There's a full EFL fixture list - pretty much - on Friday as the Easter clashes kick off. They're all back at it on Monday afternoon, but back to the end of this week, instead of going through all the matches from the three tiers below the Premier League, we've picked out five games which should be easy pickings for you to probably, likely, maybe, make some money - out of us! Back at your peril!
Unbeaten at home – although they have drawn 12 games at Valley Parade – Bradford will fancy their chances on their own turf against an Oxford United side who probably have too much to do if they are to reach the play-offs. The Bantams look pretty well set to achieve at top seven finish and it would take a brave person to back against them getting the three points on Good Friday. But Oxford have won the last three meetings by the odd goal, which may put a bit of doubt in your mind, however, with a vociferous home support behind them, expect Bradford to get the job done. There hasn’t been a draw in the last five clashes between there two.
With an enviable home record, it’s hard to look past a Millwall victory in south London on Friday afternoon. The Lions have the joint-meanest defence when playing at the Den and have only lose three times from their 21 league games on their own patch. What adds clout to this selection is the head to head results between these two, with Neil Harris’ side winning each of the last three clashes against Northampton and being unbeaten in four, as they look to continue their charge to an end of season play-off place.
Play-off chasing Exeter need to get back on track following a run of just three wins in their last 12 matches, which makes it handy for the Grecians that a home tie against Barnet is next up. The Bees are pretty poor away from home and have seen any potential flirt with the top seven undone after a dismal start to 2017. The play-offs won’t be heading to the Hive this season, and with nothing to really play for, the Devon hosts will look at this as a great opportunity to secure the three points. Exeter have lost just once in the last 16 meetings against Barnet and earlier in the season pulled off an excellent display and result in winning 4-1 against the same opponents.
Orient are in disarray, whilst Luton continue to look likely to secure a spot in the play-offs in Nathan Jones’ first full season in charge. It’s been a case of being so close to the automatics, yet so far for Jones’ charges, who have had a couple of surprise slip ups this term, but against a side likely to have a number of teenagers in the XI and adrift of the pack at the bottom of the EFL, this should be no problem for the Hatters, who have won three and drawn one of the last four meetings between themselves and Leyton Orient.
The only team in English football to have a 100% home record at home in 2017 with eight wins from eight games, a tie with mid-table Morecambe should be seen as a home banker (which is exactly why we’ve included it in this blog, obviously.) Morecambe have had a terrible time of things recently, with seven straight losses playing a part in a nine-game winless run, which stretches back two months. The fact Morecambe have never beaten Stevenage in the seven previous meetings suggest this is easy pickings, as does the fact the hosts have gained the three points in each of the last three clashes.
A £10 stake on our selections (Bradford, Millwall, Luton, Exeter, Stevenage) will bring a return of £111.06.*
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