The international break means there’s no action in England’s top two divisions this weekend. However, that won’t stop us from having a Saturday afternoon punt and we’re looking to this 5/1 treble as our main source of inspiration.
We’ve picked three teams from tiers three to five, and are hopeful that they can all clinch a vital three points in front of their own fans. If they do, we’ll be celebrating a few extra beer tokens ahead of the night’s crucial Euro 2016 qualifiers.
Barnsley V Crewe Alexandra
It has been a truly miserable start to 2015/16 for Steve Davis’s Crewe, which has left them bottom of League One with a return of just six points from a possible 33. Their recent woes have been compounded by a run of three straight defeats in all competitions. Quite frankly, it’s hard to see their situation getting any brighter at Oakwell.
Alexandra have scored just four goals on the road so far, although their only win did come away from Gresty Road. Meanwhile, memories of February’s 2-0 away loss at Barnsley won’t do the visitors any favours either.
Barnsley’s overall start to the campaign has been distinctly average but manager Lee Johnson will be pleased with their home return of 10 points from a possible 15. Furthermore, the Tykes have notched eight whilst conceding just three at Oakwell, and will be optimistic about increasing their goal difference here.
It might not be as easy as some home fans will hope, but the hosts should find a way through.
Barnsley Win @ 13/20 with William Hill
Northampton Town V Hartlepool United
After a fantastic start to the new campaign, Hartlepool’s form has dropped significantly after the past few weeks and it’s hard to see Ronnie Moore’s men enjoying a positive afternoon as they make the trip to an in-form Northampton.
The visitors have conceded seven over the course of their past two matches alone, and could be in for another tough test as they take on the Cobblers. Chris Wilder’s men have picked up 11 points from the last available 15 and are currently sitting just outside the League Two play-offs. The knowledge that a win should put them in the top seven could give them a huge advantage.
Unfortunately for Pool, their hopes are essentially all placed on the shoulders of Billy Sharp whilst the hosts have a number of attacking players capable of finding the target. That extra quality should show during Saturday’s showdown.
Last season, the hosts registered a huge 5-1 victory against their sorry visitors. Judging by Hartlepool’s recent form, a similar outcome might not be off the table.
Northampton Win @ 8/11 with William Hill
Bromley V Barrow
In the Conference, high-flying Bromley are enjoying an incredible first season after promotion from the Conference South. Mark Goldberg’s men are currently residing in the play-off zone and will be eager to stay there with another three points against Barrow.
The hosts have already picked up an impressive 16 points from their first seven home games, scoring 15 times in the process whilst conceding just six. Meanwhile, striker Moses Ademola has already taken his personal tally to 11 goals this season and will be confident about increasing that haul against a poorly travelled away side.
Barrow are a fairly decent outfit on home soil. Away from Holker Street, it’s just one win from seven and a goals against tally of 15. In this form, it’s hard to see how they can turn things around at Hayes Lane.
There’s a long way to go before Bromley can even start to think about back-to-back promotions. But we’re backing them to seal another three points here.
Bromley Win @ Evens with William Hill
A £10 treble pays £60.60 with William Hill