What a weekend of sport we have ahead folks with The Masters, The Grand National and of course a smattering of football from across the UK and beyond. I’ve been concentrating on the UK football this weekend though and have picked 1 winner from the top 5 English leagues to make a cheeky match odds acca to get stuck into.
Swansea v Chelsea
I’m starting at The Liberty Stadium as a Swansea side who through a run of decent results seem to have cleared the drop now host Chelsea.
Chelsea may have had a ropey start to the season which destroyed their title hopes from the off, but under Hiddink they look confident and they currently boast the best form in the league with no defeat in 15 games. Last weekend they completed a 0-4 drubbing of a hopeless Aston Villa side and on their last visit to Wales they collected a 0-5 win here.
The Swans collected a point from The Brittania last weekend completing a pretty decent run of results, but they don’t have a fantastic record against the Blues and I see Chelsea building on a decent run of away form which has seen them win 5 of their last 6 on their travels.
Chelsea to win at 4/7 with Betfred
MK Dons v Rotherham
Regular followers of my articles might have noticed that Rotherham keep creeping into my match accas and they’re making yet another appearance this weekend as they travel to MK Dons.
The hosts are 6 points adrift of safety now following 3 straight losses and no win in 5 games, and this is a huge game for them but they simply don’t have the form to win here in my opinion.
On the other hand, Rotherham who are directly above MK Dons in the table can move 9 points clear of relegation with a win here, something which seemed unthinkable just a few months back before Neil Warnock took charge. It’s no loss in 7 now for Warnock’s men, of which they have won 5 against some very decent teams.
I’ll be going slightly safer and backing the Draw No Bet here though with the knowledge that this leg of the acca will be a void if Rotherham manage to collect only 1 point.
Rotherham Draw No Bet at 6/5 with Betfred
Bradford v Swindon
The chase for a playoff spot really is on at the moment for Bradford who sit 5th in the league and have a 5 point advantage over Barnsley.
The hosts have lost just 1 of their last 7 games and have conceded only twice in that run against high flying Wigan. 3 1-0 wins in a row and 4 home wins in a row really have but Bradford in a strong position and they should have no problems dispatching a struggling Swindon side.
In their last 2 away games Swindon have lost by an aggregate scoreline of 8-0 with both of those losses coming against bottom half sides. They really are struggling to get their act together at the moment and I have to take Bradford to collect 3 points here.
Bradford to win at 8/13 with Betfred
Crawley Town v Oxford
With top side Northampton and 3rd placed Bristol Rovers facing off against each other this weekend, this could well be Oxford’s chance to capitalise on some dropped points and solidify their spot in 2nd in League Two.
The visitors have been sol strong on their travels this season and currently boast a record of no loss in 8 away from home, winning 6 of those and scoring a bundle of goals in the process.
16th placed Crawley are the hosts and they look destined for a bottom half finish this season with both relegation and promotion seemingly impossible. Here at home they’ve won only 1 of their last 7 games and 4 of those 7 have been against sides below them in the table.
I’d take an Oxford win here with some confidence as it’s all to play for as they sit on the edge of life in League One next year.
Oxford to win at 4/7 with Betfred
Guiseley v Cheltenham
Down in the National League the hunt for top spot really is on now as Cheltenham’s advantage at the top of the league is now only 4 points.
Cheltenham have had a pretty stunning season and although they are obvious favourites to return to League football come May, Forest Green are piling on the pressure and they need to keep winning games. They have been unreliable away from home recently but coming against a Guiseley side who have the 2nd worst form in the league coming into this game, I think it’s time to get back on track.
The hover only 2 points above relegation and given their recent form, it wouldn’t be a surprise if they were yet dragged into this relegation battle. Their last win in the league was nearly 2 months ago and they haven’t won at home in the league since November!
Cheltenham dispatched Guiseley comfortably with a 5-0 win when the two sides met earlier this season and given their need to keep up the push for promotion, I’d expect another comfortable 3 points here.
Cheltenham to win at 8/13 with Betfred
The 5-fold pays a tidy 18/1 with Betfred