Fancy kicking off your weekend with a 5/1 treble? Of course you do, and we’ve got three selections to hopefully help us do just that.
We’re backing three home sides to celebrate the weekend with a win. With a little luck, it won’t just be their fans that are smiling come 5PM. £49.50 profit from a £10 bet certainly sounds appealing, let’s keep our fingers crossed for a winner.
Watford v Stoke City
Quique Flores’s Hornets had suffered a slight dip in form, but they bounced back to winning ways in fitting style by booking their place at Wembley last weekend. They’ll be eager to follow that up with a first league win in four on Saturday and will be confident about doing that as they welcome Stoke to Vicarage Road.
The hosts haven’t exactly sparkled in front of goal in recent weeks, but they will have restored some confidence with those two goals at the Emirates. More importantly, top scorer Odion Ighalo found his way back to the scoresheet.
While Stoke have enjoyed an impressive season, it is worth noting that they’ve failed to keep a clean sheet in six away games since Christmas, conceding three times on three separate occasions. Those defensive frailties, combined with Watford’s impressive home form and defensive record could make it a tough night for the Potters.
It certainly won’t be easy, but odds of basically 6/4, Watford are certainly worth an inclusion.
Sheffield Wednesday v Charlton Athletic
Last weekend, fans of Championship side Charlton held a funeral for their club after seeing it destroyed by the owners. While things have improved on the pitch recently, the Addicks are still firm favourites for the drop. Unfortunately, they should prepare themselves for another dismal afternoon as they make the trip to Hillsborough.
Despite returning five points from the last available nine, it still looks very ominous for the visitors. A poor away record has been central to their struggles this season, with two in three trips ending in defeat. Moreover, 14 goals in 18 matches is rather poor form in front of goal, and could be a major problem against a relatively solid Owls backline.
Wednesday haven’t been great in recent weeks, but confidence has been restored with that stunning 3-0 win at Nottingham Forest seven days ago. If they can get the ball to Gary Hooper and Fernando Forestieri, the hosts should be fancied to put a few past the division’s worst defence.
Charlton have given themselves a glimmer of hope, but those problems off the field have impact their performances on it. With Carlos Carvalhal’s hosts chasing a play-off spot, we’re predicting a home victory.
Walsall v Colchester United
In League One, sorry Colchester United are sitting nine points adrift of safety and have shipped a massive 51 goals in 18 matches on the road. Sadly for the Eagles, it’s unlikely to get any easier as they make Saturday’s trip to high-flying Walsall, and they should expect to be dealt yet another blow.
Kevin Keen hasn’t been able to stop those defensive problems since taking charge at Christmas, and this Achilles heel is costing them dearly. After all, the visitors are actually scoring a fair amount of goals. Unfortunately, the leaky defence will come back to bite them once more.
After finally getting their promotion bid back on track with back-to-back away wins, Walsall will now be hoping to register a first win in seven at the Bescot. Despite those poor recent results, Jonathan Whitley’s men have been relatively strong on home soil, and this is the perfect chance to seal a return to winning ways.
It was 4-4 when the sides met at Colchester. We’re expecting a few goals once again but, on this occasion, we’re backing the home side to prevail.