It’s one of the standout days of the entire football season, and we’ll be looking to land a big blow on the bookies with this 4/1 treble from the afternoon’s fixtures.
We’ve picked three home teams to send their fans home happy, and hopefully leave us celebrating a tidy profit to begin the post-Christmas week with a bang.
Aldershot Town v Woking (12:15PM)
The early game in the Conference comes from Electrical Services Stadium as Aldershot host local rivals Woking in the two county derby. While the hosts have suffered a few disappointing results in recent weeks, they should be confident about sealing an important win here.
Gary Waddock’s men do boast a great home record this season, winning eight of 12 matches and scoring 17 times in the process. Given that the struggling Cardinals have just a solitary win on the road, it would be hard to see Aldershot losing.
Woking do score goals, registering 14 on the road, but Garry Hill’s men cannot defend. Those defensive weaknesses could be their downfall once again, especially if Aldershot’s Scott Rendell is in form.
The sides meet again on January 1st, and six points could potentially reignite the home side’s hopes of reaching the play-offs.Form might go a little out of the window in this game, but the hosts should prevail.
Aston Villa v Burton Albion (15:00PM)
Championship club Aston Villa have looked a far stronger unit since Steve Bruce’s arrival and are slowly but surely closing in on the play-off spots. Securing a top six finish certainly won’t be easy for the Villans but they’ll have a fantastic chance if they can keep up their unbeaten home form, starting with three points against struggling Burton.
It’s four home wins on the spin under Bruce, with the likes of Jack Grealish and Jonathan Kodjia performing particularly well. A return of 16 goals and eight conceded will certainly give the hosts confidence, and they should be fully expected to start a crucial spell of the season in style.
Conversely, Burton are in a relegation battle thanks largely to a winless away record that includes conceding 21 times in just 11 matches. Nigel Clough’s men will be under no illusions and, in truth, will probably be happy with a draw.
Unfortunately for the Brewers, we cannot see that happening. Home win.
Sheffield United v Oldham Athletic (15:00PM)
After years of disappointment, Sheffield United finally look set to challenge for automatic promotion. Chris Wilder’s men have enjoyed great form at Bramall Lane, and should register another routine win against rock-bottom Oldham.
The visitors haven’t tasted success in seven League One matches and will be up against it once again here, especially as the hosts won their last home league game via a 4-0 scoreline. Stephen Robinson’s side doesn’t tend to lose by big margins but their inferior quality is likely to show.
One of the major differences between the sides is that the Blades boast a genuine goal threat in the form of Billy Sharp. If the hosts can create chances for the 30-year-old striker, he will more than likely increase his 14-goal tally.
The odds for this selection might not be the best, but the heavy favourites should win. Let’s just hope our other two selections can do the same.