After hitting a lovely 5/1 treble last Saturday, we’ll be looking to start the new month by doubling our delight with another.
If our three selections win this week, our £10 stake will be turned into £63, which would be a lovely little boost just after payday. We’re quietly confident that all three teams can do the business; let’s keep our fingers crossed that they do.
Here are our selections.
West Ham United v Middlesbrough
It’s been a difficult start to life at the London Stadium to say the least, and Slaven Bilic’s Hammers will be desperate to turn things around ASAP. A home game against Middlesbrough should be the perfect opportunity to start their improvement.
The Hammers are in awful form but, Southampton aside, they are at least scoring goals. With Michail Antonio, Manuel Lanzini, and Dimitri Payet providing the inspiration, the hosts should at least fancy their chances of scoring against a team that has lost three on the bounce.
Boro are scoring goals themselves, and will be eager to capitalise on West Ham’s frailties. However, Aitor Karanka’s men haven’t won any of five competitive matches since the derby day win over Sunderland. The momentum of last season’s promotion looks gone, and they could be in for another tough afternoon in the capital.
Right now, backing West Ham comes with some hesitance. But at 6/5, we think they just about warrant their inclusion.
Rotherham United v Newcastle United
After a poor start, Rafa Benitez’s Magpies have bounced back well to put themselves back in the conversation of promotion. Following the drama of Wednesday night, they’ll be looking for a far easier ride on Saturday, and they should get it against struggling Rotherham.
The Magpies should be confident after scoring 21 goals in 10 matches in spite of that tough beginning. Dwight Gayle and co. should be confident about increasing their tallies against an away team that’s conceded 16 in five matches on the road. In truth, that firepower should make all the difference.
Rotherham have lost all five away games, scoring just three times in the process, and are already destined for another relegation battle. A lack of quality and confidence will show at St James’ Park, which is why we think the Millers are set for another defeat.
It’s not the best price, but the hosts really should be winning this game if they have aspirations of winning the title. We’re confident that they will.
Plymouth Argyle v Yeovil Town
In League Two, it’s all about Plymouth Argyle at this moment as the Home Park club sit top of the pile with a five-point cushion. We have no reason to think they won’t maintain that lead as they take on struggling Yeovil.
Derek Adams’s men are unbeaten in their last nine competitive outings, winning eight, and will be fully expected to register another win here. Despite not scoring that frequently for a table-topping side, the likes of Jake Jervis and Graham Carey will be confident about punishing the sorry Glovers. Defensively, meanwhile, Argyle should be extremely confident about keeping the visitors at bay.
Yeovil have lost three of five away league games while Darren Way’s men have failed to score in two previous meetings to Home Park also. They know that another relegation battle is likely, and will be under no illusions regarding the difficult of Saturday’s fixture.
Back Plymouth to show their class once more.