We’re into the closing weeks of the football season and it’s everything to play for this Saturday as teams up and down the country bid for vital points.
The excitement is palpable and we’re hoping to send ours through the roof with this routine treble, which pays out at over 7/2 with Betfred
West Bromwich Albion V Liverpool
Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool suffered an embarrassing FA Cup semi-final exit to Aston Villa last Sunday but the Reds must dust themselves as they return to league action at the Hawthorns.
Liverpool’s disappointment was doubled by Manchester City’s win over West Ham, which leaves the Reds seven points adrift of the Champions League places – although they do have a game in hand. A 2-1 home win against the Baggies earlier in the season will inspire confidence, as will the side’s overall league form against lesser sides since the turn of the year.
Tony Pulis will have been thrilled to seal three points at Selhrust Park last week against his former employers, a result which probably secures West Brom’s Premier League status for another campaign. However, the hosts have lost back-to-back home matches against relatively weak opposition in QPR and Leicester, so confidence can’t be particularly high as they prepare to face a wounded and dangerous Liverpool.
One Midlands club ruined Liverpool’s hopes of silverware, but we can’t see the Reds falling to another. Back the Reds to keep their slim hopes of a top four finish alive.
Liverpool Win @ 19/20 with Betfred
Cardiff City V Blackpool
A truly harrowing season for Blackpool fans is ending in equally tragic circumstances as the already Tangerines head to the Welsh capital on the back of three straight defeats and look destined for another at the hands of Russell Slade’s Bluebirds.
Problems behind the scenes had thwarted Blackpool’s chances long before a ball had even been kicked and the sorry Tangerines will end an awful 2014/15 without a single away win unless they pull something out of the bag here. After conceding 53 times in 22 matches on the road this season, that seems unlikely.
Cardiff are by no means the best team in the Championship and will require huge improvements over the summer if they are to challenge for promotion next term. However, their form in Wales has been fairly solid and we’d expect them to bring the curtain down on their home campaign with another three points.
The Bluebirds failed to score against Millwall last time out, but the likes of Kiko Macheda and Owen Doyle should make amends here. Home win.
Cardiff City Win @ ½ with Betfred
Plymouth Argyle V Tranmere Rovers
Time seems to be sadly running out for the Football League’s bottom club and the Rovers simply must win this weekend’s battle to keep their survival hopes alive. Unfortunately, they face one of League Two’s most formidable home sides in Plymouth Argyle.
To make matters worse for Tranmere, they have parted company with former boss Micky Adams following a four-game losing streak. In fact, Rovers haven’t even found the target during that spell and could be in for another miserable afternoon at Home Park, especially as Plymouth boast 31 goals and 12 wins on their own patch.
Equally worrying for the visitors is the fact Argyle have only shipped 12 at Home Park. Conversely, Rovers have hit just 17 on the road, losing 13 of 22 away games so far. A 1-0 loss to Plymouth at Prenton Park won’t do much help for their confidence either.
Plymouth need a win as they look to hold on to stave off the competition for their play-off spot. We expect John Sheridan’s men to stamp their authority on proceedings here.
Plymouth Argyle Win @ 4/6 with Betfred
A £10 treble pays £47.73 with Betfred