A Tangerine Purple Patch and Harry’s Villa Blues

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A Tangerine Purple Patch and Harry’s Villa Blues

James Capps

Huddersfield can close the gap on second-placed Newcastle to just four points (with a game in hand) when they face in-form Fulham on Saturday. The Cottagers are flying on the road though, having won four of their last six Championship away games, and Huddersfield looked nervy in their drab 1-1 draw at Derby on Monday. Fulham are the Championship’s Barcelona if you believe our social media guy, and with stats like that, Fulham to win either half at even money looks a cracking bet.

Reading can also apply some pressure on Newcastle if they can get a result at struggling Nottingham Forest. Forest’s disastrous Easter form saw them lose to Blackburn and Cardiff, and a poor result here could see them slip into the bottom three. Both sides have goals in them, and in a tough match to call where both sides have it all to play for, I’m taking the coward’s way out and tipping both teams to score at 4/6 with BoyleSports.

All eyes will be on the second-city derby on Sunday, when Harry Redknapp takes his Birmingham side to face Aston Villa. Redknapp’s galvanising effect alongside the fiery derby environment makes both teams to score a banker at 10/11. Villa will be missing frontman Jonathan Kodjia through suspension, which pins their goalscoring hopes on big-money signing Scott Hogan. Hogan knows where the back of the net is – and has already found it twice against Birmingham this season for his former side Brentford. You can get a cracking 17/10 on him to repeat the trick for his new(ish) employers on Sunday.

Can 'arry reignite a struggling Birmingham side? (Source: Sky Sports)
Can ‘arry reignite a struggling Birmingham side? (Source: Sky Sports)

Bradford can secure their League One play-off spot with a victory (or even a draw) against mid-table AFC Wimbledon. You’ve gotta fancy the Bantams to maintain this season’s unbeaten home run with a comfortable win here. Back them to be winning at half-time and full-time at a generous 29/20 with BoyleSports.

Bolton and Fleetwood are fighting it out for the final automatic promotion spot from the third tier, and they both face away games against struggling sides. Bolton should have enough to get past a Port Vale side that have lost four straight games without scoring, while Fleetwood are a great bet to continue their strong form on the road against Gillingham. The Gills only have two clean sheets at home this season, and I don’t fancy them to add to that tally against a frontline that has only failed to score twice away from home this campaign.

Phil Parkinson is hoping to guide Bolton to promotion in his first full season in charge. (Source: BBC Sport)
Phil Parkinson is hoping to guide Bolton to promotion in his first full season in charge. (Source: BBC Sport)

Some brilliant home form has seen Oldham creep towards safety, and they can secure their League One status with a win over Rochdale, whose patchy away record is keeping them outside the division’s top six. Odds of 11/5 for Oldham to pull off another home win is too good to turn down, and is worth a tenner of anyone’s money…especially yours.

The League Two automatic positions were decided last week, which leaves the play-offs as the only promotion affair that needs to be settled. Carlisle United are desperate for a result after slipping out of the top seven on Monday. They’re great odds at 13/10 to get a win against Crawley – a side that have won just one of their last nine home games.

Another play-off hopeful that should be in line for three points is Blackpool, as they look to follow up their brilliant win at Doncaster last time out with a home win against Cheltenham. The visitors have struggled on the road in recent weeks – having won just once in eight, and scored just four goals in their last six outings. The Tangerines, meanwhile, will be on cloud nine after their win over the champions elect, so are my tip of the day at 20/21 to get the win here.

El Capitano’s Tip of the Day: Blackpool at 20/21 to beat Cheltenham in League Two:

Cappa’s Acca: £1o on Leeds, Ipswich, Peterborough and Blackpool returns a whopping £277 with BoyleSports. Back it here!

Check out what my fellow tipsters are backing in the WantMyBet blog…