After hitting a winning treble on last Saturday’s coupon, we’re looking to double our delight this weekend with three selections that offer a potential payout of over 11/2.
As was the case last weekend, we’re going for one team in each of the three Football League divisions. With just a month to go until Christmas, the extra money would come in very useful indeed.
Aston Villa v Cardiff City
Championship rivals Aston Villa and Cardiff City have both enjoyed resurgent form under new managers, and they’ll be equally eager to secure another vital this weekend. While it’s the visitors who are under greater pressure, we’re backing Steve Bruce’s hosts to grab the points.
The Villans are still unbeaten at home but, perhaps more crucially, two of their three wins have come in the last two games. While their current position may suggest otherwise, they have plenty of quality in the form of Mile Jedinak, Jack Grealish, and a number of attacking options. If they perform to their potential, they will have too much for the visiting Welshmen.
Neil Warnock has made a positive start to life in the Welsh capital, but his side haven’t kept a clean sheet since the opening weekend of the season. That could be a telling feature as they head to Villa Park, especially given that they don’t tend to score that many.
It won’t be an easy test, but Villa can pass it with flying colours. Home win.
Scunthorpe United v Oxford United
Despite pressure from Sheffield United, Graham Alexander’s Scunthorpe have retained their place at the summit of League One with a stunning run of five wins on the bounce. They’ll be fully expected to keep the momentum going as they take on 14th-placed Oxford.
The Iron have been particularly impressive at Glanford Park, winning six and drawing three of their nine games while scoring 22 and conceding just six in the process. The firepower of Paddy Madden and Kevin van Veen will always give the hosts confidence, and it should show against an away side that’s conceded 14 in nine matches on the road.
Michael Appleton’s team do score goals, and can cause a few problems. Nevertheless, even after winning two home games on the spin, it’s hard to overlook the fact they’ve shipped twice in each of their last three away outings.
Given that Scunthorpe simply aren’t leaking goals, it looks a very tough challenge ahead. It should be six in a row for the hosts.
Doncaster Rovers v Leyton Orient
Despite their overall struggles, Leyton Orient have performed relatively well on their travels this term. However, the trip to the Keepmoat will see them take on one of the League Two promotion favourites, and it could be a step too far for the O’s.
After all, the hosts are unbeaten at home, winning six of nine games and scoring 18 in the process. Darren Ferguson’s men additionally enter the clash on the back of a dramatic late win over Hartlepool, which should give them even greater confidence.
Conversely, Alberto Cavasin’s men have lost three of their last four league games. While they don’t tend to get hammered, they are racking up the defeats. Meanwhile, Jay Simpson has struggled to replicate last season’s heroics after missing the start of the campaign through injury, and that certainly hasn’t helped the visitors.
Orient are probably a little better than their league position suggests, but issues off the field continue to plague them on it. It’s hard to see them overcoming those problems against one of the division’s strongest sides. Back Doncaster to land another crucial victory.