Lays of the Weekend: Brighton and Colchester to falter

Brighton, Colchester and Southend all appear worth a lay at a shade above evens in the Football League…

Lay Brighton to beat Wolves @ 2.47/5

This lay might initially seem like a strange move given that Brighton have enjoyed three triumphs on the bounce in front of their fans. However, the Seagulls have won just three matches all season against opposition starting this weekend in the top half of the Championship table.

Only table-toppers Bournemouth have beaten Wolves in their last five and their top goalscorer Bakary Sako is permitted to play after getting his red card against Watford rescinded.

Furthermore, of the 12 away matches that the eighth-placed midlanders have played this season against opposition currently below them in the table, they have only lost at Rotherham.

Lay Colchester to beat Crawley @ 2.111/10

It is rarely a sensible punting strategy to back a team that are languishing in the relegation places and have lost three consecutive matches.

Therefore, opposing Colchester has to be the play, especially as Leyton Orient are the sole club that have taken fewer points than them from their League One home outings this season.

They entertain a Crawley side that have shown signs of emerging from the relegation pit themselves since mid-February.

Seven points were secured against Barnsley, Swindon and Sheffield United, while Crawley have only narrowly gone down to Bradford (ninth) and Bristol City (first) in their past two.

Lay Southend to win at Dagenham and Redbridge @ 2.111/10

Southend still find themselves in the League Two play-off places, despite an indifferent run of form.

Between January 17 and February 10, Phil Brown’s men took 13 points from a possible 15, but they have managed just a further five from as many fixtures since, while they have also endured three road trips without a victory.

Dagenham and Redbridge held the Shrimpers at Roots Hall and their only defeat in six on home soil came against league leaders Burton. They come into this Essex derby high on confidence after back-to-back successes.