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Good Friday EFL acca tips: Goals expected at Hull and Preston, Harrogate to avoid defeat, plus more…

With the EFL beginning its busy Easter schedule, there's a whole host of betting options to consider and possibly enhance by combining them into this weekend’s accumulator.

Football pundit Rhys Tovey, who runs his AGF service on Tipstrr, casts his expert eye over Good Friday’s bumper fixture list to provide a tasty fivefold acca at combined odds of more than 18/1.

Weekend acca summary:

Hull vs Stoke   Both Teams To Score (5/6)

Preston vs Rotherham   Preston Over 1.5 Goals (3/4)

Wimbledon vs Harrogate  Harrogate to win or draw (13/10)

Crawley vs Doncaster  Both teams To Score (8/13)

MK Dons vs Walsall  Both Teams To Score (4/6)

(all odds correct at time of article publication)

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Hull City vs Stoke City

Hull City have only failed to score three times at home this season and just six times across their thirty-seven league games so far. 

The Tigers have managed nine clean sheets in the league, with five coming at The MKM Stadium. They have conceded in each of their last four home games and have only managed to keep the opposition out twice in their last eleven home matches.

Their opponents on Good Friday are Stoke City, who have only managed one away clean sheet (against bottom of the table Rotherham) since Steven Schumacher was appointed back in December. They have also only failed to score once away from home in that time, against top-of-the-table Leeds United.

 

Preston North End vs Rotherham Utd

Bottom-of-the-table Rotherham travel to Preston on Friday knowing they could be relegated by the time the full-time whistle is blown if results go against them. They have only picked up 20 points so far, with just four of those coming away from home. 

Leam Richardson’s appointment back in December has not changed their fortunes, with his side struggling to pick up points and stop conceding goals, particularly on their travels. 

In his nine away games in charge, they have conceded 28 goals, an average of over three goals a game, and conceded two or more in all but one of those matches.

Preston have a decent record at home, the ninth best in the league in fact, and have managed to score two or more goals 11 times at Deepdale.

AFC Wimbledon vs Harrogate Town

Despite operating with one of the smallest budgets in the division, Harrogate have been incredibly impressive away from this season. They have a knack of grinding out results on the road, whether it be draws or narrow victories (only one of their eight wins have been by more than one goal). 

They have lost just five times away from home this season, with three of those defeats coming in their first four away matches, meaning they have only lost twice in their 16 subsequent away games.

Their opponents on Friday, AFC Wimbledon, are the 10th-best home side in the division and will be a tough test for Harrogate, but the vistors have already come away with a result at seven of the nine sides with a better home record than AFC Wimbledon, with odds of above evens too good to turn down.

 

Crawley Town vs Doncaster Rovers

Fans who have been to Broadfield Stadium to watch a game this season have generally received  their money’s worth of entertainment. There has not been a 0-0 there so far, with 79% of matches seeing at least two goals scored. 

The home side have scored in all but three matches and have scored in 11 of their last 12 home games, although they have been less impressive defensively, with just three clean sheets recorded and only one in their last 13.

Doncaster's defensive stats (away from home) are even worse than Crawley’s, with just one clean sheet on the road all season. They have failed to find the back of the net five times in those matches, but it has been eight away matches since the last time they failed to score.

MK Dons vs Walsall

As mentioned in previous articles, MK Dons have been exceptional at home this season, where they boast the best home record in the division and, since Mike Williamson was appointed manager in October, his side have scored in all 14 home matches and scored at least twice in 10 of those games.

Their opponents on Friday, Walsall, appear to have little chance of keeping the Dons out, as the Saddlers have only managed one clean sheet away from home all season.

The reason I am going for BTTS in this one, rather than a home win, is because MK Dons have looked vulnerable defensively in recent weeks. They have only kept one clean sheet in 17 league games and lost 5-0 to Stockport last time out.

Also, Walsall have been impressive in front of goal in recent weeks, having failed to score just twice in 19 league games, and only eight times in total this season.

 

 

Weekend acca summary:

Back all five selections as singles and/or bundle them together into fivefold acca at combined odds of more than 18/1 on Planet Sport Bet (prices subject to change).

Rhys Tovey provides football tips as AGF on Tipstrr

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