Saturday’s football serves up a feast of action across the English leagues, and clubs from up and down the country will be desperate to end February with a massive three points.
We’re backing three teams to do just that with hopes of landing a weekend treble to turn a £10 stake into £74.30. All three are playing weaker opponents, so we have every reason to think that they will seal the points. Let’s just hope they live up to expectations.
Here are our selections.
Gillingham v Southend United
In League One, Phil Brown’s Southend have done exceptionally well to fire themselves into the play-off zone, and the Roots Hall club won’t be giving up their top six place without a fight over the coming weeks. Tuesday’s 4-1 win at Peterborough signalled a fantastic start to their week, and they’ll be looking to complete it with another three points against Gillingham.
The Shrimpers were dominated twice by the Gills at the campaign’s start, but are now looking stronger than ever thanks to the goals of Simon Cox and co. Meanwhile, they enter Saturday’s clash having won more games on the road than the hosts have won at home.
Gillingham are in need of points too as their recent poor form has seen them slide dangerously close to the drop zone. While the hosts will certainly fancy their chances of survival still, they would’ve certainly liked an easier opponent than a side that has won its last two on the road.
Adrian Pennock’s men have now gone 11 games without a league win and while many of those matches have ended in draws, there’s a good chance that the run will be extended with a defeat. At odds of evens, the visitors are well worth their inclusion.
Colchester United v Hartlepool United
Colchester United have endured a rollercoaster season back in League Two, but the Eagles are looking odds-on to claim a play-off spot. Assuming they do, it will be largely thanks to their impressive home form, which should be extended with another three points on Saturday.
John McGreal’s men have registered nine wins at the Colchester Community Stadium, scoring an impressive 30 goals in their 15 matches thus far. Goals scored from the trio of Ben Dickenson, Chris Porter, and Kurtis Guthrie have been supplemented with a couple of home shutouts since the turn of the year too. Quite frankly, that recipe should be too strong for the struggling visitors.
A change of manager at Victoria Park hasn’t worked and the Pool are now on a run of one win in nine in 2017. Away from home, the visitors haven’t won since beating Grimsby on the 1st of October. Worryingly, the last three away outings have seen the strugglers concede a total of 10 goals. Frankly, it doesn’t look good for Dave Jones’ men ahead of this one.
It’s a strange part of the season, but this should be a routine win for the hosts.
Aldershot v Bromley
The battle for the National League’s final play-off spot has now hit top gear, and Aldershot are one of five candidates hoping to clinch that crucial position. While the odds are stacked against them, they should give their chances a boost with three points against Bromley.
Gary Waddock’s men are unbeaten in eight league matches in total while their overall record at the Electrical Services Stadium reads 10 wins and just three losses from 16. While a return of 25 goals scored in that time is impressive, the defensive record of just 11 conceded is even better, and that solidarity could make all the difference once more.
Bromley’s away record is far from terrible, but their season is essentially over as Neil Smith’s men close in on a mid-table finish. That will signal a great campaign for the visitors. However, signs that they’re taking the foot of the gas are creeping in, and it wouldn’t be at all surprising if they pick up a third straight defeat on Saturday.
It still won’t be an easy task for the visitors, but we are backing them to prevail.