Gab Sutton goes up and down the three EFL leagues for his Saturday acca. Five selections, with combined odds of 39/1 is what Gab has on offer this weekend.
Middlesbrough to win at Reading – 6/5
Middlesbrough are winless in their first four Championship games and thus, find themselves 20th in the table.
Boro have given themselves a little bit of catching up to do at this very early stage, but the positive signs are there for Chris Wilder’s side.
They had a great first half against West Brom on the opening day, a great second half at QPR where silly errors cost them, showed great fight to secure a point at home to Sheffield United then created more than enough chances to beat Stoke.
The Teessiders have the potential to start a winning streak at Reading, who have been a mixed bag thus far.
The Royals recorded a shock 3-0 victory over Blackburn in midweek, so it’s two wins from four for Paul Ince’s side, but the 4-0 drubbing at Rotherham last Saturday showed they can be vulnerable as well.
If Middlesbrough get wing-backs Isaiah Jones and Ryan Giles purring, they could be hard to stop.
Exeter to beat Cheltenham – 8/11
Exeter stunned Cheltenham with a 7-0 victory in the Cotswolds in the EFL Cup meeting earlier this month, which was the biggest competitive away win in the club’s history.
In fact, the Grecians have been sensational going forward this season, scoring a stunning 16 goals from five games in all competitions.
The irony is that in the summer, supporters were clamouring for City to sign a striker as cover for Sam Nombe – that may still be required, yet the former MK Dons youngster already has four goals to his name, Jevani Brown and Harry Kite have three apiece while five others have chipped in.
Some would say that this game is a revenge mission for Cheltenham, who will be motivated to lay the cup ghost to rest, but there is not much evidence to suggest they will get their first win of Wade Elliott’s reign.
The Robins are without a goal since the first half of the opening day and hit the target just twice in the draw at Fleetwood last time out.
Ipswich to win at Shrewsbury – 21/20
Ipswich have serious designs on promotion this season, and ticking off 10 points from their opening four games was a great start.
Yes, Town have been in better positions before and still capitulated – nothing gets decided at Christmas let alone mid-August – but this does feel different.
The Tractor Boys have a better structure than before, better facilities, better coaching and a better squad, while local vibes are as positive as they have been since the Championship Play-Off season in 2014-15, if not before.
Kieran McKenna’s side have a spine of key men in goalkeeper Christian Walton, who came up trumps in the ugly 1-0 win at Burton in midweek, defenders Luke Woolfenden and George Edmundson, then the midfield duo of Sam Morsy and Lee Evans.
If Ipswich can do damage in the final third, they should have enough to beat Shrewsbury, who have only conceded two goals so far this season but only scored two themselves.
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Leyton Orient to win at Colchester – 5/4
Leyton Orient have 10 points from their first four games, level on points at the summit with three other teams.
The irony is that the O’s beat Grimsby, Crawley and Mansfield without reaching their full potential performance wise in one or two of those games, specifically the latter, but then dominated at Swindon in perhaps their best showing so far and only got a point.
Idris El Mizouni’s arrival on loan from Ipswich gives the East Londoners the sparkle of midfield creativity they require to progress the ball into an attacking trio of Theo Archibald, Charlie Kelman and Paul Smyth which can be dangerous, with the option of Harry Smith and Ruel Sotiriou to come off the bench.
Colchester have had a solid start to the season themselves, at least for a side many tipped for relegation, but it’s hard to see them taking anything off Orient.
Salford to win at Doncaster – 13/10
Salford have started the season as they mean to go on, with 10 points from their first four games.
Neil Wood has not made lots of signings since taking charge, after his work with Manchester United Under-23s previously, but he’s improved the individuals in the existing squad.
The Ammies play out from the back very patiently, but then look to draw the press and progress the ball into a dangerous front three of Brandon Asante, Conor McAleny and Callum Hendry.
Salford should be too strong for Doncaster, who have started well results wise despite mixed performances, thanks to scoring a lot of late goals.
In fact, Donny have earnt themselves an extra six points from goals from the 85th minute onwards this season: three against Sutton, one at Wimbledon and two against Stockport.
Middlesbrough – 6/5
Exeter – 8/11
Ipswich – 21/20
Leyton Orient – 5/4
Salford – 13/10