Outright acca: Win over £160 by backing Chelsea, Real and co to lift league titles in 2017
Outright acca for league winners
We’re now at the midway point of the football season in divisions across Europe, with Boxing Day and New Year matches, or winter breaks, used to signal an end to the first half of proceedings and the beginning of squeaky bum time as clubs start to look ahead to the final few months of 2016/17.
This festive season is when fans, pundits and punters alike start to really get an idea of how leagues are shaping up and who will end top of the tree. There’s still value to be had on potential league winners, especially if you combine your odds.
So, based on the action to come and evidence from thrilling fixtures and results so far, Coral recommend a a super sixfold outright acca for league winners. Simply back our picks and you could potentially pocket £160.60 from a £5 stake, or £32.12 if placing a £1 punt, if all these tips come off at the end of the season.
Who will lift a league title in 2016/2017? We have our say below.
Chelsea look unstoppable in PL
Presently, Chelsea are odds-on (4/6*) to claim the Premier League trophy this campaign, having transformed into a winning machine and smashed the club record for consecutive league victories, after a few early stumbles under Antonio Conte.
The Blues have a six-point buffer zone ahead of closest rivals Liverpool, and a healthy goal difference, having so far been among the top five scorers in the English top tier. Crucially, though, it is defence which has helped the west Londoners scale such heights, despite the rearguard being highlighted as an area for improvement.
Conte has turned what looked to be his side’s biggest weakness into their strength, as the Blues boast the least goals shipped this season, substantially less than any other side currently in the top four.
That fated tweak to tactics, which now sees Chelsea take to the pitch in a 3-5-2 formation, is bringing the best out of almost everyone in the Stamford Bridge squad.
However, why Chelsea look such a sure-fire bet to best their foes, is also about the lacklustre opposition. Manchester United look unlikely to make up enough ground following their slow start, while Arsenal are on track for their traditional winter collapse, and potent but leaky Liverpool and Manchester City have conceded almost double the amount of goals as the Blues.
Newcastle can claim Championship title
As for England’s second tier, Newcastle United are heavy 1/2 favourites* to return to the top-flight next term as Championship victors – and for good reason.
The Magpies are three points from the summit at the moment, but have been top of the pile for most of the term and have shown they have the firepower to go on rampant runs, winning five in a row across August and September, and also eight in succession during autumn months.
Rafael Benitez’s boys boast leading Championship top scorer in Dwight Gayle and the kind of strength-in-depth and bench-warming riches that rivals Brighton and Hove Albion and Reading could only dream of. While, the Tyne team have drawn just one game so far and notched comfortably the most goals in the division, illustrating their gung-ho mentality.
Sheffield United poised to win League One
Sheffield Utd are currently embroiled in what looks to be a three-way battle for League 1 supremacy with Scunthorpe United and Bolton Wanderers, and are the 5/6* favourites to finish the season top.
The Blades are yet to suffer more than two successive League One losses, and still have the chance to take points from The Iron and The Trotters at Bramall Lane, where they have been beaten just twice on league duty all term.
Sheffield can also benefit from Scunthorpe and Bolton denting each other, as the pair meet late on in the last month of league action, April.
Billy Sharp is top of the third tier’s scoring pile for the Blades and can help fire the Yorkshire club to glory.
Plymouth to pip rivals to League Two trophy
Coastal club Plymouth Argyle are 4/1* to triumph in League Two and are currently level on points with Doncaster Rovers atop the table, behind only on minimal goal difference.
With 14 wins from 22 outings, the Pilgrims are poised to to give Home Park cause for celebration, with their deep south stadium a long trek for many a team.
Plymouth have already made light work of Donny in their first duel, and are faced with a fairly easy April and run-in featuring the likes of rock-bottom Newport County, mid-table Grimsby and relegation threats Accrington Stanley across the last month.
Celtic sure bet for Scottish Premiership success
Heading all the way from the south of England up to Glasgow for Scottish Premiership shouts Celtic, and it is no surprise to discover the giants are 1/1000* to lift a sixth successive league title.
Brendan Rodgers’ Bhoys are over the hills and far away from bitter city rivals and second placed Rangers, with a whopping 14 point gap between the two that is nigh on impossible to bridge.
Celtic’s cause has been helped by their regular goal fests, with Scott Sinclair, Leigh Griffiths, Moussa Dembele and Stuart Armstrong all within the Scottish Premiership top 10 scorers.
Real on pole position for La Liga silverware
Finally, we add a little of the continental to our acca, as Spanish juggernauts Real Madrid (2/5*) are flying high in first Liga place presently, with a three-point cushion over Barcelona plus a game in hand.
Often it is the results of El Clasico and the Madrid derby which decide where the title ends up, and Los Blancos have already beaten Atletico away as well as picking up a point at Nou Camp, with both teams set for returns at the Bernabeu.
This puts Zinedine Zidane’s men in a position of power, especially as they are so far unbeaten across all competitions.
*All potential returns and odds correct at time of writing, be aware that prices will change regularly, so snap this acca up now!