Bolton v Brighton
The Macron Stadium plays host to, what could be, a closely contested match on Saturday as Brighton travel north to take on Neil Lennon’s Bolton.
Arriving on the back of two consecutive wins, including an impressive 2-0 win over Leeds, Chris Hughton will expect his improving side to get the job done here – especially as they look to avoid slipping down the table once more.
Brighton had the Trotters number when they last met, triumphing 2-1 at the Amex, and few would be surprised to see a repeat of that here. The 6/4 on offer for Albion win is likely to tempt a few – in addition to both teams to score at 21/25.
Norwich v Ipswich
Separated by only a point, Norwich will head into Sunday’s match against Ipswich on a run of five straight wins and, by all accounts, in fine form.
Losing only twice in the Championship since December, the Canaries will fancy their chances against the visitors – despite Ipswich’s recent 4-2 win over Birmingham – and will look to add to their run of three-straight wins over the Tractor Boys.
In fact, Ipswich haven’t beaten the Canaries in the league since a 3-2 win back in 2009 – a run few would expect to come to an end here. As such, the 17/20 on a Norwich win seems a safe bet while those who fancy a risk, could be swayed by the 11/10 on offer for under 2.5 goals.
Bristol City v Rochdale
League One pace-setters, Bristol City, will welcome a Rochdale side harbouring play-off hopes of their own on Saturday knowing that their position at the summit is safe, regardless of the result.
Enjoying a five-point cushion over second placed MK Dons, the Robins are hardly in spectacular form but, thanks to the visitor’s wobbles of late, are still the more in-form team of the two.
With only one win from their last five games Rochdale’s current mid-table position could come to an end here and, only four points off the play-off spots with two games in hand, The Dale are likely to view this as an ideal time to return to winning ways. An away win here is 37/10 and certainly deserves consideration.
Peterborough v Bradford
At a glance it may look like Peterborough are way off the pace but, despite finding themselves in fifteenth place, the Posh are only four points off Saturday’s opponents, Bradford.
However, the Bantams are hardly a team in form and arrive with only a solitary win from their last three outings – a 2-0 win over Leyton Orient that followed their impressive FA Cup win over Sunderland.
With both teams struggling for consistency at present, a draw here would hardly come as a surprise and the 47/20 available on such an outcome could be worthwhile.
Burton v Newport
Lying just outside the play-off places in eighth, Newport will be hopeful of avoiding defeat on Saturday as they travel to face Burton.
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s team suffered their first defeat in 14 games on Tuesday however, as they found themselves on the wrong end of a 1-0 scoreline. This then, is likely to offer the League Two leaders and immediate opportunity to return to winning ways – an outcome available at 20/21.
Shrewsbury v Northampton
Should Burton lose to Newport, a Shrewsbury win at the weekend would see them take top-spot, virtue of a superior goal difference.
That is by no means a certainty however, especially as the visiting Northampton side are still within touching distance of the play-offs. A 3-0 win over York should ensure the visitors are full of confidence despite their league position and, given both teams records of late, goals in both halves looks likely at 21/25 in addition to both teams scoring in the second half at 53/20.
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