Bournemouth are this weekend's Saturday Seven Nap
Bournemouth are this week's Saturday Seven Nap

Football tips and nap: Saturday Seven acca selections, January 29


After five Nap wins in six, Michael Beardmore bids to continue an excellent Saturday Seven run with his 1X2 (W-D-L) and BTTS (Both Teams To Score) 3pm acca tips, plus a best bet.

  • Michael Beardmore has landed five of his last six Saturday Seven Naps, returning a +9.85pt profit in that time
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3pts Bournemouth to beat Barnsley at 4/5 (General)

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My jaw dropped when I saw BOURNEMOUTH as long as 4/5 with several firms to win at Barnsley – the Cherries sit third in the Sky Bet Championship while the Tykes are rock bottom, below even Derby (who were deducted 21 points, remember).

Barnsley have lost 14 of their past 18 and while Bournemouth have lost their last two, they won the expected goals (xG) battle in each and had three straight victories prior. A glance at the xG per game stats – Barnsley 0.77 xGF, 1.49 xGA at home and Bournemouth 1.40 xGF, 1.19 xGA away – is telling.


BRISTOL CITY are fast becoming the second tier’s chief entertainers – they top the Championship’s BTTS charts with 68% of their games involving each side scoring and their matches are averaging 3.04 goals per game this season (up to a mind-boggling 4.71 per game across their past seven).

They visit Deepdale, a ground that has seen 77% of PRESTON's home games this season involve goals for both teams. BTTS has landed in seven straight league games for City and eight of Preston’s past 10 so back BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE here. At 10/11 generally, it was close to Nap selection.

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Promotion-chasing QUEENS PARK RANGERS have won eight of their past 12 in the Championship and while they have lost a couple at home, those were to two good sides in Bournemouth and Stoke.

Reading cannot be described as a good side, sitting 21st and winless in eight, with a five-game losing streak in league and cup, including defeat to non-league Kidderminster. Their away xG process is atrocious – 0.83 xGF, 2.02 xGA per game.

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WIGAN are flying in Sky Bet League One, unbeaten in 18 in all competitions but they are also on a remarkable run of nine straight BTTS games – and have scored in every single league match this season.

Their joint league-high BTTS ratio of 67% across the season is matched by hosts CHELTENHAM so BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE looks likely in Gloucestershire – and Wigan are a smart selection for any BTTS/Win combination coupons too.


Back-to-back wins after a creditable draw at leaders Forest Green have revitalised EXETER after an injury-hit festive period and they can be backed with confidence at home against a Hartlepool side who have been terrible on the road.

The visitors’ awful away process (0.86 xGF, 1.58 xGA) explains their rotten, division-worst, away record of W1 D2 L10 and it should get worse after their longest trip of the lot.

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Regular readers will know I’m on the MANSFIELD bandwagon - and after their simply amazing run of 13 wins in 15 games in all competitions, why wouldn't I be?

I have no idea why they are as long as 6/4 at home to a Leyton Orient side (W1 D2 L4 of their last seven) that have slipped out of the play-offs as quickly as the Stags have galloped into them. It’s another that was close to a Nap call and the price is hugely inviting.


We’re hoping for a triple header of League Two home wins by backing in-form NEWPORT against Barrow.

Three successive wins have lifted County to third in the table and their home xG of 1.96 per game is the division’s highest while Barrow have lost four in six and scored just 11 times in 12 away matches this season.

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