Gab Sutton is back, and this weekend he’s put together a five team EFL acca that pays out at 19/1
Norwich to beat Wigan – 4/6
Norwich began their bid for a third straight Premier League return with a 1-0 loss at Cardiff last Saturday. The Canaries will need to find clearer routes to goal than they did in the Welsh capital, or indeed, than they have done under Dean Smith’s tutelage.
Todd Cantwell, Josh Sargeant, Milot Rashica and Teemu Pukki are all capable of doing damage at this level, so for the Yellows it’s all about enhancing the quality of ball-progression from midfield.
If the highly-rated Liam Gibbs can make an impact for the Norfolk outfit, they should have enough quality to kick-start their campaign against Wigan, who themselves began with a goalless draw with Preston North End.
The Latics are on a high after winning the League One title last year, but quality wise they are a notch below their hosts and that may bear out on the field.
Burnley to beat Luton – 3/4
Burnley produced a mightily impressive first half showing on the opening night of the 2022-23 Championship season, and went on to beat Huddersfield 1-0.
Vincent Kompany’s side look like they will create a lot of chances this season through slick, one-touch football, and their ability to play through the press and accelerate into the final third.
Josh Cullen was fantastic on debut, dictating play in midfield, Ian Maatsen brought boundless energy at left-back and the new-look side amalgamated remarkably quickly.
Luton, meanwhile, are hoping for a top six berth themselves having reached the Play-Offs last season, but were forced to settle for just a point against Birmingham on the opening day and could be second-best here.
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Peterborough to beat Morecambe – 4/9
Peterborough are widely regarded as the best placed of the three clubs coming down to League One to bounce back first time of asking, but it was a Jekyll & Hyde opening showing from Grant McCann’s side.
The Posh found themselves two goals behind at half-time at Cheltenham, having been outplayed, but substitutions were crucial to a much improved second half in which they stormed back to win 3-2.
Ben Thompson, Joe Ward and Jack Marriott changed the game from the bench, while Jonson Clarke-Harris got his quest for the golden boot off-and-running with a brace.
Peterborough’s strength in depth is a crucial facet of their promotion push, especially with the five substitute’s rule, and could make the difference if their first half against Morecambe doesn’t go to plan.
The Shrimps began their campaign with a point and clean sheet against Shrewsbury, but Derek Adams’ side didn’t create much in that game and will rely heavily here on the counter-attacking outlet of Dylan Connolly.
Portsmouth to beat Lincoln – 3/4
Portsmouth missed out on the Play-Offs last season, so a top six finish is the expectation for Danny Cowley’s side, who began their campaign with a 3-3 draw at Sheffield Wednesday.
Pompey have some defensive issues to fine-tune, but going forward they carried a threat with Joe Pigott’s link-up play, as well as crosses into the box for Colby Bishop to attack.
Cowley’s approach is all about pressing opponents high up the pitch, with the emphasis on looking for positive options in possession and not being afraid to play forward early when the chance comes.
With that style, Portsmouth should wear the favourites tag well against Lincoln, a club at which Cowley is remembered very fondly for his successes in the mid-to-late-2010s.
The Imps drew 1-1 with Exeter on the opening day and unless they do very well in the loan market in the remaining three weeks, there are some fears that Mark Kennedy’s side will be embroiled in a dogfight rather than progressing from last season’s 17th placed finish.
AFC Wimbledon to beat Hartlepool – 17/10
The last time Wimbledon started a season as a league club with back-to-back wins was 1995, when Dean Holdsworth found the net in victories over Bolton and QPR.
That’s a feat that Johnnie Jackson’s charges are hoping to achieve on Saturday, when they travel to County Durham off the back of a 2-0 opening day victory over Gillingham.
Left wing-back Jack Currie made his competitive debut for the Dons and won man-of-the-match award, capping a sensational showing with a back-post header in a team performance that exorcised a lot of demons.
The Wombles were not only relegated last season, they achieved their final league victory as early as December, failing to win each of their last 27 games and it was vital that unwanted streak did not extend into 2022-23.
Wimbledon will arrive at Victoria Park with renewed hope, therefore, whereas Hartlepool began their campaign with a 4-0 thrashing by Walsall.
PaddyPower 19/1 EFL Acca
Norwich – 4/6
Burnley – 3/4
Peterborough – 4/9
Portsmouth – 3/4
Wimbledon – 17/10