The first tip on this Smart Acca comes from Charlton versus Reading at The Valley, with the Addicks entering this match in a good vein of form.
Charlton are unbeaten in their last five matches following their 4-2 win over Aston Villa’s Under 21s in the EFL Trophy, having drawn 2-2 and 0-0 with Blackpool and Shrewsbury, while earning impressive 4-1 and 3-1 victories over Exeter City and Wycombe Wanderers.
Reading managed to beat Swindon Town 5-0 in the EFL Trophy, however, the Royals league form will be of great concern, as they sit 23rd in the table following three losses in their last four matches, having been beaten by 2-1, 3-1 and 4-1 scorelines by Leyton Orient, Northampton and Blackpool, while only managing a 0-0 home draw with Burton Albion.
Sixth takes on 19th in League One on Saturday, as Bolton Wanderers go head to head with Northampton Town.
Prior to their shock 3-1 loss to Carlisle United, Bolton’s form had been strong, following 3-2, 1-0 and 8-1 victories over Stevenage, Port Vale and Manchester United’s Under 21s, after a 1-1 home draw with Peterborough United where they were reduced to 10 men in first-half stoppage time as Gethin Jones was sent off.
Northampton have lost three of their last five matches, having been beaten 1-0 and 2-1 by Shrewsbury and Barnsley while suffering a 4-3 penalty shootout to Chelsea’s Under 21s following a 2-2 draw. The Cobblers' other results have seen them earn 3-1 and 2-0 victories over Reading and Exeter.
Michael Carrick will be hoping that his Middlesbrough side can continue their excellent run of form when they host Birmingham City at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday.
The Boro have won all of their last five matches, beating Southampton 2-1, Bradford City 2-0, Watford 3-2, Cardiff City 2-0 and Sunderland 4-0 with Sam Greenwood Matt Crooks, Isaiah Jones and Marcus Forss all getting on the scoresheet against the Black Cats.
Birmingham managed to win their last two matches under John Eustace before the 49-year-old’s departure from St Andrew’s, as they beat West Brom 3-1 and Huddersfield 4-1 after 2-0 and 2-1 losses to Norwich and Preston North End on either side of a 0-0 draw with QPR.
Stoke and Sunderland face off on Saturday, with both sides looking to get back to winning ways at the Bet365 Stadium.
The Potters’ only win in their last five matches came on 30th September by a 3-2 scoreline away at Bristol City, with Alex Neil’s men losing 2-0 and 3-1 to Bournemouth and Hull City in the run-up to that result. Stoke’s last two matches have seen them suffer two more defeats, having narrowly lost 1-0 at home to Southampton before being beaten 2-0 by Leicester City.
Sunderland suffered a heavy 4-0 home defeat to Middlesbrough last time out with Dan Neil being sent off in first-half stoppage time when the scores were level at 0-0. Before their defeat to Boro, Sunderland had beaten Watford 2-0, as well as Sheffield Wednesday 3-0 and Blackburn Rovers 3-1 on either side of a 1-0 home loss to Cardiff City.
The last tip on this Smart Acca comes from Leyton Orient against Barnsley at Brisbane Road with this match expected to be a closely-fought contest.
Leyton Orient have won four of their last five games, including an EFL Trophy game against Fulham 5-4 on penalties after a 2-2 draw. Since then, they have beaten Shrewsbury Town 1-0, and lost 1-0 at Fleetwood, while going on to earn 2-1 and 1-0 victories against Reading and Carlisle United.
Barnsley have managed to win four of their last five games, with the only blot on their copybook being a narrow 1-0 home loss to Blackpool on 30th September. Prior to their defeat to the Tangerines, they had beaten Manchester City’s Under 21s 3-1 and Northampton Town 2-1, while since then, the Tykes have beaten Cambridge United 4-0 and Exeter City 1-0.
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