On Saturday attentions turn back to the league calendar after our week of cup games. Below you will find our treble consisting of BTTS and win tips.
Huge odds as you will see and we in fact have been very close in the last two weeks, let’s hope we get lucky this time round for a massive return 48/1 return.
Wigan to win & BTTS is 16/5 with Coral
Wigan are coming into this game full of confidence having just beaten Derby County at Pride Park which put a halt to County’s unbelievable 9 game unbeaten run. Nearly everyone had that down as a Derby win in their coupons and I am sure it killed a lot of ‘acca’s’ out there.
The Latics will still have plans for promotion this season and now their European commitments are over they can concentrate on a Play off place. If getting back to the Premier League is a realistic target this season then victories at home are essential and considering Bournemouth are in the bottom half, Athletic will be banking on it. I expect a Play Off push, starting with three points here.
Despite being in the lower half of the Championship, Bournemouth and Eddie Howe have had a fantastic first half of the season. Survival has been the main objective in their first campaign back in the second tier and they are certainly overachieving in that regard. I have already stated that I believe Wigan will have too much on their own turf for The Cherries, but i do see Bournemouth scoring a goal at some point.
Just once this season have Bournemouth failed to score on their travels and that was against water tight QPR who have kept the most clean sheets in the league and are far more accomplished at the back than Wigan. Lewis Grabban has found the back of the net in his previous three away ties, so I will predict a fourth here.
MK Dons to win and BTTS is 29/10 with Coral
Stadium MK hosts our next visit, with the home side looking to improve on their league position as they aim for a Play Off position come May. Currently 11th, Karl Robinson will be disappointed that they aren’t higher but a further three points here can give them hope.
At home you can usually back them against anyone, in their 12 home ties, just three have been lost and a total of 21 goals have been scored by MK. They are a stronger outfit than Shrewsbury and after a poor performance last time when they drew to Colchester United in front of their home fans, MK Dons will want to put on a performance and a big win.
If MK have underachieved thus far, Shrewsbury have overachieved in their first season in League One after promotion last summer. Sitting in 17th place, many anticipated them to be lower but consistent performances have seen them pick up points.
In the Blues last four away ties they have lost just once, in a game they scored in too which is a good omen here. Looking into these matches, they were up against Oldham, Crewe and Stevenage, all sides in the bottom half with inferior teams than the opposition today and the game they lost was 3-1 against Port Vale, a side in 8th spot. I can see Shrewsbury coming up short but finding the net as they have done so often this season.
Brentford to win and BTTS is 2/1 with Coral
The in form side in the country are hosting this one, Brentford who have now won their last seven games and are unbeaten in 13 take on Port Vale. Brentford are in absolutely scintillating form at present and their 3-1 win over Peterborough United at London Road last weekend just shows that they have goals coming out of their ears. The Bees are top of League One and are playing like they can’t be beaten.
After missing out on automatic promotion on a dramatic last day of the season when Doncaster beat them to a place in the Championship courtesy of Marcello Trotta missing a penalty, Brentford won’t want to leave anything to chance this season. Three points here seems a formality.
Opposition comes in the way of a side promoted from League Two last season, Port Vale. Vale are giving every side they come up against a competitive game and this has left them sitting pretty in 8th place with a Play Off place at the back of ever fan’s mind. On the road the Valiant’s have failed to score just twice in their 12 games despite losing seven of these games.
In these 12 ties, over three goals have been averaged per match and i can see this number going up this weekend with Port Vale scoring but suffering at the hands of the league leaders.