Saturday Select #17

Saturday Select includes some choice selections that are worth considering for this Saturday’s fixtures however you are looking to bet on the games this weekend. With Premier League to Conference selections, check out which fixtures are on the hitlist.

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Chelsea v Hull

Chelsea will be very eager to bounce back to winning ways immediatedly after being stung for all three points against Newcastle at St James’ Park in their last league outing. They will have to find a way of breaking down Hull without key creative midfield maestro Cesc Fabregas however they are boosted by the return of Nemanja Matic who has also been influential from the centre of the park. They have a 100 percent record to maintain at Stamford Bridge where they have won all seven of their home league fixtures.

The Tigers have endured a torrid spell of late and are without a win in their last eight matches. Hull should prove resilient but they won’t offer too much of a threat going forward; they have only netted two goals in their last seven matches and even with Nikica Jelavic back they look set to struggle in a fixture that the club has never won.

Leicester City v Manchester City

Man City are the form side in the division at the moment and there is a feel good factor around the club after they finally managed to progress through the group stages and into the last sixteen of the Champions League. They have also won there last four league games on the bounce and are now within striking distance of league leaders Chelsea who are three points ahead. Talismanic centreback and club captain Vincent Kompany looks set to come back into the starting line up after absence and will be a big boost.

After a promising start to life in the top tier of English football Leicester City sit rock bottom of the Premier League table after a dismal run of eight defeats in their last ten matches. Only QPR have conceded more goals than Leicester whilst only Chelsea have scored more than Man City so the Prospect of a clean sheet or share of the spoils looks bleak for the Foxes.

Watford v Wigan

Watford stormed to an emphatic 5-0 victory over an improving Fulham side in their last outing to end a run of four straight defeats. Despite their disappointing run Watford still sit in sixth place and their last result may provide a platform for a run of good form. They have averaged over two goals scored per game at Vicarage road this season and have one of the most potent attacks in the division.

Wigan sit down in 23rd place in the Championship league table after a dissapointing first half of the season both on and off the pitch. The Latics have one solitary away win in ten matches played on the road so far this season. They have lost four of their last five league games and a change of manager has not helped to stop the rot.

Bristol City v Crawley

After losing two crunch games on the spin against fellow promotion chasers Preston and Swindon, Bristol City have responded in fine manner with three straight victories in all competitions. They have only lost one in nine games played at Ashton Gate and will need to keep winning if they are to keep on top of the division. They are only one point clear at the top.

Crawley have drawn five of their last six matches but haven’t won in seven games in all competitions. They are a hard side to beat but have only won once in nine attempt away from home and sit down in 17th position in the table.

Oldham Athletic v Yeovil

Oldham manager Lee Johnson faces off against his father’ Gary Johnson who’s Yeovil side are languishing in the relegation zone. Steer clear of this game if you think that sentiment may have a part to play but looking at the teams objectively you would have to favour the home side.

Yeovil have just one win in their last ten league games and could only manage to play out a draw with a struggling League Two side in Accrington Stanley in the FA Cup second round which may give an indication as to the level they are operating at this season. Olham meanwhile sit in the playoff zone and have proved a hard team to beat.

Burton Albion v Hartlepool United

Burton sit in fourth position and are just two points from the top of the league. They haven’t won in their last two though so really need to be taking the points at home to Hartlepool if they have aspirations of Promotion. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink won his first game in charge but will need to keep the momentum that Gary Rowett built up at the Pirelli.

Hartlepool are rock bottom of League Two and to compound their misery were knocked out the FA Cup by non league Blyth Spartans after an abject performance resulting in the sacking of manager Paul Murray. They go into this match managerless and with seven defeats in their last eight league matches. It’s a huge task to turn around Hartlepool in their current state and relegation is already looking a strong possibility.

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