The Easter weekend always forms a monumental stage in the English football calendar and this year is no different thanks to a host of mouth-watering fixtures across the top five divisions.
No Premier League teams are in action until Saturday, but that shouldn’t detract from what should be an explosive Friday afternoon. Our treble pays 5/1 at Betfred where you can grab a £30 free bet just for placing an initial £10 stake
Let’s hope these six teams can turn our Good Friday into a fantastic one!
Fulham V Brentford
Our first selection comes from Craven Cottage as Kit Symons’ Fulham look to take advantage of a stuttering Brentford.
The struggling hosts are probably safe from relegation but could do with one or two more wins to cement their place in the division next term. Despite their poor form, goals haven’t been a problem at home and they enter this local derby having scored 28 in 19 at Craven cottage. That attacking threat can be put to good use against the freefalling visitors.
Brentford were looking so strong just a few weeks ago but have now dropped out of the play-off zone and face a real battle as they look to get their promotion bid back on track. Manager Mark Warburton will be worried at conceding 28 on the road, but should be relatively confident about seeing the likes of Andre Gray find the net against the Championship’s second worst defence.
Passions will be running high and we can expect an explosive battle on the pitch. Let’s hope that precipitates into goals.
BTTS Yes @ 8/13 with Betfred
Nottingham Forest V Wolverhampton Wanderers
Staying in the Championship, Nottingham Forest and Wolves will both be hoping to launch a late assault on the top six. Both know this is a must win game at the City Ground and that should lead to an exciting 90 minutes of end-to-end football.
The Reds have won all five home games under new boss Dougie Freedman, scoring an incredible 13 goals in that period, but the visit of an in-form Wolves won’t be easy. It is also worth noting that Forest have conceded 14 in 11 under Freedman’s guidance.
Forest will take a positive approach as they bid for a sixth straight home victory but Kenny Jackett’s men are unbeaten in four and could climb into the play-off zone with three points. Their recent resurgence has largely been influenced by new addition Benik Afobe, who boasts eight in 14, and the 22-year-old could well be the difference maker here.
It’s hard to predict a match outcome in this one. We think the smart money is on goals.
BTTS Yes @ 4/5 with Betfred
Plymouth Argyle V Burton Albion
With just seven matches to play, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s Brewers are in pole position to claim the League Two title and could virtually cement their promotion with three points on Saturday afternoon. However, the leaders will be fully aware that only four teams have left Home Park with a win this term and must play to their best against a very spirited Plymouth.
Argyle themselves could yet clinch promotion, albeit via the play-offs, and their success has been primarily thanks to that terrific home form. A return of 27 scored is impressive, but a defensive record of just nine conceded is what makes Home Park such a fortress and John Sheridan will hope to see his men put on another cracking display here.
Burton Albion have scored 28 on the road, though, and certainly won’t fear Plymouth. The visitors have picked up 13 points from the last available 15 and that momentum should serve them well. However, a defence that has leaked 22 away goals must take caution.
November’s reverse clash at the Pirelli ended in a 1-1 draw as Rueben Reid’s 70th minute penalty cancelled out Alex MacDonald’s first-half opener. Another score draw wouldn’t surprise us at all.
BTTS Yes @ 11/10 with Betfred
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