Fancy turning your good Friday into a great one? Then you best join us on this afternoon accumulator.
At odds of just over 7/2, it won’t be the best priced treble you’ll see this season. But those winnings would certainly be welcomed as we bid to start the bank holiday weekend in emphatic style.
Barnsley v Scunthorpe United
Paul Heckingbottom has worked wonders since taking over at Oakwell, and his Tykes are easily one of the in-form sides in League One right now. In fact, their performances over the past couple of months has seen them climb into the play-off zone at just the right time, and they won’t be wanting to surrender that position lightly.
Visiting Scunthorpe will put up a fight in this Friday fixture, and Nick Daws will be hoping to see a big performance from a side that’s lost just one in 11. However, it is worth noting that they’ve picked up just one win in seven too, which could give Barnsley an added impetus.
After all, Barnsley have won five of their last six and will be looking to Sam Winnall and Conor Hourihane for further inspiration here. If they can keep Paddy Madden quiet at the other end, there’s every chance that the hosts will go on to win.
Another win would really put Barnsley in the driving seat for a play-off spot. While Scunthorpe will give them a test, we’re backing that motivation to spur the hosts on to victory.
Northampton Town v Newport County
An incredible late turnaround at Stevenage has put Chris Wilder’s Cobblers another step closer to promotion, and the League Two leaders could take another giant leap towards League One with a win against Newport on Saturday. And we fully expect them to do it.
Northampton are now 15 games undefeated in the league. With the goals of Marc Richards and John-Joe O’Toole firing them towards the title, there’s no reason to think they can’t bag a few goals against the struggling Welshmen.
Newport might have registered an unexpected win at Portsmouth in their last away outing, but a home loss to Bristol Rovers last week was a far truer reflection of the side’s current ability. Warren Feeney’s side does have goals in the form of Scott Boden, but even if they do score, there’s a good chance that they’ll come up short against the Cobblers.
We’re backing another three points to be heading to the Sixfields, and the League Two title won’t be far behind either. Home win.
Eastleigh v Welling United
In the Conference, it looks increasingly likely that Welling United will be heading for relegation. Dean Frost’s men are 10 points from safety and are fast running out of chances to save themselves following a winless run that stretches back 22 matches. In truth, it seems inevitable that their plight will take another turn for the worse at the Silverlake Stadium on Good Friday.
Chris Todd’s Eastleigh are still in the hunt for a play-off spot, and their home form has been the driving force throughout a fairly decent 2015/16 campaign. The hosts have won four on the spin in recent weeks and will be fully expected to see off their lowly visitors here.
James Constable, Matt Tubbs and Andrew Drury will all be fancied against the division’s out-of-form side. Meanwhile, the fact Welling boast just 12 away goals all season should give the hosts great hopes of registering a clean sheet too.
It’s certainly not the best price but a winner is a winner, and that’s all we’re concerned about.