With FA Cup action out of the way, there is a full Football League fixture list for punters to get stuck into and we’ve identified three home bankers at odds of 19/10 that can be a nice little earner for favourite backers.
Football betting fans who use their free £25 bet for joining bwin.com on Manchester United, Tottenham and Leyton Orient in a treble could walk away with £72.38 if all three pick up maximum points – and here’s why each looks nailed on.
Manchester United to beat Bolton Wanderers @ 4/25
Manchester United may have lost their last home match against a side from the north-west languishing in the relegation zone but they should still be backed to return to winning ways when they host Bolton Wanderers.
That 3-2 reverse against Blackburn Rovers was one of the shock results of the Premier League era, but it is doubtful Bolton are capable of repeating the trick. United’s home record hasn’t quite been as immaculate as in years gone by but they have still taken 22 points from their ten games at Old Trafford, averaging three goals a match, and you fear for Owen Coyle’s men with their defensive record.
Wanderers have the joint-worst defensive record in the Premier League, having shipped 43 goals in 20 games, and will be further hindered by the absence of Chelsea-bound lynchpin Gary Cahill. Even considering recent wins at Everton and Blackburn, their away form is dreadful. The Trotters have lost 17 of their last 22 games on the road in the Premier League and have lost on their last eight trips to face the Red Devils, scoring only three goals.
Tottenham Hotspur to beat Wolverhampton Wanderers @ 7/25
Having taken full advantage of their game in hand with a midweek win over Everton, Tottenham Hotspur will move level on points with Premier League leaders Manchester City with a victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers at White Hart Lane and should be backed to do just that.
For the first time for two generations, Spurs look the real deal and have been on a fantastic run since losing their first two games of the season. They are especially strong at home, where the Lilywhites have won eight of their last nine matches, drawing the other against Chelsea and scoring 19 goals in the process.
By contrast, Wolves are struggling badly, perched just one point above the relegation zone and in poor form. Mick McCarthy’s men have won one league game in nine and have taken just three points from the last six. More worryingly, their away record – won one, drawn three and lost six – is the joint-worst in the division and I fear they will get little change from a Tottenham side that are top of the form guide and have kept five clean sheets in their last six home games.
Leyton Orient to beat Chesterfield @ 19/20
After a shocking start to League One, Leyton Orient have pulled well clear of the relegation dogfight and can continue their rise up the table with a win against rock-bottom Chesterfield.
The Os failed to register a win in their first ten league games, but have now lost just three of 15, all to promotion-chasing sides (Sheffield Wednesday, MK Dons and Carlisle) to pull 11 points clear of danger.
Chesterfield, on the other hand, couldn’t be in bigger danger. John Sheridan’s side just haven’t adapted to life in League One after last season’s title-winning campaign and are five points adrift of safety at the foot of the table. Their form is awful: three points from the last 18 tells its own story, but the malaise has actually been afflicting them for months – Chesterfield haven’t won for 16 games.
Eleven of those games have been defeats and with the worst away record in League One (nine defeats in 12 games), they have their work cut out against an Orient side who have won four of their last six.
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