While the weather outside is frightful, backing the trio of Southend United, Bournemouth and Leyton Orient could be delightful, with odds of exactly 15/1 available for them to travel to Fleetwood Town, Scunthorpe United and Bury and pick up maximum points,
Christmas has always been a time for sharing and so it was that I opted to call on Santa a little early this year and with a rather specific request – three teams to back for an away day treble from the teams that make up League One and League Two.
And lo and behold, the big red man has duly delivered, with the treble of Leyton Orient, Bournemouth and Southend, offering returns of £320 for anyone seeking to utilise Bwin’s free £20 bet for registering.
It could make for the perfect gift this year or at least help cover the costs of the seasonal period.
Let’s have a closer look.
Bournemouth to beat Scunthorpe at 1/1
Eddie Howe has certainly spread the Christmas cheer around the south coast of late, with Bournemouth currently enjoying a run of 11 games unbeaten.
Fresh from a 3-1 away win over Carlisle in the FA Cup, the Cherries will be confident of continuing their fine string of away results, which have seen the team go unbeaten in five on the road, winning three of their last four.
By contrast, Scunthorpe have endured a few weeks to forget, claiming just two wins in their last 13 matches with Brian Laws displaying all the tact of Basil Fawlty on crack following his team’s recent capitulation at Doncaster.
With Bournemouth heading into this match unbeaten in their last two meetings with Scunny, an away win at 1/1 could be a tasty punt.
Leyton Orient to beat Bury @ 11/5
It may only be a coincidence that Leyton Orient boss Russell Slade shares his surname with that of a band known for a festive favourite, but it is certainly shaping up to be a December to remember for the O’s.
Orient are currently on an incredible run of seven straight victories, and head to Gigg Lane in confident mood, with their hosts Bury claiming just one win in their last four encounters.
Home form has hardly been much better for the Greater Manchester club, with just one win in their last three home matches.
By contrast, Leyton Orient have the best away record in the division, accruing 15 points from a possible 18 and winning each of their last five competitive matches on the road.
Expect the visitors to add to that number with an away win at 11/5.
Southend United to beat Fleetwood town @ 3/2
It’s fair to say that Fleetwood Town are in a state of crisis. On a run of three consecutive defeats, the team suffered at the hands of Aldershot Town last time out in the FA Cup.
The club is also managerless after boss Micky Mellon was sacked this week and could well be in for a drubbing against Southend come Saturday.
The Shrimpers are on a nine-game unbeaten run and have won four of their last five.
Available at 3/2 for an away win, they are certainly one to watch.