Championship Acca Tips: An All-Action Midweek Championship Schedule
After six games, some teams are starting to show their promotion credentials, while others will start looking over their shoulders for relegation. With 12 games spread across two nights, Matthew O’Regan has previewed three games with a 13.17 odds acca.
- Southampton vs Ipswich: Ipswich Over 1.5 Goals
- Norwich vs Leicester: Over 2.75 Asian Goal Line
- Huddersfield vs Stoke: Delano Burgzorg Over 1.5 Shots
Acca odds: 13.17
Odds via bet365 as at 23:30, September 17th Odds may now differ.
Southampton vs Ipswich: Tractor Boys to continue purring
England, Championship, Tuesday 19th September, 19:45 (UK)
After guiding Ipswich back to the Championship after a four-year hiatus, Kieran McKenna has his sights set on the Premier League. A win away at relegated Southampton will undoubtedly add to the belief that back-to-back promotions is a genuine possibility.
After their relegation, the Saints moved to appoint Swansea manager Russell Martin, with his easy-on-the-eye possession-based football seen as a key factor. The 37-year-old has had a mixed start on the South Coast, winning three, drawing one, and losing two of his six league matches in charge.
However, the last two results will have Southampton fans worrying about their defensive capabilities. A 5-0 beating at the Stadium of Light against Sunderland came before a 4-1 scoreline at home to Leicester, with the Foxes accumulating 4.14xG. Southampton’s leaky defence is nothing new for Martin, with his Swansea side conceding 64 goals last campaign—the second most in the league outside the relegation zone. The Saints have the worst defensive record in the league, with 16 goals conceded, and are yet to keep a clean sheet. They also conceded three goals to Gillingham in the Carabao Cup.
Ipswich have started the season on fire, winning five of their opening six games, with a 3-4 loss at home to Leeds the only exception. Conor Chaplin scored 26 league goals last season and has started this season in scintillating form with three goals, including the winner in the weekend’s win over Sheffield Wednesday. Nathan Broadhead joins Chaplin with three goals.
In their eight games in all competitions, Ipswich have scored at least two in six out of eight, only scoring one against Sheffield Wednesday and QPR. Playing against the worst defence in the league, the Tractor Boys will fancy their chances of getting a couple of goals.
Norwich vs Leicester: Canaries to sing to the tune of goals
England, Championship, Tuesday 19th September, 20:00 (UK)
Both Norwich and Leicester suffered disappointing seasons in their own regards last year. With a summer to rebuild squads, both teams are looking like promotion contenders, and optimism is rife.
Norwich had a season of nothingness, finishing 13th. However, David Wagner has had a transfer window to mould his squad and sign players that fit his philosophy. The season started with a comeback 2-1 victory over Hull before a classic at Southampton saw a 4-4 draw. Back-to-back wins against Millwall (3-1) and Wagner’s old team Huddersfield (0-4) kept the momentum going before a surprise 2-1 defeat at Rotherham. The weekend’s 1-0 win over Stoke puts the Canaries back on track.
Over their six games, BTTS has landed four times, with over 2.5 goals in five.
Leicester have also undergone a rebuilding phase after their surprise relegation. Key men such as James Maddison, Harvey Barnes, and Youri Tielemans have left for pastures new, while Manchester City coach Enzo Maresca was appointed as the new manager.
The Foxes season started with a late 2-1 victory over rivals Coventry, before a trio of wins against Huddersfield (0-1), Cardiff (2-1), and Rotherham (1-2) put Leicester at the top of the league with a 100% record. A 1-0 loss to Hull and a 1-4 battering of Southampton soon followed.
Over 2.5 goals and BTTS has landed four times already for Maresca’s side, and I fancy that number to be five by Wednesday night.
Huddersfield vs Stoke: Terriers in attack
England, Championship, Wednesday 20th September, 19:45 (UK)
Huddersfield have started this season well enough; they’re sitting in 17th with seven points. One of the summer signings from Neil Warnock that has impressed so far is Dutch attacker Delano Burgzorg. The 24-year-old has started two games, scoring one goal since his loan move from German club Mainz.
Burgzorg averages 2.38 shots per90, hitting two shots and scoring away at West Brom while recording three attempts in the match against Yorkshire rivals Rotherham.
Wednesday’s opponents are Stoke City, who currently occupy the 19th position. Despite a positive summer, Alex Neil’s side have looked poor. The Potters have yet to score or gain a point on their travels. They’ve also looked shaky at the back, conceding 17.33 shots per game on average.
With Stoke’s defensive fragilities, Huddersfield will fancy their chances of attacking Stoke. Burgzorg adds pace and trickery to the Terriers’ attack and looks to be the main attacking threat for Neil Warnock.