It’s taken a full week, but we’ve just about finished cursing West Brom for stopping us in injury time last Saturday. Here’s to bouncing back from that cruel disappointment in style with a huge 111/1 treble.
As usual, we’re backing three teams to win their respective matches with the caveat that they cannot keep a clean sheet. Our selections come from the EFL, non-league, and FA Cup.
Let’s hope they can do they business.
Millwall v Leicester City
It’s FA Cup weekend and there’s bound to be at least one giant killing over the course of the weekend. Given the current situations, it wouldn’t be at all surprising if the Lions destroy the Foxes to claim a Premier League scalp.
Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester are a shadow of last year’s title-winning side, and have really struggled in recent weeks. In fact, this competition is their only source of goals in 2017 so far, which is a major concern for the visitors. With a Champions League trip awaiting, as well as the forthcoming relegation scrap, this simply isn’t a priority for what is likely to be a much rotated team.
Nonetheless, the Foxes will at least want to score as they aim to build some sort of momentum in the attacking third. Still, Millwall have been great at home this season, and underlined their quality against weakened Premier League sides in each of the last two rounds.
The Foxes could well pick up some more scars in Den, although we do fancy them to score.
BTTS & Millwall Win @ 11/2
Barnet v Portsmouth
In League Two, high-flying Pompey already look a great bet for the play-offs. However, with Carlisle United dropping points regularly, they could yet hope to sneak into the top three for automatic promotion. A win at the Hive would certainly boost their chances, but they could need more than one goal to get it.
After all, Barnet possess the division’s top scorer in John Akinde while they’ve scored in eight of 10 matches since Christmas. Rossi Eames’s men will fancy more goals against a side that’s leaked 16 on the road, but it might not be enough to avoid defeat.
Paul Cook’s men aren’t the most frequent scorers on the road, but they have won more than they’ve lost on their travels. Meanwhile, the fact they boast plenty of goals in midfield could be a telling factor as they look to sting the Bees like they did in the reverse clash at Fratton Park.
On that day, Pompey claimed a 5-1 triumph over Barnet. While the hosts are likely to keep things tighter this time, another BTTS and Portsmouth win could be on the cards.
BTTS & Portsmouth Win @ 10/3
Bromley v Solihull Moors
Goals have been a regular feature at the Courage Stadium this term, with Bromley scoring 21 times but conceding 25 in the process. Despite that goal tally, they have won eight home games in the National League, compared to six defeats, and should fancy another against Solihull Moors.
Neil Smith’s hosts have registered seven points from the last possible 12 while Blair Turgott’s goals from midfield have been a major help for Tobi Sho-Silva and co. While the play-offs look unlikely, a strong finish could see them finish comfortably in the top 10, which would signal a fantastic campaign.
Solihull, meanwhile, suffered a 2-1 loss at Woking on Tuesday night and have shipped 19 goals in their last nine competitive outings on the road. While a team that has scored 17 in 16 National League away games should be quietly confident of goals against a very leaky home defence, it’s hard to overlook the fact that they’ve won just four of those 16 matches.
Neither team is in desperate side for the points but they’ll both be looking to put in a good performance. That should open up chances at both ends but, on this occasion, we’re backing the hosts to prevail.
BTTS & Bromley Win @ 3/1
A £10 treble pays £1,125.80