With the Champions League taking center stage on Wednesday night, we are set for what is another stacked schedule from across Europe. So, for those of you looking to place a midweek accumulator, we have found a few helpful tips that are worth keeping an eye out for.
Wednesday April 19th
BST 19:45 Watford vs Cardiff City
Managing to make what was a much-welcomed return to winning ways over the weekend, Watford have the feel of a squad seeking some recent stability. Eventually picking up a deserved 2-0 win at home against Bristol City, Chris Wilder’s side should be smelling the chance to clinch back-to-back Championship victories for the first time since opening 2023. Although the Hornets might be facing a real uphill battle in their bid to claim a play-off finish this season, the former Sheffield United boss should at least be boosted by his side’s success on home soil. Aside from that action-packed 3-2 loss at the hands of Huddersfield on April 7th, that is the only Championship defeat that Watford have suffered at Vicarage Road from their previous nine appearances. Rightfully tipped as a standout pick here, Wednesday’s hosts should be excited by Cardiff’s arrival in midweek. Watching the Bluebirds slump to a routine 4-1 defeat away at Sheffield United over the weekend, Sabri Lamouchi’s men have claimed just a single win from any of their last six second-tier contests – a run that stems back to March 4th. Marking their return from the international break with a lively 3-2 loss at home against bitter local rivals Swansea, the former Nottingham Forest boss finds his side firmly at the heart of a relegation scrap. Likewise, with Watford claiming a 2-1 victory when they traveled to south Wales for their reverse meeting on November 2nd, we are expecting a similar outcome here.
Tip: Watford win @ 1/1
19:45 Middlesbrough vs Hull City
Making a return to winning ways with a thumping display last week, Middlesbrough are riding what has been a stellar wave of momentum. Storming their way to a stellar 5-1 romp at home against Norwich, Michael Carrick’s high-flying squad have their sights set on securing a famous Premier League return this season. Gaining a string of plaudits from across the Championship this season, the former Manchester United coach also has one attacking talisman who is enjoying a record-breaking flurry. Once again getting on the scoresheet at the Riverside last time out, Chuba Akpom has certainly been one of the Championship’s standout performers this season. In fact, along with bagging 16 strikes since opening 2023, it should also be noted that the one-time Arsenal starlet has recorded 27 goals in his 35 second-tier appearances. Cruising his way to this year’s Golden Boot, the 27-year-old will be looking to keep up his free-scoring flurry here. Although Hull might have been last seen snatching a goalless draw away at Blackburn over the weekend, Wednesday’s guests almost find themselves sat in Championship limbo. Along with settling for a point in four of their previous nine second-tier matchups, Liam Rosenior’s side have claimed just a single contest from their previous seven appearances – a run that stems back to March 3rd. With Akpom finding the net as Middlesbrough claimed a 3-1 victory at the KCOM for their reverse meeting on November 1st, we are expecting a similar outcome here.
Tip: Middlesbrough win & Chuba Akpom to score anytime @ 6/5
20:00 Bayern Munich vs Manchester City
Making a major Champions League statement at the Etihad last week, Manchester City will simply be looking to finish off the job here. Eventually breezing their way to a stellar 3-0 romp on home soil, there is no doubt that Pep Guardiola will be calling on a repeat display here. With one foot already firmly in the semi-finals, Wednesday’s guests are in the midst of a remarkable purple patch. Last seen over the weekend picking up some perfect momentum as they clinched a 3-1 victory against relegation scrappers Leicester, the defending Premier League champions have now won each of their last 10 straight appearances across all competitions. Gaining a fearsome reputation for their free-scoring displays in the final third, it should also be noted that the Sky Blues have bagged a stunning 37 strikes on their 10-match winning run. With attacking talisman Erling Haaland already notching 11 Champions League strikes this season, City should be excited by a trip to the Allianz on Wednesday night. While Bayern Munich might have appointed new boss Thomas Tuchel during March’s international break, the former Chelsea boss has failed to find any immediate stability. Blown away when they traveled to Manchester for their first-leg showdown last week, the midweek hosts have now won just a pair of their last six appearances across all formats. Last seen over the weekend having to settle for a 1-1 draw at home against Hoffenheim, Haaland will be looking to cash in on a leaky Bayern defence here.
Tip: Erling Haaland to score anytime @ 1/1
Our Wednesday Accumulator:
Watford vs Cardiff City – Watford win @ 1/1
Middlesbrough vs Hull City – Middlesbrough win & Chuba Akpom to score anytime @ 6/5
Bayern Munich vs Manchester City – Erling Haaland to score anytime @ 1/1
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