The festive season is upon us once more, and there could not be a better time to turn £10 into £500 on the BTTS and Win treble. WE’ve got three selections that’ll hopefully enable us to do just that.
We’ve picked one team from each of the three EFL divisions to send their fans home smiling. Let’s just hope the three losing sides will at least have a goal cheer in defeat.
Here are our selections.
Leeds United v Hull City
The arrival of Nigel Adkins seems to have sparked a renewed sense of confidence for Hull City, but last week’s loss at Cardiff highlights that there is still a lot of work to do if the Tigers want to successfully drag themselves away from the bottom three. Unfortunately, a trip to Leeds could see them fall a little closer to the drop zone, even if they do manage to score.
Hull haven’t been the most frequent scorers on the road, but their home form shows that they know where the target is. The likes of Jarrod Bowen and Kamil Grosicki can give the visitors a great chance of getting on the scoreboard. Given that the hosts have only shipped nine in 11 at Elland Road, it’s hard to see them scoring more than once.
Thomas Christiansen’s men should be confident thanks to a run of three wins in four, and could even jump into the play-off spots with a big victory here. The hosts have several players ready to increase the side’s return of 16 home goals, and they should have enough quality to grab the three points.
Let’s just hope Hull can grab a consolation goal in the process.
Peterborough United v Bury
While goals have been a common feature at both ends of the pitch for Peterborough once more in 2017-18, it’s often very difficult to predict whether Posh will win or lose. Against a Bury side that is yet to win a single away game, however, the three points should be staying at London Road.
Grant McCann’s men have won six and lost five home games in the league, scoring 16 of the 33 goals registered in 11 games. Five of their last six competitive games have ended in BTTS winners too, which would suggest there will be goals here. Given that the hosts boast the league’s top scorer in Jack Marriott, there should be a couple on offer for them.
After all, rock bottom Bury have leaked 18 in 11 away games. They can look to Peterborough’s defence with high hopes of increasing their tally of nine goals on the road. Nonetheless, it’s very difficult to see them grabbing a first away win of the campaign, and an eighth loss in 12 looks likely.
A home win is the odds-on outcome while Peterborough are always a good shout on the BTTS coupon. Even at 5/2, this selection is well worth its inclusion.
Luton Town v Grimsby Town
A return of 35 goals in 11 matches at Kenilworth Road paints a pretty clear picture, and Luton are well on track to clinch promotion to League One thanks to their dominance in the attacking third. A similar story could well develop on Saturday afternoon as they take on Grimsby.
The hosts have already won eight times on home soil in the league while their cup records have been impressive too. Nathan Jones’ men enter the final match before Christmas having won eight and drawn two of their last 10 competitive matches. If James Collins and Danny Hylton have their scoring boots on, it could be a very long day at the office for James McKeown in the grimsby net.
Russell Slade’s Mariners are unbeaten in four, though, and will still view the play-offs as a realistic aim. A shock win in Bedfordshire would be great, but it’s hard to see them keeping the hosts at bay. On a brighter note, a return of 14 away goals suggest that they will score.
A BTTS winner looks likely and, despite Grimsby’s improved form, it’s difficult to see anything other than a win for the high-flying hosts. If the other two results fly in too, it will be a very merry Christmas indeed.