Easter Monday: Zola’s Blues Horny for a Second Coming

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Easter Monday: Zola’s Blues Horny for a Second Coming

James Capps

A vastly superior goal difference means Brighton can all-but secure promotion to the Premier League on Monday with a victory over Wigan. The visitors have won back-to-back games to give themselves a Championship survival lifeline, and while I think they’ll give the Seagulls a game, they will more than struggle to get anything out of this. The Brighton win with both teams scoring is 13/5, and looks the value bet in this one.

Newcastle still have work to do if they’re going to make an instant return to the top flight. Next up for them is a trip to Suffolk for a potentially tricky game with Ipswich, who were top twats in destroying my Good Friday accumulator. But I don’t fancy any heroics from Mick McCarthy’s men this time, and 4/5 for the away win is a great price for a side fighting for glory with four games to go.

The big game at the bottom of the Championship sees Birmingham take on Burton in a match that will plunge the loser into some seriously #Merky relegation waters. Birmingham have won just two of their last 23, while Burton have returned just 18 goals from their 21 away games, so don’t expect a classic. I fancy this one to be decided by a single goal, so back under 1.5 at a decent 2/1.

Gianfranco Zola has won just twice in 23 league games as Birmingham manager. (Source: Sky Sports)
Gianfranco Zola has won just twice in 23 league games as Birmingham manager. (Source: Sky Sports)

Game of the day in League One sees champions Sheffield United host in-form Bradford City. Three consecutive wins and clean sheets makes the Bantams my favourites for play-off glory, and I fancy them to make it four shutouts in a row at a cracking price of 10/3. If a first goalscorer bet is more your thing, give away striker Charlie Wyke a chance at 13/2 with BoyleSports – he has three goals in five, and looks a real talent.

Southend could leap back into the top six with victory over MK Dons. The Dons have really struggled this season, and have only won once in their last half dozen on the road. Southend, meanwhile, have won five of their last six, and have scored in 17 consecutive home games. Back the home win at a solid 3/4 with Ladbrokes. 

Walsall-Swindon looks like a cert if you’re searching for legs on your goals galore acca. Walsall would be sixth if the table was based on home results, while struggling Swindon have still managed to find the net in eight of their last ten games. Both teams to score is 8/11 with Ladbrokes. You can also expect goals at Spotland, where free-scoring Rochdale host Coventry, who may now play with a bit more freedom now that their relegation has been confirmed. Each side bagging a goal here is 20/23 with BoyleSports.

Coventry's 1-1 draw on Friday confirmed their relegation to League Two. (Source: BBC Sport)
Coventry’s 1-1 draw on Friday confirmed their relegation to League Two. (Source: BBC Sport)

Leyton Orient will be relegated from League Two if they fail to beat fellow strugglers Hartlepool. Orient may have lost six in a row, but Hartlepool are the worst away side in the league, which is providing me with all the temptation I need to tip an unlikely home win at a rather large 5/2.

A positive result for Plymouth will see them promoted, and they’re hosting a Newport side that are looking more and more likely to pull off the greatest of great escapes. A point apiece would please both parties, and you can get it at 12/5 by clicking this magical link.

Last up is a trip to Meadow Lane where Notts County host Portsmouth in a game that should see plenty of goals. The Magpies have scored in seven straight league games, while Pompey have only failed to find the net once in that time. Over 2.5 goals is 10/11 with Ladbrokes, and if you fancy a winner in this one, why not chuck a tenner at a Notts County win with both teams to score at a massive 17/2.

El Capitano’s Tip of the Day: Newcastle at 4/5 to win at Ipswich in the Championship.

Cappa’s Acca: £10 on Fulham, Leeds, Scunthorpe, Southend and Accrington returns £160 with BoyleSports. Back it here!