The international weekend means that there’s no Premier League or Championship action to sink our teeth into. But we’ll be hoping to land a winning treble nonetheless, courtesy of these Saturday selections from the National League.
We’re backing three home teams to celebrate the weekend with three points. New customers at 888sport can win over £150 profit from a simple £10 treble while standard odds of over 5/1 should still feel tempting to existing users.
Lincoln City v Aldershot Town
Gary Waddock’s Aldershot have enjoyed a decent season and will be more than satisfied with their current position just outside of the play-offs. However, the Shots have struggled in recent weeks, and could be in for a difficult afternoon as they head to Sincil Bank.
Aldershot haven’t been great on the road either, picking up just two wins from 10, scoring just eight times in the process. Against an in-form Lincoln, it’s likely to be a third away loss on the spin.
The Imps are up to second in the table, registering 14 points from the last possible 18. Meanwhile, they are scoring goals from multiple sources with Matt Rhead being supported nicely by goals from Nathan Arnold, Harry Anderson, et al. Goals shouldn’t be a problem in this home match, and that’s likely to prove the difference.
Lincoln have won the last two home head-to-head encounters without conceding. Do not be surprised if we see more of the same here.
Tranmere Rovers v Chester
Following a change of manager, Tranmere Rovers are back up to fourth and Micky Mellon’s men will have their eyes set towards promotion in 2016-17. For that to happen, their form at Prenton Park must remain strong, and beating teams like Chester is key.
Rovers have won their last four league matches, scoring 10 times and conceding just once in the process. Star man Andy Cook scored twice at Dover last week also, which will give the hosts an extra sense of confidence heading into this crucial outing. Against a team that has leaked 11 on the road, scoring shouldn’t be an issue.
Chester have been hard to beat on the road, registering five draws. But a return of one win and just six goals underlines a lack of quality compared to Tranmere, and it should show. Moreover, confidence is likely to be quite low following the 5-2 home loss to Lincoln a fortnight ago.
Anything could happen in a derby, but Mellon has had a galvanising impact during his early weeks as manager. We expect that to continue with another home win.
Wrexham v Braintree Town
Struggling Braintree already appear destined for a relegation scrap after picking up just 13 points from 18 matches, and the Essex club could really do with some points from their trip to Wales. Unfortunately for Hakan Hayrettin’s side, that looks a little unlikely.
A 7-0 cup win over Eastbourne shouldn’t paper over the cracks. The visitors have conceded 12 times in their last four away matches alone, and those defensive weaknesses will likely form their downfall once again at Wrexham – even if the hosts aren’t frequent scorers.
Dean Keates’s Dragons have scored just nine home goals this season, but they’ve also conceded just six. That’s seen them lose just once in nine home encounters, and it’s hard to see that being extended here. Instead, it should be a relatively comfortable afternoon for the hosts.
Braintree do boast a decent head-to-head record, but that might not count for much on Saturday. Back Wrexham to prevail.