The bank holiday weekend has arrived and clubs up and down the country will be looking to cap it off in style with big wins on Saturday afternoon. We’re backing three of them to do just that in a tasty 11/2 treble.
We’ve picked one team from each of the three EFL divisions and hope they can all deliver the goods. Three points for them, and £55 profit for us – we’d certainly take that!
Here are our selections.
Middlesbrough v Preston North End
Gary Monk’s Boro have struggled on their travels in the early weeks of the season, but they’ve won three out of three at the Riverside in all competitions and will be eager to further cement their home as a fortress with another crucial Championship win on Saturday. While Preston won’t make it easy, the hosts can prevail.
Boro have bags of attacking quality in the form of Britt Assombalonga, Rudy Gestede, Patrick Bamford and Ashley Fletcher. Having scored six in three competitive home games this term, it would seem likely that they will find a breakthrough.
The visitors have a pretty solid defensive record, but their scoring form has been pretty poor. They are yet to score on their travels after two away league matches, and could be set for another blank against a team that was defensively quite strong even in the Premier League.
It could be a close affair that’ll be settled by one piece of magic. Right now, the hosts seem more likely to provide it.
Blackburn Rovers v MK Dons
League One rivals Blackburn and MK Dons both enter the weekend having picked up just three points from a possible nine, so Saturday’s clash at Ewood Park will be immensely important. It should be a feisty affair, but it’s Rovers who should have the advantage.
Tony Mowbray’s men were humbled in their opening home game of the season and will be determined to make amends here against one of the distinctly average teams in their division. The experience of Elliot Ward, Peter Whittingham, Charlie Mulgrew, and Danny Graham could be very important for the hosts in this one. Meanwhile, the confidence from last weekend’s away win at Bradford could be a massive factor too.
Blackburn did have a difficult cup game against Burnley on Wednesday, but their attentions are primarily on the league and that should show here. MK Dons, meanwhile, are still yet to find form and would definitely prefer a home game after Tuesday’s loss against Swansea in the cup. Frankly, a lack of quality could be telling.
The visitors were fairly solid on the road last term, but did suffer defeat in their first away game of 2017-18 at Blackpool. Expect that streak to continue at Blackburn.
Swindon Town v Crawley Town
In League Two, Crawley Town have endured a terrible start to the campaign, losing all three of their opening fixtures. It doesn’t get any easier this weekend as they head to an in-form Swindon. Unless Harry Kewell’s men can pull a huge improvement out of the bag, it looks like they’ll be on for another defeat here.
The away side have failed to score in each of their last two, and look bereft of confidence right now. Given how well Swindon have strongly the hosts have started, this is not a game that the visitors will be relishing one bit.
David Flitcroft’s Robins haven’t been perfect, but they are doing a lot of good things in the early part of the season. They’ve looked solid at the back while the goals have been spread out across several attacking players, including Luke Norris and Kaiyne Woolery. That should be a recipe for success, especially against such an out-of-form opponent.
We’re backing Swindon to give the Red Devils another hellish afternoon, picking up another three points in the process.