EFL: Bees to Batter Bolton… And Some Tasty Magpies

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EFL: Bees to Batter Bolton… And Some Tasty Magpies

James Capps

The Championship

The bottom two face off in the second tier on Saturday as Bolton host Brentford at the Macron Stadium. Neither side has mustered a win in each of their last five games, but Brentford have secured three encouraging draws in that period, while Bolton haven’t even troubled the scorers for more than a month – going a full six hours of Championship football without finding the back of the net. All the stats point towards a Brentford win, and it looks a great bet at even money with Ladbrokes.

Looking slightly further up the table now as we look at Reading versus Hull City at the Madesjki. It’s been a slow start for Jaap Stam’s Royals, with his side sitting in 18th after just two wins so far, but they should be feeling confident about getting a result against a Hull side that haven’t won away from home in over a year, a period which has seen me nearly lose my virginity three times. Strangely enough, Hull are the second-highest scorers in the division, so I expect them to make a decent game of it, so plump for over 2.5 goals at just shy of even money.

I fancy Reading-Hull to be a decent contest... (Source: BBC Sport)
I fancy Reading-Hull to be a decent contest… (Source: BBC Sport)

Speaking of goals, we head to Carrow Road where we should be in for a thriller between Norwich and Bristol City. Both sides are coming into this one in cracking goalscoring form. Back-to-back wins in league and cup have put smiles on Canary faces over the last seven days, while City are undefeated in six – scoring 14 in the process. 29/20 is your price for at least four goals in this one.

The evening game in the Championship sees Aston villa host Nottingham Forest. Villa started the season poorly but have since gone on a six-game unbeaten league run that has featured three straight clean sheets. Forest on the other hand are heading the opposite direction – having started the season with two wins from two they have now lost four of their last five, and come into this game off the back of a 5-1 League Cup hammering by Chelsea. There are a couple of cheeky side bets for you to keep an eye on while you work your way through your Saturday night Tinder swiping quota: First up is the Villa win at 8/11, and the second one is my tip of the day of Villa to keep a fourth successive league clean sheet at 27/20 with BoyleSports.

League One

A combination of Bury manager Lee Clark’s summer overhaul and their ten-game winless run mean he is under huge pressure as he takes his side to south London to face Charlton. Their hosts aren’t in great form themselves having lost back-to-back games but cracking odds of 8/11 are enough to convince me to back them for a return to form against visitors who are devoid of any shred of confidence.

Another home banker in League One should be Oxford United in their game against Walsall. Pep Clotet’s Oxford are in patchy form but have scored thirteen goals in five games and always look a dangerous side going forward. The Saddlers are in decent nick generally but you were fighting with your gran over the Boxing Day turkey carcass the last time the they won away from home. United are decent acca odds at 20/23 with BoyleSports.

You've got to fancy Oxford for three points this weekend! (Source: Oxford Mail)
You’ve got to fancy Oxford for three points this weekend! (Source: Oxford Mail)

Blackpool are one of the division’s form sides and they look slightly overpriced (not that I’m complaining) at 2/1 to win at mid-table Bristol Rovers. Rovers started the season well but have now lost four of their last five games in all competitions. Blackpool find themselves in the play-offs thanks to a run of three wins from four, whilst only failing to score once this season. The away win is well worth taking a chance on here, lads.

League Two

I had to do a double take when I scrolled through the odds to find second-placed Notts County at odds of 9/5 for a home win against newly-promoted Lincoln. The Magpies are flying, which literally speaking doesn’t sound too impressive considering magpies are birds, but in football terms you can’t argue with four straight wins and clean sheets to boot. Lincoln aren’t in bad form, but the home win is too good to turn down.

Just down the road from Meadow Lane are Mansfield, and they’re picking up some form following an underwhelming start to the season. A great away win at Lincoln last time out has taken them to fifth in the table, and next up is a home game against fellow in-form side Cambridge. The U’s sit just two places below their hosts, and this should be a decent game between two sides who are playing well. You won’t see over 2.5 goals at better than evens very often with these sides around, so give it a whirl at 23/20.

Newport remain undefeated at home this season, and they hope to maintain that record when they entertain Grimsby at Rodney Parade. The travelling Mariners have been treated to plenty of goals this campaign, with 16 of them flying in so far in their team’s away games. Combine that with Newport’s strong home start and we may well be in for an entertaining score draw here. I won’t be arsed if it’s entertaining, as long as the two sides end the game all square at odds of 5/2…

El Capitano’s Tip of the Day: A Villa clean sheet in their game against Forest at 27/20.

Cappa’s Acca: £10 on Villa, Charlton, Oxford and Notts County returns a tidy £156 with BoyleSports. Back it here!