The English football season is now well underway and, after a disappointing show last week, we’re looking to bounce back with our second winning treble in three weeks with these selections for our Saturday treble.
We’re backing three clubs to end the afternoon with big smiles thanks to important early season wins. With a little luck, they’ll be sending us home with an extra £75 of profit in our wallets too.
Swansea City V Hull City
Managerless Hull started the 2016-17 season with a fantastic win against the champions last week, but the newly promoted Tigers head to Wales facing an immensely difficult task. Unfortunately for the travelling supporters, we think they’ll come up short.
Francesco Guidolin’s men picked up a decent opening day win at Burnley, and will see this as the perfect opportunity to take their tally to six points. With summer signing Fernando Llorente leading the line, ahead of Gylfi Sigurdsson, the Swans certainly have enough attacking quality to tame the Tigers.
The loss of Ashley Williams means that there is a hole to plug at the back, but the Welsh club’s defensive unit looked pretty solid at Turf Moor and will be confident about seeing more of the same in their first home clash of the campaign.
Hull have got some decent players, most notably in the form of Abel Hernadez and Robert
Snodgrass. However, they are a little lacking in numbers and quality. It should show at the Liberty.
Cambridge United V Carlisle United
It’s been a horrible start to the new season for League Two side Cambridge, with Shaun Derry’s men following up an opening day draw with back-to-back defeats. It might be early days, and relegation seems unlikely, but it’s already looking like another disappointing campaign for the U’s. It could get a lot worse if they lose at home to Carlisle.
However, Keith Curle’s men have started the campaign fairly well in spite of a fairly poor performance in midweek. It could have easily been seven points if it wasn’t for the early sending off on the opening day at Portsmouth, and the vastly improved Cumbrians will be eager to seal their first away win with this trip to the Abbey Stadium.
The only concern for the visitors so far has been a lack of goals from attackers Jabo Ibehre and Shaun Miller. But if those players can start chipping with the goods, then they could be in for a very good season indeed. Conversely, Cambridge will need to improve all over the pitch to avoid another disappointment in this one.
An away win is never easy, but Carlisle love goals and are more than capable of clinching the three points here.
Tranmere Rovers V Maidstone United
After just missing out on the play-offs last year, Tranmere Rovers have wasted no time establishing themselves as one of the early promotion favourites in this year’s Conference National and, while Maidstone may give them their hardest test, Gary Brabin’s men will be confident about making it five wins on the spin on Saturday.
Seven goals, one conceded, and a maximum 12 points from 12 signals a fantastic start for the Prenton Park club. With striker James Norwood already up to four goals for the campaign too, the hosts can be extremely confident about picking up the points against Maidstone, even if the visitors have won two on the bounce.
Jay Saunders will be concerned that his team has yet to keep a clean sheet, and those defensive issues could be a problem against arguably the best squad in the league. Meanwhile, a lack of goals from the strikers is another worry as chances could be at a premium.
Tranmere will lose their 100% record sooner rather than later. But they can keep it going for at least one more fixture. Home win.