The Easter weekend has arrived, and we’ll be hoping to start it in style on Friday with a decent 9/2 treble on the BTTS market.
International fixtures mean that there’s no Premier League or Championship matches to look forward to, but there’s still plenty to sink our teeth into on the domestic front and we’re hopeful that these six teams will bag us a winner.
Colchester United v Doncaster Rovers
In League One, the battle at the bottom is a must-win fixture for both Colchester and Doncaster, which should hopefully lead both teams to taking an attacking approach. If they do, we could be in for a game of goals in Essex.
Colchester’s sorry season sees them sit bottom of the table right now and a full 10 points from safety. In truth, their attack has been pretty decent with a return of 46 goals in 37 fixtures, including 26 in 18 at home. Sadly, their defence has been less solid than a bad case of the vodka shits. Even against a pretty poor away side, we just can’t see Kevin Keen’s men registering a shutout.
Having said that, their relatively decent attack can be quietly confident. After all, Doncaster have shipped 29 in 18 on the road. If Colchester can find their shooting boots, then they might just register a rare win.
There’s a strong sense that this could be anyone’s game, and three points could be massive for the winner. We’re not sure which way it’ll go, but we do fancy goals. Back both teams to score.
Accrington Stanley v Leyton Orient
Kevin Nolan is certainly having the desired impact at Leyton Orient and has dragged the O’s back into League Two’s play-off spots heading into the Easter fixtures. He’ll be hopeful of keeping them there starting with a win on Good Friday, but his side shouldn’t expect to have things all their own way at the Store First.
Accrington have been brilliant under under John Coleman and are sitting in the play-offs themselves. In fact, they could climb into the top three if results go their way and they’ll be looking to the goals of Billy Kee to at least keep the pressure up on those above them.
The hosts have scored an average of two goals per game at home and shouldn’t have any trouble increasing their tally here. However, they have shipped 27 in 18 home games too while Orient boast 25 on the road, having leaked 24 too.
Everything about this game, including their respective recent forms suggests that both teams can find the target. That’s exactly where we’re placing our money.
Gateshead v Macclesfield Town
Goals haven’t been an all too frequent occurrence for Conference side Macclesfield in recent weeks, but four of their last seven league outings have still ended in BTTS winners and we’re anticipating another as they make the trip to Gateshead.
The Silkmen have scored 27 in 20 matches on the road this term while Kristian Dennis boasts 22 league goals by himself overall. Nevertheless, the trip to a Gateshead side still holding onto slender hopes of promotion won’t be easy, especially as John Askey’s men have conceded 22 away goals.
Gateshead, meanwhile, have had a fairly similar story at home, netting 27 but shipped 30 from their 19 home matches. Neil Aspin will be hoping to see goals from deadly duo Ryan Bowman and Daniel Johnson, but he also knows that his side cannot afford to show those same deficiencies at the back.
The hosts will be looking to resurrect their play-off push. Even if they do, we think the visitors will score too.