The Football League season comes to its climax on Saturday, meaning it’s our final chance to tuck in on a beefy schedule until August. And we’re hoping to celebrate in style with this huge 54/1 treble on the BTTS & Win market.
We’ve picked three teams to all win their respective matches, but we don’t think any of them will keep a shutout. With the chance to turn £10 into over £550, it has to be worth a weekend punt.
Aston Villa v Newcastle United
Sorry Aston Villa were moments away from a rare victory against Watford last week, but somehow ended up losing. Whilst the Villans can enter this clash with optimism, stopping a resurgent Newcastle could prove difficult.
The Magpies have improved under Rafa Benitez and are out of the relegation zone thanks to a four-game unbeaten streak. Despite scoring just 12 goals on the road all season, it is worth noting five of them have come in the last three matches on the road.
Aston Villa’s scoring record is far from inspired, but they can pick holes in the Newcastle backline. Meanwhile, the fact they’ve no pressure could at least encourage them to give their fans something to cheer by scoring a goal.
The Premier League season doesn’t end for a couple of weeks, but the hosts will be eager to see the back of it. It’s likely to be another afternoon of disappointment against the Magpies, but we do think they’ll score.
Middlesbrough v Brighton & HA (12:30PM)
Bums will be squeaking all over the place at the Riverside as Middlesbrough face Brighton in a winner takes all affair. A place in the Premier League is guaranteed for the winner while they could yet win the title, and it should be an intriguing battle from start to finish.
As it stands, Boro have the slight advantage thanks to their superior goal difference. Aitor Karanka’s men know that one goal will be enough, but they cannot afford to play for the draw. With Jordan Rhodes now scoring goals on a regular basis, they’ve eery chance of putting Brighton to the sword.
Boro fans will be equally hopeful that their side’s incredible defensive record will come into play. But while the hosts have shipped just seven in 22 home matches, Brighton have scored 31 on the road. Moreover, Chris Hughton’s men know that they need to score and will look to Tomer Hemed and co for one final piece of inspiration.
Brighton are more than capable of breaking through the Boro wall. Unfortunately, we think the hosts will respond with at least a couple of goals themselves.
Morecambe v York City
As far as BTTS selections are concerned, Jim Bentley’s Morecambe have been a firm favourite all season. Results have often escaped the Shrimps, but they can be confident against relegated York.
The hosts boast 35 home goals this season, and should fancy their chances of more against the Football League’s bottom side. York have shipped a massive 45 on the road, and have lost each of their last eight games away from Bootham Crescent.
York can at least hope to score in their final match as a Football League club, especially as Morecambe’s last shutout came back in January. Nevertheless, it’s hard to see them avoiding yet another disappointing result.
Morecambe have been a reliable source on the BTTS winners, and will enter this final match of the campaign with high expectations of registering three points. We think both outcomes will happen.