It’s that time on a Friday again where I’m here on behalf of OptaJoke to try and find some longer shot multiples from this weekend’s fixtures. With promotion and relegation battles heating up all around the country, every game has the potential to turn a team’s season and points become more precious by the week. There are two selections from across England this week, one is a textbook multiple and one will be a goals galore bet which can prove very lucrative at times from small stakes.
MK Dons v Carlisle (Home win)
MK Dons suffered defeat at the hands of Southampton last time out and they will need to pick up maximum points to cement their play-off place ahead of teams like Bournemouth and Rochdale. The Dons are a solid side at home and have won 12 games at home this season, losing only 3. They have certainly made Stadium:MK a fortress at times and have beaten Brighton, Peterborough and Southampton without conceding a single goal. The visitors sit in mid table and don’t really have a huge amount to play for being 11 points off a play-off place and 10 away from the drop zone. A victory in the JPT will already have put a shine on the season and they will have celebrated in style. Their away record at the top side makes bleak reading though; they have lost away to every side currently in the top six and have only scored in one of those games (v Brighton). I fancy a home win here for a solid MK Dons side against poor travelling opposition.
Port Vale v Southend (Home win)
Port Vale are chasing a play-off spot in League Two and go into this game two points behind 7th place Torquay. Results have been mixed of late for the Staffordshire club but their home form is good and this is a vital game for them. The previous game saw a 3-1 win for The Vale and with their opponents not having a lot to play for they will need to maximise their chances of making up ground on the leading group. Southend have been inconsistent throughout their campaign and their away form of late has been nothing short of woeful. 5 defeats on the spin in a run that stretches back to mid February. They have struggled at times against well organised teams and were turned over by bottom of the league Stockport recently. The home side need the victory and look good value to me.
Brentford v Swindon (Home win)
Much as it pains me to oppose my esteem colleague Carl McQueens beloved Swindon I just can’t see past the Bees here. After losing out in the JPT final last weekend the home side will be concentrating on their league form and although they only have a very slim chance of a play-off place this could be a start. New acquisition Jeffrey Schlupp from Leicester City will add potency to an already well firing attack and after 3 straight league wins they will want to keep the momentum going. Swindon meanwhile are languishing in 23rd place looking destined for League Two next season, they are 18 games without a win and their league position can be attributed partly to a bout of travel sickness. Their away record reads 2 wins, 5 draws and 13 losses. They have failed to beat any side currently in the top half and I don’t see that changing here. Home win.
This treble of home wins returns around a tasty 6/1 with most firms.
Goals galore – Remember, both teams must score at least once in each game for this one to be a winner.
Bolton v West Ham – The home side have scored in 80% of their home games this season and West Ham are firing on all cylinders of late to try and stave off relegation. Previous meeting saw a 3-1 win for Bolton.
Forest v Reading – Could be a great game at The City Ground, Forest have scored in all but 2 of their home games this season and are in desperate need of the points. Likewise Reading are one of the in-form teams and could end up in a play-off spot, they scored in the last 10 league games and have conceded in 8 of those.
Leicester v Burnley – Leicester have dropped out of the play-off picture in recent weeks but with attacking options such as Yakubu and Andy King they are always dangerous going forward. Burnley have picked up their form and have scored in 8 of their last 10, against Leicester’s hit and miss defence I fancy them to get at least one goal.
Leyton Orient v Southampton – This one could see some serious goals (cue a 0-0 draw). Orient have been in good goalscoring form of late, scoring in their last 14 games on the spin. They face Southampton who have hit 14 goals in their last 5 games. Previous meeting was 1-1.
This 4 game coupon returns 9/1 with Betfred.
As always, good luck and gamble responsibly!