The international fixtures mean that there’s no action in the top two divisions, but that won’t stop us trying to land a weekend treble. We’re backing three teams to win in a 4/1 treble.
Our three selected teams come from League One, League Two, and the National League. Let’s just hope they can do the business.
Shrewsbury Town v Bolton Wanderers
League One side Bolton have certainly had their problems off the pitch, but they’re performing particularly well on it right now and enter this weekend’s action sitting comfortably four points above the play-offs. The Trotters should be confident about another three points here.
Phil Parkinson’s men have scored four times in each of their last three away games, which will give them immense confidence as they head to New Meadow. Adam Le Fondre, Gary Madine, and co. are certainly capable of punishing the struggling Shrews, and that firepower could make all the difference.
The hosts actually boast a respectable home record, but Paul Hurst’s side have won just one of their last five in total. Quite frankly, they couldn’t ask for a tougher test as they prepare to take on the promotion-chasing visitors.
Everything points to an away win, and that’s exactly what we’re backing.
Portsmouth v Newport County
Paul Cook’s Pompey may have suffered a 3-0 loss at Stevenage last weekend, but the League Two side are in good form overall and are well on their way to automatic promotion. Quite frankly, their quality should shine through against relegation-threatened Newport.
Pompey’s lost home game was a 4-0 victory against Grimsby, and the likes of Conor Chaplin will expect more goals in this one. After al, the hosts have hit 34 goals in 18 matches at Fratton Park whilst the visitors have leaked 28 on their travels. Moreover, the hosts hit three goals in a 3-2 reverse win at Rodney Parade.
Conversely, the Welshmen have kept just one clean sheet in eight and have struggled to string results together all season. Michael Flynn’s men know that they’re in for an uphill battle here, and a poor start could potentially open up a rout.
Even if it doesn’t pan out that way, we’d expect the hosts to prevail.
Wrexham v Torquay United
Dean Keates’s Dragons might not be ready to mount a challenge for promotion but they do boast one of the National League’s better home records. They should continue that in style as they take on struggling Torquay.
The hosts have won 10 of 19 games at the Racecourse, losing just five, and will be extremely confident against a side that has lost 11 of 18 on the road.
Torquay did win their last away game, at Southport, but this will be a different test. Moreover, the pressure is well on truly on against a team that they only managed a 1-1 draw against at Plainmoor back in November.
Wrexham’s recent record is pretty poor, but they’ll be eager to bounce back with a win here before putting together a strong finish to the season. Against a relatively poor away side, they should be more than capable of grabbing the win.