We almost cracked it last night! 4 out of 5 on both our Accumlator and our Both Teams to Score 5-fold. Preston and Burnley letting us down respectively. We won't be visiting Lancashire tonight. With a number of fixtures still to be played, let's see if we can have more success tonight.
Hull v Fulham – Hull win
I've been impressed with Hull so far this season. It's easy to fall out of the Premier League and continue a downward momentum (See Wigan and Blackpool as recent examples) but Hull appear to have stemmed the tide. Steve Bruce has recruited fairly well and hasn't been forced to sell all of his best players. A 1-1 draw away was credible and they would have taken all 3 points had it not been for Alan McGregor's blunder. They have firepower and a quick and creative midfield and back on home soil, I think they'll be successful tonight. I think Fulham will be an average team this year. They still appear to have defensive problems, an area they have needed to strengthen for a while. They do always carry a threat going forward, but I think Hull will have them sussed.
Sheffield Wednesday v Reading – Sheffield Wednesday win
Another team who have started the season well are Sheffield Wednesday. Under Ricardo Carvalhal, they seem to be more adventurous going forward and although many people were sad to see Stuart Gray leave, perhaps it's given Wednesday a new lease of life. I've mentioned him before, but I honestly think Lewis McGugan is an excellent addition to the midfielder at this level and he can sit well alongside the ever popular Jose Semedo. I know less about the new Wednesday signings but both Marco Matias and Lucas Joao look handy and Jack Hunt is a decent addition at full back. Reading appear to still be blending their squad together. It was a decent point against Leeds at the Majeski on Sunday, but I don't think they will pick up too many points on the road this season.
Wolves v QPR – Wolves win
I continually find myself writing about Wolves and I think as though they will get better as the season develops. They gained a point against Hull, but perhaps got lucky thanks to a goalkeeping error and on the opening day of the season, a suspicious looking handball won them the match against Blackburn. Perhaps they have had the early season rub of the green, but they are a decent outfit and I'm yet to be convinced by QPR. Chris Ramsey has had a mass clear out to partake in and there's still some doubts over the future of Charlie Austin. I like the signings of Ben Gladwin & Massimo Luongo, definitely players for the future, but I think in the present, they will struggle to take anything back from Molineux.
Doncaster v Southend – Draw
Doncaster have started the season with 2 draws, whilst Southend have drawn 1-1 with Fleetwood and then lost 2-0 at home to in form Walsall. Doncaster have signed Andy Williams and they were hoping the former Swindon man would solve their goalscoring problems, but they couldn't find the net against Wigan, they scored from a penalty in the cup and their goal was a fluke on the opening day of the season, so they could do with improving their strike rate from open play. Southend specialised in low scoring games on the road to League Two success last season and I can see a low scoring draw here once again.
Basel v Maccabi Tel Aviv
Basel have a sequence of ten successive wins in all competitions and they are playing full of confidence going into tonight's match with the Israeli side. They always play football on the front foot and I think they may take Maccabi Tel Aviv by surprise. The Israeli side dumped Basel, then managed by Paolo Sousa out of the UCL qualifying during the 2013/14 season, but they have only ever beaten them once in 10 meetings. I think they can continue that streak and see off the plucky minnows tonight.
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