We have a slight change to our normal Saturday action this week as we invite the FA Cup First Round to our coupons however we have decided to omit them from our treble as we have found plenty of tasty ties in our top two divisions.
Check out our treble below, we even managed to squeeze in a single match from the Premiership, the league has struggled to find many goals thus far but we think we have uncovered a gem.
Barnsley v Doncaster Rovers – 3.00pm Saturday
Both teams to score odds – 4/6 SkyBet
These two sides have been labelled as relegation candidates from day one and will see this as a must win game against a lower league rival. Just the two points separate the sides as Barnsley sit in lowly 23rd and Doncaster a few places higher but out of the relegation zone in 20th. I believe both sides are going to go all out to win this tie and the fans will expect just that, an open game will play into our hands.
Barnsley are hardly the most water tight at the back during the best of times, they have conceded at least one goal in their last 14 fixtures and seven of these have been at home. The Tykes will be viewed as the more likely of the two to gain a victory here and nine of their ten points have been won at Oakwell. I can see Barnsley picking up a few more vital points here but they will concede on the way.
Doncaster aren’t in great shape having lost their previous three matches, shipping 11 goals, turning it around here is imperative to stop the rot and their slide towards the foot of the table. Macheda on loan from Manchester United has only got on the score sheet three times this season and will be desperate to improve on this. Rovers will to win and Barnsley’s continuous trend to concede means both teams to score for us.
Leicester City v Nottingham Forest – 3.00pm Saturday
Both teams to score odds – 4/6 SkyBet
A cracking tie greets us at the King Power Stadium, second placed Leicester play hosts to Nottingham Forest who lie a little lower in sixth. Leicester are the form side in the division and have yet to lose at home, having won six of their seven home ties, the Foxes will be favourites to win here.
When Leicester are involved so are goals, almost three quarters of their games have had three or more scored, if you pair this with Nottingham Forest having found the back of the net at least once in every away game this season there is no reason why a fantastic match isn’t about to take place here. Leicester have won each of their last eight home games in all competitions including wins over Wigan, Fulham and Blackburn. There is no reason why this will not continue on Saturday.
Forest have hit a little bit of a dip in form, they have failed to win any of their last three league games against Blackpool, Yeovil and Bournemouth, the latter two are sides they would expect to beat after a strong start to their season. As already mentioned The Reds have scored in every away game this season despite only winning one of these eight matches. A victory here may be a little too much to ask but I can see them making things tricky for Leicester and getting at least one goal and you wouldn’t rule out more,
Sunderland v Manchester City – 2.05pm – Sunday
Both teams to score odds – 4/5 SkyBet
Many have written off Sunderland this season and believe relegation will be their destiny come May; however the club have been invigorated by the managerial change which saw Guy Poyet take charge from the unpopular and unpredictable Paulo Di Canio and this has only seen their chances of survival improve. Manchester City are on terrific form after wins in the past week over Norwich City and CSKA in the Champions League and will see many backing them to win comfortable on Sunday.
At the Stadium of Light, Sunderland have only earned three points on only one occasion but they have only failed to score just the once and that was on the opening day of the season against Fulham in a 1-0 defeat. The Black Cats have faced quality sides in, Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal at home and have scored in each of these fixtures. Steven Fletcher is now back from injury and getting into his stride, the fans will be looking to him for goals and I can see him granting their wishes this weekend
The visitors have been unplayable at times this season and certainly wore that tag last Saturday when they thrashed Norwich 7-0 at the Etihad, however anyone who has watched City this season will also of noticed just how open they have been at the back. Captain Kompany has been in and out through injury which has hampered manager Pellegrini’s chances of naming a settled back four which in turn has not provided as many clean sheets as the Chilean would have wished for. Players like Aguero, Silva and Negredo will continue to provide the goals but at the back, I can see them continuing to concede against a desperate Sunderland outfit.
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