It’s the business end of the season and teams up and down the country will be determined to finish with a flourish as they look to achieve their campaign goals.
We’re backing these three teams to send their supporters home happy and are hoping they’ll also put a smile on our faces by providing a 9/2 winning treble at Betfred
Crystal Palace V West Bromwich Albion
Way back in August, Tony Pulis quit Crystal Palace just days before the Premier League season kick-off, leaving the Eagles fighting a real uphill battle for the opening months of 2014/15. However, the Selhurst Park club have enjoyed a lease of new life since the arrival of Alan Pardew and the Londoners will be eager to pile the pressure on their former manager with a fifth straight league win.
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Palace have been brilliant in recent weeks, with stunning wins over the likes of Manchester City and Stoke before a quick-fire Yannick Bolasie hat-trick inspired the Eagles to a 4-1 win at Sunderland last week. Confidence is sky high at Selhurst Park.
Conversely, despite a positive early impact from Pulis, the Baggies have hit a downward spiral and are in serious threat of being dragged into the relegation zone if they fail to end their three-game losing streak here. In fact, they’ve not won a Premier League away match since November 1st and could be in for another long afternoon here.
Victory could see Palace climb into the top half; that’s exactly what we think will happen.
Crystal Palace Win @ 10/11 with Betfred
Sheffield United V Bradford City
Nigel Clough’s Blades suffered a shock defeat at rock-bottom Yeovil on Tuesday night but it shouldn’t be too damaging for the League One high-flyers and they could confirm their play-off spot with victory at Bramall Lane.
The Blades have been pretty solid at home in recent weeks, winning three of their past four in Sheffield, and should be supremely confident of bouncing back from their midweek blip against an out-of-form Bradford.
Phil Parkinson’s side were stuffed 6-0 at home to Bristol City on Tueseday night, part of a three-game losing streak. The Bantams have now seen their promotion bid evaporate and their season is threatening to end on a whim – a sentiment that would be underlined by a fourth consecutive defeat on Saturday.
Bradford haven’t scored for three games and will not relish the difficult trip to across Yorkshire one bit. Home win.
Sheffield United Win @ 10/11 with Betfred
Shrewsbury Town V York City
Automatic promotion to League One is well within reach for high-flying Shrewsbury and Micky Mellon’s men will be fully expected to take another leap towards the third-tier with a fourth consecutive home win over struggling York City.
The Shrews have been absolutely incredible at the New Meadow throughout 2014/15, losing just once all season in the league. The title contenders additionally boast a return of 42 goals whilst conceding just nine in front of their own supporters. There’s nothing to suggest they can’t further increase their tally of 16 wins against the Minstermen.
York have enjoyed a much better run of form since appointing Russell Wilcox as manager and the visitors actually enter this clash on the back of a six-game unbeaten streak. Nonetheless, particularly with survival guaranteed, we cannot see them stepping up to match the league’s best and most consistent home performers.
Shrewsbury claimed a 1-0 victory at Bootham Crescent earlier this term and should be ready to close in on promotion here with yet another three points at the New Meadow.
Shrewsbury Town Win @ ½ with Betfred
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