It’s crunch time across England’s football leagues, and most teams are fighting desperately for points at this stage of the season.
However, there are some teams that have very little to play for given the fact they’ve already been relegated. We’ll be looking to capitalise on this with our Saturday afternoon treble. Odds of 3/1 won’t be the biggest winner with had in 2015/16, but we’ll still gladly accept the £33 profit.
Here are the teams we’ll be backing. Care to join us?
Aston Villa v Southampton
The inevitable was finally confirmed last weekend as Aston Villa suffered yet another defeat against Manchester United. Unfortunately for the Midlands club, things are unlikely to get any better as they take on Ronald Koeman’s Southampton.
Some Aston Villa stars have suggested that confirmation of their relegation may provide a liberating lift, but the harsh truth is that the hosts are lacking any real quality. The Villans boast just two wins and 12 goals at Villa Park this term, conceding 31 in their 17 matches. Those condemning stats could be worsened still against the Saints.
After all, the visitors are still fighting for European qualification and can give their hopes a huge boost with a vital three points. Goals have been a problem on the road for Southampton, but even one strike would give them a fantastic chance against the division’s poorest outfit.
Villa have sunk to the Championship without a fight. Don’t be surprised if they hand Southampton an easy victory too.
Accrington Stanley v York City
Northampton might have already wrapped up the League Two title, but Accrington Stanley still have plenty to fight for as they look to gain automatic promotion to League One. John Coleman’s side are certainly in pole position heading into the final three matches, and can take another huge stride by relegation York City on Saturday.
The hosts should be confident too after losing just three of 21 matches at the Store First. Moreover, the firepower of Billy Kee and co has seen Stanley register an impressive 40 home goals. In truth, that quality should be more than enough to see off an away side that’s leaked 42 on the road.
Tuesday’s rare win over Portsmouth has delayed the inevitable, but York are heading for the Conference and Jackie McNamara’s men will need to perform at their absolute best to have any chance of ending their seven-game losing streak away from Bootham Crescent.
The visitors haven’t tasted victory on the road since early September, which tells a story in itself. It might not be the best price, but it’s hard to see anything other than a home win here.
Altrincham v Welling United
In the Conference, a number of clubs are still fighting desperately for survival. The odds are stacked against Neil Tolson’s Altrincham, but a home win against rock bottom Welling would certainly give their hopes a boost. That’s exactly what we’re backing them to do.
Altrincham have been poor this season, but they do at least score goals at Moss Lane. If they can get the ball Michael Rankine and Damien Reeves here, they’ve every chance of sealing a first win in eight. It might just be the catalyst to kickstart their great escape.
Conversely, the already relegated visitors boast just 14 goals and three wins on the road. Meanwhile, last weekend’s 4-0 loss at Chester suggests that Welling are licking their wounds. This mentality, combined with a lack of quality, should be more than enough to hand Altrincham the initiative.
This is a huge fixture for the hosts. However, as long as they can handle the pressure, there’s no reason to doubt their capabilities.