Deciding on which teams to put in your accumulator can be a difficult proposition especially if you’re not familiar with the entire football landscape in the United Kingdom. However, the better knowledge you have, the better chance you have of boosting your odds to get that big winner.
The majority of bettors will know the lie of the land in the Premier League and those conscientious enough should be able to decipher between the good and the bad in the Championship. League One and League Two can require more specialist knowledge.
So we’ll now break down two teams that you should be placing in your accumulator on a weekly basis, picking up wins more often than not at home and on the road.
After a sluggish start to the season, which resulted in the sacking of manager Jack Ross, the Black Cats are starting to hit their stride under the tenure of Phil Parkinson. There were calls for Parkinson to follow Ross out the door in December after Sunderland fell to their lowest ebb in their history – 15th place in League One. Since Boxing Day, they’ve turned the corner and are on the charge towards promotion. At the time of writing, they are unbeaten in their last eight matches following a 1-0 win over Tranmere Rovers. Parkinson seems to have found the right balance in his team, especially at the back as the Black Cats now boast the best defensive record in the division.
They’re not the free-scoring team of Peterborough, notching only 37 goals in their 27 matches, but their stout play at the back will allow them to win contests. Their five points off the pace of the automatic promotion places, but are backed in the betting odds at 3/1 to earn a place in the Championship next term. They do have to keep on winning to keep the pressure on their rivals, making them the perfect weekly candidate for the accumulator for value and consistency.
Northampton also endured an underwhelming start to the season, but have found life in the second half of the campaign under Keith Curle. The Cobblers suffered six defeats in their opening 13 matches of the term to put Curle under pressure in the dugout. However, Town kept the faith and have only been beaten twice since October. At the time of writing, they have charged into the playoff places courtesy of an eight-match unbeaten run, including a 3-0 triumph over Scunthorpe.
Northampton have been consistent at both ends of the pitch, scoring 44 goals in their 29 matches to date and conceding only 31. Therefore they’re good enough to strike with regularity and stout enough to keep teams out at the back. They’re only three points off the pace of the automatic promotion spot and that is more than enough incentive for the Cobblers to keep up their winning form. It has been two years since Northampton graced League One with their presence, but they’re trending in the right direction and Curle’s team are definitely ones to back in your acca.