It’s the first Saturday of 2015 and football fans are in for a real treat thanks to a mixture of league and cup matches.
All eyes will be on the FA Cup third round encounters but there is also plenty of action to be enjoyed from Leagues One and Two. We’re backing this mixed BTTS treble, which pays odds of just under 5/1.
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Millwall V Bradford City
Our first selection comes from the New Den and it should be a thoroughly entertaining cup clash as Millwall welcome Bradford to the capital.
The hosts are really struggling under Ian Holloway and would certainly appreciate the boost in confidence that would come from beating the Bantams. However, Phil Parkinson’s men have enjoyed some memorable cup matches in recent years and will be optimistic about taming the Lions.
Bradford are unbeaten in nine competitive fixtures and that momentum should give them a real fighting chance against their Championship adversaries. The League One side have scored in 20 of their past 21 matches and shouldn’t have too much trouble scoring against a team that has conceded 21 times in just 12 home matches.
However, it would be foolish to rule out a team that plays in the division above and the Lions will be hoping to roar through to round four. A score draw could be on the cards.
BTTS Yes @ 5/6 with BetVictor
Rochdale V Nottingham Forest
Staying in the FA Cup and it’s another League One v Championship clash as Keith Hill’s Rochdale host Stuart Pearce’s Nottingham Forest.
The hosts have suffered a slight dip in form recently, picking up just one point from nine over the Christmas period, but they are still finding the net on a fairly frequent basis and should be confident as they look to cause a shock against the two-time winners.
Forest could be there for the taking, though, especially as they enter this clash on the back of a six-game winless streak. The Reds were brilliant in the opening weeks of the campaign but are playing very poorly right now, conceding six in their past two games alone. Dale will be expected to score.
Nevertheless, the visitors will be eager to bounce back to winning ways and the likes of Britt Assombalonga and Matty Fryatt could cause real problems for the home defence. It’s a tough game to score but we’ll be backing both teams to score.
BTTS Yes @ 7/10 with BetVictor
Northampton V Southend United
We’re turning our attentions to League Two for our final selection and it could be a potential goal-fest as Southend United make the trip to Sixfields.
Phil Brown’s men have won six of 11 away games this term and will be hoping to beat Northampton as they bid to keep their bid for automatic promotion rolling along. The Shrimpers have scored 12 times on the road, but will be concerned by their tally of 14 conceded.
The Cobblers are fighting for survival at the foot of League Two but are doing OK at home, winning five of their 11 matches at Sixfields. Chris Wilder will be pleased with his sides return of 21 home goals but equally worried by the fact they’ve shipped 18.
Since losing 2-0 at Roots Hall last month, the Cobblers have been involved in four straight BTTS winners. We’re expecting another here.
BTTS Yes @ 20/23 with BetVictor
A £10 treble pays £58.27 with BetVictor