I don’t know about you, but all this transfer deadline day news is giving me a bit of a headache. So, I have turned the television off and decided to take a look at the weekend’s fixtures.
As ever, this can only mean one thing – it is football accumulator time.Everyone usually loves Harry Redknapp at this time of year with his interviews regarding the transfer window, but right now, he is not in my good book as his Queens Park Rangers side cost me a handy £55 on my accumulator last weekend.
There is always a potential for shocks in the FA Cup, but I didn’t see that one at the hands of MK Dons coming.
Enough about that though, it is now all about looking forward and trying to beat them bookies this weekend.
I'm going for a trusty fourfold to kick things off on Saturday afternoon and we are going to go from the Premier League down to League Two.
So, here is the first bet for the weekend.
Arsenal v Stoke City – Arsenal @ 4/9
Crystal Palace v Charlton Athletic - Crystal Palace @ 3/4
Walsall v Oldham Athletic – Walsall @ 23/10
Exeter City v Aldershot Town – Exeter City @ 10/11
If you put £5 on this one, then you are looking at a return of £52.99.
So, let’s break it down a bit. I can see Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla tearing Stoke’s shaky defence apart and the Gunners claiming a comfortable win.
Then, Palace need to bounce back after their defeat to Huddersfield in mid-week and under Ian Holloway, I expect them to do just that.
I also expect a bit of a poor run from Oldham following their FA Cup success and then think Exeter will be too strong for Aldershot.
Right, next up, it is another fourfold, but this time I am going for four away teams to cause a bit of a surprise.
West Ham United v Swansea City – Swansea City @ 21/10
Wigan Athletic v Southampton – Southampton @ 5/2
Ipswich Town v Middlesbrough - Middlesbrough @ 6/4
Sheffield Wednesday v Brighton & Hove Albion – Brighton & Hove Albion @ 7/5
Again, I like the look of putting £5 on this one, but you will be looking at much bigger winnings of £325.50.
Swansea gave West Ham a lesson in how to play football earlier in the season and I think they will come to Upton Park and play the Hammers off the pitch again.
Sir Alex Ferguson said Southampton were the best side to come to Old Trafford in the second half of Wednesday’s match and they seem to be in great form right now. Wigan on the other hand, often struggle in this big matches.
Then, both Brighton and Middlesbrough should win if at their best against teams near the bottom of the Championship.
It all makes for a quite enthralling weekend and if I am honest, I can’t wait for the transfer window to close and the football on the pitch to do the talking.
Don’t forget to let us know how you got on with your bets this week!