In this week’s FA Cup ties only 90 minutes stand in the way of eight teams and Wembley.
However, plenty more stories will be made across the nation as teams from the Football League hope to claim three points on the road to their respective goals. With games running out quickly, every point is vital.
Here’s a 7/1 treble to hopefully start the weekend with a bang.
Derby County v Millwall
At Pride Park, Steve McLaren’s Derby County look to continue their push for promotion as they welcome struggling Millwall.
Since McLaren’s arrival, the Rams have been fantastic and are up to third in the Championship standings. If the former England gaffer had managed them from August you can’t help but wonder whether it would be Derby’s name destined for the trophy; even so, they may still gain automatic promotion via the runners-up spot.
If they can’t leapfrog Burnley into second then they’ll surely be favourites to win the play-offs.
Prior to last week’s loss, at Burnley, the Rams had picked up 17 from available 21 points. Conversely, Millwall sit bottom of the form charts and have gained just two points from the last six matches.
The appointment of Ian Holloway has had no impact whatsoever and the Londoners are favourites for the drop. They sit just one point above the relegation zone at present; that position becomes even more worrying by the fact they’ve played three more games than Charlton Athletic, who are directly below them.
This selection is a short price but has an excellent chance of winning. Derby have amassed 60 league goals this season (only leaders Leicester can better that), whilst Millwall’s defence has shipped 61 (the worst record in the division).
Expect the Lions to be tamed once more.
DERBY COUNTY Win @ 11/20 BetVictor
Notts County v Leyton Orient
In League One, Leyton Orient cannot afford to drop points at rock-bottom Notts County or else they may see their automatic promotion dreams go up in flames.
The Os currently sit second and are level with league leaders Wolves. However, they have played twice more than both Wanderers and third placed Brentford – who sit just three points below the automatic promotion places.
Keith Curle’s side did temporarily look like surviving but a recent dip in form has seen them return to the bottom once more and, with games running out, their fate now appears to be the disappointment of relegation. Facing a strong Orient side hardly helps matters either.
A fourth successive defeat (and seven in eight) would leave County clinging on to their League One status by a thread. The gap is only five points at current and there is still time to turn things around but the fact they sit 23rd in the form table highlights just how slim their chances of survival are.
As for Orient, they’ve recovered from the bad patch of a few weeks ago and are back on track to challenge for the title. Away from home they have scored 34 in 17 and will be confident of adding to their 10 previous victories on the road.
The Os won the reverse fixture 5-1 back in September, it might be a bit closer at Meadow Lane but the end outcome should be the same.
LEYTON ORIENT Win @ Evens BetVictor
Mansfield Town v Newport County
At Field Mill, the two newest Football League teams do battle as Welsh club Newport County make the trip to Mansfield Town.
After a phenomenal first half to the campaign, Newport have struggled as of late and now face a real uphill battle in their quest for a play-off berth. Conversely, Mansfield’s recent improvements has seen the Stags pull away from the bottom two.
Mansfield’s Paul Cox will be far happier if both teams remain in League Two next season.
Justin Edinburgh’s side have won just once in their last ten outings and are currently bottom of the League Two form chart. County are yet to taste victory on the road in 2014. Meanwhile, Mansfield have won two of their most recent three home matches and will also take confidence from the 1-1 draw in Wales last September.
For all of Newport’s good play this season, they’ve only won three times on the road all season. If they fail to record a fourth at Mansfield, their dreams of back-to-back promotions will be all but over.
MANSFIELD TOWN Win @ 8/5 with BetVictor
The £10 treble return £80.60 at BetVictor