International football means there is no action in the Premier League or Championship. However, we’ve still found three teams that we can back with confidence in a 9/2 Saturday treble.
This weekend’s selections come from League One, League Two, and the Championship. Let’s hope they can all deliver vital victories.
Bradford City v Plymouth Argyle
Bradford City’s home form in 2017-18 hasn’t been as strong as it was last season, but it has still been good to see them enter the weekend sitting third in the League One table. Against rock-bottom Plymouth, Stuart McCall will expect nothing less than a win.
The Bantams have only scored nine in their eight games at Valley Parade. Still, with the firepower of Charlie Wyke and co. at their disposal, they should have more than enough quality to grab a couple of goals here. If they do, it will be difficult to envisage Argyle responding.
Even one goal might be enough for the hosts, not least because the visitors boast just six in eight away matches thus far. Meanwhile, the Pilgrims don’t really have a star striker that they can rely on for goals, which is another reason to fear for their chances here.
Plymouth are actually unbeaten in five competitive games. Then again, three of those have been draws while they’ve scored just once in each of those fixtures. With this in mind, we’re backing their good form to come to a crushing end against the Bantams.
Swindon Town v Chesterfield
David Flitcroft’s men are now up to fifth in League Tow and enter this weekend’s action on the back of a five game winning streak in all competitions. Frankly, a home game against struggling Chesterfield should be the perfect opportunity for the Robins to keep their run going strong.
Despite their league position, the hosts have lost more than they’ve won at the County Ground. While this is a slightly worrying factor for our selection, the quality of Matt Taylor, Luke Norris and Keshi Anderson does remove some of those fears. Perhaps more tellingly, though, Chesterfield have been terrible.
The Spireites have shipped 17 in eight away games, losing six times in the process. Moreover, a return of one win in six their last six sums up their season to this point. Even the change of manager has done little to change their fortunes, and the trip to Wiltshire is likely to end with a negative result too.
Swindon know that their home form must improve if they’re going to keep their promotion hopes alive. This clash could be the catalyst to ignite it.
Dover Athletic v Eastleigh
The top of the National League could scarcely be tighter, but it’s Chris Kinnear’s Dover who enter the weekend sitting top of the pile. They’ll be desperate to keep hold of that status with three points against Eastleigh, not least because they’ve hit a slightly worse run of form in recent weeks.
On a brighter note, the two worst results came in the FA Cup, so the hosts are still unbeaten in their last eight league matches. Having scored 13 times at the Perrys Crabble Stadium this term, they can be confident about a team from the bottom half.
Eastleigh have been far from terrible but they have lost two of their last three away games in the league. While they are nearer to the play-offs than the drop zone in terms of points, they are a little vulnerable, which should show against a team that beat them twice in 2016-17.
Richard Hill’s men know that they’ll be up against it here. Unfortunately for them, we don’t think they can defy the odds in this one.