Friday Flutter: Hatters to pile more misery on woeful Wombles

After a dismal display last week, betting ‘expert’ Dan Statham returns with his preview and tips for this weekend’s action across England

Well last week I lost more than just a fiver. My dignity and reputation also took quite the hammering. A self-proclaimed gambling kingpin I am not, and the results of last Friday’s Flutter were evident of that. Also, Macclesfield fans everywhere can thank me for managing to give them a much-needed win after I hexed Carlisle and helped the Silkmen gain their first win of the season. At least Spurs won, though, ensuring that not all of the selections were a complete bust…

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Norwich v Brentford

The Canaries are in fine form in the Championship at the minute, shooting themselves to just inside the play-offs. Daniel Farke’s men have won seven of their last ten games and on Saturday they face a Brentford side which is toiling just below mid-table following the departure of Dean Smith to Aston Villa. The Bees are struggling for form having only won two of their last ten matches, losing four of those. From a statistical standpoint, everything points towards at Norwich win. (29/20 – Bet365)

Accrington v Portsmouth

Accrington, were one of our many coupon busters last weekend when they beat Peterborough, but I feel Pompey represent a slightly different challenge. The league leaders really should have got all three points off Burton during the week and Kenny Jackett’s men will be keen to rectify that. Portsmouth are also yet to lose on the road this season and they have actually only failed to win on one occasion on their travels. The loss of Tom Naylor to suspension is also a rather large one. Accrington represent a tough test, mind. Stanley have won six of their last ten but were thumped by in-form Luton during the week. Tough to call, but I fancy Pompey to continue their fine away form. (39/25 – Marathon)

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Burton v Peterborough

Peterborough visit the Pirelli Stadium on Saturday searching for another win to put Pompey under more pressure. Steve Evans’ men currently sit in second, four points behind the South Coast leaders. The Posh are a good price to win at Burton having dropped just two points on the road so far. Burton have won four of their last ten, but have been underwhelming so far this year in League One. For me, I expect Peterborough to come out victorious, especially if Matt Godden is on form. (21/10 – various)

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AFC Wimbledon v Luton Town

Luton are the in-form team in League One at the minute. The Hatters have won four out of their last five, including a handsome win against high-flying Accrington last time out. Nathan Jones’ side have pushed up to just inside the play-offs and should be far too good for this Wimbledon side who seem to be in free-fall. The Wombles have lost their last five in the league, with pressure mounting on boss Neal Ardley. Should be an away win this one. (22/19 – 188Bet)

Colchester v Lincoln

League Two leaders Lincoln have made a great start to their second year back in the Football League. The Imps sit joint top of the form table having lost just two of their last ten. Colchester won’t be an easy task for Danny Cowley’s men, though. The Essex side have made a decent start to the campaign, winning five of their last ten, again only losing on two of those occasions. Looks to be a pretty even game this, which could go either way, but for me you have to fancy Lincoln. (31/20 – BetVictor)

Mansfield v MK Dons

MK Dons were my tip to run away with the league this year. It hasn’t quite worked out like that since Paul Tisdale moved from Exeter. The Dons took time to put behind them a dismal campaign from last season, which ended in relegation. However, the side in second place have won five of their last ten games, losing only twice. It will not be an easy game for Tisdale’s side – the Stags have been on a decent run themselves – but I fancy them to come out victorious and keep putting pressure on the league leaders. (11/5 – Bet365)

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