It’s the last weekend of fixtures prior to the next international break and we’re looking to start the month of October on a high with this Football League treble.
We’re backing three in-form home sides to keep their impressive starts going against struggling opposition and are hopeful that they can provide us with a timely 7/1 winner.
Charlton Athletic V Birmingham City
Bob Peeters’ Addicks have been one of the Championship’s surprise packages thus far and are still unbeaten after 10 matches. We expect them to retain that status with a win against Lee Clark’s Birmingham.
Charlton are really impressing us at the Valley, picking up three wins and two draws in their first five home games. Those two stalemates came against fellow high-flyers Wolves and Middlesbrough so the hosts have shown they can match the division’s best.
More importantly, though, Charlton have beaten Watford, Derby and Wigan at the Valley. Those teams are arguably all tougher opponents than Birmingham so the home side can anticipate another victory here.
Goals were a huge problem for Charlton over the past couple of seasons but they’ve seemingly solved that issue and they’ll be expected to net a couple against a notoriously leaky Blues defence. That should be enough to secure the points.
Rochdale V Barnsley
By looking at their respective starts to the season, you would be forgiven for forgetting that Rochdale were two divisions below Barnsley last term. However, Keith Hill’s men have enjoyed the much better opening quarter to the campaign and we’re backing them to chalk up another victory here.
Heading into the weekend, Dale are fifth in the League One standings and thoughts of back-to-back promotions are already beginning to creep in around Spotland. In stark contrast, the visitors are currently sat in the relegation zone and could be facing the prospect of consecutive relegations.
Rochdale might have only won two of their five home matches this term but that shouldn’t worry Hill, especially as the Tykes boast just one triumph on the road. Likewise, the recent form chart is very much in Dale’s favour as they enter the clash on the back of three straight victories – conversely, Barnsley have failed to win any of their last five League One encounters.
Hill’s side are definitely in the ascendancy whilst Danny Wilson’s men are really struggling. Meanwhile, an in-form Matt Done will be looking to bolster his individual tally of seven goals and could be the man to fire Dale to three points during Saturday’s showdown.
Bury V Tranmere Rovers
High-flying Bury have been in sensational form at Gigg Lane this season and should be set to make it five wins from six home games as they take on a floundering Tranmere.
The hosts are currently just two point behind leaders Burton Albion and that early season success has been largely due to their awesome home form. David Flitcroft’s men were one of the pre-season favourites for promotion from League Two and they’ve responded well to that pressure so far. Another three points against Tranmere would send a firm warning to their title rivals.
An experienced Daniel Nardiello has linked up superbly with youngster Danny Rose this season and the pair boast eight league goals already. With veteran Ryan Lowe adding even more firepower to their attack, the Shakers will certainly leave the Rovers defence shaking on Saturday.
A run of five games without a win has seen Tranmere slide towards the relegation zone and Rob Edwards’ men could be in for another difficult season in 2014/15. Expect their troubles to continue at Gigg Lane.
A £10 treble pays £81.54 with BetVictor