We may be staring at a frosty few weeks ahead, but backing Sheffield United, Fleetwood Town and MK Dons for home successes could provide winnings to warm the heart this weekend.
Christmas may be over, diets may be on the agenda and budgets may have been tightened, but that’s no excuse not to indulge in this veritable feast of a footballing trio.
I for one spent much of the festive season poring over all of the up-to-the-minute football stats from League One and League Two and am feeling confident about this latest ‘Home Heroes’ offering.
Sheffield United should make easy work of Yeovil Town, while Fleetwood are favourites to beat Bristol Rovers and MK Dons look likely to down Bury.
With odds of just over 3/1, this treble offers returns of £83.31 for anyone utilising bwin’s free £20 bet and is one that should not be missed.
Now let’s get to my favourite bit – the stats!
Sheffield United to beat Yeovil Town @ 13/20
Sheffield United remain one of the teams to beat in League One and are likely to be in the mix for promotion to the Championship come the end of the season.
The Blades have certainly looked sharp in recent times and head into this encounter with just one defeat in their last six competitive matches.
They will be in confident mood following their comprehensive 3-0 win over Oxford United in the FA Cup and will fear no one at Bramall Lane, where they have lost just once in 18 league matches.
Gary Johnson’s Yeovil, meanwhile, head north following a defeat to Leyton Orient in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.
The Glovers’ away form remains poor too, with just one win to their name from their last four matches on the road in all competitions.
A quick look at the history books also suggests that this one will fall in favour of Sheffield United, with the Blades winning each of the last three meetings between the sides, including a 4-0 whitewash in their last home encounter with the visitors.
Odds of 13/20 on a win for Danny Wilson’s men look too good to resist.
Fleetwood Town to beat Bristol Rovers @ 13/20
The appointment of former Burnley and Preston hero Graham Alexander seems to have done the trick for Fleetwood Town.
The hosts have lost just one of their six games under the great Scot and head into this one having gone three games unbeaten at Highbury Stadium, keeping a clean sheet on each occasion.
Bristol Rovers, meanwhile, continue to struggle in League Two and could yet drop to the Conference, with just two wins from their last 14 matches.
More concerning still is that they are without a win in eight competitive games on the road, with a solitary victory to their name from 22 away games.
It all adds up to a home win for Fleetwood at 13/20.
MK Dons to beat Bury @ 53/100
They may have few fans among neutrals but MK Dons remain a popular choice for punters seeking dead certs for an accumulator come Saturday, with the Dons losing just three of their last 15 matches.
They head into this one as heavy favourites too, with opponents Bury currently on a run of ten games without a win in all competitions and defeats in their last two league fixtures.
Karl Robinson’s team certainly know where the goal is, as the Milton Keynes club have notched an astonishing 18 goals in their last six games at stadium:mk.
Once again, history favours the hosts, with the MK Dons unbeaten in their four previous meetings with Bury, winning three times and drawing once.
Having claimed a 4-1 win at their opponents’ ground earlier in the season, a home win looks assured at 53/100.