has seen his side lose each of their last four matches away from the South Coast and even more worrying for Howe, his side have landed just one away victory since the 20th of September.
Tip: Burnley win @ 11/10
15:00 Birmingham City vs Sheffield Wednesday
Snatching a deserved point against promotion contenders Brentford last weekend, Birmingham have continued on what has been quite the resurge. With only their goal difference keeping them outside the top half of the Championship table and the mood around St. Andrew’s only on the rise, the Blues have won four of their last five appearances and are enjoying a remarkable unbeaten run that stems all the way back to New Year’s Day. Also continuing to shine on home soil and unbeaten in their last five appearances in front of their own supporters, a run highlighted by a stunning 2-1 win over Nottingham Forest, one man to keep an eye out for on Saturday could be red-hot January arrival, Scott Hogan. Making an immediate impact following last month’s loan switch from crosstown rivals Aston Villa, the Ireland international has found the net in three of his four Championship matchups for Pep Clotet’s side. With a growing reputation for their performances in the final third, there is no doubt that Birmingham should be relishing Sheffield Wednesday’s arrival this weekend. Hit with a 3-0 hammering against Reading last time out and freefalling away from the play-off spots, Gary Monk’s men now find themselves in the midst of a real crisis. With the former Blues boss watching his side hit with back-to-back defeats, Saturday’s guests have failed to win any of their last six Championship appearances. Two sides who find the mood in their camps at polar opposites, we’re backing a home victory this weekend.
Tip: Birmingham City win @ 6/5
15:00 MK Dons vs Bolton Wanderers
Starting with Saturday’s hosts, while MK Dons may have been disappointed to have only played out back-to-back 1-1 daws against Lincoln and Shrewsbury, Russell Martin’s men have shown a string of much-needed improvements. Skyrocketing away from the relegation zone and the mood in their camp only on the rise, a huge part of their recent resurge has been their continued success in Buckinghamshire. The former Norwich defender has seen his side win six of their last seven matches on home soil, a run that stems back to the end of November. One man to keep an eye out for this weekend will certainly be leading marksman, Rhys Healey. Bagging the equalizer against Lincoln last weekend, the 25-year-old has now found the net in each of his last four League One matches on the bounce and has also scored in back-to-back matches on home soil. Given Bolton’s continued issues at the foot of the table, there is no doubt that Healey and co should be looking to extend on their recent purple patch this weekend. Hit with a 2-0 defeat at home against Wycombe last time out, Saturday’s guests still sit 19 points adrift of safety after a string of off-field issues. Losing their last three matches on the spin, it should also be noted that the Keith Hill’s strugglers have lost eight of their last 10 appearances.
Tip: MK Dons win and over 1.5 goals @ 20/21
Our Saturday Accumulator:
Burnley vs Bournemouth – Burnley win @ 11/10
Birmingham City vs Sheffield Wednesday – Birmingham City win @ 6/5
MK Dons vs Bolton Wanderers – MK Dons win and over 1.5 goals @ 20/21
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