Whilst I was delving in to the games in search of our first bet on the 50/1 rolling accumulator, I came across a number of other selections that looked cracking on paper. I’ve delved a bit further and pulled together an acca at odds of around 8/1.
Obviously, at 8/1 this isn’t as ‘safe’ as the bets I use for the rolling accumulator. Accumulators are a fun staple of what I do, just keep your stake sensible and hopefully we can tick these off as the day trundles along. Once you’ve clicked the link just add your stake in the ‘5 folds’ box and hit ‘place bet’.
I’ve done a write up on each of my 5 selections, have a read of why I’ve gone for them then make your call on whether or not you want to back it.
IFK Lulea vs Sandvikens
The first of two selections from the Swedish first division here. We’re hunting for goals in both, in what is a division that is absolutely notorious for high scoring games. There are 16 sides in this league, only 1 has an average of fewer than 2.5 goals per game.
These two boast averages of 3.3 and 2.9 respectively, both have seen over 2.5 in 6 of their 9 matches so far. It’s goals at both ends too, 13 scored, 17 conceded for Lulea and 16/10 for Sandvikens.
Lulea have now won their last 4 straight games, that comes after losing their opening 5, it says a lot about how incredibly competitive this level of football is. There’s already a couple of runaway leaders in the form of Sylvia and Vasalunds, the rest is somewhat of a free for all. I expect a wide open game with plenty of chances.
Sandvikens in particular definitely have a strike force to take those chances; Leo Englund and Emil Bellander have scored almost half of the side’s goals so far and will be keen to add to that against a Lulea side who despite their form have still been a team that leaks goals. Only the bottom 4 have shipped more than their 17 in 9 games.
Team TG FF vs Vasalunds
Team TG epitomises everything I say about this league being mental for goals, they’re 9 games deep in their season and there have been 42 goals already in their matches. They’ve scored 16 of this, a very solid output – that does mean however that they’ve conceded a whopping 26!
They do enjoy taking a bit of a battering as well, their last 4 games have ended 5-1, 2-2, 4-1 and 7-0. The 7-0 game against a Haninge side who are one of the stronger in the league but this Vasalunds side are every bit as good and currently sit 2nd in the table.
If you want goals, this lot are the men for the job. They’ve rattled in 28 goals already, yep, 28. That’s more than 3 per game on average. There’s every chance that they can do this all by themselves with no input from Team TG. Vasalunds are 2 points behind the league leaders and will want to keep up their impressive run since the start of the season.
Ekin Bulut is the man of the moment, he’s got 8 goals in 9 games for Vasalunds, that includes 3 braces. He’ll be licking his lips at the prospect of playing against the leagues second worst defence.
Team TG aren’t just whipping boys though, as I mentioned they can score goals. 16 so far, 5 of which are the work of Victor Kamf. Their good work tends to go through him.
Ostersunds vs Elfsborg
The Allsevnskan is looking seriously competitive this season and one of the sides right in the mix is Elfsborg. They make the trip to a struggling Ostersunds side as they look to keep up the pressure in a potential title race.
Only Malmo, who currently sit at the summit of the Allsvenskan, can boast more unbeaten games than the visitors in this one. They’ve been beaten just once in their 13 league matches, winning 6 & drawing 6 in that period. They’ve had some seriously impressive results too.
Malmo’s only loss came to Elfsborg, they also took a point away at 2nd paced Norrkoping, they beat Djurganden and most recently won away at AIK Stockholm. Their only blemish was a freak result away at Hacken, who are a pretty handy side themselves. Their goal output of late has been phenomenal, 13 goals scored in their last 4 is a sign of a team who are full of confidence and want to play their part in the fight for the title.
Ostersunds are all over the place this season, currently, they can’t stop drawing which is one thing. However they’ve won just 2 games so far this season, that’s the lowest in the league aside from Helsinborg.
It’s not just about performances on the pitch, they’re in a mess off it. They lost their star player – Jordan Kadiri just two weeks ago, who was instrumental in their two wins so far. He moved on to the Belgian second division if that isn’t damming of where this club is then I don’t know what is.
Ostersunds were previously managed by Graham Potter, he did a phenomenal job. Since his departure all that has been talked about his how their fairytale story will now turn in to a nightmare. His replacement was fellow Englishman Ian Burchnall, he was then alleviated of his duties but was still managing the team, despite being sacked! How baffling is that? He knew fine well he was out of a job but was still on the dugout making the decision, what an absurd way to run a football club. He’s now gone but results have hardly improved since.
Kristiansund vs Start
Back to Norway again here. We’ve got two sides with very different aspirations and so far some very different results.
Kristiansund are a weird one on the face of it, they didn’t have the best of starts and have actually won just 4 of their 12 matches. However, they’ve been rock solid and have lost just 2 games. They’re currently 4 games unbeaten which includes back to back wins against sides who are right around the same position as their opponents for this one.
Start are one of the 3 newly promoted sides, we’ve covered Aalesund already in the rolling acca bet and the other is Sandefjord (who are fairing slightly better). Start are really struggling with the step up and pardon the pun but, they haven’t started at all well. We’re now 13 games in and they’ve mustered you just 1 win and a lowly 9 points. Their 1 victory came against an abysmal Mjondalen side who are one of just 2 teams who are below them in the league.
Only Aalesund have conceded more goals than Start, they’ve leaked 24 already and had 5 smashed past them by Molde last time out.
I think they’re in for a really tough shift here against a Kristiansund side who’ve got some serious firepower, only the top two have outscored the home side with their 26 goals. The man largely taking the plaudits is Amahl Pellegrino, he’s got 9 goals already this season. He hobbled off after just 25 minutes in the win at Viking but he appears to be fit again to be involved here.
Derry City vs Shamrock Rovers
It feels like a lifetime since I had a dabble into the Irish leagues, with all the madness of lockdown I’d almost forgot they were back in action.
It was business as usual from the restart for Shamrock. They ran out 3-1 winners against a poor Finn Harps side, the only surprise there was that they actually conceded. That win, however, means it’s 6/6 so far and they’ve already opened up a 3 point gap with a game in hand as they head into this one. Although early in the season, a 6 point gap could be massive. If they win this it’ll be a further 8 points from Dundalk in 3rd.
Derry City got back in action with a decent win over St Patricks. A win that their manager has made quite a big deal of, claiming it to be a catalyst to get a win in this game. I think he’s being a bit ambitious, but hey, that’s part of being a manager isn’t it? That was Derry’s 2nd win so far, the 2 goals make it just 6 goals so far which is hardly going to scare a Shamrock side who’ve already buried 18 of their own.
In another excerpt from an article, I was ready, Derry’s manager heaped praise on the opponents. Calling them the best footballing side in the league.
After further digging, they’re getting a lot of positive praise for their attacking style. I’d compare this to Manchester City, the coronavirus might not be a bad thing in terms of performance for Shamrock, as they play such expansive and high quality football that they can outplay anybody without the help of a crowd. Meaning away games like this could become easier without home support to drive their opponents on.
Jack Byrne is the star so far, he’s got 4 in 6 from midfield. Former Gillingham striker Graham Burke has 5 goals in 3 appearances for Rovers. He started last time but was subbed after just 24 minutes, it looks like he was introduced too quickly after an injury. We may see him here but a start looks unlikely.
18+, Please Gamble Responsibly
Acca’s are great fun, however we are relying on 5 results here, it’s far from a dead cert so keep stakes sensible and don’t gamble more than you can afford to lose.