The beginning of April signals the start of the season’s business end, and we’re hoping to begin the month with a bag thanks to this Saturday afternoon treble that pays out at just over 11/2.
We’ve picked three home teams to each grab three vital points as they look to launch a positive run towards the finish line. Let’s hope that they can send their fans home happy while landing us over £56 profit in the process.
Here are our selections.
Watford v Sunderland
It has been nearly two months since Walter Mazzarri’s men last registered a win, but that run has only covered a total of four games. The start of a new month could be the fresh start needed to get their campaign back on track, and they couldn’t ask for a better match than rock-bottom Sunderland at home.
Watford’s home record of five wins, four draws, and five defeats is hardly spectacular but it’s far better than Sunderland’s away record. The visitors have registered just two victories on the road, losing 10 of 13 matches in total. David Moyes’s men are already seven points adrift of safety, and their relegation is likely to become an even greater inevitably with defeat here.
The Black Cats boast the best striker on the pitch in Jermain Defoe, but Watford have goals in them through the likes of Troy Deeney and Etienne Capoue. They scored three in their last match at Vicarage Road too, even if it did end in defeat to Southampton, and should fancy their chances in this one.
A win would go a long way to boosting their survival hopes too. Back the Hornets to sting the Black Cats in style.
Rochdale v Northampton Town
Despite a midweek away loss, Keith Hill’s men are still in the hunt for a League One play-off spot. Having said that, they’ve still got plenty of work to do starting with Saturday’s home clash against Northampton. Thankfully for Dale, their form at Spotland suggests that they will.
The hosts have won 11 of 19 home games, losing just three, and are unbeaten in five games here. While their defensive issues have seen them draw three of their last four, the fact that Ian Henderson and co. have hit 13 in the last four home matches is a very promising sign.
This is especially true given that the Cobblers have shipped 37 on their travels. While the visitors have scored 24, that’s only been enough to see them avoid defeat in half of their 20 away matches. They’ve additionally lost six of the last eight on their travels, which doesn’t make for pleasant reading ahead of this trip.
It won’t be easy for Dale, but home advantage should pay off.
Stevenage v Barnet
Automatic promotion looks unlikely for Stevenage, but their incredible form since January has shot them up to fourth in the League Two table and they’ll be eager to keep the pressure up on Portsmouth and co. by registering another three points as they entertain Barnet.
Darren Sarll’s men have been particularly productive at the Lamex, winning each of their seven home league matches in 2017. Moreover, their last three have all ended with three-goal winning margins.
Conversely, Barnet’s poor form has seen them slide away from play-off contention and down to the bottom half. A 3-1 home win over Cheltenham last Saturday will have restored some confidence, but the Bees will be under no illusion. This is an immensely difficult test against Stevenage.
Stevenage are due to drop points at home sooner or later. Nevertheless, we’re backing the hosts to keep their fine form running for at least one more week.