There’s a Friday night double-header to kick off our betting weekend, and I can’t see past a Sheffield United and Preston double against Burton and Bolton respectively. The Blades are looking too strong for a Burton side that have lost last season’s sturdiness at the back but retained their inability to score goals. Preston, meanwhile, are due a win after going without one in six games, whilst coming up against visitors who haven’t won a Championship away game in their last 33 attempts. A tenner on this returns a tidy £36…
…and those 36 smackers should go on Norwich to secure all three points against Barnsley at Carrow Road. The Tykes haven’t won in Norfolk in 80 years, and a much-needed international break for Daniel Farke’s Canaries should do them the world of good following an intense league and cup schedule. 7/10 for the home win looks good value.
The two-week break came at just the wrong time Dean Smith’s Brentford, following three straight wins that took them into the top half for the first time this season. This weekend they travel to Cardiff, who are still in third place despite a patchy run of just two wins in six. That’s hardly promotion form, and Brentford play some lovely attacking football so I fancy them to at least take a half from their trip to South Wales, and you can pick that up at a very tidy 20/23 with Ladbrokes.
It’s the Garry Monk derby at Elland Road on Sunday as Middlesbrough travel down to face Leeds. In-form Boro will be licking their lips at the prospect of coming up against a home side in dire form – four defeats in a row and seven losses in their last eight make this last chance saloon for Leeds boss Thomas Christiansen. Middlesbrough to make it four straight wins looks too good to turn down at 31/20.
Bury were embarrassed by non-league league Woking in the FA Cup in midweek, and with confidence low, I fancy visitors Blackburn to take advantage and bag all three points at Gigg Lane. Rovers sit just outside the top six and have games in hand, so a price of 10/11 to turn the screw on the play-off places with three more points looks sweet as a nut.
A six-game unbeaten run has lifted Plymouth Argyle off the foot of the table, and they can make it above the relegation dotted line if they can bag a victory at home to Oxford United. A promising start to the season for the away side has started to fall away following a run that has seen them lose four straight games and lose Rob Hall and captain Curtis Nelton to long-term injuries. This has all the ingredients for a Plymouth home win, which looks a massive price at 2/1, so back it now before the price drops!
There should be a decent game at the Valley where Charlton are hosting in-form MK Dons. The Addicks have scored three goals in two of their last three games, while the Dons have won three matches in a row and have scored four times in three of their last five. Don’t blame me if it’s 0-0, but bow down before me if it’s over 3.5 goals at 9/4.
While I may fancy plenty of goals in Charlton, I certainly don’t fancy many at Adams Park where Wycombe are hosting Harry Kewell’s Crawley Town ™. Despite boasting Adebayo Akinfenwa up top, the Chairboys haven’t won in five games, while Crawley have a bit of a reputation for being something of a dull side to watch – largely thanks to a run of just two goals in nearly eight hours of League Two football. It’s all or nothing here, so it’s either the glory of tipping a 0-0 draw at 11/1, or looking like a tw*t when it inevitably finishes 6-6.
Cheltenham’s only away win in the league since March came at basement boys Chesterfield a few weeks back, so expect nothing less than away day blues from their tip to Notts County this weekend. The Magpies remain top of the table, and have only lost once on home turf in 2017, so look an absolute corker at 11/10 to continue that fine run with three points here.
We head to Essex for our final game, and the only way is Colchester if you’re looking for a banker in this one. They’re facing poor travellers in a Morcambe outfit that have only won once in their last ten away games, while Colchester have won three of their last four games at home and are my dark horses for a play-off spot this season. Watch this space… and back the home win at 5/6.
El Capitano’s Tip of the Day: Plymouth at 2/1 to take three points at home to Oxford United in League One.
Cappa’s Acca: £10 on Norwich, Hull, Peterborough and Notts County returns £142 with BoyleSports. Back it here!