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January 6th: Saturday’s Football Accumulator – 17/1

With the FA Cup taking centre stage this weekend, we have a stacked Saturday schedule from across the continent.

Along with the likes of Serie A and Copa del Rey making their respective returns, we have found a trio of helpful betting tips that are worth keeping an eye out for.

Saturday, January 6th

BST 12:30 Fleetwood vs Derby

Watching their eight-match unbeaten run come to an abrupt end on New Year’s Day, Derby will certainly be seeking an immediate response here. Nevertheless, despite eventually falling to an action-packed 3-2 loss against Peterborough, the Rams still have their sights firmly set on securing a Championship return this season. Looking to widen their buffer in the play-off chase on Saturday lunchtime, Paul Warne’s men will be smelling a golden opportunity this weekend. Rightfully tipped as a standout contender here, the former Rotherham boss will be excited by his side’s continued success on the road. Last seen away from Pride Park claiming a thrilling 3-2 victory against Oxford, Derby have won all of their previous four League One away fixtures. With that run highlighted by a 3-0 romp against Leyton Orient on December 9th, Warne’s men have won each of those four straight contests away from Pride Park by an aggregate score of 8-2. On the flip side, while Derby might have their sights set on clinching a Championship return in 2024, Fleetwood are at the heart of a major third-tier crisis. Battling it out in the drop zone and tipped as a leading relegation contender, ex-Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam as a major job on his hands. Slumping to a routine 3-1 drumming against Shrewsbury on New Year’s Day, the Lancashire-based have collected just a pair of points from any of their last 10 straight appearances. 

Tip: James Collins to score anytime @ 7/4

17:30 Middlesbrough vs Aston Villa

Managing to make an immediate return to winning ways on New Year’s Eve as they signed off 2023 with an action-packed 3-2 victory against Burnley, Aston Villa have continued to break a string of records this season. Remarkably battling it out at the top of the Premier League table, it appears that Unai Emery’s high-flying squad are sat in pole position to claim a stunning top-four finish. In the midst of an iconic run, the former Arsenal boss has seen his squad lose just one of their previous 12 appearances across all competitions – a run that stems all the way back to November 5th. Likewise, punching their Europa Conference League ticket last month, Villa have also gained a reputation for their free-scoring performances in the final third. Although Saturday’s guests might still be seeking some recent defensive resolve after failing o keep a clean sheet in their last six outings, Emery’s side will be confident of mounting a genuine FA Cup charge in the New Year. While Middlesbrough might still be dreaming of the chance to claim another Championship play-off ticket, Michael Carrick’s men have drastically struggled to find any kind of stability. Last seen putting in a nightmare display on New Year’s Day as they slumped to a 3-1 drumming at the hands of Coventry, the one-time Manchester United coach will also have an extended headache over his side’s rather glaring struggles on home soil. Including a 2-1 defeat against Hull last month, Saturday’s hosts have lost three of their previous four showdowns at the Riverside.

Tip: Aston Villa win & Both teams to score @ 21/10

19:45 Sassuolo vs Fiorentina

Although Fiorentina might have suffered major Europa Conference League heartbreak back in June, the Viola have come roaring back this time around. Riding what has been an extended wave of momentum and with the mood in their camp at a red-hot high, Saturday’s guests have continued to receive a string of plaudits from across Italy’s elite. With it no secret that Vincenzo Italiano’s side have their sights set on securing a famous Champions League return, the Tuscany-based outfit are unbeaten in all of their previous eight straight appearances – a run that stems all the way back to November 25th. Last seen signing off 2023 with a gritty 1-0 win against Torino, Fiorentina have also won all of their last three domestic showdowns by an identical outcome. Punching another Europa Conference League knockout stage ticket, it should also be noted that Viola have suffered just a pair of defeats away from the Stadio Artemio Franchi since the start of September. On the flip side, although Sassuolo might have eventually cruised their way to Serie A safety last season, Alessio Dionisi’s men are enduring a huge domestic struggle. Crashing out of the Coppa Italia in midweek as they slumped to a 3-1 drumming at the hands of Atalanta, Saturday’s hosts have also collected just a single point from their previous five Serie A appearances. Likewise, hit with a 3-1 loss when they welcomed Fiorentina to town back on June 2nd, we are expecting a similar outcome here.

Tip: Fiorentina win @ 6/5

Our Saturday Accumulator:

  • Fleetwood vs Derby – James Collins to score anytime @ 7/4
  • Middlesbrough vs Aston Villa – Aston Villa win & Both teams to score @ 21/10
  • Sassuolo vs Fiorentina – Fiorentina win @ 6/5

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