Whilst tonight’s fixture list might not have a glamorous look about it, I think that there’s some really good value out there. I have picked out five selections for this evening with games from across the EFL League One, National League, and FA Cup.
I have provided some reasoning behind each selection below to give you an understanding as to why I have gone for them.
Bet365 have a great sign up offer which you could take advantage of this weekend. They are currently offering up to £100 in Bet Credits for new customers. Sign up, deposit a minimum of £5, and they will match your qualifying deposit in Bet Credits (up to £100) when you place qualifying bets to the same value, and they are settled.
One of the huge benefits of having a Bet365 account is their early payout offer. If a team that you have backed goes two goals ahead, the selection will be settled as a winner, even if they happen to throw away their lead later in the match.
This offer applies to some of the major leagues and competitions in Europe, including the Premier League and FA Cup here in England. One of my accumulator selections is from the FA Cup tonight so if you place my 5-fold on Bet365, you could see how the early payout offer can benefit you.
Lincoln City have had a hit and miss season so far. They’re currently sitting in 16th place but are closer to the playoff places than the relegation zone; 7 points vs 9 points. One thing that is for sure is that they’re much stronger when they play at their home ground. They’ve four 4/5 of their recent games at the LNER Stadium and that includes wins over Rotherham, Ipswich and Peterborough who are all above them in the table.
Bolton meanwhile come into this game without a win in their last five and on the back of two straight defeats. Their away record is also terrible, to say the least. They’ve lost a staggering 80% of their recent 20 away games in all competitions and it’s no surprise that it’s the worst away record in the league.
Both sides are level on points going into this game but are in completely different form. Spennymoor Town have lost 4/5 of their recent league matches with three of them coming against opponents lower than them in the league.
Altrincham meanwhile come into this game undefeated in their last six games, winning an impressive five of those. They’ll be full of confidence after that and I expect them to get a result against an out of form Spennymoor side.
This game looks very good for goals. 73% of Maidstone’s home games so far this season have seen over 2.5 goals scored whilst 100% of Hemel Hempstead’s away games have seen over 1.5 goals scored.
The away side have kept just one clean sheet in their 12 away games so far this season whilst 73% of Madistone’s home games so far this season have seen both teams find the net. Both teams are level on points just outside the playoffs and I’m expecting an entertaining encounter with plenty of goals.
Notts County are top the National Leagues form table over the last five matches having won four and drawn one game. They’re now in the playoff places and are just six points away from 3rd place with one game in hand.
County have been dominant since early December and come up against a Flyde side who are in the relegation zone and have lost 3/4 of their recent games.
The first meeting between these two sides last week was a mindblowing encounter. Watford stormed to a three-goal lead before Tranmere hit back in the second half to force a replay at 3-3.
This time around, I’m expecting Watford to be much more prepared. Nigel Pearson will have gotten to know and understand how Tranmere lineup and the types of players they have from the last game.
Pearson is expected to make some changes to the side who beat Bournemouth at the weekend, but if his man-management and ability to get the best out of this Watford squad is anything to go by in recent weeks, I think he will mastermind a win here.
His appointment last month is starting to become an incredible decision. The Hornets have lost just one game (against European Champions and league leaders Liverpool) in their last seven and have recorded four impressive wins over Manchester United, Aston Villa, Wolves and Bournemouth.