It’s a huge weekend in the English football season as all eyes will be cast to Wembley on Sunday as Chelsea and Tottenham do battle for the first major silverware of 2014/15. Before that, though, Saturday’s league action serves up plenty of entertainment and we’re hoping to win big with this three-team accumulator.
Confidence is high following our successful Tuesday night treble and we’re hoping to end the month by doubling our delight here.
Plymouth Argyle V Bury
Our first selection comes from League Two as promotion-chasing rivals Plymouth and Bury do battle in this crucial clash at Home Park.
Both teams enter this clash on the back of four-game unbeaten runs. However, whilst the Shakers have dropped four points in that time, Plymouth have won all four of their matches. Equally impressive from John Sheridan’s men is the face they’ve conceded just once in that period, while the hosts have leaked just seven on home turf all season.
Conversely, the visitors have shipped 20 from their 16 away games this season and those defensive vulnerabilities could prove to be their downfall against a reliable Argyle. Plymouth have already hit 25 home goals in League Two and will be fully expected to increase that tally here; we’re not sure if the Shakers can match them on that front.
Bury did claim a 2-1 victory in the reverse game at Gigg Lane, but home advantage should see Plymouth prevail.
Plymouth Argyle Win @ 6/4 with Betfred
Altrincham V Barnet
After months of occupying top spot in the Vanarama Conference, Martin Allen’s men have seemingly lost their way as a run of slips has allowed Bristol Rovers to obtain pole position. However, the Bees should sting back against Altrincham.
No away games are easy in this league but Barnet should be confident against one of the division’s worst defences, especially after hitting five past them at the Hive back in September. On that day, top scorer John Akinde netted a first-half hat-trick and the 25-goal man would love to repeat that feat at Moss Lane. Even if he doesn’t, an away side that boasts 73 league goals should have no trouble scoring against a home side which has shipped 54.
In fairness to the hosts, their home form isn’t bad. However, this is ‘make or break’ time for Barnet now and Allen’s men must answer the call if they are serious about gaining automatic promotion. With the likes of Luisma Villa and Charlie MacDonald providing support for Akinde, the Bees really should be looking to beat their mid-table fodder opponents.
Nobody in the Conference has won more away games than Barnet this season. Expect that cracking form on the road to continue here.
Barnet Win @ 11/10 with Betfred
Grimsby Town V Braintree Town
Staying in the Conference, Paul Hurst’s Mariners will be thrilled to have recorded back-to-back wins over Barnet and Telford over the past week and will be eager to complete a hat-trick of victories as they welcome struggling Braintree to Blundell Park.
The home side are now up fourth in the table and are seemingly well en route to securing a place in the play-offs. However, they cannot afford to rest on their laurels and will be bitterly determined to compound Braintree’s woes by condemning the visitors to a 12th league away loss of the campaign.
Tuesday’s loss to Bristol Rovers was the away team’s third straight competitive away loss and a disastrous month doesn’t appear to get any easier against a revitalised Grimsby. Alan Devonshire’s men are in no danger of the drop, thanks largely to a decent home form, but a lack of individual firepower could be a real problem in this difficult encounter.
This isn’t a foregone conclusion but the odds underline the feeling that Grimsby will be too strong for Braintree at home. Back Hurst’s men to grab three points.
Grimsby Town Win @ 4/7 with Betfred
A £10 treble returns £82.50 with Betfred