Cross Sport Acca 20th August – Back Our Multi-Sport /1 Acca This Weekend

Let’s get ready to RUMBLLLLLLLLLLLLEEEEEE! Yes it’s fight night on Saturday as Anthony Joshua takes on Oleksandr Usyk once again in Saudi Arabia, and we’ve got a cross sport acca that has a real fighting chance of landing for you!

  • Racing from York
  • Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk
  • Two Premier League games

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Mighty Ulysses (Sky Bet And Symphony Group Strensall Stakes, York) Saturday 1.50pm – 6/4

Frankie Dettori celebrates winning the Edmondson Hall Solicitors Sir Henry Cecil Stakes riding Mighty Ulysses

MIGHTY ULYSSES is mighty likeable. He’s a prolific winner at 50% in his short career, and has performed well at the top level.

Prior to his win at Newmarket, mighty Ulysses acquitted himself extremely well when 5th in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot. Coroebus won that day, but didn’t frank the form when slowly away in France last time. However, 3rd My Prospero won a Group 2 in his next start giving the selection a nice boost.

Mighty Ulysses’ win at Newmarket can be upgraded given how hard it was there to win being held up and that form reads well in this context. His market rival Alfaila here was the horse he beat by 1 1/2 lengths there and there’s not much to suggest that will be reversed. There should be more to come from John Gosden’s lightly raced three-year-old who has had just six starts and he should get the acca off to a solid start.

Jesus to score and Arsenal to win (Bournemouth vs Arsenal) Saturday 3pm – 11/10

Arsenal FC forward Gabriel Jesus can continue his good form on Saturday

ARSENAL have started the season like they mean serious business and face a Bournemouth side who folded easily against Man City the previous weekend. The cherries should be harder to break down in front of their home crowd, but Arsenal have scored six goals in their opening two games and it would be a shock if Bournemouth managed to keep them at bay on Saturday.

One of the key changes over the summer for Arsenal was the acquisition of GABRIEL JESUS from Man City, who is an out and out goalscorer and something that Arsenal have been lacking in recent years. He scored seven goals in pre season and bagged a brace against Leicester last weekend, so we’re confident of him scoring again this weekend in a victory for Mikel Arteta’s men.

Usyk to win Rounds 7-12 (Joshua vs Usyk) Saturday, 11pm – 3/1

Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua face off during the press conference

It’s fight night in Saudia Arabia as Anthony Joshua looks to avenge his defeat against Oleksandr Usyk and with it regain the Heavyweight World Championship. There’s an air of confidence coming from the Joshua camp in the build up to the fight, amongst sheer oddness from Usyk!

This is a pivotal moment in the Brit’s career, and to win we know that Joshua must get Usyk out of his comfort zone and into a dog fight. That’s no easy task and this runs the risk of Joshua running out of petrol later on in the fight. Joshua also has had his fair share of knockdowns and knockouts during his career, and can be shaken if caught clean. Meanwhile Usyk is 19-0 and boasts 13 KO’s of his own, and although moving up in weight, he can still pack a punch at this level.

Therefore the 3/1 on Usyk to win in Rounds 7-12 is extremely appealing. If Usyk can hold the early onslaught it should open Joshua up later in the fight where he might be able to expose a tiring opponent and go for the KO.

Kevin De Bruyne To Score & Man City To Beat Newcastle, Sunday, 4.30pm – 5/2

Something has to give in Sunday’s last Premier League game, as the only two sides yet to concede a goal in 2022/23 face off.Every other defence has been breached within the first two games and while that is not indicative of Newcastle and Manchester City remaining as such impenetrable buttresses, it has dissuaded this writer from following one particular trend. Though the odds of there being over 3.5 goals were tempting for a scenario which has happened in five of the last six meetings between the two sides, that heavily relied upon City being entirely dominant.While Pep Guardiola’s side are still likely to pass their rivals into submission here, Eddie Howe’s Newcastle are a far cry from the sorry team that opened last season. Similarly, while they have scored six goals in their first two games, there is still a chance that City have been just the slightest bit more subdued than expected.That seems ridiculous to say given 2-0 and 4-0 wins, but they may find Newcasle a tougher nut to crack than West Ham and Bournemouth.

One man will be key: Kevin De Bruyne scoring and Manchester City to win is the combination worth backing.The Belgian has contributed to nine goals in 11 games against the Magpies. Only against Southampton and Crystal Palace has he been more of a scourge and while in the past it is his assists which have punished Newcastle, his team’s flexibility in attack saw him play in a very advanced position at times against Bournemouth.With Erling Haaland only managing eight touches against the Cherries, it is clear that City will not simply be relying upon their new marksman for every goal. De Bruyne is the clear second threat in that respect and Newcastle may well be running scared again.

*Odds Correct At Time Of Writing – 4:30pm Thursday 18th August*