With what promises to be a stacked weekend from across England’s footballing tiers, we have a string of interesting affairs that are worth keeping an eye out for. So, for those of you looking to place a Saturday acca, we have found a handful of fixtures that offer great value.
Saturday January 14th
BST 15:00 Sunderland vs Swansea
While Sunderland might have only made their Championship return this season, Saturday’s hosts are enjoying a stellar second-tier flurry. Last seen extending on their FA Cup adventure thanks to a 2-1 victory away at Shrewsbury, Tony Mowbray’s men should find the mood in their camp at a real high. Signing off 2022 with a stellar display as they cruised their way to a 4-1 romp away at Wigan, the former Blackburn boss now finds his squad just a single point adrift of breaking into the play-off places. Continuing to gain a string of plaudits from across the Championship on either side of the World Cup break, the Blacks Cats have now lost just one of their previous eight domestic matchups across all formats. With that run stemming all the way back to November 5th, it should also be noted that Sunderland have won two of their last previous three showdowns at the Stadium of Light. On the flip side, eventually having to settle for an FA Cup replay away at Bristol City last weekend after playing out a 1-1 draw, Saturday’s guests are in the midst of an extended wobble. Opening the New Year with a 2-1 loss at home against Burnley on January 2nd, the Whites have remarkably won just one of their last 11 straight domestic contests. Likewise, without a win away from the Liberty since the start of October, a home draw no bet can be found at appealing odds.
Tip: Sunderland draw no bet @ 19/20
15:00 Bolton vs Portsmouth
Although Bolton might have eventually missed out on a play-off spot last season, it appears that the Trotters are sat in pole position to claim a top-six finish this time around. Last seen putting in another rugged display earlier in the week as they claimed a 1-0 victory against Saturday’s guests while on EFL Trophy duties, Ian Evatt will be demanding a repeat display here. Opening 2023 with a real statement as they stormed their way to a 3-0 romp away at Barnsley, the former Barrow boss finds his side riding quite the wave of momentum. Unbeaten in each of their last seven straight matchups across all formats – a run that stems all the way back to December 10th – Bolton have also continued to shine with their defensive steel. In fact, along with recording a clean sheet in each of their previous three appearances, it should also be noted that the Whites have shipped just a single strike on their seven-match unbeaten run. With Pompey slumping to that 1-0 loss in Greater Manchester earlier in the week, interim boss Simon Bassey has quite the job on his hands. Parting way with former boss Danny Cowley last week, Saturday’s guests have lost their last three appearances across all competitions. Likewise, it should also be highlighted, the Blues have failed to win any of their last seven straight outings. With just a single away win to their name since November 4th, we’re backing a home win here.
Tip: Bolton win @ 11/10
17:30 Brentford vs Bournemouth
While Brentford might have been disappointed to have seen their FA Cup adventure come to an end last weekend, the mood in Thomas Frank’s camp should still be at a real high. Last seen on Premier League duties opening 2023 with a famous 3-1 romp at home against Liverpool, the Bees are enjoying what has been a history-making campaign in west London this season. Sat ninth in the table and with some in their camp even dreaming of a European charge, Saturday’s hosts have picked up a string of heavyweight scalps on either side of the World Cup break. Heading into the festive interval with a remarkable 2-1 win away at defending champions Manchester City, Frank’s side have taken 10 points from their previous four Premier League outings. Hopeful that they can welcome back attacking talisman Ivan Toney here, Brentford should be relishing Bournemouth’s arrival this weekend. With the Cherries suffering a real FA Cup hammering at the hands of Championship outfit Burnley last time out, Gary O’Neil’s side appear destined for a relegation scrap in 2023. Opening the New Year with a routine 3-0 defeat away at Manchester United, Saturday’s guests have now lost each of their last five domestic matchups across all formats. Winning just one of their previous five meetings against the top-half contenders, we’re backing what could be an enjoyable home victory.
Tip: Brentford win & Over 1.5 goals @ 21/20
Our Saturday Accumulator:
Sunderland vs Swansea – Sunderland draw no bet @ 19/20
Bolton vs Portsmouth – Bolton win @ 11/10
Brentford vs Bournemouth – Brentford win & Over 1.5 goals @ 21/20
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