This Saturday sees another full schedule of matches across the Football League and non-league pyramid and we’re hoping to capitalise with this 8/1 treble.
With the season now in full swing we should start to see some patterns emerge and this should make betting a lot easier in the coming weeks. Here are the three teams we’ve selected for this weekend:
Port Vale V Notts County
Our first selection comes from League One and we’re backing unbeaten Port Vale to continue their positive start to the season by overcoming Notts County.
As well as picking up five league points, the hosts claimed a 6-2 Capital One Cup triumph over Hartlepool United and Micky Adams’ men can be pleased thus far. In addition to looking a very capable outfit, striker Tom Pope has already hit three goals and looks set to continue the scoring exploits of the past two seasons.
Meanwhile, Notts County have enjoyed a better start tot 2014/15 than they did last year but are still favoured to be involved in a battle for survival. The Magpies lost 2-1 at Vale Park in the corresponding fixture last term and should prepare themselves for another difficult afternoon in Staffordshire.
Shaun Derry’s men will be motivated following their 2-1 midweek victory over Colchester United but winning on the road is another ball game altogether, particularly against a side who remain undefeated.
Vale are one of the sides that could be pushing for the play-offs this season and a strong home form will be crucial to their ambitions. They should defeat a pretty average Magpies.
Newport County V Burton Albion
Last year’s play-off finalists have started the new season in phenomenal form and should extend their 100% record with the trip to Wales.
Burton were unlucky not to gain promotion in 2013/14 and are rightly one of the favourites for the League Two title this term. Three straights wins has fired an early warning shot to their rivals and victory at Rodney Parade would be a further indication of their credentials.
The Brewsters have won all three matches so far, conceding just once and already look like a very solid unit. Conversely, the Welshmen have lost all of their League Two encounters including a 2-0 home loss to Wycombe Wanderers.
In truth, Justin Edinburgh’s side have been struggling in League Two throughout 2014 and endured a hellish final third to 2013/14. It appears as though those problems are going to continue throughout the early parts of this campaign and they should be set for more disappointment at the weekend.
Bristol Rovers V Telford United
Life in the Conference hasn’t started as Darrell Clarke would have wished but Saturday’s visit of Telford offers Bristol Rovers a fantastic opportunity to gain their first win since last year’s relegation from League Two.
The Pirates were firm pre-season favourites for the Conference title but two defeats and a draw have left them hovering just above the relegation zone at this early stage. Whilst the early indications are that they may have to settle for another year outside of the Football League, we would still fully expect them to climb the table in the coming weeks – starting with three points against their fellow strugglers.
Telford also boast just one point from a possible nine and Liam Watson’s men won’t relish Saturday’s trip to the Memorial Stadium. The visitors lost 2-0 at home to Aldershot last weekend so confidence will be low and a superior Pirates side should capitalise.
Despite their poor start, Rovers still have a number of quality players in their side whilst goalkeeper Steven Mildenhall is probably the best No.1 in the division. Clarke’s side have found adjusting to this new challenge quite difficult but we’re backing them to beat Telford.