The international break is over, and it’s FA Cup weekend too! The only thing that could make it any better would be a winning treble on Saturday afternoon; we’re hopeful that these three selections can provide it.
We’ve picked three home teams to all see off inferior opposition. At odds of just under 4/1, it wouldn’t signal our biggest winner ever. Nevertheless, turning £10 into £47.90 is something that no punter would reject.
Here are our selections.
Scunthorpe United v MK Dons
In League One, table-topping Scunthorpe have been sensational at Glanford Park and remain unbeaten after six home matches. While the visit of MK Dons won’t be easy, the hosts will expect another three points on Saturday afternoon.
The Iron have hit 15 goals in six home matches, conceding just four in the process. In all competitions, Graham Alexander’s side are now unbeaten in nine straight matches. With Kevin van Keen and co. sitting ahead of an in-form Josh Morris, that tally should hit double figures here.
Karl Robinson’s men are no fools on the road, winning four of six matches away from the Stadium: MK. This will be their hardest trip of the season so far, though, and the visitors also enter this clash on the back of a disappointing 1-0 loss at home to Port Vale. If they show any mental weakness here, the home side will be ready to pounce.
The Dons are likely to test Scunthorpe, but the hosts can come through it with flying colours. Home win.
Carlisle United v Hartlepool United
Given the relegation battles that they’ve often faced in recent times, Hartlepool United will be very happy with their start to their first full campaign under Craig Hignett and will be heading to Brunton Park full of optimism on Saturday. But if their start has been good, Carlisle’s has been brilliant.
Keith Curle’s side remain unbeaten after 12 and currently reside in the automatic promotion spots. After drawing a lot of games early on, the Cumbrians have now won three of their last four and look stronger than ever now that Jabo Ibehre is back and scoring. When combined with the impressive summer additions, the hosts certainly look like a team capable of challenging for a top three finish.
If they are going to gain promotion, this is the type of game they need to be winning. Hartlepool are unbeaten in six, winning twice, but Carlisle need to assert themselves on home soil. On the evidence of recent weeks, they’re more than capable of rising to that challenge.
Carlisle have scored twice as many as they’ve conceded at home this term, and a 2-1 victory might not be the worst shout here. Either way, we expect the hosts to prevail.
Dagenham & Redbridge v Wealdstone
In the FA Cup, teams are now just 90 minutes away from the first round proper and we should be in for some fantastic drama up and down the country. At Victoria Road, however, it should be business as normal as Dagenham & Redbridge will be expected to ease past Wealdstone.
There’s only one division between these sides, but John Still’s Daggers are fighting for promotion back to the Football League and should have too much quality for an away side that sits 10th in the National League South.
Dagenham boast plenty of firepower in the form of Oliver Hawkins and Jordan Maguire-Drew. Meanwhile, the hosts have plenty of talent across the park. Even if they rotate a little, they’ll want the financial rewards that come with progress. Expect a big performance.
Wealdstone would love an upset, even if it’s securing a replay. On this occasion, though, Gordon Bartlett’s men will probably come up short.