For Saturday’s Accumulator we have picked out one game from all top four divisions in England and have put together a 15/1 fourfold for you to ponder…
I’ve already written about Everton vs Fulham in my Premier League specific Acca but with Sean Dyche having a full pre-season to get his squad drilled into how he wants them to play, this is the type of game they should find a way to win. Fulham have issues surrounding their star striker who wants to leave. Whether he plays or not is mirky at this point but either way, I like a low-scoring home win.
Down in the Championship, the Tractor Boys started their campaign with a very impressive 1-2 win on the road at the Stadium of Light. What Ipswich have that a lot of teams don’t is real quality in front of goal. They don’t need to create a gazillion chances because the likes of Conor Chaplin and George Hirst are really high-quality finishers.
Stoke themselves showed their prowess in front of goal last weekend as they hit Rotherham for four from just six attempts on target. That had to be one of the more friendly opening day fixtures they could have hoped for. Both sides won in the Carabao Cup midweek so a 100% record has to go. I think the home side will be challenging for the playoffs come the end of the season so a close home win is what I’m thinking for this one.
Northampton have started their 23/24 season with two straight defeats. A 0-1 defeat at home to Stevenage is not how you want to get things going and there were no cup heroics at Swansea where they could only muster four total attempts on goal, their opposition notched up 22. As for Wigan, that opening day win at Derby was a real standout on the day across all English football. A few changes in midweek did not work at Wrexham in a lacklustre 0-0 draw but if they go back to full strength, they have every chance to win at home in their first competitive game under new ownership.
Unlike Ipswich and Wigan, Stockport did not get their campaign up and running with a victory. They played well against Gillingham but the Kent side stole the three points late. A midweek Carabao Cup penalty shootout reversal at Sheffield Wednesday isn’t anything to worry about too much. They are one of the pre-season favourites in League 2 and an iffy opening to their season should not be overly concerning. The home side lost at Morecambe last Saturday due to an injury time Farrend Rawson goal. This selection is primarily based on my thoughts that Stockport will be there or thereabouts when all is said and done and this feels like a good spot to get their season kick-started.