As the season approaches its final stages, a number of teams are playing for pride alone. That’s not the case for our chosen teams for Saturday’s afternoon treble, though, as all three of them are fighting to gain promotion.
We’re backing them all to grab three points in a 9/2 EFL treble. Let’s hope they can deliver.
Leeds United v Preston North End
A run of one win in five sees Leeds face the very real possibility of missing out on the Championship play-offs in spite of what has largely been a great campaign for Garry Monk’s men. However, the Elland Road club still have destiny in their own hands and can get their promotion charge back on track with three points against Preston.
It won’t be an easy game for the hosts as the visitors are in good form and still have a small chance of reaching the play-offs themselves. Meanwhile, PNE boss Simon Grayson would also love to secure three points against his former employers. Moreover, confidence should be sky high after the 5-0 midweek demolition of Bristol City.
The visitors haven’t tasted victory in seven away games, though. Conversely, Leeds have won 13 of 20 matches on home turf, conceding just 12 times in the process. If they can keep the doors shut in defence, they’ll have every chance of bouncing back to winning ways – especially if Chris Wood has his striking boots on.
It’s a tough test for Leeds, but we’re backing them to pass it with flying colours.
Gillingham v Millwall
The Lions are still hunting for a spot in the League One play-off zone, and enter this weekend’s action sitting outside of the top six on goal difference alone. A big final five games should see Neil Harris’s men finish in those positions, and they’ll be desperate to start that run with three points as they head to Priestfield.
Back-to-back wins over Scunthorpe and Shrewsbury should leave Millwall in good spirits after previously dropping silly points. While their away record is far from perfect, they should be confident about letting their quality shine through against an inferior opponent here.
After all, the Gills enter this one on the back of four straight defeats and are now down to 19th in the table. Relegation is still a possibility for Adrian Pennock’s men, and that pressure could be telling here. If they fall behind to the Londoners, it’s hard to see how the hosts can fight back.
Millwall registered a 2-1 victory in the reverse clash at the Den. Do not be surprised if we see a repeat in Kent.
Portsmouth v Yeovil Town
Pompey’s stay in League Two finally looks set to end with automatic promotion as Paul Cook’s men need just 13 more points to guarantee a top three finish. In truth, they should rack up three of them with ease against Yeovil.
Portsmouth’s home record has been particularly pleasing all season, with the hosts managing 11 wins and 36 goals in 19 matches. With Kai Naismith, Gary Roberts, and Conor Chaplin all capable of scoring on a regular basis, the visiting Glovers could be in for a long afternoon.
Yeovil did manage to hold Pompey to a 0-0 draw at Huish Park, but their away form doesn’t inspire confidence as they’ve picked up just three wins in 19. A lack of quality is likely to show once again as they head to Fratton Park while the fact they are virtually safe means that they could be lacking motivation too.
The visitors are four games without a win in League Two. We expect that run to be stretched to five as Pompey close in on promotion.