West Brom, Wigan and Wrexham for the Win


After securing promotion back to the top flight on Friday night Burnley could be forgiven for suffering a bit of a hangover when they host Sheffield United tonight.

The Blades have been the Clarets’ closest challengers this year and aren’t too far away from returning to the Premier League themselves.

They’ll have been glad to see Vincent Kompany’s men promoted with a win over Middlesbrough who are one of the teams chasing them and will be hoping they can catch Burnley on rare post-celebratory off day.

It’ll still be party time in the stands for Burnley fans as they get to hail their heroes at Turf Moor and with a healthy 11 point lead over Sheffield United there won’t be too much cause concern if they’re below par.

You couldn’t be getting too excited about the 11/10 on the home win given the circumstances but at the same time 5/2 on the away win isn’t tempting enough, so how about a share of the spoils at 5/2 then eveyone’s a winner.

West Brom retain slim hopes of making the play-offs desite picking up just two points from the last nine available. They’ve the perfect chance to get back to winning ways this afternoon with a home match against free-falling QPR.

The Baggies form might have dipped a little but they’ve been rock solid at home for months now, unbeaten in the last 11 league matches at The Hawthorns, winning nine of those. Visitors QPR are on a disasterous run and could find themselves in the bottom three if they’re beaten and Reading conjure a win at Preston.

A home win at 3/5 looks one of the bankers today.

On Friday we highlighted to Wigan‘s doggedness in the fight to avoid the drop. They put up another spirited display in a 1-0 defeat to Sheffield United and they’re not going down without a fight. Despite being rooted to the bottom they’ve only lost three or their last 12 (W3 D6 L3) – two of those to promoted Burnely and 2nd placed Sheffield United.

Opponents Swansea look destined for a mid-table finish and played out a 0-0 draw with Coventry on Friday after their dramatic derby win over Cardiff City last week. That was just their fourth league win this year (W4 D3 L8) so they could be vulnerable today at a Wigan side with plenty to to play for. There’s worse looking bets than 2/1 on the Latics today.

In League One Ipswich Town have been the form team and overtook Sheffield Wednesday in 2nd place on Friday. They won eight on the spin, not conceded in nine and are unbeaten in 12 so, on paper, look a shoe-in at 8/15 to win at 16th place Cheltenham. A ninth consecutive win to nil looks handy at 11/8.

The aformentioned Wednesday have crashed just at the wrong time of the season. Automatic promotion hopes are fading fast after six without a win (DLDLDD) and they should not be as short as 1/4 to win today based on that kind of form. Opponents Accrington Stanley are in a relegation battle but racked up a big win over Port Vale (3-0) on Friday and with lots still to play for might make things tough for an Owls side who’s confidence must’ve taken a hit in recent weeks. Best keep Wednesday off your list today.

Match of the Day is arguably in the fifth tier National League today and it has all the makings of a thriller. The oldest Football League club in the world, Notts County, are tied on 100 points with the Hollywood-owned media-darlings of Wrexham at the top of the table.

County lead with a marginally better goal difference but have played a game more so they simply cannot afford to lose this one. As for the Red Dragons they blew a half-time lead at Halifax Town on Friday to relinquish top spot just when it matters most.

Wrexham put their unbeaten home record on the line, 19 wins and one draw is some going in any league, and that might prove the critical factor. There’s little to separate the two sides in the betting so the 6/4 on the Welshmen providing the Hollywood ending to the season appeals. The match is live on BTSport at 5.30.

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