I RESISTED the temptation to put up any tips on Thursday and was pleased with that decision.
The game I looked at in detail was Maritimo v Porto in the semi-finals of the Portuguese League Cup with the Madeira side big underdogs. Porto were well tipped but the 2-1 defeat means they haven’t won on their last four visits to the island.
So after a quiet week we move on to a mad weekend and there’s a big Good Friday card in England with some huge Championship games such as Derby v Watford and Ipswich v Bournemouth – and I’d take both to score in them instead of trying to pick a winner.
There’s almost a full card of lower-league games as well as Conference matches so a lot to consider.
In Scotland there is one game with Celtic travelling to St Mirren. There is a separate preview of that one and in my Daily Record the Super Single is Celtic -2 at 13-8 with Paddy Power as I’ve focused almost exclusively on that bottom v top encounter.
After checking team news this morning I’ve decided to go with Bury at Cambridge as the Super Single ahead of Bristol City at Oldham, Charlton at Millwall and Celtic -2.
Bury are on a run of three wins and haven’t given up hope of automatic promotion while Cambridge are looking slightly nervously at the drop zone after a run of six without a win. Luke Chadwick is among those missing for Cambridge while Bury have Joe Riley banned.
It was 2-0 to Bury earlier in the season and they should be able to make it six wins in seven outings.
Start the Top Treble with Preston who welcome back Australia’s Bailey Wright, Gibraltar’s Scott Wiseman, Republic of Ireland Under-21s’ Alan Browne and England Under-20 cap Callum Robinson but only Wright and Robinson are regular starters.
Rochdale, who lost their last away game 3-0 at Oldham but won 2-0 in the Capital One Cup at Deepdale earlier this season, will be boosted by the return to contention of defender Ashley Eastham, who missed last week’s home win against Yeovil due to a dead leg without defender Jack O’Connell who has been recalled Brentford.
Midfield pair Jamie Allen and Stephen Dawson are out for the season, striker Peter Vincenti is doubtful and midfielder Matty Lund and striker Calvin Andrew remain sidelined.
I shied away from Bristol City because team news they could make changes with a 10-point lead at the top. However, they have a big squad and should still have enough quality to take care of and Oldham side who have lost seven at home.
Celtic could beat St Mirren by any number if they make a fast start and while my Super Single in today’s Daily Record is Celtic -2 I’ll go Celtic -1 to complete the Top Treble.
I’ve put up a both to score treble but no time for reasoning as I need to crack on with my Saturday column for the Record. Remember to have a look at the Dutch lower-league games such as Helmond v De Graafschap.
3pts Super Single
(13-10, William Hill, bet365)
2pts Top Treble
Bristol City (3pm)
Celtic -1 (7.45pm)
(9-2, Paddy Power)
1pt both to score treble
Brighton v Norwich (3pm)
Derby Watford (7.45pm)
Morecambe v Accrington (3pm)
Super Single April record
1 bet (1 loser)
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