Both teams to score betting tips for a 4-fold on Saturday 7th January with reasons for each selection, the best odds for the bets and which bookies to use.
It’s FA Cup third round day on Saturday and there are plenty of opportunities to find matches in which both sides should find the back of the net. There’s also a handful of games in Leagues One and Two and we’ve picked out the best bets.
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Bolton lost valuable ground in the race for the League One title on Monday as they could only draw 2-2 with Coventry. The Trotters have been defensively sound this season, but they are slightly wobbling at the back in recent weeks. They conceded 2 to struggling Coventry, let Shrewsbury grab a consolation and only just squeezed past Scunthorpe last week (2-1). They kept three consecutive clean sheets, but have now conceded four goals in their last three matches in League One. Crystal Palace were dreadful on Tuesday night as they slipped to defeat against struggling Swansea. Sam Allardyce’s side were expected to be tough to break down and bounce back from their 2-0 defeat to Arsenal, but the performance and tempo was lacking. They are still struggling at the back and are without an away clean sheet this season. A 3-0 win over Southampton was their only shutout this campaign and they could do with tightening up. Things should improve under Allardyce’s stewardship, but this is a tricky fixture and it’s a hectic period for the Eagles.
Norwich have been struggling of late and Alex Neil’s future has been questioned amongst the Canaries fanbase. The Scot guided his side to 8 defeats from 11, but a morale boosting 3-0 victory over Derby on Monday may have bought him some more time. They aren’t bad at Carrow Road, but their away form is woeful. At home, they’ve won three of the last four and scored 10 goals during that run, so they aren’t shy about going forward. Huddersfield put two past them and Leeds struck three times here, but they kept Derby and Brentford off the scoresheet, so they’re a curious inconsistent mix. Nelson Oliveira is a man in-form though and the Portuguese frontman will fancy his chances of continuing his goalscoring run. Southampton are out of form and conceded three goals to Everton on Monday. Claude Puel is likely to have a re-shuffle and he will hope a positive result in East Anglia can rejuvenate his side who sit half way up the Premier League. Away from home, they’ve kept just one clean sheet in six Premier League games and Norwich will ask questions of their shaky backline.
In League One, promotion hunting Scunthorpe are in action against struggling Bury. There have been signs of life at the Shakers recently and they had the audacity to take the lead against in-form Sheffield United before losing 3-1. They also netted against Bradford and twice against Oxford. There problems aren’t going forward, it’s keeping them out which appears to be the issue. They’ve conceded 11 goals in 5 matches and a full of mistakes at the back. James Vaughn, Tom Pope and Danny Mayor offer plenty of threat going forward and former Chelsea youngster Jacob Mellis is also capable of getting in on the act from midfield. Scunthorpe haven’t been as prolific in recent weeks, but they should be able to find a way past Bury. They’ve netted in each of their last 8 home games and have only failed to find the net once here all campaign. Josh Morris continues to find the net with regularity and Paddy Madden is back in the side. The reverse fixture ended 2-1 to the Iron.
Colchester are League Two’s form side and John McGreal has guided his side up the table towards the play-offs. The U’s had started the campaign in torrid fashion, but they’ve found their stride and are looking difficult to stop. A 4-2 victory over Stevenage was followed by a regulation 2-0 win over second bottom Cheltenham. Danny Wright missed a gilt-edged chance for the Robins late on to make the scoreline a little more competitive. Colchester have kept three clean sheets in five games, but they are facing one of League Two’s highest scoring teams. Carlisle twice fell behind in their last away match against Notts County before mounting a comeback. They were defeated by Grimsby on Monday, but tiredness could have been to blame. There have been 9 goals in the Cumbrians last two matches and this one could go a similar way. Charlie Wyke, Jabo Iberhe and Shaun Miller is deadly frontline with Nicky Adams delivering killer balls from the wing.
Bolton v Crystal Palace
Norwich v Southampton
Scunthorpe v Bury
Colchester v Carlisle
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