With another Saturday filled with action 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 2nd February
BST 17:30 Cardiff vs Bournemouth
Starting with Saturday’s visitors, while Bournemouth may have struggled with their consistency entering the New Year, few would have expected the Cherries performance in midweek. Picking up a very eye-catching 4-0 win over Chelsea on Wednesday, Eddie Howe’s side will now be looking to put on a surprise European push in the second half of the season. Now winning their last two Premier League matches on the bounce, including a 2-0 win over West Ham, they have now gone over 200 minutes without conceding a goal. It isn’t just defensively where Bournemouth are starting to shine. Along with the talented David Brooks putting in another Man of the Match showing against Chelsea, forward Josh King bagged a brace in midweek and now has three goals in his last two appearances. With Cardiff now slipping into the relegation zone and sat four points adrift of safety, Howe should be confident of extending his winning run. Neil Warnock’s hosts have failed to win any of their last four top-flight matches and more worrying, they have scored just a single goal on that winless run.
Tip: Away win @ 11/8
15:00 Hull City vs Stoke
While Hull might be coming off the back of a 3-0 loss away at Blackburn last weekend, Nigel Adkins will have his side firmly believing that they’re in the race to land a playoff position. The Tigers have now lost just one of their last 11 Championship appearances and their form at the KCOM Stadium has played a huge part in their rise up the table. Led by 22-year-old playmaker Jarrod Bowen who has now bagged eight league goals in his last seven matches, Hull have won their last four home games on the bounce and are yet to taste defeat at the KCOM since the middle of November. Along with scoring 14 goals in their last four home victories, the Tigers have recorded four clean sheets in their last five outings. Given Stoke’s struggles to adjust to life under Nathan Jones, Adkins should be confident of moving within touching distance of the top six. The Potters are coming off the back of a 2-0 loss at home to Preston and have now recorded just one win in their last eight matches across all competitions. Also crashing out of the FA Cup at the hands of lower league Shrewsbury earlier in the month, Stoke have now failed to win any of their last seven matches on the road.
Tip: Home win @ 6/4
15:00 Shrewsbury vs Luton Town
Starting with the visitors, coming off the back of another impressive showing in their 3-2 win over fellow title contenders Portsmouth in midweek, Luton Town now find themselves sat five points clear at the top of League One. Winning their last three matches on the bounce and scoring eight goals on that run, one man who has really epitomized Luton’s rise to the top of the table has been the ongoing form of leading goalscorer James Collins. Bagging a brace and picking up yet another Man of the Match award in their midweek victory over Pompey, the 28-year-old already has 16 goals to his name, including five in his last three. Given Shrewbury’s recent defensive issues, it’s no surprise we’re backing Collins to once again find the net this weekend. Now conceding six in their last two appearances, only the hosts goal difference currently keeps them adrift of the relegation zone. It is also worth noting that last year’s playoff finalists have failed to win any of their last four matches at home and haven’t recorded a clean sheet in Shropshire since New Year’s Day.
Tip: James Collins to score anytime @ 8/5
Our Saturday Accumulator:
Cardiff vs Bournemouth – Away win @ 11/8
Hull City vs Stoke – Home win @ 6/4
Shrewsbury vs Luton Town – James Collins to score anytime @ 8/5
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