Sometimes you miss an acca by one leg, or one team lets you down. There are also occasions when none of the legs come in. That is what happened with us for the Saturday BTTS a week ago. Not sure which is worse.
This weekend we play three games from League 1 and the same from League 2 for a 17/1 sixfold...
Leg 1 - Bristol Rovers vs Blackpool @ 4/6
Every week before I sit down to write these various Saturday accumulator columns, I look for streaks to see if any team are hot for any particular statistic before going in for further research.
This has led me to seeing that Bristol Rovers are on a nine-game streak of BTTS coming in. Upon reading this, I looked up Blackpool’s recent results and they’ve scored twice in four-straight games heading into their FA Cup Replay with Nottingham Forest on Wednesday evening, whereupon they made it five-straight encounters, where they've scored two goals.
That is good enough for me to see this game picked as part of this sixfold.
Leg 2 - Fleetwood Town vs Portsmouth @ 4/6
Oh no, not again. My lot keep appearing and that isn’t good. Whilst I wouldn’t say Pompey are in free-fall, it would not be unfair to say that things are not exactly chipper down on the South Coast.
Recent results have been indifferent at best and defensively, the display against Leyton Orient last weekend was shambolic and that is putting it nicely.
Fleetwood are rock bottom of the league but so were Cheltenham a fortnight ago when they hosted John Mousinho’s men and they sent their fans home happy following a 2-1 win.
I just can’t see where a clean sheet is coming from and even with an attack that is looking toothless, surely Pompey can get at least one against the worst defence in the division?
Leg 3 - Wigan Athletic vs Reading @ 4/6
Regular readers of this column will know all about the recent form of the away side here. They saw their game with Port Vale suspended last week due to a crowd protest but if we get a full game here, BTTS is certainly statistically, a distinct possibility.
In their past 15 league games, the Royals have seen 14 of those encounters end up with both teams on the scoresheet. The only game that wasn’t in that span? The reverse fixture back on the Saturday before Christmas.
Wigan have an above-average record for this coming in at 58% but the 68% record of the visitors, coupled with their recent fine run, makes this game a play.
Leg 4 - Milton Keynes Dons vs Mansfield @ 8/11
Decent game on tap here as 7th placed MK Dons take on 3rd placed Mansfield Town, with both sides very much still in the promotion mix.
The hosts were a top-side for this bet early-on the season but in recent weeks, Mike Williamson’s side have been more secure defensively and that is not what we like to see for this particular column.
The reason I’ve put this one in however is Mansfield have found the back of the net in 14 of their past 15 games in League 2. Only a surprise 0-1 home defeat to Crewe Alexandra has kept that run from being 100% going back to the first week of October.
I think this will be an edgy affair and I’m not confident for the Over 2.5 but a 1-1 draw is certainly a possibility and that would be enough to get a tick for this leg.
Leg 5 - Newport County vs Wrexham @ 4/7
Had you told me back in September that Wrexham would be only at 54% for Both Teams to Score coming in heading into the back end of January, I’d have been stunned. Early on, they looked like they could score for fun but had a defence that didn’t look like it could cope with the step-up in class.
Newport County have been playing much better recently and secured a money-spinning FA Cup tie against Manchester United after getting past Eastleigh in a replay on Tuesday evening.
The players will want to show their manager that they deserve a place in the starting XI for that one, so I expect them to play hard in what is one of the bigger games of the season for any team in League 2.
I always like Wrexham to score, no matter who they play, so if I think the home side will grab one, it gets the green light treatment from me for this column.
Leg 6 - Notts County vs Stockport County @ 1/2
This is the shortest-priced leg of the Saturday BTTS Acca and I’m going to be quick on this one.
Notts County are the top-scorers in EFL League 2, having scored 60 goals in 27 games. As an aside, they’ve also conceded 52. That is probably why they are at 74% for BTTS at this point.
The second-top scorers in the division are top-of-the-table Stockport County with 56 from the same amount of games, although they are significantly better defensively. Still, when the two-top scorers in the league table meet, you expect goals and they get the rare BTTS/Over 2.5 double treatment from me.
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