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Football League Preview – The Hunt for an Upset!

We’re back with another review of the best of the weekend’s EFL action, this time looking at the games where we could see an upset, and we have a 70/1 corner accumulator!

Coventry City v Fulham – Sky Blues laying a claim for promotion on Sky Sports

Whisper it quietly, but Fulham are stuttering this season. I had them tipped for an easy ascent into the Premiership, however they have the hallmarks of a flat-track bully, unable to despatch those teams willing to fight for points. One of these teams is high-flying Coventry. The Sky Blues have a spring in their step at home, as they enjoy being back in their old environment after all those years away. Crucially, Coventry underperformed on Wednesday night against Luton, and they will be seeking to put right those mistakes which cost them dearly.

This game will be on Sky, and should be real treat for fans, Coventry drawing Fulham in and attacking on the counter-attack. If they can get a goal they will defend their lead to the hilt making it hard for Fulham to break them down. Our one-to-watch is Callum O’Hare, a 23-year-old maverick who patrols behind the main strikers, driving the team forward offering, playing through balls and long-range shots too, if he’s on his game this can only go one way.

Credit: The Athletic

Fulham are no pushovers, they have international standard players such as Mitrovic, Harry Wilson, Anotonee Robinson and the mercurial Bobby Decordova-Reid who can conjure up a chance from nothing. If Fulham score first it will be a particularly interesting contest.

Verdict: Coventry City 2-0 Fulham

Best Bet: Coventry to win at 14/5

Sheffield Wednesday v Oxford United – Owl fans set for more woe as upset on the cards

Looking at recent form, I can hardly believe where these two teams sit in the League. Each has just a single win from their past five encounters, and yet they sit 8th and 9th in the table. That win is each team’s most recent result however, and both sets of fans will come into this game on a high, with the Owls despatching title-contenders Wigan, and Oxford seeing off a very good Accrington side 5-1.

It is the manner of these victories that leads me to believe that Oxford come out on top. I believe that Sheffield’s woes are not yet behind them. Oxford dominated every area of the pitch in midweek, making it hard for Accrington to play their natural game, each of their front three got in on the scoring and if they employ the same tactics it will be hard for many to match them.

By comparison, Sheffield Wednesday took their chances well, and got a lucky break when Max Power put the ball into his own net. Wigan dominated possession, and the Owls were passive, allowing Wigan to spread the ball about freely and create 15 chances on goal.

It’s for these reasons, I think there’s is an upset on the cards here and Oxford come away from this one with the points.

Credit: Oxford United

Verdict: Sheffield Wednesday 1-2 Oxford United

Best Bet: Oxford to win at 2/1

Northampton Town v Sutton United – Cobblers overrated and ready for an upset?

Credit: Sutton United

We haven’t checked in with Sutton since the first game of the season when they equipped themselves well against front-runners Forest Green. From League results alone, they appear to have been a Jekyll and Hyde team, great at home, most recently romping to a 4-0 victory against Carlisle, but yet to pick up more than a point on their travels. This form has put them 14th, although looking behind performances they should be higher. Exeter were made to work for their victory against them, scoring late and relying on an own goal for their initial breakthrough.

Northampton sit in 5th place, and will be setting their sights on promotion. However, their victories have not been impressive, just one win has come by greater than a single goal, and that was against 10 men. We can’t discount the draw, and this looks like the most likely outcome, although I feel Sutton could well break their away duck here. Look out for Alistair Smith, the 22-year old midfielder who is equally adept in a defensive role, but picked up 2 in quick succession last time out

Verdict: Northampton Town 1-2 Sutton United

Best Bet: Sutton United +1 (8/13) or if you’re brave Sutton to win is 11/5.

The Accumulator (70/1)

The Accumulator: 10+ Corners in the games featuring: Bournemouth, Coventry, QPR, Bolton, Sheffield Weds, Bradford, Crewe, Oldham, is a mouth-watering 70/1. Please gamble responsibly, these odds are long for a reason, but have an above-average chance of coming in, in my opinion.

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