The frantic festive season is upon us, and clubs will up and down the country will be desperate to grab three points on Saturday. We’re backing three home sides to do just that with a 6/1 treble for the afternoon’s action.
We have every reason to believe our three picks can all do the business. Let’s just hope the weather doesn’t knock our treble down to a double or worse. Here are our selections.
Watford v Huddersfield
After a phenomenal start to the campaign, Watford are showing signs of repeating exactly what they did last season thanks to a run of four games without a win. However, Marco Silva’s men have the perfect opportunity to get back to winning ways as they welcome a Huddersfield side that’s lost five of its last six games to Vicarage Road. The Hornets should be ready to take it.
Despite the poor run, Watford have at least scored in each of their last seven and can look to Richarlison, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Troy Deeney for inspiration against the Terriers. Given the fact Huddersfield have shipped 18 in eight away games, the hosts should get on the scoresheet.
Conversely, the visitors have lost each of their last five away games without scoring and are now seven matches on the road without a goal. Frankly, David Wagner’s men have lost their early momentum and now face severe problems at both ends of the pitch.
Expect that to show once more on Saturday.
Leeds United v Norwich City
Championship side Leeds will hope that they are over their blip and will look to continue their bid to get back in the play-off spots with three points at Elland Road on Saturday. While they can expect a tough test against Norwich, the Yorkshiremen have more than enough quality to prevail.
Leeds have won four and drawn three of their 10 home matches so far, which signals good form albeit unspectacular. More tellingly, though, only table-topping Wolves have beaten them in the last five league outings while no less than five players boast five or more goals for the season at this stage.
Norwich are doing OK on the road overall, although they have lost five of their 10 matches, but will be concerned at losing three away outings on the spin. More worryingly, two of those came at Bolton and Nottingham Forest. The trip to Leeds will be even harder for Daniel Farke’s men, and they may not have the firepower to get through it.
Wycombe Wanderers v Chesterfield
An impressive run of six games without defeat has dragged Chesterfield out of the League Two drop zone and into a position where Jack Lester can be confident about staying up in 2017-18. However, that streak has to end at some stage, and Saturday’s difficult trip to Wycombe could be it.
After all, the promotion-chasing Chairboys are unbeaten in six at Adams Park and boast 23 goals in 10 home matches overall. With Adebayo Akinfenwa and co. at his disposal, Gareth Ainsworth will expect a big performance against a team that is still vulnerable in spite of the recent improvements.
Chesterfield do have a lethal goalscorer of their own in Kristian Dennis but, even with this recent run, they boast just one away win all term. The Spireites have also leaked 21 in 10 on the road, which is another reason to think they’ll come up short here.
With the way they are performing right now, relegation looks unlikely for the visitors. Still, a trip to Wycombe could be a test too far as they look to keep their run going.