With the transfer window now shut, clubs up and down the country can now focus fully on winning football matches, starting with the opening games of February on Saturday afternoon. We’re backing three teams to do just that in a tasty EFL treble that could land us a £50+ return from a £10 stake.
Our three selections are spread across the three divisions, and we’re hopeful that these teams will send their supporters home with a smile. If they do, we’ll be collecting our winnings to start the month in style.
Aston Villa V Burton Albion
While Steve Bruce’s time at Villa Park hasn’t always been plain sailing, his Aston Villa side are now in with a genuine shot of claiming automatic promotion from the Championship thanks to a run of five wins on the spin. A home clash against struggling Burton should give them a great chance of making it six of the best.
The hosts are scoring goals from various sources, with the likes of Robert Snodgrass and Conor Hourihane firing some important goals for the Championship high-flyers. With a return of eight wins and just one defeat at home all term, confidence should be sky high as they take on the Brewers.
Burton may have picked up more points on the road than at home, but they remain rock-bottom and were hammered 6-0 in their last away outing. The arrival of Darren Bent will give Nigel Clough hopes of increasing a poor tally of just nine goals on the road. In truth, though, even if the striker does score against one of his former clubs, it probably won’t be enough.
A home win looks the most likely outcome by far.
Aston Villa win @ 4/9 with Betfair
Charlton Athletic V Oxford United
After winning three League One matches on the bounce, Karl Robinson’s Addicks will be targeting the play-offs once more and know that a win on Saturday afternoon could fire them back into the top six. That incentive should give them the impetus as they welcome Oxford to the Valley.
A return of 22 goals scored and 16 conceded from 15 games is promising, as is the fact that they’ve won over half of those home matches. With goals being spread out across the team, there’s every reason for the hosts to think they have the beating of an away side that enters the fixture on the back of two straight defeats.
It has been an uncertain few weeks at the Kassam, especially in the dugout. While the visitors will try to concentrate fully on the game, there’s no doubt that it could play into Charlton’s favour. Given that they’ve conceded 18 and won less than one-third of their matches on the road, even a point would be a big result for the visitors.
February could be a crucial month for Charlton. Back them to get it up and running in style with three vital points here.
Charlton Athletic win @ 20/23 with Betfair
Wycombe Wanderers V Carlisle United
Gareth Ainsworth’s Wycombe are on course for promotion to League One, and it’s largely thanks to their continued success in the attacking third. The Chairboys have scored three times in each of their last three matches, and the firepower should be too much for the visiting Cumbrians this weekend.
Adebayo Akinfenwa and co. have hit a total of 30 goals in 14 matches at Adams Park, which has been enough to pick up an impressive 27 points. While the visitors have a decent away record of 21 points in 14 games, the hosts will be fancied for victory in this one.
Keith Curle’s men have picked up recently, especially at the back. However, keeping Wycombe will be a tough challenge, and they simply don’t have the firepower to respond. Should they fall behind, it could become a very long afternoon for Jack Bonham between the sticks.
The title looks unlikely for Wycombe but automatic promotion is certainly on their agenda. Expect them to take another positive step by starting February with three points.
Wycombe Wanderers win @ 10/11 with Betfair
A £10 treble pays £51.40 with Betfair