Everyone loves a bank holiday and Easter Monday is a day reserved for leftover chocolate and plenty of football. Despite a lack of Premier League and Championship fixtures due to international fixtures, there’s still lots of action going on further down the football pyramid and there should be plenty of drama.
We’re hoping to capitalise on that with this BTTS treble, which pays out at just under 4/1. We’ve picked two games from League Two along with one from the Conference. This is an important time of the campaign, so let’s hope there’s lots of goals.
Barnet v Luton Town
Martin Allen’s Bees began the Easter weekend with a credible 1-1 draw at Exeter and will now be hoping to follow that up with an 11th home win of the campaign as they take on Luton. The hosts can certainly be confident, but they shouldn’t expect to have things all their own way against the Hatters.
Barnet’s home record has been pleasing and a return of 26 goals in 19 games suggests that they will find the net against an away side that’s leaked 25 on the road, even if Luton have won each of their last two away outings via clean sheets.
Nathan Jones has certainly improved the away team’s defence since taking over, but Barnet’s John Akinde and co will be out for goals. Having said that, the visitors still have a slim chance of reaching the play-offs and that could spur them on as they look to increase their away tally of 30 goals. If the likes of Jack Marriot and Craig Mackail-Smith find their shooting boots, they should score at the Hive.
Luton picked up a 2-0 win in the reverse clash but Barnet have been more potent at home and have recently scored nine in their last 10 matches too. Back both teams to score.
Carlisle United v Bristol Rovers
Goals have been a common feature for Keith Curle’s Cumbrians in 2015/16 and that should be the case at Brunton Park once more as they take on promotion-chasing Bristol Rovers.
The hosts have scored 32 home goals this season, shipping 27 in the process. Despite being involved in some dour matches on the road, each of their last three home matches have ended in BTTS winners while they’ve only fired two league home blanks all season.
Darrell Clarke’s men will be confident, though, after winning six games on the spin. That run has shot them into the automatic promotions spots and they’ll be eager to increase that joy with another three points. If star man Matt Taylor has his way, that shouldn’t be a problem at all.
Nevertheless, the Pirates have only kept one clean sheet in six matches on the road. If Carlisle perform, there’s no reason that they shouldn’t find the target too.
Guiseley v Chester
Conference rivals Guiseley and Chester both suffered defeats on Saturday and will be eager to bounce back in style with a win in Monday’s encounter at Nethermoor Park. We’re hopeful that this will lead to a game of goals.
Mark Bower’s men have failed to score in either of their last two matches but they have scored 23 home goals overall and can expect to punish an away side that’s leaked 34 on the road. Meanwhile, the fact Chester have lost three on the spin should give the home side an added sense of confidence.
Nevertheless, the visitors should be optimistic about finding the net, especially if they can get the ball to star man Ross Hannah. The 29-year-old has 19 goals by himself this term and with the support John Rooney and co, he should help the Blues get on the scoresheet against a poor home backline.
The sides shared already trade goals in a Monday night fixture thanks to August’s 1-1 draw in Chester. Another score draw would suit us just fine.