EFL Tips: Rangers To Win Relegation Battle.

EFL Tips: Rangers To Win Relegation Battle.

The EFL returns and so does Gaz with three selections for the weekends English football action.

Sheffield Wednesday v Queens Park Rangers

Sat 16 Dec 15:00

This game looks set to be an early Christmas Cracker. Both of these sides had disastrous starts to the season but more recently, the tide has started to turn. Prior to their midweek loss at the hands of Norwich, Sheffield Wednesday were on a three game unbeaten streak (W2, D1, L0) in which they accumulated more than half of their seasons points tally. Wednesday are still 8 points from safety and facing an uphill battle.

QPR come into this match as one of the division’s most in-form teams. The R’s have lost just one of their last seven matches (W3, D3, L1). A win on Saturday could move Rangers out of the relegation zone, a feat that seemed impossible when Martí Cifuentes took over.

Given the magnitude of what’s a stake, this should be a tight affair. That said, all the pressure will be on Wednesday who will need a win-at-all-cost mentality in front of an expectant home crowd. That should play into QPR’s hands and I can see the Londoners causing lots of problems on the counter-attack. The 23/10 available for an away win is the value bet here.

Crawley v Mansfield

Sat 16 Dec 15:00

This might come back to haunt me but I think the bookmakers have this game priced up all wrong. Mansfield are priced at 5/6 which looks way too short. The Stags are one of the top sides in the division and have lost just once all season, but their Achilles heel has been the amount of draws they’ve picked up. Nine of their nineteen matches (47.37%) have ended with the spoils shared and I can see Saturday’s game following a similar pattern.

Crawley are a classic “horses for courses” team. The Red Devils have been strong at home (W7, D0, L3) but inconsistent on their travels (W2, D3, L5).  They should make this a difficult test for Mansfield and that brings the draw into the equation.

Crewe v Accrington

Sat 16 Dec 15:00

Crewe have been one of League Two’s surprise packages and they’re very much in the hunt for a playoff berth. That’s mainly due to their strong home form (W7, D2, L1) and that’s the angle I’m banking on here. Accrington have been poor on their travels losing five of their nine away matches. At 8/5 there’s plenty of value in a home win.

EFL Betting Tips

Sheffield Wednesday v QPR – QPR Win @ 23/10 (1 point)

Crawley v Mansfield – Draw @ 14/5 (1 point)

Crewe v Accrington – Crewe Win @ 8/5 (1 point)

Above in a treble @ 31/1 (1 point)

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EFL Expert and Shelbourne fan through and through. Gary talks about the famous draw with Deportivo La Coruña like it was the Champions League final. There are 72 teams in the English Football League and Gaz knows them better than anyone. Once gave Mattie Bachelor a piggyback at Cheltenham. Rounds out the SRD 49ers.
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