It’s reaching crunch time in the domestic football season and clubs up and down the country are in desperate need of points as they look to achieve their respective goals.
Every game is crucial at this time of year and we’re backing these three teams to all cap Easter Monday with three vital points in their respective leagues. At odds of over 4/1, it has to be worth a bank holiday punt.
Crewe Alexandra v Bradford City
In League One, the season looks virtually over for rock bottom Crewe, who would now need a miracle to survive. While it might be the time of year for miraculous events, we can’t see them resurrecting their campaign against Bradford.
After all, the Bantams are in desperate need of three points as they look to give their play-off bid a boost. Phil Parkinson’s men do boast a fairly decent record on the road too. Furthermore, James Hanson and co should be confident against a side that has leaked 34 goals in 19 home games.
A loss would see Crewe’s winless run reach double figures. Even with the extra day’s rest, it doesn’t look promising for Steven Davis’ side, especially as they’ve already lost 2-0 to Bradford earlier this season.
Losing could pretty much hammer the final nail in the coffin. Unfortunately for the hosts, that’s exactly what we think will happen.
Plymouth Argyle v York City
It was certainly a Good Friday for Plymouth Argyle as Derek Adams’s men finally found a return to winning ways with a well-fought win at Morecambe. They’ll now be turning their attentions back to the fight for automatic promotion and, in truth, they couldn’t ask for a better Easter Monday test than York City at home.
Jackie McNamara’s side have lost five on the bounce away from home, and are now seven points clear of the drop. The Minstermen also have the worst defensive record in the division, which should give the fourth-placed hosts an extra edge.
The goals of Ryan Brunt, Jake Jervis and Graham Carey should give the hosts a fantastic opportunity to follow up Friday’s victory with their first victory at Home Park in a month. Argyle have already beaten York at Bootham Crescent this term too, which is another reason to think Plymouth will prevail.
York have only won one match on the road all season. We’d be very surprised if that changes in Devon.
Kidderminster Harriers v Tranmere Rovers
Colin Gordon’s Harriers have enjoyed a slight improvement but they remain bottom of the Conference heading into Easter Monday. With play-off chasing Tranmere the visitors to Aggborough, we can’t see that changing here.
Tranmere are unbeaten in six matches overall, and haven’t lost away from Prenton Park since late November. If they can get the ball to James Norwood on a regular basis, then there’s no reason that the visitors shouldn’t follow up Friday’s win over Lincoln.
The hosts did pick up a point on Saturday, but that did come against an out-of-form Woking. Although they did pick up a credible point in the away fixture, the gulf in quality is likely to shine through at Aggborough.
Tranmere’s hopes of a top five finish are slim, but a win here could keep them in the hunt. We’re backing them to gain a crucial victory.