EFL Tips: Be With Boro In This 25/1 Acca

There's a big night of English Football League action on Tuesday with some huge games at both ends of the table.

Fresh off the back of an exciting FA Cup weekend it’s time for another mid-week schedule from the English Football League. League’s One and Two take center stage and there’s some really intriguing matchups with six pointers among teams at the top and bottom.

Accrington v AFC Wimbledon – 7th Dec 19:45 GMT

Neither of these teams have set the world alight this season but one aspect of their form sticks out. Accrington (13th) have been very good at home winning 5 of their 9 matches (W5, D1, L3) at Wham Stadium. Stanley’s form overall took a bit of a wobble in early November when they lost 3 league games back to back but they’ve turned things around in recent weeks. Two wins on the spin will have them looking at the busy Christmas period in a whole new light.

Away from home AFC Wimbledon (17th) have the exact inverse of Accrington’s home form (W3, D1, L5). That said, even at Plough Lane the Wombles have been inconsistent winning just 2 games at the South West London venue. The Dons recent matches have turned into goal-fests and while the results have been positive (W2, D1, L1 in last 4 in all comps) their defensive record is concerning. They’ve conceded at least 2 in those 4 ties and I don’t think they can afford to repeat that here given Accrignton’s record. I did contemplate backing goals in this one but the 31/20 for a home win is too good to pass up.

Oldham v Tranmere – 7th Dec 19:45 GMT

In the bet above I was drawn to home versus away form when picking the selection. This one is more based on overall form with a mixture of gut feeling thrown in. Oldham have been pretty poor all season but particularly at home where they’ve only picked up 2 wins in their 9 games (W2, D1, L6). With that in mind it’s no surprise to see the Latics languishing in the relegation zone (23rd). They’ve lost 5 of their last 7 league matches and I’m struggling to see why the Bookmakers have them so short here. The only reason I can see is Tranmere’s record on the road has been fairly poor. Rovers have won once away from Prenton Park but they have drawn quite a few (W1, D5, L3). Micky Mellon’s men are tough to beat and their particular strength is their defensive resilience. In their 18 matches this term Rovers have conceded just 14. Given Oldham’s struggles I’d expect a clean sheet here so the only question is whether Tranmere can net one of their own. They’ve been far from prolific on their travels but at the prices (6/4) I’m willing to bet they’ll come away with the win.

Leyton Orient v Swindon – 7th Dec 19:45 GMT

On Paper this looks like one of the best fixtures of the mid-week slate. Both sides have playoff aspirations and have been in decent form. Leyton Orient (8th) will feel they should be higher in the table but are paying the price for 7 away draws. At home they’ve been impressive, losing just once and their strength has been their defense. The O’s have only conceded 4 goals in their 9 matches at Leyton Stadium giving them a good platform to build on. At the other end they’ve netted on 19 occasions highlighting they’re a tough nut to crack.

Normally with those stats I’d be banking on a home win but you can’t dismiss Swindon’s away form lightly. The Robins (3rd) have yet to lose on the road, winning 7 of their 9 away matches. They’ve scored in every away league game thus far and I think they’ll do so again. If they can get on the scoresheet it opens up the over 2.5 goals angle and that’s the bet for me here at 21/20.

Stevenage v Scunthorpe – 7th Dec 19:45 GMT

This match is one of the aforementioned six-pointers. Both of these sides are in danger of being relegated from the Football League if they don’t get their act together quickly. Stevenage (21st) aren’t a bad side overall but do struggle going forward. Most of those struggles have come away from home and they’ve been fairly consistent at the Lamex Stadium (W3, D4, L2).

Scunthorpe (24th) are bottom of the league and as you can imagine, there aren’t many positives. They haven’t won an away game all season (W0, D4, L5) and most worryingly, they concede goals galore (average 2.22 GPG away from home). A Stevenage win could move them outside the relegation zone and that’s a big motivating factor. I think they’ll win this comfortably and there looks to be value in the 21/20 available for a home win.

SRD Selections

Accrington v AFC Wimbledon – Accrington Win (31/20)

Oldham v Tranmere – Tranmere Win (6/4)

Leyton Orient v Swindon – Over 2.5 Goals (21/20)

Stevenage v Scunthorpe – Stevenage Win (21/20)

Above in a Treble (25/1)