The end of the season is nearly here, and we’re looking to finish April in style on Saturday with an afternoon treble that pays odds of just under 11/2.
We’re backing three home sides to all win their respective matches, in what are very winnable fixtures. With a £10 stake offering a potential £64 return, that has to be worth a punt!
Southampton v Hull City
Hull’s home form has been incredible under Marco Silva has been nothing short of incredible, and promises to be enough to keep the Tigers in the Premier League. However, their away from has been anything but spectacular, and the visitors could be in for another tough afternoon as they head to St Mary’s.
A huge 14 defeats in 17 away games paints a pretty clear picture while a return of nine goals against 41 conceded only further underlines their problems on the road. While the quality to cause Southampton is there, it’s hard to see them suddenly pulling out a performance – even if their motivation is arguably a lot greater.
Southampton’s recent form has been pretty poor, but they have played some immensely difficult matches. Tuesday’s 4-2 loss at Stamford Bridge showed glimpses of what Claude Puel’s men can do and, at home against a weaker opponent, their quality should shine through.
They’ll have to work hard for it, but the Saints should march their way to three points.
Blackburn Rovers v Aston Villa
The Championship relegation battle has become extremely intense heading into the final two matches, and Blackburn Rovers still have a shot at survival. Three points in their last home game could go a long way to helping their cause, and they might just get them against a poorly travelled Aston Villa.
Rovers have struggled to put sequences together, but a return 29 points at home isn’t terrible while they also tend to score too. Moreover, the hosts enter the weekend having picked up five points in their last three, which should provide immense confidence.
Villa did pick up a win in the derby last week, but their only two away wins of 2017 have come against Wigan and Rotherham. Meanwhile, Steve Bruce’s men have very little to play for at this stage, which could be a telling factor.
The visitors are certainly capable of winning this one. Nonetheless, Sam Gallagher and co. will be motivated to grab three points. In truth, if Birmingham lose their game too, the visiting supporters would probably quite happy to see a home win too.
Aldershot Town v Braintree Town (12:15)
National League side Aldershot head into the final game of the season knowing that a play-off berth is virtually guaranteed. Nevertheless, Gary Waddock’s men will be aiming to end the regular season in style as they bid to keep the momentum going. A home game against Braintree should be just the tonic.
The Shots have been magnificent at the Electrical Services Stadium, winning 14 of 22 games and conceding just 13 goals in the process. At the other end of the pitch, Scott Rendall and co. have hit 36 goals, and will be expected to increase that tally with a couple more here.
Conversely, Braintree are needing a minor miracle to survive. Unfortunately, they look bereft of confidence after losing six of their last seven matches. Despite the fact that they do score goals, troubling the strong home defence won’t be easy. Given the fact that they leak goals at a rapid rate too, it all looks pretty ominous.
Aldershot have registered 20 points from the last eight games alone. They should seal their play-off spot in style with another three in this one.