On Saturday we have a full schedule of matches across all four divisions as well as the FA Trophy and a handful of Skrill Prem matches in what should be an action packed afternoon of entertainment.
Here’s a treble with a strong chance and decent returns to keep you happy whilst watching Gillette Soccer Saturday.
CHARLTON ATHLETIC V DERBY COUNTY
In the Championship, in form Derby travel to London aiming to extend their winning streak to six as they take on a struggling Charlton.
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The Addicks sit precariously just one place above the relegation zone and have found it really tough going in front of goal, scoring just 16 times in 19 games. After a temporary upturn in fortunes over the course of October and early November, they have returned to the uninspired form by picking up just four points in their last six outings.
Those four points came against fellow strugglers Doncaster and Yeovil.
Conversely, the Rams are enjoying their best sequence of the campaign and have picked up the maximum three points in each of their last five matches. Away from home, Derby’s form has been fantastic with six wins from their nine games on the road.
Under Steve McLaren, Derby have climbed to fourth and thoughts of automatic promotion will definitely be on the ex-England manager’s agenda. Their only two away defeats came against QPR and Forest; however, the majority of matches against weaker opposition have been relatively comfortable.
Derby’s 40 league goals is a Championship high and they seem unlikely to fire a blank at the Valley. Charlton may need a couple of goals if they’re to get anything from this one – unfortunately that seems beyond them at this time.
WOLVES V MK DONS
Kenny Jackett’s side suffered a shock defeat last time out against Peterborough but, make no mistake, Wolves are still front runners for the League One title and will look to bounce back with a win at home against the MK Dons.
Despite that loss at London Road, Wolves remain in the automatic promotion places and are behind leaders Orient on goal difference only. At Molineaux, Jackett’s men have been insatiable with a painful defeat to close rivals Walsall and draws to Coventry and Brentford being the only blemishes on a record that has seen them win 70% of their home ties.
Meanwhile, MK Dons are on a tragic run of just one win in six and have fallen from play-off contenders to mid-table obscurity. If their hopes of promotion are to be realised then Karl Robinson’s men need to return to form fast; they probably couldn’t have picked a harder game to kick-start that.
Nine goals conceded in their last three matches is simply inadequate and any similar defensive frailties will be punished by Wolves. The Dons haven’t won away in the league since August; I can’t see that changing here.
COLCHESTER UNITED V NOTTS COUNTY
League One’s bottom team head to north Essex needing a victory or else could find themselves slipping too far behind their rivals in their bid for survival.
However, whilst County will view Colchester as a winnable game, the Eagles will be desperate to pick up three points that would pull them well away from the relegation zone.
Neither team is in great form, each registering just four wins all season. However, Colchester have drawn nine so are pretty difficult to beat. Against a rock-bottom Notts County at home, United will fancy their chances. In their last home game, they beat MK Dons 3-1. That was the latest result in a sequence of four home games in which they’ve picked up an impressive eight points.
Notts County haven’t won an away league encounter all season. In fact, their draw last time out at Bradford was their first point on the road since August and confidence cannot be good for Shaun Derry’s men.
Colchester might not be the best team in the division but they should see off a lacklustre Notts County.
A £10 treble on the above selections returns £87.40 with Bet365