The games are already coming thick and fast, with several lower league sides having played four competitive games in the last two week.
We’re back with more football accumulator tips with another treble for this weekend of Football League action.
Norwich City v Preston North End – Norwich City to Win @ 43/50
Norwich’s return to life in the Championship was a pleasant one, as they picked up a 1-0 victory away to Huddersfield thanks to a late winner from 19-year-old substitute Adam Idah.
The Canaries outperformed their opponents 2.3 – 0.3 in terms of expected goals, and definitely deserved their opening day win.
Daniel Farke’s side have retained the vast majority of their Premier League squad, and welcome back creative enigma Emiliano Buendia after he missed their opening game due to suspension.
Preston started their season with a home defeat, slumping to a 1-0 loss against Swansea City at Deepdale. While the Lilywhites are by no means a bad side, their record against ‘better’ teams is a cause for concern.
Alex Neil’s men have lost nine of their 12 games away at ‘top six’ opposition in the last two seasons, conceding 26 goals and failing to score in seven of those matches.
Hull City v Crewe Alexandra – Hull City to Win @ 20/21
After a devastating end to the 2019/20 campaign, followers of Hull City will have feared the worst heading into League One for the first time since 2005.
The Tigers have recruited well though, and it showed in their dominant victory away to Gillingham on the opening weekend.
Lewie Coyle and Richie Smallwood are impressive additions at this level, while Grant McCann clearly has the nous for League One – leading Doncaster Rovers to the 2019 play-offs.
League Two runners-up Crewe Alexandra did not have the start to the season they would have liked, suffering a 2-0 defeat at home to Charlton Athletic.
The Alex outshot The Addicks 19-8 but that didn’t stop them falling foul to counter-attacks, and Hull are a much sterner test for the team that failed to win away at any side to finish in the Top 11 of League Two last season.
Carlisle United v Southend United – Carlisle United to Win @ 4/6
The death of Macclesfield Town this week should have hurt all fans of lower league clubs. The writing was on the wall for The Silkmen but the most worrying aspect is that they will, by no means, be the last team to go.
There is real danger that Southend United are already heading that way. The Shrimpers were relegated from League One with a worrying 19 points from 35 games, and off-field issues indicate that isn’t going to get much better.
Mark Moseley fielded their youngest starting XI ever in the 4-0 drubbing at home to newly-promoted Harrogate Town, and there haven’t been any indications that things will get miraculously better this week.
Their salvation could be that they are facing a Carlisle team that has lost 3-0 on consecutive weekends, though the Cumbrian side will rightly feel aggrieved by the emphatic scoreline with which they were beaten at Cambridge United.
Chris Beech’s men had 19 shots to their opponents’ five, with the home side scoring all three of their shots on target. Thankfully for them Southend aren’t likely to prove as stern a test.