The end of the international break means that this weekend’s football coupon offers a full selection of matches across England’s top divisions, and we’ll be looking to capitalise in style with an 8/1 afternoon treble.
We’re backing three home teams to win their respective matches, so let’s hope they can send their fans home smiling. If they do, we’ll have over £90 in our pockets from a simple £10 stake. Perfect.
Burnley v Swansea City
Sean Dyche’s Clarets haven’t been quite as brilliant at Turf Moor as they were last season, but one loss from five home games still isn’t bad. A home clash against Swansea should offer a fantastic chance to register an important three points.
Burnley’s improved away form has seen them enter the weekend sitting pretty in seventh and, even with a couple of injuries, they’ll be confident about replicating that success in this crucial home game. Not least because the visitors are in such poor form.
Paul Clement’s men have now lost four competitive games on the spin while Wilfried Bony’s failure to replicate his first spell has been a major cause for concern. Tammy Abraham has done well, but is Swansea’s only real threat. Against one of the stronger defensive units, it wouldn’t be at all surprising to see the Welshmen draw a blank.
If that does happen, a third straight 1-0 win could be on the cards for Burnley.
Portsmouth v Southend United
League One rivals Portsmouth and Southend will still be hoping to challenge for the play-offs in spite of starting the weekend in 11th and 12th positions respectively. At Fratton Park, though, the impetus should be with Kenny Jackett’s men.
Pompey registered an impressive 3-2 win at Blackpool last weekend while they’ve also scored 13 goals in eight home games. Given that Southend have shipped 20 in their eight away games, the likes of Brett Pitman and Oliver Hawkins should be confident about finding the net.
Phil Brown’s visitors are unbeaten in three league games and even managed an away win at Walsall last time out. Nonetheless, defensive deficiencies could come back to the haunt them, not least because Nile Ranger and co. are yet to start firing on all cylinders.
Southend are capable of going to Hampshire and getting a positive result. On this occasion, however, we don’t think they will.
Wrexham v Ebbsfleet United
After a relatively slow start to the campaign, Welsh side Wrexham have climbed up to third in the National League table. However, with so many teams battling it out for promotion to the EFL, they cannot afford to let their momentum slip. Three points against Ebbsfleet is a must.
A derby win at Chester means that the Dragons have lost just one of their last 14 league matches, and Dean Keates will be hoping for more of the same as his side seek a fifth home victory of the campaign. A defensive return of just six goals conceded in nine games has seen them lose just once and those foundations could be vital in this one.
Daryl McMahon’s Fleet are performing above expectations, and have lost just one of nine away games themselves. However, six of those games have been draws. Against one of the strongest teams in the division, it could be a difficult day in Wales. After all, they’ve failed to score in each of their last three competitive games on the road.
If one goal is to be enough for the hosts, the likes of Alex Reid and Chris Holroyd are more than capable of getting it.