We were only a couple of goals away last week from that huge return from our 50/1 both teams to score and win treble and we seem to be getting closer and closer. We are confident of our selections again this week, with some outstanding ties, so take a look below…
Chelsea v Manchester United
Premier League – 3.00pm Sunday
Chelsea to win & BTTS is 3/1 with Coral
Chelsea will be looking to mount their title winning bid by defeating last season’s Champions Manchester United, when they come to visit on Sunday.
Stamford Bridge will be expectant as they look to keep pace with both Arsenal and favourites Manchester City. The three points here are essential and they couldn’t be in better form after victories in all of their last four League ties and unbeaten in six.
Eden Hazard being the jewel in their crown- three man of the match awards in a row for the Belgium danger man- look forward to another big performance.
The Blues have yet to lose at home during this campaign and with the magnitude of this tie very much apparent for Jose Mourinho, I can see an early assault on a fragile United defence with as many as three goals going past keeper De Gea.
Manchester United have it all to play for but put quite simply; this side aren’t good enough to challenge this season. A failure to recruit has cost them all too often during the campaign and will cost them many more times before the season ends. The midfield has struggled to control matches which has allowed the opposition to take advantage. A United clean sheet is something of a collector’s item nowadays.
Away from Old Trafford they have managed plenty more astute performances and have scored in all but one of their away fixtures which is why I can see them adding to that on Sunday but suffering another defeat as Chelsea control the game in the middle third. The Red Devils need plenty of reinforcements in the middle of the park before they come to Stamford Bridge expecting to leave with anything but a tail between their legs.
Leeds United v Leicester City
Championship – 12.15pm Saturday
Leicester to win and BTTS is 3/1 with Coral
Our next stop is at Elland Road as 11th placed Leeds take on table toppers Leicester City. Leeds are on a dreadful run and are without a victory in six games, with the last four ending in defeat.
Last time out, away at lowly Sheffield Wednesday they got totally turned over, six goals to nil. Shocking, and I don’t expect a change overnight here.
A Play Off spot is their target this season which is slowly drifting further and further away as Brian McDermott struggles to turn around their luck.
On a positive note they have the division’s top scorer in Ross McCormack with 17 goals already this campaign which is quite a feat for a side outside the top six. I just cannot see Leeds getting anything out of this as they are so out of form, however I think it will be closer than most are predicting with United getting a consolation goal at some point.
Top of the league Leicester are looking to make it six wins in a row this weekend and extend their lead at the top of the Championship by beating this deteriorating Leeds outfit.
Last Friday in front of the television cameras we witnessed a destruction of Steve McLaren’s Derby County side where the Foxes won 4-1 in what many were expecting to be a very tight affair. There is no team on better form than Leicester City and I can see them heaping on more despair for Brian McDermott’s Yorkshire side. Jamie Vardy and Dave Nugent have 22 goals between them and you would expect the strikers to add a few more to that tally on Saturday afternoon.
Crewe v Leyton Orient
League 1 – 3.00pm Saturday
Leyton Orient to win and BTTS is 11/4 with Coral
League One strugglers Crewe is where we make out final stop off in our treble as the side in 22nd position look to have a tough 90 minutes on their hands as second placed Leyton Orient visit and will be looking to register three more points.
Crewe are going to have to play out of their skins for the rest of the season if they are to survive. Their current position sees them getting relegated with the bottom four all dropping down into League Two. Alexander have faced nobody at home as strong as Orient and the away win will be a banker for many punters. I can see Crewe scoring though, as their recent form isn’t too bad having won two of their last six and they too have scored in their previous four home ties.
Orient are obvious favourites here as their incredible season carries on surprising the rest of the division. Momentum has showed no sign of slowing down after their last game finished 4-0 as Carlisle fell victims to the outstanding attacking play of the O’s.
Leyton Orient haven’t left an away ground without finding the back of the net this season and would be well ahead in the league if it took into consideration away form alone. Nine wins from 14 away games is an incredible record with a huge 30 goals, scored along the way. Crewe are struggling for survival while Orient pursue promotion dreams. I can see this ending in one way.