It’s another fascinating weekend of sport, and the drama is no greater than in the English leagues. As teams are now starting to find their form, it should become a little easier to predict the outcomes. We’re hopeful that this will prove to be the case with our tasty 5/1 treble.
We’ve picked three home teams to all send their fans home smiling. Hopefully, it will leave us counting £50 profit by 5PM too.
Norwich City v Burton Albion
Nigel Clough’s Burton Albion have adjusted well to life in the Championship since gaining promotion and would be thrilled if they finish the season in the 17th position that they currently occupy. However, the Brewers are still awaiting their first away win of the campaign, and could be left waiting a little longer as they head to Carrow Road on Saturday.
The high-flying Canaries have wasted no time in establishing themselves as one of the promotion favourites, and the early successes can largely be attributed to a home record of 10 points from 12. Meanwhile, the hosts should be in buoyant mood following their midweek cup win at Everton.
Burton are now three games without a win and, despite picking up three away draws on the bounce, know that they are in for a difficult test against the in-form hosts. The visitors have also had to contend with a lot of absences. Even if Jose Mousinho and Lucas Adkins do return, there’s a good chance that they will be a little off the pace.
The firepower of Cameron Jerome, Jacob Murphy, Jonny Howson, and Steven Naismith should be enough against an away side that’s shipped eight in four matches on the road. Home win.
Carlisle United v Wycombe Wanderers
In League Two, Keith Curle’s Carlisle remain unbeaten after eight matches but know they’ll have to convert some of those draws to wins. They’ll be confident of doing just that as they welcome Wycombe to Brunton Park.
The hosts have won two and drawn six so far. However, if they can get Jabo Ibehre and Shaun Miller back amongst the goals, they’ll have everything needed to make a real push for promotion. Against a team that has conceded eight its last two games on the road, firepower shouldn’t be a problem for the Cumbrians here.
Carlisle have conceded a few goals too, but Wycombe boast just three on the road. The struggling Chairboys are still without an away win too, losing three of those four fixtures. Worryingly, they’ve looked equally poor in attack as in defence, and that could prove to be crucial once again.
Both of last year’s meetings ended 1-1, but Carlisle have improved since then. Expect that to show.
Eastleigh v Sutton United
After a slow start, Conference side Eastleigh are on a seven-game unbeaten streak heading into Saturday’s home clash with Sutton United. Ronnie Moore will be confident about his side’s chances of clocking up another three points at the Silverlake.
The visitors have done well since gaining promotion from the Conference South last season, but an away record of one win in five doesn’t make for great reading. Paul Doswell’s men have lost their last three on the road without scoring. Given that the hosts have scored in all five home games this season, registering nine in total, Sutton will need to change that to avoid defeat in this one.
A win will almost certainly fire Eastleigh into the play-off spots, and this is the type of game they need to be winning if talks of promotion are seriously on the agenda. With the in-form Mikael Mandron to provide inspiration, there’s no reason that they shouldn’t get the points.
Sutton are likely to put in a spirited display, but we think they’ll come up just short. Back the hosts to prevail.