It’s just a week before Christmas and we could all do with a bit of extra pocket money for the fun and festivities – well here’s a banker treble across the English divisions that pays at 267/100.
In, other words, football betting fans who use their free £25 bet for joining bwin.com on our three teams of choice could win if they all oblige.
So, without further ado, let me outline exactly why Chelsea, Burton and Shrewsbury are shoo-ins for victories in their respective fixtures.
Chelsea to beat Wigan Athletic @ 7/20
Chelsea got back onto the fringes of the Premier League title race with an ultimately deserved victory over leaders Manchester City on Monday night and can close the gap to just four points with victory at Wigan.
After a mid-autumn wobble reminiscent of the one that did for Carlo Ancelotti as Blues boss, Andre Villas-Boas has come out of a poor run of form earlier than his predecessor and looks in better shape than this time a year ago. A fantastic couple of weeks have seen his side beat Newcastle and Valencia as well as City and they will be confident of beating a Latics side that they invariably see off at the DW Stadium.
Chelsea have won six of their seven trips to Wigan in the Premier League era and thumped their hosts 6-0 on their last trip.
On top of that, Wigan have a poor home record. Only Bolton have fewer than their five points, while only three teams have less than the eight goals Roberto Martinez’s side have managed so far. They didn’t win a home game against a side that finished in the top half last season and I wouldn’t expect them to get a result on Saturday either.
Burton Albion to beat Dagenham and Redbridge @ 3/5
Poor Dagenham and Redbridge’s long, agonising slump to the foot of the League Two table was finally complete last weekend and they look set for yet another defeat when they travel to Burton Albion on Saturday.
Nothing has gone right for John Still’s men since their last-day relegation from League One last season and their time in League Two has been a painful one. With just 13 points to their name, they lie below crisis club Plymouth Argyle on goals scored and it looks like being a long winter for the Daggers.
Dagenham have lost an incredible nine league matches on the bounce and have just one win in 15, losing the other 14. It is a desperately poor run of form and they should get no change from Burton.
Paul Peschisolido’s men are fifth in League Two and well in the play-off race. Their home form is good – they post a 4-1-1 record in the six-game form guide – and they have won five of their six fixtures at the Pirelli Stadium against current the bottom half, drawing the other one.
Shrewsbury Town to beat Macclesfield Town @ 4/7
Shrewsbury Town are another side right in the League Two promotion mix and will be expecting to get the better of mid-table Macclesfield Town at Greenhous Meadow.
Graham Turner’s side sit in fourth position, four points off Cheltenham Town in the automatic promotion places, and go into the match against Macclesfield in as good a form as they have been all season.
Only three sides can better the Shrews’ most recent six-game haul of 13 points and their home form has been terrific of late, winning five and drawing one of their last six matches, including victories against Torquay and Morecombe. You have to go back to March 1st to find the last time Shrewsbury lost a home match (0-3 to Bury), a sequence of 16 games, and it is hard to see Macclesfield ending that run.
Every inch the mid-table side, Macc lie in 13th place but struggle badly against the better sides. They have lost all four trips against sides in the top half this year and have won just three of the previous 24. Gary Simpson’s men have lost four of their last six away games and could struggle again here.
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