Finally the International break has concluded and we can now look ahead to a regular weekend of fixtures. 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 , check out who’s on the hit list.
Arsenal v Hull City
After losing to Chelsea in their last match Arsenal have slipped to nine points behind the leaders already and cannot afford any slip ups against the likes of Hull if they are to contemplate bridging that gap to the league leaders. They will therefore be desperate to get back to winning ways against the Tigers at the Emirates. The Gunners have won five consecutive Premier League encounters against Hull and seven in all competitions.
Hull registered a much needed three points against Crystal Palace last time out but have typically struggled to put back to back wins together. They travel to the Emirates where Arsenal are unbeaten since the first match of last season so despite Arsenal defensive injury worries it will still be a hard task for them to win.
Crystal Palace v Chelsea
Chelsea have made a great start to their 2014/15 season and look like a powerful, well balanced and oiled machine. They sit top of the table and are unbeaten. Mourinho will non doubt be happy that the international break is now over with the wealth of international players in his squad.
Neil Warnock has made a promising start to life at Selhurst Park but has already indicated that he wont be too disappointed if he can’t find any points from this fixture. Diego Costa has set the Premier League alight for Chelsea with nine goals in seven games but is a doubt after playing twice for Spain with a reported tight hamstring. Palace will certainly be hoping that he is unavailable for selection.
Brighton v Middlesborough
Middlesborough are very much the form side in the Championship. Karanka has lead his team to fifth spot in the table after an unbeaten run of seven games. If recent history is anything to go by they have the upperhand in this clash. They are unbeaten in the last six meetings with the Seagulls. They are also strong on the road having won three of their last five away games and have the potential opportunity to hit the top of the table if they win.
Brighton cannot buy a win at the moment and are slipping ever closer towards the relegation zone. They have no wins in their last seven league games dating back to the end of August. Key attacking player Craig Mackail Smith is also out with an injured hamstring.
Preston v Port Vale
Preston have won their last three games on the bounce are are starting o gather some momentum. They have one of the best defences whilst they are also scoring goals as well. They have not lost a league match at deepdale so far in six games this season and manager Simon Grayson has a fully fit squad at his disposal. Preston have already beaten Port Vale at home just two games ago in the JPT by 3 goals to 2 and will confident of a repeat result.
Port Vale seem to have arrested their terrible slump with a 4-1 victory against Yeovil Town in their last outing. However they have won just once in six away games and have not put any back to back wins together. There is a case that they are over reliant on Tom Pope goal poaching abilities. He scored a brace in the 3-2 loss a couple of matches ago and is very much their threat.
Leyton Orient v MK Dons
Leyton Orient have really struggled this season to cope with the changes at the club so far despite investing in the team. Just two wins in eleven matches sees them sitting third from bottom; a stark contrast to this time last season. They are debilitated through injury at this moment in time. Key strikers Mooney and Lisbie are out along with the likes of Baudry, Cox and Legzdins all of whom are usually first team starters. Jobi Mcanuff is also suspended to compound the managers problems.
MK Dons have the joint most potent attck in the division alongside Bristol City having notched twenty-five goals in just ten games. They have not played a league match since the 4th October but should be raring to go. They have not been the most consistent team of late but are still picking up plaenty of wins. They have not drawn away from home yet having won three of five and lost the other two. You would expect them to show no mercy against a depleted Orient squad.
Burton v Morecambe
Burton have won five of their last six games at home at the Pirelli stadium. Despite sitting in second place behind leaders Wycombe only on goal difference they have actually the highest win percentage in the league having won eight of twelve.
Morecambe meanwhile don’t tend to do things by halves. They have only drawn one game and tend to win or lose. For any team winning at Burton away from home will be a tough ask though so you would have to favour the home teamin this match.
Woking v Telford
Woking are second in the Conference table and whilst they are three points behind the leaders they have a game in hand over Barnet so have every incentive. They have won their last three games in a row. They play bottom of the league Telford who have accumulated just seven points from sixteen matches. With just one win to their name and having conceded a whopping 39 goals already Telford look relegation certainties. Woking will be relishing the prospect of getting at the Telford backline.
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