The long Easter weekend is one of the most exciting stages of the entire football season, not least on the betting front. We’ll be hoping to start it in style on Good Friday with three selections from the EFL in a 4/1 treble.
Not everyone has something to play for, but our three chosen teams are all fighting for play-off berths. We’re backing them to all give their chances a boost with three points here. Let’s just hope they deliver the goods.
Here are our selections.
Sheffield Wednesday v Cardiff City
A hard fought win over Newcastle United has kept Sheffield Wednesday on track to reach the play-offs, and the Owls will be eager to underline their credentials with a third victory on the bounce as they welcome Cardiff to Hillsborough. In truth, they should be more than capable of doing it.
Carlos Carvahal’s men have endured blips, but their overall home record has been quite pleasing thanks to a return of 13 wins from 20 games. Meanwhile, a plethora of attacking talent should ensure that their firepower caused continued problems for the visitors.
Cardiff are hardly the worst side in the division, but they have conceded 34 goals on the road. This, combined with the fact they have little to play for at this stage of the campaign, could be a problem for the visitors, especially as they’ve failed to win any of their last four away outings.
The club’s shared a 1-1 draw in Wales. On home soil, though, the Owls should have enough quality to secure the points here.
Millwall v Northampton Town
Despite only picking up a draw last weekend, Millwall are now up into the League One play-off spots and will now be desperate to keep hold of that status with a big final four matches. The run-in begins with a home game against the Cobblers, and the Lions will not settle for anything less than a win.
Neil Harris’s side have been particularly strong on home soil this term, losing just three of 21 matches. Given that the visitors have lost 10 of their away games, conceding 38 in the process, there’s a good chance that Lee Gregroy and co. will fire the hosts to victory.
After all, Northampton’s recent form has been pretty poor with just two points gained from the last possible 12. Moreover, Justin Edinburgh’s men have lost six of the last nine away games while they were also beaten 3-1 in October’s reverse clash.
That should all lend itself to a home win. While anything can happen at this stage of the season, we’re backing the Lions to roar.
Stevenage v Morecambe
Despite the odd wobble, Stevenage have enjoyed a phenomenal campaign since the start of 2017 and now find themselves in a great position as they close in on a top seven finish for a place in the play-offs.
Darren Sarll’s men still have some work to do, but should be confident about picking up three points at the Lamex on Saturday. After all, they’ve already beaten Morecambe on their travels, and that gulf in quality should be visible once again here.
The visitors are already on their holidays judging by recent results. A return of two points from a possible 27 tells a pretty clear story, and the Shrimps seem unlikely to cause any upsets in this one as they edge towards an unspectacular finish.
If Matt Godden gets the chances, it should be a routine win for the hosts. They should be in bullish mood after losing 4-0 at Colchester last Saturday, and we expect it to show.