First of all, I must offer my apologies to anyone who regularly reads the Championship ‘Home Heroes’ column as last week I was not able to produce the article.
Considering we were successful with our previous attempt – a 4/1 midweek treble – I would hope there were at least a few punters who were eagerly anticipating my selections.
And yet a week off has ultimately left me raring to go, even more so than normal, and my craving to pick another victorious treble will hopefully lead to us pocketing some weekend winnings.
I fancy Crystal Palace, Leicester and Wolves to come up with the goods and new customers who use their free £20 bet to back the trio together will see a nice return of £126.42 if all three get the job done.
Crystal Palace to beat Blackpool @ 11/10
This is by far the pick of the bunch when it comes to the Championship fixture list this weekend as Ian Holloway comes up against his old side, Blackpool, for the first time since he departed Bloomfield Road.
His new team, Crystal Palace, have been in phenomenal form of late and one defeat in their last eight has propelled the Eagles to second in the table.
Ollie was a superb addition to the Premier League when his Blackpool side spent one eventful season in the top flight and the majority of neutrals would be pleased to see Palace promoted simply for the fact that Holloway will be back in the spotlight.
And on the evidence of the campaign to date, he is in charge of a side that has every opportunity of making it to the big time again for the first time since 2004/05.
As well as being solid at the back, Palace are a goalscoring machine at present. Despite a 0-0 draw with Hull two weeks ago, the Eagles have scored in every other league game this season.
A tally of 39 goals from 20 Championship matches is the best record in the division and the goals should keep flowing against the weak defence of the Seasiders.
Read a little bit more about why Palace are such a good bet this weekend in my preview of the game here.
Leicester to beat Barnsley @ 2/5
Okay, so I’m hardly sticking my neck on the line with this selection, but Leicester are a certainty for three points against Barnsley and are therefore well worth throwing into the treble to bump up the profits.
Regulars at the King Power Stadium have seen a hatful of goals from their beloved side in recent weeks and there is a great possibility that the Foxes will bag a few more on Saturday afternoon.
A 4-1 win over Derby followed the 6-0 thrashing of Ipswich and given the fact that Barnsley are leaking goals of late, Leicester fans could be in for another treat.
The Tykes were thumped 4-1 in their last outing against Gianfranco Zola’s rejuvenated Watford side and have not kept a clean sheet in their last nine matches, losing seven and drawing two of those games.
And while Barnsley appear to have the form of a side facing a long relegation battle, we can use this to our favour because Leicester will continue on the winning trail and help us on our way to securing a winning bet.
Wolves to beat Birmingham @ 23/20
There are a couple of reasons why I have left this one until the end.
As regular readers of this column will know, I do like to conclude matters with the hardest selection and I am sure you will all agree that this Midlands clash most definitely falls into that category.
Secondly, it is the late kick-off on Saturday evening, so if we are lucky enough to get our first two tips right (which we will) then victory will all be resting on the last tip.
So why, I hear you ask, do I sense a Wolves victory over Birmingham on Saturday?
In fairness, Stale Solbakken’s side have been in wretched form of late, but finally ended their nine-match winless streak with a 4-1 victory over Bristol City at Ashton Gate last weekend.
That success will hopefully reignite their season and there is further cause for optimism to be gleaned from the fact that their opponents are hardly hitting the heights at the moment.
Blues picked up a decent three points in their last match (a 3-2 win over Middlesbrough), but six points from their previous seven away fixtures portrays a side that are struggling.
And with only Charlton boasting a superior defensive record to Wolves in the bottom half of the table, I can see the hosts toasting the narrowest of victories in what promises to be a close encounter at Molineux.
Read a full betting preview of Wolves v Birmingham here.