With just over a week to go until Christmas, we’d all love a weekend winner to get the festive season up and running in style. Let’s hope our three chosen teams from the Football League can provide us with it.
We’ve picked one selection from each of the FL72 divisions in a treble that pay out at around 9/2. Here are our selections.
Sheffield Wednesday v Rotherham United
There will be little Christmas cheer around Rotherham United this year as the Millers already look destined for the drop. Unfortunately, it may require a minor festive miracle for the visitors to leave Hillsborough with anything other than a loss here.
Paul Warne’s men have lost four of their last five matches while they’ve registered just one point from a possible 33 on the road. Despite boasting some decent attacking players, it’s difficult to see them causing any real problems for the hosts.
After all, Wednesday have won seven of 10 home games, and currently occupy one of the play-off spots. A win here should confirm their top six spot at Christmas, and that should give them the incentive to attack the Millers from the start.
It might not be the best price but Gary Hooper, Fernando Forestieri and co. should have enough quality to give the Owls three points.
Chesterfield v Bolton Wanderers
Having recovered from their earlier wobbles, Bolton are now back on track to challenge for promotion back to the Championship at the first attempt. After winning four on the spin, beating relegation-threatened Chesterfield shouldn’t be overly difficult on Saturday – even if it is an away game.
The Trotters have enjoyed great success thanks largely to the strength of a defence that has leaked just 12 goals all season. Even though the hosts have netted 16 home goals, Phil Parkinson’s men should be confident about keeping their inferior opponents at bay.
Unfortunately for Chesterfield, their defensive frailties are far more likely to be exposed by Bolton’s frontline of Zach Clough, Gary Madine, and Sammy Ameobi. The hosts have shipped 39 goals, including 19 at home, which has been their main source of problems. Expect to see a similar story develop here.
Chesterfield will put up a battle, but the in-form visitors should prevail.
Wycombe Wanderers v Leyton Orient
In League Two, Leyton Orient have seen some improvement under Andy Edwards. However, the O’s haven’t performed well this term and could be in for another disappointing afternoon as they head to Adams Park.
The visitors haven’t been too bad on the road, winning four of nine games and scoring 15 in the process. On the other hand, Wycombe enter this clash having won six of nine home games, and the Chairboys will fancy their chances of making it seven from 10.
Gareth Ainsworth’s men have won seven competitive matches on the spin and will be eager to keep that run going in the last game before Christmas. With Adebayo Akinfenwa and co. ready to punish the inconsistent O’s, securing the vital win shouldn’t be a problem.
Three points would see Wycombe remain in the play-offs to make it a very merry Christmas. If Bolton and Wednesday can do the same, we’ll be in festive spirits too.