The international break is over meaning it’s back to a full schedule across the English leagues. We’re hoping to celebrate in style with a tasty 6/1 treble, which includes three home teams to win.
Our selections come from the Premier League, Championship and League Two. Let’s hope they can all send their fans home happy while leaving us with a return of over £70 from a £10 stake
Here are our selections.
Arsenal v Bournemouth
It’s been a difficult start to the campaign for Arsene Wenger’s men, but the international break is likely to have done them the world cup. They’ll be eager to bounce back in style on Saturday and should be well fancied to do just that against an out-of-form Bournemouth.
Despite losses on the road, the Gunners did win their only previous home game of the campaign. Meanwhile, the creative spark of Mesut Ozil will continue to create chances regardless of the criticism he receives; the likes of Alexandre Lacazette should be more than ready to convert them.
Bournemouth are yet to pick up a point this season and Eddie Howe certainly won’t relish the trip to the Emirates. Meanwhile, a return of one goal in three games suggests that the Cherries will find it difficult to punish those defensive frailties in the Arsenal defence.
The odds aren’t exactly great, but the Gunners really should prevail.
Aston Villa v Brentford
Steve Bruce hasn’t found it particularly easy since taking over Aston Villa but his home record at Villa Park has been fairly decent. We fully expect the Championship to continue that trend as they look to take the sting out of the visiting Bees.
Brentford have lost both of their away games so far, failing to score in either fixture. Having also failed to score in their last game before the international break, at home to Wolves, it wouldn’t be overly surprising to see them draw a blank in the Midlands. Even if they don’t, Villa may have the firepower to grab all three points.
Conor Hourihane already boasts four for the season while the likes of Robert Snodgrass and Gabby Agbonlahor should prove to be a threat. In truth, the hosts have plenty of potential scorers among their ranks, and should be fancied regardless of the XI that’s picked.
This Villa side still have plenty of improvement to make if they’re going to challenge for promotion. Nonetheless, they do boast bags of confidence on home turf, and we expect that to shine through here.
Stevenage v Lincoln City
A fantastic start to the League Two season sees Stevenage sit comfortably in second heading into this round of fixtures, and a win over newly promoted Lincoln would be the perfect way to keep their momentum going.
The hosts have now won three league matches on the spin and are unbeaten in the division so far. With Danny Newton and Tom Pett already scoring five goals between them, Darren Sarll’s team aren’t short of goal threats across the pitch. This could be telling against the visiting Imps.
Danny Cowley’s have only lost once so far but are yet to pick up a victory on their travels. While they are certainly capable of giving Stevenage something to think about, we’re predicting that they’ll be leaving the Lamex empty handed.
At odds of 8/5, it’s difficult to ignore their inclusion. Let’s hope they’ll be joined by Arsenal and Villa to complete the perfect Saturday afternoon hat-trick.