It’s the end of the month, and we’ll be looking to end it on a high with a Saturday treble before getting started with real football next weekend.
We’re going for a mixed treble using the match result and both teams to score coupons. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for a timely 11/2 winner.
Gefle v Hammarby. 3PM
In Sweden, this week’s action will signal the start of the campaign’s second half, and all Allsvenskan teams will be eager to grab a win. However, nobody needs points more than relegation rivals Gefle and Hammarby. Whatever happens, it will be an intense atmosphere to say the least.
While points have eluded the teams sitting 14th and 16th, goals have been a regular feature. Rock bottom Gefle have notched nine at Gavlevallen whilst Hammarby boast 11 on the road. If those attacking options offer a source of optimism, then their poor defensive records are even more reason to get excited. The hosts have shipped 18 on home soil while the visitors have leaked the same number on their travels.
It was Hammarby who won the reverse fixture back in May while last year’s corresponding fixture ended 1-1. With Erik Israelsson, Alex, Simon Skrabb, and Dioh Williams in action, there’s every reason to think there will be goals.
The odds aren’t brilliant, but a 0-0 seems less likely than Andy Carroll completing the 2016-17 season without an injury. Back both teams to score.
BTTS Yes @ 8/15 with William Hill
Ljungskile v Halmstads BK. 3PM
The Superettan campaign is one week ahead of the top tier, and second-placed Halmstads will be eager to give their promotion bid another boost with three points against Ljungskile. However, they shouldn’t expect to have things all their own way at the Uddevalla Arena.
Jan Jonsson’s men have scored 11 goals in eight away games while top scorer Alexander Tveter boasts nine overall. Against a side that sits just one point above the relegation play-offs, who they beat in the reverse fixture, the visitors should at least be expected to score.
On the other hand, Halmstads have shipped 13 goals on the road, which is an area Jonas Olsson’s men will look to punish. Despite their poor form overall, Ljungskile have lost just one of their eight home games this term.
They’ve also scored in four of their past five outings, which should give their attacking players plenty of confidence.
In truth, the visitors will be expecting to take a point at the very least. However, Ljungskile can at least get themselves on the scoresheet too.
BTTS Yes @ 10/11 with William Hill
New York City v Colorado Rapids. 8PM
Patrick Vieira’s men may have suffered that humiliating derby day loss to the Red Bulls last weekend, but the Eastern Conference leaders will be looking to bounce back in style on Saturday as they welcome Western Conference side Colorado Rapids to the Yankees Stadium.
The hosts don’t exactly boast the best of home records, winning just three of eleven matches, drawing five in the process. However, they have beaten the Red Bulls and Philadelphia Union in their last two matches here. With the likes of David Villa and Frank Lampard performing quite well, they should be extremely confident.
Colorado might be second in their half of the draw, but they actually have more points than the hosts. Then again, Pablo Mastroeni’s men boast just two wins and nine goals on the road. Meanwhile, their experienced players of Kevin Doyle and Jermaine Jones arguably aren’t quite on the level of NYCFC’s.
The Rapids are likely to give the home side a real run for their money, but Vieira’s men should prevail. Just.
New York City Win @ 5/4 with William Hill
A £10 treble returns £65.86 with William Hill