It’s FA Cup weekend once more, but we’ll be focusing our attentions on league action as we’re backing three teams to win a treble that pays out at odds of nearly 15/2.
Our selections come from Leagues One, Two, and the National League. Let’s hope that all three chosen teams can beat their inferior opponents to land us a fantastic mid-month winner.
Southend United v Northampton Town
Phil Brown’s Shrimpers suffered a disappointing loss at Millwall last week, but Tuesday’s triumph at Oxford keeps them hot on the heels of the teams currently occupying play-offs. And a home win against struggling Northampton would give their promotion hopes another serious lift.
The hosts have been good at Roots Hall, losing just three of 16 league games here and recording recent wins over the likes of Scunthorpe and Rochdale. While the club has had problems with Nile Ranger, those issues seem to be sorted while the additional of Theo Robinson to an attack that already boasts Simon Cox can only further help their cause.
Conversely, the Cobblers are virtually playing for nothing as they sit 16th while a return of just four away wins is hardly inspiring either. Former Southend star Justin Edinburgh has seen his side win three of its last four matches. However, all of those came at Sixfields while each of the last four away games have ended in defeat – bringing 14 goals conceded in the process.
Northampton did register a huge 4-0 win in the reverse clash. On this occasion, though, Southend should exact their revenge.
Hartlepool United v Plymouth Argyle
With a game in hand on most of the teams around them, Plymouth Argyle are looking in great shape as they race towards automatic promotion. However, the Pilgrims will also have their sights set on the League Two title as they sit just three points below Doncaster. In truth, they’ll be fully expected to keep up the pressure with another three points on Saturday.
They make the long trip to County Durham having won 10 of 14 away games, scoring 20 times and conceding just 11 in the process. Despite losing to Leyton Orient at home on Tuesday night, the likes of Jake Jervis and Graham Carey should fancy their chances.
Hartlepool started the season brilliantly but now sit far closer to the sort of position people would’ve expected back in the summer. The change of manager hasn’t helped much either as the hosts enter this clash having picked up just one point from a possible 12. Perhaps more worryingly, they’ve lost their last two matches – albeit away – via 3-0 and 4-0 scorelines.
Plymouth were held to a 1-1 draw at Home Park back in September, but Hartlepool are a far weaker outfit now. We expect that to show with three points for Saturday’s visitors.
Woking v Southport
Woking are far from being one of the strongest side in the National League, but a recent upturn in fortunes is slowly dragging the Cardinals towards safety. Results have been particularly impressive against other teams around them, and they’ll be looking to continue that trend as they take on fellow strugglers Southport.
Garry Hill’s men are enjoying arguably their best form of the season thanks to three wins in five. In truth, though, they’ve often scored goals even when results have been lacking. With two players already reaching double figures for the season, the hosts should have too many problems in the attacking third against the division’s worst defence.
Southport have shipped a massive 70 goals this term, including 36 on the road. That’s been the main reason for their 11 defeats on the road, and could well be their Achilles heel once more. After all, they’ve shipped 14 goals in their last four games alone. With a return of just 12 on their travels, it’s equally hard to see their attackers bailing out their defence.
A win could see Woking move six points clear of the drop zone. Back them to grab a fourth win in six.