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Championship accumulator: Goals at Watford, but not at Leicester

| 23.01.2013

Given the view that unpredictably is particularly rife when attempting to pick winners in the Championship, it may make more sense to look at the total goal lines when putting together an accumulator.

The below fourfold pays out at a solid 12/1 and combines fixtures where goals are likely to be at a premium with those where the net is expected to bulge at fairly regular intervals.

Leicester v Birmingham – Under 2.5 goals @ 5/6

Exactly one goal has been scored in all three of Birmingham’s Championship outings so far this season, while Leicester’s three fixtures have seen a total of four goals scored. Furthermore, they kept a clean sheet in their only previous outing at the King Power Stadium.

Huddersfield v Bournemouth – Under 2.5 goals @ 3/4

Like Birmingham, all Huddersfield’s three games so far in the league have gone under the 2.5-goal line, while Bournemouth were much improved defensively in their latest 1-0 win over Wigan.

Throw in that the Cherries’ away games with their fellow top-four representatives in League One last season saw no more than two goals scored and their last two clashes with Huddersfield have gone the same way and there are reasons to argue this could be low scoring.

Watford v Nottingham Forest – Over 2.5 goals @ 17/20

Something has to give here as the hosts are the top scorers through the early rounds of Championship fixtures, while Forest are still to concede in their 100 per cent start.

Watford put five past Forest without reply across the two outings last season and it is hard to see them not troubling the scorers, especially at home.

Brighton v Burnley – Over 2.5 goals @ 11/10

Interestingly, seven of the last eight meetings between this pair have seen no more than two goals scored, but it may pay to expect a break from tradition here.

Burnley’s one away day so far crossed the 2.5-goal line, while the same can be said of Brighton’s one home fixture.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.