The domestic season is heating up as the battles for silverware, promotion, and survival are now hitting overdrive. Virtually every club is desperate for points at this stage of the season, three points this weekend would be huge for a whole host of managers up and down the country. We’re hoping three wins will be equally brilliant for us with this 21/5 Saturday afternoon treble.
We’re backing teams from the Premier League, League One, and National League to all secure weekend wins against significantly weaker opposition. Let’s hope that they do.
Middlesbrough v Everton
Everton were simply incredible in the attacking third against Bournemouth last weekend and while they’re unlikely to score another six on Saturday, Ronald Koeman’s men will fancy their chances of picking up a crucial three points as they head to the Riverside.
The Toffees are back in form after a difficult spell earlier in the season, picking up 17 points from the last available 21. That run has included wins at Leicester and and Crystal Palace, so the visitors know that they’re more than capable against a home side that has picked up twice as many defeats as wins on Teeside.
Everton’s chances will be significantly boosted if star man Romelu Lukaku has his scoring boots on once more. The Premier League’s season hit four against the Cherries last time out, and is now just three goals behind Boro’s tally as a squad.
With Aitor Karanka’s men failing to win any of the last seven, it could be another tough afternoon for the hosts. Away win.
Scunthorpe United v Shrewsbury Town
In League One, a previously struggling Shrewsbury have given themselves a fantastic chance of survival after picking up 11 points from their last five fixtures. But while their season is starting to look far brighter, Saturday’s trip to high-flying Scunthorpe is likely to see their run end.
A 3-1 loss at Southend saw Graham Alexander’s men drop to second, but the Iron are still on course to gain automatic promotion, and their form at Glanford Park is the main reason. The hosts remain unbeaten after 14 home games, netting 33 times and registering nine wins in that period. They will expect more of the same here.
Scunthorpe boast a number of potential goalscorers, with Josh Morris, Kevin van Veen, and Paddy Madden all likely to cause problems for the visitors given a chance. In spite of recent improvements, it’s hard to overlook Shrewsbury’s record of 25 conceded on the road, and that could be the source of their downfall once more.
The Iron have already beaten the Shrews away from home this term via a 1-0 scoreline. On their own patch, though, that margin of victory could be even wider.
Lincoln City v Woking
Danny Cowley’s Imps may have one eye cast towards their FA Cup trip Burnley, but they must first focus on registering another vital three points as they bid to win the National League title. And in truth, that shouldn’t be overly difficult against a poor Woking side.
Lincoln boast five league wins on the spin at Sincil Bank, and have scored 33 in 15 games overall. Perhaps more impressively, they’ve shipped just 11 in that period too. Even after losing Theo Robinson, the hosts should have more than enough quality to win.
Woking’s last two away games have ended in victory, but they’ve won just once more on the road all term, losing 10 of 15 games in total. Garry Hill’s men have additionally conceded 33 times in that process while a 3-1 defeat in the reverse fixture is hardly a source of optimism either.
The hosts might struggle to keep their full focus on this one. Thankfully for them, they probably won’t need it. Even at the short price, the league leaders are well worth backing.