You’re ready to go again, right?
We’ve barely had time to catch breath following the end of Euro 2020, but pre-season is well and truly underway across England as we near the start of the 2021-22 campaign.
Club friendlies can be a cruel mistress.
Squad fitness, player rotation, and match schedules play a huge part in determining who may have the edge on any given day, with trusted opinions on the quality of either side often worth disregarding.
Leeds United and Newcastle United lead the way on Friday from the Premier League, but we’re not so sure they are going to have it all their own way…
Check out our 12/1 Acca of the Day as the English domestic leagues edge closer and closer to kick-off:
- Fleetwood Town to beat Leeds United
- Burton Albion (Double Chance) v Newcastle United
- Rotherham v Middlesbrough – both teams to score
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Friday’s Acca Betting Tips:
Fleetwood Town to beat Leeds United
Marcelo Bielsa doesn’t strike us as a manager that goes easy on his sides in pre-season.
Shuttle-runs, burpees, sprints, and laps: you name it, Bielsa will demand it.
Leeds United may well have impressed over their pre-season fixtures so far, but their trip to Fleetwood Town will be match number three of four within five days…
Fleetwood are unbeaten in five pre-season matches, and with their League One campaign starting a week earlier than Leeds’ Premier League return, we think the hosts may have that extra bit in the tank.
Burton Albion (Double Chance) v Newcastle United
Big things are expected of Burton Albion this season.
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink dug them out of a hole last season on his return to the club following a six-year absence and Burton are many pundits dark horse for a push towards League One promotion.
Newcastle have once again struggled to make any signings this summer, and with Steve Bruce eager to rotate his squad in pre-season, this could open up the door for the hosts.
Rotherham v Middlesbrough – both teams to score
Rotherham United have turned into one of the yo-yo clubs in English football, constantly springing between League One and the Championship.
They’ve enjoyed a positive pre-season and will be eager to end their summer on a high note at home to Middlesbrough.
Both sides have seen the goals flow in pre-season, and backing the BTTS market here makes the most sense.