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With what promises to be another stacked weekend schedule from across England’s footballing tiers, we have a string of eye-catching contests on the cards. So, for those of you looking to stick on a Saturday acca, we have found a handful of helpful tips that are worth taking note of.
Saturday March 18th
BST 13:00 Bradford City vs Hartlepool
Although Bradford might have been disappointed after settling for back-to-back stalemates against Newport and Walsall, the mood in Mark Hughes’ camp should be at a continued high. Now tipped as a leading pick to claim a play-ff spot this season, the one-time Manchester City boss has seen his side gain plenty of plaudits from across League Two. Opening March with a deserved 2-0 victory at home against Colchester, the Bantams now find themselves enjoying a stellar third-tier flurry. In fact, Saturday’s hosts have lost just one of their last 11 straight outings – a run that stems all the way back to January 10th. Looking to shore up their spot in the play-off places here, Hughes should also be excited by Andy Cook’s red-hot run in front of goal. Once again getting on the scoresheet as Bradford played out a 1-1 draw away at Newport last weekend, the 32-year-old has now notched seven strikes in his last nine appearances. Likewise, finding the net in his last three straight matchups at Valley Parade, Cook should be smelling the chance to extend on his free-scoring run here. Although Hartlepool might have snatched a point from their last three League Two showdowns, the Stags remain at the heart of a relegation scrap. Making the trip to Bradford this weekend holding just a one-point buffer from dropping into the relegation zone, Saturday’s guests are also in the midst of a seven-match winless run.
Tip: Andy Cook to score anytime @ 11/10
15:00 Watford vs Wigan
While many might have been shocked to see Chris Wilder arrive at Vicarage Road earlier in the month, Watford certainly laid down a real marker in midweek. Eventually cruising their way to a 3-0 romp against Birmingham on home soil, the former Sheffield United boss will be calling on a repeat display on Saturday afternoon. Still with their sights firmly set on securing a play-off spot in 2023, there is no doubt that the Hornets should be smelling a golden chance here. Drawing a line under their three-match winless run last time out, Watford should be boosted by their continued success in front of their own supporters. Including what was a thrilling 3-2 victory against promotion contenders West Brom on February 20th, it should be noted that Wilder’s new squad are unbeaten in each of their last six showdowns at Vicarage Road. Looking to make up some ground in the top-six chase this weekend, a struggling Wigan should be bracing themselves for another stern test here. While Saturday’s guests might have managed to snatch a 1-1 draw at home against Coventry earlier in the week, that doesn’t cover what has been a nightmare Championship campaign. Tipped as a leading contender to be hit with an immediate League One return this season, Shaun Maloney’s men have bagged just a single victory from their previous 18 straight appearances. With Watford claiming a 1-0 victory when they traveled to the DW Stadium back on October 29th, we are expecting a similar outcome here.
Tip: Watford win & Under 4.5 goals @ 20/21
17:30 Chelsea vs Everton
While Graham Potter might have endured a rather public nightmare after arriving at Stamford Bridge back in September, Chelsea do appear to have turned a recent corner. Last seen putting in an action-packed display away at relegation scrappers Leicester as they eventually claimed a 3-1 victory on the road, Saturday’s hosts will be desperate to build on their March flurry. Putting in a stellar performance on Champions League duties last week as they punched their quarter-final ticket thanks to a 2-0 win against German giants Borussia Dortmund, the former European champions are rightfully tipped as a standout pick here. Likewise, also clinching a 1-0 victory against Leeds on March 4th, Chelsea have now won three consecutive appearances for the first time since October. Glad to make a return to Stamford Bridge this weekend, the former Brighton boss will be looking to cash in on an Everton side who have shown some extended issues on the road. Despite claiming a hard-fought 1-0 win against Brentford last time out, Sean Dyche’s men still remain at the heart of a relegation scrap. It should also be noted, the Toffees have failed to win any of their last 11 Premier League showdowns away from Goodison Park – a run that stems all the way back to October 1st. Watching Chelsea claim a 1-0 win when they made the trip to Merseyside for their reverse meeting on the opening weekend, we are backing a similar outcome in west London.
Tip: Chelsea win & Under 3.5 goals @ 21/20
Our Saturday Accumulator:
Bradford City vs Hartlepool – Andy Cook to score anytime @ 11/10
Watford vs Wigan – Watford win & Under 4.5 goals @ 20/21
Chelsea vs Everton – Chelsea win & Under 3.5 goals @ 21/20
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