InplayMan is back with a 5/1 Saturday both teams to score treble, covering action in the Championship, League One & League Two.
West Brom vs Luton
22nd in The Championship and with Steve Bruce on the brink of the axe, West Brom are having an absolute stinker of a season this year, and it’s not getting any better. It’s no win in eight games now for the Baggies so it’s no wonder that fans are calling for Bruce’s head as this is a side who really should be challenging for at least a spot in the playoffs but find themselves lingering in the drop zone.
They were beaten 1-0 at a very tight Preston side in the week, but though they’d failed to win another seven before that, the last six of them had all season West Brom find the net, and I’m banking on that goaslcoring form continuing, as they have plenty of talent but just can’t get results over the line.
They welcome a Luton side who were last seasons surprise package in the English 2nd tier and a win here at The Hawthornes could potentially move Luton into 5th in the league if other results were to go their way. They saw a thriller of a game against Huddersfield in the week that ended 3-3 and though they’ve scored in each of their last seven games coming into this, they’ve also conceded in all but two of those.
It was a thriller here last season with West Brom winning 3-2, and given the form that both of these pair are in right now, both teams to score again here looks a decent proposition
Oxford vs Wycombe
Two sides who have had indifferent starts to life in League One so far this season, both locked on 11 points with near identical records so far this term, and I fancy a few goals in this as the two meet at the Kassam on Saturday.
Oxford come into this game winless in four now in all competitions and they’ve failed to keep a single league clean sheet since their 1-0 win over Cambridge here back in the 2nd round of fixtures. It was an encouraging draw last time out though as they held Charlton to a share of the spoils at the Valley, and their last league game here was a pretty challenging one as MK Dons came to town.
They’ve found the net themselves in six of their last seven here on home soil, but have also conceded in the same amount, and though Wycombe have been faltering this year, they’re a side who always pose a threat.
Gareth Ainsworth’s side were looking to bounce back to The Championship last year but ultimately came just short, losing in the playoffs, but this season has been far from the dizzy heights they achieved in 2021/22. They come into this themselves having lost four straight games against Plymouth, Sheffield Wednesday, Stevenage in the cup and Derby, and need a result here to stop the rot.
On the road they’ve been decent goalscorers through, failing to score only in their opening away game of the season at Bolton, and their only clean sheet came in a 0-3 win at Oakwell.
Both sides could do with a few points from this one and both should be capable of finding the net.
Bradford vs Stockport
Two of League Two’s promotion pre-season promotion favourites face off at Valley Parade this Saturday, but so far, neither has had it all their own way. Bradford with former top flight manager Mark Hughes at the helm sit 4th in the league as things stand but are seven points adrift of joint leaders Stevenage and Leyton Orient, and while they’ve had a string of decent results as of late, things have been far from solid at the back.
Their only win to nil over the last six weeks has come in a 3-0 win over Stevenage, but four more wins and a draw have all seen both teams find the net. They only have a couple of clean sheets to their name here at home this season, and they welcome Stockport this weekend who really are under-achieving.
With one of the biggest budgets in League Two following promotion from the National League last season, Stockport find themselves down in 19th, and while they’ve spent wisely and brought in plenty of talent over the summer, things are yet to really click. They just cannot for the life of them keep a clean sheet, and even last weekend when leading struggling Walsall 1-0 on home soil thanks to a Paddy Madden strike, they went on to ship a late one to share the spoils.
Each of their last three in all competitions and all but one of their away games this season have seen both teams find the net, Stockport losing their last four on the road by 2-1, 3-2, 2-1 and 2-1 scorelines.