Saturday’s football coupon serves up a combination of league and cup action. Our treble includes selections from both, and will hopefully land us a tasty 7/1 treble.
All three of our chosen sides are in good form, so let’s hope they can continue that trend in style. Here are our selections.
Brighton & Hove Albion V Coventry City
In the FA Cup, Chris Hughton’s Brighton will feel that they have a great chance to take another big step towards Wembley as they welcome Coventry to the Amex. While it is a potential banana skin, the Seagulls should book their place in the quarter-finals.
The Premier League side are in good form too, having won two and drawn two in their last four competitive matches. That sequence started with a professional win over Middlesbrough in round four, and the hosts will be looking for more of the same against an inferior but spirited opponent.
Glenn Murray and Jose Izquierdo have been among the goals while Jurgen Locadia will be hoping to grab hold of any opportunity that comes his way for a debut goal. Given that their League Two opponents have lost three on the bounce, it should be a relatively easy win.
The Sky Blues will certainly enjoy their day out, but we expect their cup run to end on Saturday.
AFC Wimbledon V Bristol Rovers
League One side Wimbledon are quickly becoming favourites for the drop once more and Neal Ardley is reportedly fighting for his job once more following a run of four straight defeats. While playing a home on Saturday will give them some optimism, they could be in for a tough test against the in-form Gas.
Visiting Bristol Rovers enter the weekend’s action having won four of their last five fixtures and will be quietly plotting a challenge for the play-offs once more. Three points at Kingston Road would certainly boost their cause. Ellis Harrison and co. are more than capable of punishing the Dons, especially after netting five times in their last two away trips alone.
The Dons do have goals among their ranks, particularly in the form of Lyle Taylor. Unfortunately, the run of three straight home wins over December and January now seem a distant memory. The pressure, lack of confidence, and inferior quality all suggest that it could be another difficult afternoon.
Ardley probably needs the points more than Darrell Clarke. Nonetheless, it’s the visitors who should grab the victory here.
Sutton United V Wrexham
A fascinating weekend of National League action sees second v first as Aldershot host Macclesfield and fourth v third as Sutton face Wrexham. That should give Paul Doswell’s men the perfect opportunity to get their promotion bid back on track with an important win at Gander Green Lane. We’re backing them to do just that against their Welsh opponents.
The hosts may sit one point below their opponents but they do have a game in hand. Meanwhile, the fact that they’ve scored 22 times on their 3G pitch while Wrexham have struggled for goals on the road. If Tommy Wright and Craig Dundas are presented with the chances, the home side seal the points.
Wrexham’s away form is pretty good and they are aiming to make it 10 games unbeaten overall. Nonetheless, Dean Keates will be under no illusion about the difficulty of this task, especially as the hosts have lost just two of their last 13 here in all competitions.
The sides shared a 1-1 draw at the Racecourse Ground back in September. With home advantage on their side, however, Sutton should have enough quality to prevail here.