A full schedule of league football returns following last week’s FA Cup action, and we’ve got a 4/1 treble lined up for Saturday’s afternoon fixtures.
Our three home selections all face teams sitting below them in their respective leagues, and we’re hoping the combination of home advantage and superior quality will see each of them ride their way to three points.
Here are our selections.
Everton v Bournemouth
While they have drawn more often than they’d have liked, Ronald Koeman’s Toffees are now unbeaten in six Premier League matches since Christmas while they’ve lost just once at Goodison Park all season. Another home win should be on the cards as they take on an out of form Bournemouth.
Everton have scored 19 times in just 11 home games, conceding just seven in the process. Meanwhile, the arrival of Ademola Lookman has bolstered an attacking unit that already boasted the talent of Romelu Lukaku. If the Toffees can hit their stride, the Cherries will be under a lot of pressure throughout.
Eddie Howe’s men enjoyed a positive start to the campaign but have now won just one of their last seven league games. Worryingly, they’ve also shipped 22 away goals, which is twice as many as they’ve scored. Should they allow the hosts to bag a couple here, it would be difficult to see them coming away with anything other than a loss.
It might not necessarily be a comfortable win, but the home side should grab the important three points.
Bradford City v Gillingham
Valley Parade has been a fortress for the Bantams this season, and the League One promotion-chasers will be looking to make it 16 unbeaten at home with another big performance against Gillingham on Saturday; they’re more than capable of doing it.
The hosts are drawing more often than they’d like, but Stuart McCall’s men have still hit 22 goals compared to 10 conceded while the addition of Charlie Wyke will give them even more confidence against the Gills.
Adrien Pennock’s men are in a terrible run of form, failing to win any of their last six games. Moreover, their away form in League One includes nine defeats and 31 goals conceded. Given the difficulty of this weekend’s task, loss number 10 could well be in the offing.
These sides shared a 1-1 draw back at the Priestfield. In West Yorkshire, though, we fully expect Bradford to prevail.
Dagenham & Redbridge v Chester
National League side Dagenham & Redbridge slumped out of the title race thanks to an indifferent November and December. However, John Still’s men are now on a run of three straight wins and will be backing themselves to keep hold of their spot in the play-off zone. A good start to February could be key to ensuring they do.
Saturday’s home clash against Chester should be a winnable fixture, not least because the visitors have won just three times on their travels. While Jonathan McCarthy’s men do pick up a lot of draws, it is worth noting that they’ve won just one of their last six competitive fixtures.
Dagenham, meanwhile, have scored nine and conceded zero during their recent winning spell. With the quality of Oliver Hawkins and Corey Whitely in the attacking third, they should be extremely confident as they look to keep their run going.
A loss would put the final nail in Chester’s promotion coffin. Unfortunately for the visitors, that is the most likely outcome.