Michael Lintorn’s crystal ball brings visions of woe from Carrow Road, Home Park and the Oakwell away end…
Lay Norwich to beat Nottingham Forest @ 1.738/11
The Canaries soared to the brink of the Championship title picture with six straight wins under Alex Nell, yet the form thermal that carried them there appears to be cooling rapidly.
One win in four indicates as much and they have gone two without triumph at the homestead ahead of Forest’s visit, including a loss to lowly Wigan.
Dougie Freedman’s Tricky Trees have been cooking up a late play-off charge since the former Bolton boss took over and can take advantage by chiselling a few more points from Norwich.
They have lost just once in ten games and their travelling goal threat makes them all the harder to beat, having found the scoresheet in six of their last seven away fixtures.
Lay Preston to win at Barnsley @ 2.111/10
North End are mining a vein of form so rich that their rivals are understood to be considering the commencement of dangerous fracking operations under Deepdale in a bid to disrupt the supply.
Simon Grayson’s outfit command favouritism for their trip to Barnsley thanks to nine wins in their last 11 fixtures, yet they look short enough to beat the rejuvenated hosts.
Lee Johnson assumed the helm at Oakwell with the Tykes already on a two-match three-point-gleaning run and added a further four victories to the streak before their draw at Leyton Orient last time out.
During that sequence, Barnsley have shipped only once, keeping six clean sheets, making them well worth backing to avoid defeat in front of their Yorkshire devotees.
Lay Plymouth to beat Newport @ 2.186/5
The Argyle sit one place above their south Wales visitors in League Two’s six-game form table, with the subtle difference in their respective ledgers being that Newport won last time out against Luton, whereas the hosts last prevailed three games back.
While the Green Army have taken maximum points from three of their last four at HQ, their visitors have cat-burgled high-flying Burton (first) and Wycombe (third) inside their last three road trips to suggest that they should not be dismissed in Devon.