The English football season is drawing closer to its conclusion and it is shaping up to be one of the most memorable in living memory as several sides do battle for glory in all four professional leagues.
This weekend’s fixture list could signal a pivotal stage in the season and we’re backing these three in-form clubs to punish inferior opponents by running away with the points in this 9/2 treble at Coral.
Fingers crossed for a weekend winner!
Newcastle United V Arsenal
Arsene Wenger’s men may have dropped out of the Champions League on Tuesday night but the Gunners boss will have been pleased with the second-leg performance and Arsenal can use that to full impact as they take on Newcastle at St James’ Park.
In addition to Tuesday’s valiant effort, the Gunners have enjoyed some fantastic domestic form and are highly fancied to retain the FA Cup as well as clinching an 18th consecutive Champions League qualification spot. Three points on Tyneside would go a long way to helping them secure a top four finish and the in-form Oliver Giroud should fire them to a crucial three points.
Giroud isn’t the only in-form Arsenal star right now and the team enters this clash on the back of seven straight domestic victories. Conversely, Newcastle are struggling with one win in six. Both teams have a number of injuries so the depth of Wenger’s squad could be crucial.
Newcastle are also without top scorer Papiss Cisse, who is still suspended following a spitting incident, and his absence could really damage the Magpies’ chances. Away win.
Arsenal Win @ 4/6 with Coral
Watford V Ipswich Town
The Championship title-race is really heating up now and with just eight games to play it is Watford who sit atop of the pile on goal difference. Slavia Jokanovic’s men will be eager to send another warning shot to their rivals by further compounding Ipswich’s recent woes.
Mick McCarthy’s side have struggled in recent games, dropping out of the play-off zones, but Tuesday’s win over Bolton has resurrected hopes of a top six finish. Unfortunately, though, their away day misery looks like continue against the rampant Hornets.
Watford boast 78 league goals this term, including an impressive 44 at Vicarage Road, and the in-form strikeforce of Troy Deeney, Matej Vydra and Odion Ighalo could be the difference makers during the final weeks of the campaign. If the trio keep scoring, promotion looks certain.
Nobody has won more home games than Watford this season and we can see them picking up another crucial three points here. Consequently, it might be the final nail in Ipswich’s coffin.
Watford Win @ Evens with Coral
Shrewsbury Town V Oxford United
With just nine games to play, Micky Mellon’s Shrews look set for automatic promotion to League One and their success has largely been down to a formidable home record. We’re expecting high-flying Town to register yet another win at New Meadow as they entertain an inconsistent Oxford.
Shrewsbury have lost just once at home all season, winning 13 of their 18 League Two encounters and conceding just nine goals in the process. Meanwhile, they’ve also hit an impressive 34 goals during that period and will take extreme confidence into this weekend’s clash.
Oxford on the other hand are hovering just six points above relegation and boast just five away wins all term. Manager Michael Appleton will be equally worried by a return of just one win in five. This unenviable trip to Shropshire couldn’t have come at a worse time.
Strange things happen in football, especially at this level, but we cannot see Shrewsbury dropping points here.
Shrewsbury Win @ 4/6 with Coral
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