Having missed out by one selection on Friday, we’re looking to end the Easter weekend in far better style with this 4/1 EFL treble.
We’re backing three promotion-chasing sides to grab vital wins against weaker opponents. The odds mean that it won’t be our greatest winner of the season. Nonetheless, the chance of turning a tenner into a bullseye is not one to be sniffed at.
Here are our selections.
Brighton & Hove Albion v Wigan Athletic
The Championship leaders are racing towards promotion and, while Huddersfield would need to drop points for mathematical confirmation due to goal difference, three points against Wigan would seal their place in next year’s Premier League.
Chris Hughton’s men should be confident too given that they’ve won four on the bounce. The hosts also boast a fantastic home record, winning 16 of 21 and scoring an average of over two goals per game. Added to the fact they’ve already beaten Wigan at the DW this term, it’s hard to look past a home win.
The visiting Latics are putting up a real fight as they look to beat the drop, but have probably left it a little too late. Despite improvements since making another change to the managerial hot seat, a lack of quality is likely to shine through.
Wigan have scored just 20 on the road this term. Against Brighton’s free-scoring attack, that lack of firepower should be telling. Home win.
Southend United v MK Dons
After a slight wobble in recent weeks, Phil Brown’s Southend bounced back to winning ways with an emphatic 4-0 win at Chesterfield on Good Friday. That win has kept them within touching distance of the play-offs, and they’ll be desperate to give their promotion hopes another serious boost with three points against the Dons.
This test certainly isn’t the easiest League One home game out there, particularly as the visitors have picked up more points on their travels than at their own ground. Having said that, the Shrimpers have lost just four time at Roots Hall this term. If they perform as they can, an 11th home victory should be on the cards.
The hosts have scored 37 home goals and will be looking to Nile Ranger and co. to increase that tally here. Given that they hit three in the reverse clash, there’s no reason to think that they won’t.
MK Dons are a decent outfit but have very little to play for. That added motivation, combined with home advantage, should be enough to spur Southend on to victory. Depending on other results, it could see them end Easter in the top six.
Plymouth Argyle v Newport County
Three consecutive 1-0 victories have given Newport County a real fighting chance of completing one of the most unlikely survival missions in recent memory. But while Michael Flynn has done well since taking temporary charge, the visit to Home Park could be one step too far.
After all, high-flying Plymouth are looking to confirm their promotion in style in this one, and will see a home game against a team sitting 23rd as the perfect chance to get it. Argyle’s form here hasn’t always been perfect, but they’ve still scored 33 times while the visitors have leaked 30 on their travels. With those stats, the huge incentive, and gulf in quality, it would be very surprising if the hosts fire a blank – in spite of Newport’s recent run.
At the other end, chances could be few and far between for the Welshmen. They’ll be looking to keep things tight at the back, as they did in the 0-0 FA Cup draw here, but they’ve already lost twice to the Pilgrims at Rodney Parade this term and could be in for another loss here.
Newport will still have time to try and save themselves, especially if Hartlepool at Orient. Nevertheless, it should be three points for Plymouth in this one.