The international break is over, which can mean only one thing: we’re back to a full set of domestic fixtures. And that should mean that we’re in for afternoon of intense entertainment across England’s Football League.
We’re backing the following treble on the BTTS coupon, picking one game from each of the three divisions. At odds of 4/1, it won’t be our biggest win ever. However, we’d be more than happy to pocket over £40 of profit.
Fulham v Birmingham City
In the Championship, Fulham have emerged as the early shock package and are currently sitting pretty in second with their unbeaten tag still intact. However, Slavia Jokanovic’s would be foolish to think that it will be plain sailing against a strong Birmingham.
The Cottagers have been in fine form, coping with the departures of Moussa Dembele and Ross McCormack very well. With Chris Martin and Lucas Piazon joining just before the transfer window shut, they should have plenty more firepower to help them in this crucial contest too.
Nevertheless, Fulham do continue to concede goals on a regular basis, which is something the Blues can take advantage of. After hitting five at Craven Cottage last term, Gary Rowett’s men will certainly be confident. The fact they’ve scored in each of their last four league match only adds further reason for optimism.
We wouldn’t like to call an outcome, but both teams will carry an attacking threat throughout. Let’s hope that leads to a game of goals.
BTTS Yes @ 8/11 with Coral
Oxford United v Swindon Town
Saturday’s football is dominated by fierce rivalries and, while it might not steal the day’s headlines, the League One clash between Oxford and Swindon promises to be another passion-fuelled thriller. Let’s just hope it lives up to the billing.
There are plenty of reasons to be optimistic. The hosts have scored four goals in three games at the Kassam whilst Swindon boast four in three games on the road. The visiting Robins will certainly fancy their chances after scoring in all six competitive matches this term and have ample attacking quality in the form of Jonathan Obika, Luke Norris and Nathan Delfouneso; an away goal should be in the offing.
Swindon have leaked six on the road, however. Given that Oxford have picked up seven points from nine at home too, it would be a surprise if the visitors keep a shutout.
Oxford have actually kept clean sheets in each of the last three head-to-head matches here, but we can’t see that happening here. Back both teams to score.
BTTS Yes @ 3/4 with Coral
Colchester United v Blackpool
Last season was a nightmare for both Colchester and Blackpool as the two clubs were relegated from League One. However, the current League Two rivals have started this season in far better form and will both have aspirations of promotion, even if it is through the play-offs.
A win for either side would fire a signal of intent, and both squads have goals in them. Colchester have hit 10 goals in their opening six matches while Blackpool have scored seven in theirs. More importantly, both teams look to be settled following the change of division.
Last season’s clash was a 2-2 draw too, which is another positive indication about how this one might end up – regardless of the changes to both teams. Moreover, Colchester’s last two home games have ended 3-2 while Blackpool have scored five goals in their last two matches alone.
Everything in this one points towards goals, and that’s exactly where we’ll be placing our money.
BTTS Yes @ 7/10 with Coral
A £10 treble returns £51.50 with Coral