Promotion for Bolton and Emotions Running High in the EFL

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Promotion for Bolton and Emotions Running High in the EFL

James Capps

It’s the last weekend of the regular season in League One, so we’re kicking things off there this week, and and we’ll start at the Macron Stadium for Bolton v Peterborough. The Wanderers just need a win to secure their automatic promotion, and despite the inevitable nerves, I think they’ll nick it to the tune of a 1-0 victory – largely because we haven’t seen both teams score in a Bolton match for seven games. You can get the 1-0 at a decent 13/2 with Ladbrokes.

Can Bolton make it back to the Championship at the first time of asking? (Source: BBC Sport)
Can Bolton make it back to the Championship at the first time of asking? (Source: BBC Sport)

Scunthorpe will be hoping to keep up their great run of form before the play-offs when they host relegated Coventry on Sunday. Four wins on the spin should become five against their beleaguered opponents, so back them to be winning at half and full time at 13/8 with Ladbrokes. 

Millwall are in the driving seat for the final play-off spot in League One, and they need a win at a recently inconsistent Bristol Rovers side to secure a top-six finish. Rovers have scored in five of their last six though, so I’m expecting them to make it difficult for their saaaaf Landaaaan opponents. I fancy Millwall to (just about) squeeze in the play-offs courtesy of a win with both teams scoring at a lovely 3/1. 

Leeds have a make or break game in the Championship when they welcome Norwich to Elland Road on Saturday. Anything less than a win could see their season come to an abrupt end, and they’re in for a tough time against a side with three wins in four. Norwich have scored eleven goals in their last four games, so should be a good bet to feature in an over 2.5 thriller at 3/4.

Sheffield Wednesday have hit form at just the right time. Five wins a row have put the Owls within two points of a guaranteed top-six finish, and next up for them is a trip to Ipswich, whose underwhelming season was epitomised by their shocking 1-0 defeat at bottom-side Rotherham last week. Another Wednesday win looks a great price at even money with BoyleSports, and is my tip of the day.

Harry Redknapp takes charge of his first (and possibly last) home game for Birmingham on Saturday when they face Huddersfield. The Terriers secured their top-six finish in midweek, so could be forgiven for taking their foot off the gas against a side that need a win to boost their survival hopes. This has the makings of a both to score banker, which looks a good price at 20/23.

Down in League Two, there is still all to play for in the battle for play-off places. Wycombe look good news to leap into the top seven with a win at Morecambe, who have nothing to play for as we enter the final two games of the season. 8/11 is your price if you fancy that. Stevenage are hanging on to the final play-off spot, and are 7/5 to take three precious points from Huish Park when they face Yeovil, who are as good as safe.

Adebayo Akinfenwa will be looking add a goal or two to his Wycombe tally on Saturday. (Source: BBC Sport)
Adebayo Akinfenwa will be looking add a goal or two to his Wycombe tally on Saturday. (Source: BBC Sport)

Carlisle United’s terrible 2017 continued last weekend as they were held to a 3-3 draw against struggling Crawley. Just four wins all year have seen them drop from the automatic promotion places to a rather disastrous tenth place. Next up for them is Newport, who are now within touching distance of safety thanks to a sparkling run of form. History is also in the Welsh side’s favour – having won all five EFL games against Carlisle. I’ll have some of that, and so should you. Get on the away win at a huge 9/4 with BoyleSports.

Last up, I can’t ignore Plymouth’s price of 4/5 for what should be a pretty straightforward home win against Crewe. The Pilgrims average two goals a game at home, while Crewe have conceded three in back-to-back away defeats to Accrington and Yeovil. With the Plymouth promotion party reaching a crescendo at their final home game of the season, this is a dead cert.

El Capitano’s Tip of the Day: Sheffield Wednesday at evens to win at Ipswich in the Championship.

Cappa’s Acca: £10 on Reading, Derby, Scunthorpe, Bolton and Hartlepool (yes, Hartlepool) returns £308 with BoyleSports. Back it here! 

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