Ryan Elliott kicks-off the opening EFL weekend with a monster 47/1 six-fold!
Blackburn v Charlton
It feels so good to have EFL action to tuck into once again! Saturday’s acca is a biggie – with three selections from the Championship and three from League Two. Sorry League One fans!
Starting off, I have Blackburn beating Charlton.
Tony Mowbray has done a great job at Ewood Park, and once again he’s enjoyed a good summer transfer window. Sam Gallagher looks a useful addition, and keeping key players such as Bradley Dack is invaluable. This’ll be a solid season for the Lancashire side.
The Addicks, however, have been contenting with the usual array of off-field problems, and I don’t believe they’re strong enough to get anything against this solid Blackburn outfit.
Brentford v Birmingham
Brentford are being tipped by almost everyone to have a fantastic season.
The Bees have a fantastically balanced side—particularly after adding David Raya, Pontus Jansson and Ethan Pinnock to their defensive ranks—and I can see them beating Birmingham comfortably at Griffin Park.
The visitors are now under the stewardship of Pep Clotet, but I cannot see his side laying a glove on the strong-looking Brentford.
Stoke v QPR
Stoke were poor last season, but with a whole pre-season for Nathan Jones to stamp his authority on this fantastic Championship squad, I see them being a serious force this time around.
Defensively I expect the Potters to be too strong for QPR (only Dean Henderson and Darren Randolph kept more clean sheets than Jack Butland last season), and though I do like a few of the visitors’ youngsters, the experience Stoke have at their disposal should see them through.
Bradford v Cambridge
With little catching my eye in League One, I head into the fourth tier, where I like Bradford beating Cambridge at home.
The Bantams were horrendous last season and were deservedly relegated, but with Gary Bowyer at the helm (who is a very safe pair of hands), I can see them enjoying a fair bit of success. James Vaughan and Clayton Donaldson make up an excellent League Two strikeforce, and they should navigate past a poor Cambridge outfit.
The visitors were also pretty dismal last year, and it’s a tough ask for them to get anything from Valley Parade – particularly because they mustered only 40 goals last season, with only Port Vale scoring fewer.
Colchester v Port Vale
Speaking of Port Vale, I expect them to succumb to Colchester away from home.
The Valiants were pretty insipid last season, scoring just 39 times, and nothing suggests to me they’ll be able to trouble a far higher-quality Colchester side on Saturday.
The hosts look to improve on their 8th place finish last season, and John McGreal is the man to deliver. 5/4 for a home win is generous.
Exeter v Macclesfield
Finally, the best of the lot: Exeter to beat Macclesfield at home, priced at a ludicrous 21/20.
Sol Campbell guided Macclesfield to an incredible escape from relegation last season, but with huge financial constraints and string of player exits to content with this year, I do seriously fear for them.
Why Exeter are that price, at home, to beat the Silkmen is astonishing – particularly because they’ve consistently been challenging towards the top of the table for the last three years. A comfortable home win is on the cards.