Easter is a wonderful time of year, not least because we can gorge on a phenomenal amount of chocolate, most of us have a four day weekend, and Good Friday is packed full of some top-notch lower league football that has the potential to drastically boost your bank account. Here at the Paddy Power Blog, we’ve gone through the fixture list and picked out five away teams who are in flying form to make up our wacky accumulator.
Our five-team accumulator returns almost £1,300 from a £10 bet courtesy of some reasonable odds, and of course Paddy Power’s 20% bonus on all winning UK football accumulators (five-folds and up). That’s enough for a cheeky week away abroad, a few absolutely crazy nights out on the town, or if you’re really in the Easter mood, 3,861 Creme Eggs. Delicious.
Millwall v Charlton (Championship. Friday, 3.00pm)
The traders in Power Tower must be smoking something strong this week because Charlton look a great price to beat Millwall. The Addicks come into the game with seven wins from their last 10 games, and are scoring for fun. In those 10 games they’ve scored 22 goals and on-loan Belgium midfielder Yoni Buyens has four goals in his last four games. While they haven’t been entirely watertight at the back, Charlton tend to steamroll weaker opposition, and they’ve lost just two of 19 games against bottom half sides. That’s all bad news for Millwall who sit in 23rd spot, seven points from safety. The Lions are on a nine game win-less run and haven’t picked up three points at home since October 25. The reverse fixture at The Valley this year ended 0-0, but with momentum behind them Charlton should pick up another three points on Friday.
Verdict: Charlton (7/4) | Bet here
Derby v Watford (Championship. Friday, 7.45pm. Sky Sports 1)
On February 24 Derby were two points clear at the top of the Championship and looking like the real deal for promotion to the top flight. But a six game win-less streak which has seen them pick up just two points has sent the Rams season spiraling faster than Nick Clegg’s election chances. Only Blackpool have a worse points tally (one) from the last six games, while Watford on the other hand are flying. The Hornets have eight wins and a draw from the last 11 games, and bar a last minute goal from Ipswich, Watford would have been on a seven game unbeaten streak. Slavisa Jokanovic’s side are unbeaten in their last five away games – winning four and drawing one – and despite a 2-1 defeat to Derby at Vicarage Road in November, it’s worth sticking with the form side going into Friday’s evening game.
Verdict: Watford (12/5) | Bet here
Oldham v Bristol City (League One. Friday, 3.00pm)
League-leaders Bristol City go into this game odds-on favourites but even at the price they’re worth including in your accumulators because they look like banker material. The Robins are unbeaten in eight games, dropping just four points along the way and boasting the best form in League One. Their 10 point lead at the top of the table gives you some idea of their dominance this year, picking up an impressive 2.15 points per game on average. Oldham on the other hand have lost seven of the last 10 league games, including defeats to both the bottom two Colchester and Yeovil. Bristol City won this fixture at home 1-0, and they’ve been equally impressive on the road – boasting a win rate of 58 per cent. You can expect the Robins to take another big leap towards the league title with victory here.
Verdict: Bristol City 17/20 | Bet here
Scunthorpe v Peterborough (League One. Friday, 3.00pm)
Peterborough are probably as reliable as Dublin’s transport system, but despite Posh’s ups and downs, they’ve managed to get their noses in front and win five of the last seven. It’s not always been pretty, but Peterborough have been picking up wins, something Scunthorpe haven’t done since February 17. It’s been a nine-game run without a win for the Irons and no team has picked up fewer points in the last eight games than Mark Robins’ side (four). They’re on a bleak run and Scunthorpe’s home support have seen them win just six games from 18 this campaign. Both teams have plenty to fight for, with Peterborough just two points off the promotion places and Scunthorpe one point above the drop, but on this occasion the Irons failure to be able to pick up three points is too prominent to ignore.
Verdict: Peterborough (17/10) | Bet here
Cambridge United v Bury (League Two. Friday, 3.00pm)
Bury are absolutely flying in league two with seven wins in their last eight games putting them top of the form charts. If it wasn’t for an 85th minute winner from Oxford’s Callum O’Dowda, they’d be unbeaten in 10. The Shakers are easily in the play-off places but are just seven points behind an automatic promotion spot with a game in hand. No team in the league is in as good form as Bury and they can keep that streak going away to Cambridge United. The U’s are without a win in six games in a run that has seen them lose to relegation threatened sides York, Tranmere and Hartlepool. While the six point gap between Cambridge and the drop should be enough to keep them safe, their recent form is a stark contrast to high-flying Bury.
Verdict: Bury (6/5) | Bet here
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