Another Saturday of action across the English leagues promises to provide plenty of drama, and we’re hoping there will be big wins for our three chosen teams as we look to land a tasty 4/1 treble.
We’ve picked two teams from the Championship along with one from League One, and think there’s every chance of seeing them do the business for a timely mid-month winner. Good luck!
Bolton Wanderers v Sheffield Wednesday
A difficult run of results saw Sheffield Wednesday drop down the Championship table throughout the second half of September but they did start the month with a bang against Leeds prior to the international break. The Owls should be confident about picking up another win on Saturday as they head to the Macron.
Carlos Carvahal’s visitors certainly have the quality to relaunch a bid for the top six, with Gary Hooper and his fellow strikers ready to punish a poor Bolton backline. Despite their poor away form, this is one trip where three points will be the expectation.
The hosts have registered just two points this season, and have looked a little out of their depth at times. They’ve conceded 22 and returns just four from 11 games, which tells a story of its own. Following eight competitive defeats to nil, it’s hard to see how they’ll turn this around.
No away game is easy in this league, but anything other than a win would be a major disappointment for the visitors.
Sheffield United v Ipswich Town
High-flying Sheffield United have enjoyed a phenomenal return to the second tier and currently have their sights set on potential back-to-back promotions. While there’s still a very long way to go, this spell before the next international break could be huge. They’ll be desperate to start it in style.
The Blades have won four of five games at Bramall Lane this term and Chris Wilder’s attacking options of Leon Clarke, Billy Sharpe, and Clayton Donaldson will give them a great chance of improving that record further. Not least against an out-of-form Ipswich.
Mick McCarthy’s men picked up some incredible results in the opening weeks of 2017/18 but never looked overly convincing. Their recent inconsistent form is probably a fairer reflection of where they are currently at. Against one of the better sides in the league, they are likely to fall to a fifth defeat in seven.
It won’t be easy for the Blades. If they play to their potential, though, the three points will be there for the taking.
Wigan Athletic v Southend United
Paul Cook’s Latics already look a great bet to secure promotion back to the Championship following their relegation to League One and a home record of 16 points from 18 games is the catalyst of their success thus far. In truth, that form should continue against Southend.
The hosts have scored 12 times in their opening six matches at the DW. With Nick Powell and Will Grigg eager to show their attacking qualities once more, it should be a productive afternoon for a home side that aims to remain in the promotion places.
Phil Brown’s Southend had enjoyed an improved run of form but were brought crashing back to earth with a 4-1 loss at Doncaster. A late Anton Ferdinand dismissal only makes matters worse for the visitors, who have conceded 17 in just six away games. Those defensive vulnerabilities could make a telling impact on Saturday.