It’s the final weekend before the first international break of the year, and we’re hoping that these three selections will land us a winner at odds of just under 5/1.
A £10 stake on our three teams from the Premier League, League One, and National League will return £58.40 if they all win. So let’s hope that they do.
Here are our selections.
Crystal Palace v Watford
Sam Allardyce’s tactics finally seem to be working at Selhurst Park, and Crystal Palace enter this weekend’s action sitting above the drop zone. A third win on the spin would go a long way to boosting their survival hopes, and they’re more than capable of getting against an out-of-form Watford.
The Eagles aren’t just winning, they’re keeping clean sheets also. At this stage of the relegation scrap, those defensive improvements could be vital. Given that the visiting Hornets have fired four blanks in their last six on the road, the hosts will surely feel confident.
Watford have still picked up the odd positive result, but Walter Mazzarri’s men are struggling for momentum right now. Meanwhile, the fact that they look destined for a lower mid-table finish arguably see Palace enter this one with the greater incentive going into this one.
In an ideal world, Big Sam would prefer to be preparing for England’s international fixtures. But he isn’t, and the focus will be solely on registering three points here. Back his men to grab them.
MK Dons v Coventry City
In League One, struggling MK Dons haven’t had the best of seasons and suffered another disappointment on Tuesday as they lost to rivals AFC Wimbledon. Having said that, their problems aren’t nearly as bad as Coventry’s, and a home clash against the rock-bottom Sky Blues is the perfect opportunity for Robbie Neilson’s men to bounce back in style.
Results haven’t been great on the road, but the Dons have lost just once in six at the Stadium:mk. Meanwhile, they’d scored twice in each of the four games prior to Tuesday’s loss, which should give Kieran Agard and co. plenty of confidence.
The visitors are now five games without a win, and even the change of management hasn’t helped their fortunes. In truth, it would take a miracle for the struggling Sky Blues to avoid the drop now, and it’s hard to see them doing anything to improve their chances here.
It might not be an onslaught, but a home win should be on the cards.
Dover Athletic v Bromley
A shocking 5-0 loss at Boreham Wood in midweek completed a terrible run of three games that have seen Dover drop out of the National League play-off zone. Chris Kinnear’s men will still feel that promotion is a possibility, however, and will be determined to show that with an important three points on Saturday.
The suspension of Ricky Miller will be a problem for the hosts, but they still have enough quality to see off a Bromley side that has leaked 25 on the road. If they can increase their tally of 39 home goals with a couple more here, they should be set for a comfortable afternoon at Lewisham Road, which has been a bit of a fortress.
Bromley’s season is essentially over as neither promotion nor relegation are realistic outcomes.Neil Smith’s men have suffered a couple of hammerings in recent weeks too. Despite last weekend’s home win against struggling North Ferriby, there’s a good chance that the visitors will taste defeat once more.
Dover still have plenty of work to do as they look to get their promotion bid back on track, but this should be a positive afternoon for the hosts.