The English football season is starting to settle down now and patterns are starting to emerge as the tables take shape.
This should in turn make it a little easier for punters to pick out winners and we’re looking to the following three games for this Saturday’s 6/1 treble which is available at BetVictor.
Burnley V Sunderland
Premier League newcomers Burnley are still searching for a first win of the season but Sean Dyche will be quietly happy about his sides performances. The Clarets can send a real warning to their relegation rivals with three points at home to Sunderland.
Burnley’s first two home matches saw them take on Chelsea and Manchester United so a return of one point from those six isn’t as bad as it might first appear. This will have been pinpointed as their first realistic opportunity to get three points at Turf Moor and, following back-to-back draws, the home fans will create a fantastic atmosphere for sure.
Meanwhile, Gus Poyet’s Black Cats are also looking for a first win of the campaign and cannot afford to take Burnley lightly. Sunderland were marvellous towards the end of last season but they need significant improvements if they want to avoid another relegations battle in 2014/15 and we’re not sure whether they’ll pick up many points on the road at all.
Turf Moor is a difficult place to travel and Burnley have already shown they are ready to fight for survival. Expect them to turn up the heat here by bagging a first Premier League victory.
Norwich City V Birmingham City
Championship side Norwich City are eager to bounce back to the Premier League at the first attempt and have started the season on fire. They should keep that momentum going as they host an out-of-form Birmingham City.
Whilst the Canaries sit just one point below league leaders Nottingham Forest, the Blues are in the far less enviable position of one point above the drop zone. Lee Clark’s men were lucky to stay up last term and look set for another relegation battle in 2014/15. It seems unlikely that they’ll leave Carrow Road with anything other than a third defeat in four.
Norwich are going strong under Neil Adams and their return of 15 for and just five against is testimony to how well they are playing. The Canaries seem to have a real balance amongst the squad and should be more than prepared for a promotion push. If they are serious about a Premier League return, they must be winning games like this and we think there is a great chance they will.
Birmingham have scored just once on the road, shipping seven in the process, and are yet to win a single away game. Expect their woes to continue in Norfolk.
Shrewsbury Town V Newport County
Micky Mellon’s Shrews have been in inspired form at New Meadow this season, picking up four straight victories in League Two, and the promotion chasers will be expected to make that five against struggling Newport.
The Welsh visitors have won just one of four away matches this term and Justin Edinburgh’s side look set for another disappointing mid-table season. An unenviable trip to Shrewsbury could simply make matters worse for the Exiles.
Shrewsbury have been a bit of a yo-yo club in the last couple of years and will be desperate to secure a return to League One at the first try. A strong home form is imperative to their ambitions and extending their perfect start will keep the momentum rolling nicely for a side who really should be competing for the title come May.
Mellon’s men have won their past three matches at New Meadow without conceding a goal and we’d be tempted by the ‘win-to-nil’ market again here. If they do concede, they should still have enough attacking flair to grab the points.