Fancy turning £10 into £131 on Saturday afternoon? Then we’ve got a treble that’s just for you.
We’ve picked three teams from the English leagues to all pick up vital points with hopes of landing what would be a cracking 12/1 winner. Let’s hope they can deliver the goods.
Newcastle United v Crystal Palace
Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace did the unthinkable by beating Chelsea last weekend, but the Selhurst Park club shouldn’t get carried away just yet. It’ll still take a little longer for the manager’s repetitive tactical ideas to truly take shape, which could see them come crashing back to earth against a well organised Newcastle.
The Magpies have endured uncertainties away from the pitch regarding the owner and the manager. On the pitch, though, Rafa Benitez has inspired a fantastic start to life back in the top flight. Despite failing to win in the last three, draws against Liverpool and Southampton are positive results, and they’ll view this game as a great chance to get back to winning ways.
Without boasting real superstars, the home defence is very well organised. Meanwhile, Joselu and Aleksandar Mitrovic offer far better firepower than Palace’s non-existent frontline. If the hosts can maintain concentration on the game rather than developments behind the scenes, they’ll have a great chance.
While Palace will think they have turned the corner in terms of getting hammered, we still think they’ll be set for a loss here.
Sheffield United v Reading
Like Newcastle, Sheffield United have adapted to life in a new division in style. The Championship outfit enter this weekend’s action sitting proudly in third, which is largely thanks to their form at Bramall Lane. A home game against Reading should give them a great chance of continuing it in style.
The hosts have picked up 15 points from a possible 18 at home, scoring eight times and conceding just twice in the process. Last weekend’s 1-0 triumph over Ipswich was the perfect example of what Chris Wilder’s men have achieved, and the likes of Leon Clarke and Billy Sharp will hope to fire the Blades to another three points here.
Conversely, Jaap Stam’s Reading have suffered a terrible start in what has been a stark contrast from 2016-17. A return of 12 points from 11 games simply isn’t good enough and, even after picking up a valuable win away at Leeds last weekend, the Royals have lacked both spark and belief.
There’s a good chance that those factors will shine through once more via a home win.
Leyton Orient v Macclesfield Town
Leyton Orient would’ve hoped for a far better start to the campaign than their return of 18 points from 15 game and manager Steven Davis will be particularly concerned by a winless run of seven league matches. It might not get any easier as they prepare to take on table-topping Macclesfield.
The visiting Silkmen have now won four on the spin while an overall away record of five wins and two defeats is pretty pleasing too. Scott Wilson and co. should fancy their chances of getting the goals needed to remain top of the pile at the Matchroom.
Orient still boast some decent players, not least in the form of Jobi McAnuff and Macauley Bonne. Moreover, Tuesday’s FA Cup win over Dagenham may inspire some confidence heading into this encounter. Still, beating this strong Macclesfield side will be a tough ask.
Away wins never come easily in the National League, but Macclesfield have shown that they are more than capable of leaving difficult trips with the points. At 21/10, we can’t leave them out.