The English football season has reached the business end, and for many clubs the next couple of weeks will be the most exciting moments of the campaign. Let’s hope we can capitalise on that energy with a winning treble from Saturday afternoon’s coupon.
We’re backing three teams to win their respective home matches to keep their fans happy. If they do, a £56 return from a £10 stake will give us plenty of reason to start smiling also.
Here are our selections.
Bournemouth v Middlesbrough
Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth may have suffered back-to-back defeats against Chelsea and Spurs, but they should be in for a far better afternoon as they welcome struggling Boro to the Vitality. If they do pick up the three points, it should be enough to seal their place in the division.
The Cherries have won seven home games this term while the visitors boast just one win on the road. Defensive mistakes have been punished by the big boys in recent weeks, but an away side that has scored just 10 goals on the road are unlikely to do the same.
At the other end, Josh King and Benik Afobe are more than capable of providing the goals needed to see off the visitors. Boro might take confidence from their 2-0 win in the reverse clash. Unfortunately, the immense pressure is likely to make things even tougher for the relegation favourites.
After four games without win, Bournemouth could do with a home victory in this one. We fully expect them to get it.
Hull City v Watford
Staying in the Premier League, Hull City have put themselves in a great position as they look to avoid the drop and can thank their incredible home form since Marco Silva’s appointment as the only reason that they could stay up. They’ll be looking to keep it going in style on Saturday by roaring their way to three points against the Hornets.
While their away record has been dreadful, Hull’s home form is nothing short of sensational. The hosts have picked up 16 points from a possible 18 since the turn of the year, scoring an impressive 14 times in the process. Despite losing Robert Snodgrass in January, the return of several key players has left them looking more dangerous than ever.
Watford, meanwhile, could be on the beach after essentially securing their Premier League survival last weekend. Walter Mazzarri’s men have registered just 12 goals on the road, conceding 29 and losing 9 of 15 matches. Those stats, combined with Hull’s home form, would suggest another defeat is on the cards.
The pressure is firmly on Hull. However, they’ve shown that they are more than capable of handling it, which is why we’re backing three points for the hosts.
Dover Athletic v Torquay United
Down in the National League, a game in hand means that Dover Athletic are still on course for the play-offs despite currently sitting just outside them. Another home victory on Saturday would give their hopes another serious boost and, in struggling Torquay, they could hardly ask for a better fixture.
Chris Kinnear’s men have won 13 times and scored 45 goals at Lewisham Road while they also boast the division’s top scorer in Ricky Miller. Conversely, the visitors have shipped 32 away goals, losing 12 of 22 matches while they haven’t got the firepower to match the hosts either.
In truth, it has been an immensely difficult season for Kevin Nicholson’s side and they have just two games to save their season. Sadly for them, the challenge on Saturday will probably be too much for them, especially as the hosts have so much motivation also.
If other results go their way, they could still save their campaign on the final day. On Saturday, though, it’s likely to be another loss for the Gulls.