As the football season hits the business end, points are becoming more vital than ever as clubs look to secure the best possible finish. We’ll be hoping to capitalise on that need for wins on Saturday afternoon with this tasty 6/1 treble.
Our selections come from League One and the National League, and we’re backing three in-form sides to beat inferior opponents. Let’s hope they can help us celebrate the first weekend of the month in style.
Bury v Gillingham
The change of manager at Gigg Lane has worked wonders for Bury, and the League One club have now picked up 13 points from the last possible 15. That improved form has seen them pull away from the drop zone, and a win against Gillingham would signal another huge step towards confirming their survival.
Lee Clark’s men should be confident too. Not only are they enjoying their best form of the season, but they’ve been scoring regularly at home all season. James Vaughan and co. have fired the Shakers to 29 home goals this term while the visiting Gills have shipped a massive 38 on the road. That firepower should be enough to secure the win.
After all, Adrian Pennock’s men enter this weekend’s clash having failed to win any of their last nine on the road. While they can be quietly confident about finding the target, their poor form and leaky defence points strongly towards a home win.
Bury have performed brilliantly against the other bottom half teams in recent weeks. Back that trend to continue.
Rochdale v Sheffield United
At the other end of the League One table, Sheffield United are starting to run away with the title as they enter this weekend’s action sitting seven points clear. While an away trip to Rochdale certainly won’t be easy, three points would send a huge signal of intent as they close in on promotion. It’s a test we fully expect them to pass.
Keith Hill’s Dale boast a fantastic home record, but their current form has been terrible. A return of three points from 21 has seen the hosts drop out of the play-off zone, and it would take a very strong end to the season to turn around now – even with the games in hand. Unfortunately, they couldn’t have asked for a tougher weekend fixture.
The Blades are unbeaten in five and have four of the last six on their travels. Frankly, with Billy Sharp scoring goals for fun too, it’s hard to see anything other than a trophy parade in May. Another three points on Saturday would just be another step towards that inevitable outcome.
A lot has changed for both sides since August’s 1-1 draw at Bramall Lane. On current form, it’s hard not to fancy an away win.
Dover v Solihull Moors
Despite a disappointing loss at Woking in midweek, the play-offs are still very much in Dover’s hands and the National League side will be eager to remain in the top five with an important three points on Saturday. In truth, it should be a routine win as they welcome Solihill to Lewisham Road.
The Whites boast one of the division’s best home record, especially on the goalscoring front. A return of 39 goals in 17 games has first them to 10 wins and three draws so far. Given that they’ve already beaten Solihull 3-2 in the reverse game this season, they should have every reason for optimism here.
Solihull’s record hasn’t been too bad in recent weeks, but they are now virtually safe from the drop and have very little to play for. There will be questions marks as to whether the visitors can get themselves up for this one. Either way, they’ll have to be at their best to avoid defeat.
It might not be easy, but attacking qualities should see the hosts prevail.