While the Premier League is proving as difficult to predict as Roman Abramovich’s latest managerial appointment at Chelsea, thankfully in League One and League Two, MK Dons, Coventry City and Southend United should be depended on to deliver a winning ‘Home Heroes’ banker treble.
It’s been a turbulent week in the world of football betting, with yours truly being placed on something resembling gardening leave from the midweek lower-division action and forced into that cul-de-sac of continental football – the Europa League.
Fortunately, the boys upstairs at bwin have come to their senses and reappointed me as the predictor-in-chief for all things League One and League Two.
And boy have I got a corker for them this week, with my winning treble of MK Dons, Coventry and Southend all heading into their respective home games on unbeaten runs and available at odds of just over 4/1.
This translates to returns of £104.56 for anyone utilising bwin’s free £20 bet for registering.
Let’s get to the action!
Coventry City to beat Portsmouth @ 4/5
The Sky Blues have been in seventh heaven of late, with the dismissal of former manager Andy Thorn seemingly having the right effect on the previously troubled club.
Coventry head into this one having won five of their last six fixtures and will be confident of adding to that tally against a Portsmouth team that is in freefall and without a manager after Michael Appleton departed for Blackpool, losing seven straight games in all competitions.
History also points to a win for the Midlanders, with Coventry winning their previous two home meetings with Pompey by the same 2-0 scoreline, so the hosts look sure things here at 4/5.
MK Dons to beat Colchester United @ 57/100
While the recent FA Cup draw with AFC Wimbledon may have thrown up plenty of negative memories surrounding MK Dons, when it comes to betting, the club remains among my favourites.
After all, Karl Robinson has crafted the Milton Keynes team into one of the hardest sides to beat in League One and this is shown in their recent results.
Unbeaten in seven league games, including a victory over top-of-the-table Tranmere, MK Dons are already pushing for promotion to the Championship.
Much of their success has rested on their home form, with the team winning each of their last three matches at stadium:mk.
Throw a Colchester United team with just one win from their last six into the mix and you have all the makings of a home banker, particularly with the Us failing to win any of their last three away fixtures.
As if that was not enough, MK Dons have beaten Colchester in each of their last three meetings, making a home win a near certainty at 57/100.
Southend United to beat Rochdale @ 17/20
The Shrimpers have been having a merry old time of late in League Two and head into their latest encounter at Roots Hall on a run of six games without defeat.
Back-to-back wins at AFC Wimbledon and Torquay in their last two fixtures, scoring four on both occasions, have added to the air of confidence surrounding Paul Sturrock’s team, who will be eager to continue their fine form against Rochdale.
While the visitors are not exactly enduring a slump in League Two, they have only won two of their last six competitive games and could well come unstuck against a Shrimpers side firing on all cylinders.
Once again, the history books favour Southend, with the Blues claiming wins in each of their last four home meetings with Rochdale.
Expect the Roots Hall faithful to enjoy a happy afternoon with a home win at 17/20.