It's been a long time since we did a football accumulator and so to ease ourselves back into the swing of things I'm going for an eightfold home banker acca that returns £54.05 for a measley £2 stake.
Who else thinks that Ryan Giggs is going to make a good Man United manager? Well he can't do any worse than the last incumbent can he and after 25 years or so of working with whiskey nose he must have picked up a smattering of what's required to be a good manager.
Saturdays results make forlorn reading as the accumulator's curse strikes once again and we are left high and dry with 7/8 home winners and a solitary draw meaning we were a gnats whisker away from scooping the jackpot.
Here are Saturdays results:
Arsenal v Sunderland 4-1 2/7
West Brom v Fulham 1-1 3/4
Derby v Bournemouth 1-0 4/6
Leicester v Ipswich 3-0 4/7
Leyton Orient v Swindon 2-0 10/11
Oldham v Gillingham 1-0 10/11
Scunthorpe v Portsmouth 5-1 4/5
Dunfermline v Ayr 3-0 8/11
You can't get closer without winning and West Brom's failure to beat Fulham was our achilles heel.
So Brendan Rodgers thinks Liverpool are the "Chihuahuas" running between the legs of the horses? This is getting ridiculous and now Mourinho has the nerve to call Wenger a "specialist in failure". What are these guys on? Give me some.
Last Saturday was a good sweat with one game postponed we were backing seven home wins and we finished with five home bankers, one draw and one away win.
Here are last weeks results:
Selection 1: Brighton, Match Result, Brighton v Doncaster 1-0
Selection 2: Burnley, Match Result, Burnley v Millwall 3-1
Selection 3: Leicester, Match Result, Leicester v Watford 2-2
Selection 4: Brentford, Match Result, Brentford v Crawley Town PP
Selection 5: Annan, Match Result, Annan v Montrose 1-0
Selection 6: Berwick, Match Result, Berwick v Queens Park 1-0
Selection 7: Reading, Match Result, Reading v Sheffield Wednesday 0-2
Selection 8: Sheffield Utd, Match Result, Sheffield Utd v Shrewsbury 2-0
This week I’m shortening the odds drastically to try and get closer to the elusive winner.
It’s clear we are not going to get anywhere near a big payday using odds that are – in the main – pretty unfavourable, but whilst realising that to get a big win, you need big odds and that of course means getting lucky.
I’m also looking for a bit more fun because let’s face it, getting halfway there every week is getting monotonous.
So this week I’m going for much shorter odds on eight home bankers - £2 wins £114.96 when I placed this at Skybet.com so let’s see how we fare with that this week.
Maybe we could run this accumulator in conjunction with £2 wins £500 so that we up the ante a little but we are still in small stakes land and it is an affordable loss each week.
A W4 D1 L3 week last week:
Last weeks results:
Leicester v Middlesbrough 5/6 2-0 Blackpool v Doncaster 21/20 1-1 Wolves v Bristol City 4/5 3-1 Rotherham v Crawley 19/20 Oxford v Torquay 4/5 1-2 Elgin v Montrose 6/5 2-3 Albion v Berwick 6/5 0-3 Clyde v East Stirling 6/5 1-0
Who else thinks Nicholas Anelka is a twat for his stupid gesturing? What is it with footballers and “showing solidarity” with their trod upon brothers and sisters. Come on man just get on with the game.
Whenever I see another endless rerun of Anelka’s “goal celebration” I’m reminded of our own Robbie Fowler “snorting the line” in response to taunts from Everton fans that he took cocaine.
Fowler was fined £60,000 and banned for four matches which is pretty much the least that the bearded one can expect when the FA throw the book at him for being such a clown.
I suppose the only good thing that you can say about it is that they haven’t resorted to biting people for being hustled off the ball yet. Oh they have?
A W2 D4 L1 week this week with one game postponed and our search for an elusive winner continues!
Burnley v Sheffield Wednesday 4/5 1-1
Nottingham Forest v Blackburn 20/21 4-1
Derby v Brighton 21/20 1-0
Sheffield United v Bradford 1/1 2-2
Cheltenham v Accrington 5/6 1-2
York v Bristol Rovers 21/20 0-0
Scunthorpe v Wimbledon 5/6 0-0
Newport v Dagenham 1/1 Postponed
The good news is that the losses column is very healthy indeed with only one defeat this week but the four draws put a bit of a dampener on things.
I see no reason to change the format of this accumulator though, reducing the odds has given us a much better fighting chance and with a bit of luck we will hit the jackpot soon.
We have five premier league games to choose from on Saturday with a 3pm kick off but one of those is Manchester City v Cardiff and with odds of 1/7 do we really want to include that game?
I don’t think the question is will City win. It’s how many will they score? Brendan Rodgers is right – it is City’s title to lose this season, they have the depth of squad to cope with injuries and although losing Aguero is a big blow they can manage much better than if say Arsenal lost Giroud or Liverpool lost Suarez to injury.
So I’m going to omit the City game and go with the other four Premier League 3pm kick offs to make our weekly fourfold.
This weekend was a bumper weekend for accumulator fans as all the highly backed teams managed a win and there will be more payouts if Arsenal manage to beat Aston Villa in the Monday night football.
The changed format for our small stakes football accumulator has resulted in a very encouraging start. The Charlton game was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch so we only had seven runners this week but managed a very respectable five home wins so this looks very promising.
This week I'm going for the same format - £2 wins around £500 if all eight games are home winners.