The international fixtures mean that there are no matches in England’s top two divisions this weekend. But there’s still plenty of drama to look forward to further down the pyramid, and we’ll be hoping to see our three selected teams turn a £10 stake into over £63 on Saturday afternoon.
We’re going for three home teams, including one from League One and two from the Conference National. Let’s hope they can deliver the goods to leave us with some extra money ahead of Big Sam’s first England game on Sunday.
Bolton Wanderers v Southend United
Phil Parkinson’s Trotters may have lost their 100% record with last weekend’s draw at Charlton, but this has been a near perfect start to 2016-17 for Bolton as they look to bounce back to the Championship. They’ll be expecting to continue those successes as they welcome Southend United to the Macron on Saturday.
A midweek loss in the Checkatrade trophy won’t faze Bolton in the slightest, and the firepower Gary Madine and co. should give them a fantastic chance of getting back to winning ways by continuing their 100% home league form.
Sorry Southend are in a bad situation, which hasn’t been helped by injuries to Nile Ranger and other potential star players. Their 3-0 win at Sheffield United last month will provide a glimmer of optimism, but they’ll need to be at their very best to gain anything from this one.
Expect it to be an unenjoyable return to Bolton for Phil Brown. Home win.
Dagenham & Redbridge v Boreham Wood
After a difficult campaign in 2015-16, Dagenham & Redbridge have settled well at the start of this season and are well on their way to challenging for an instant promotion back to the Football League. While Boreham Wood will give the hosts a tough test at Victoria Road, John Still’s men will be favourites for a sixth win in eight.
It’s important that the Daggers do grab the points, especially after suffering a narrow defeat at Sutton United on bank holiday Monday. However, a 100% home record that includes seven goals scored and 0 against should inspire immense confidence heading into this one.
Oliver Hawkins has been supported well be Jordan Maguire-Drew and Fejiri Okenabirhie, and those goal threats should be too much for an away side that hasn’t won any of its last five matches. Luke Garrard can turn things around, but we just don’t see it happening against the Daggers.
Dagenham are performing well at both ends right now, and already look set to be challenging at the top of the table this season. Another three points should be on the cards here/
Macclesfield Town v Woking
Garry Hill’s men ended a dreadful August on a high by beating Chester on Monday, but the Cardinals remain winless on the road as we enter September. And they could be made to wait a little longer by the Silkmen.
The visitors do score goals, but they tend to concede at an alarmingly rapid rate. In fact, they’ve failed to register a single shutout in 26 league games this calendar year. The fact Macclesfield have scored six in three at the Moss Rose would suggest that the sequence will be extended.
John Askey’s men had lost a couple on the spin before restoring confidence with Monday’s 3-2 win at Solihull. Their next challenge will be to get themselves back among the play-off contenders before aiming to continue that bid for promotion.
If the hosts are to achieve anything this term, a strong home record will be key. Another three points against the early relegation candidates shouldn’t be a problem.