The fixtures just keep on coming thick and fast. As the going gets tough who will get going? Our midweek football betting preview ‘Choice Tuesday’ returns and features six of the best from the English Premier and Football League matches. Check out which fixtures have made the football betting hitlist now.
Arsenal v Leicester
Arsenal will be keen to bounce back to winning ways after suffering defeat at the hands of arch London rivals Tottenham Hotspur last time out. The loss ended a run of 5 consecutive wins for the Gunners in all competitions. The race for the top four Champions League spots looks set to go to the wire this season and Arsenal won’t want to drop points against bottom of the league Leicester. Pivotal attacking threat Alexis Sanchez looks all set to return to the starting eleven and will be a welcome boost.
Rumours are flying around that Leicester boss Nigel Pearson could be axed anytime soon and the signs are the pressure may be getting to him a bit; certainly if his touchline fracas with James McArthur of Crystal Palace is anything to go by. Despite starting 2015 in good fashion Leicester couldn’t climb off the bottom spot and have now lost their last 3 league games on the bounce.
Blackpool v Middlesbrough
Middlesbrough are flying in the Championship at the moment. They have notched up 5 consecutive wins from their last 5 games and are unbeaten in their last 9 matches. The likes of Chelsea loanee striker Patrick Bamford and attacking midfielder Tomlin have been taking headlines but Middlesbrough have kept clean sheets in 7 of those nine unbeaten games meaning the defence is playing their part too. They sit in third position in the league table just one point behind the leaders Bournemouth.
They make the trip from east to west to take on a Blackpool side that are cut adrift at the bottom of the Championship nine points from safety. They were thumped 4-0 at Carrow Road by Norwich last time out after picking up a rare win against Brighton the week before. They have conceded 11 goals in their last 3 games and their prospects don’t look great against a team that have only lost 3 of 14 away from home.
Bristol City v Port Vale
Bristol City are a solitary point clear at the top of the League One table but they do have a game in hand. They have the best home record in the division bar none having only lost once in 13 matches at home at Ashton Gate. With MK Dons and Swindon hot on their heels Bristol City will not want to drop points in this encounter.
They play host to mid-table Port Vale who are winless in their last 3 matches. Port Vale have one of the worst away records in the division having lost 8 and only won 3 times in 14 attempts.
Burton v Wimbledon
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink seems to have taken to League 2 like a duck to water. Burton were doing well under the leadership Gary Rowett when he arrived at the club but he has managed to keep the team kicking on for promotion. The Brewers have won 5 of their last 7 matches to hit the top of the table. They have lost just twice in 14 at the Pirelli this season.
They take on Wimbledon who are unbeaten in their last 3 games. Wimbledon are relying on Adebayo Akinfenwa to score their goals and are another team who could potentially make the playoffs if they were to have a good run. However 2 wins and a draw against mediocre sides isn’t enough yet to suggest that they will do that and taking even a point from a bang in form Burton will be a positive result.
Hartlepool v Northampton
Northampton Town have won 5 of their last 6 games and if they can maintain momentum could make a surge for the playoffs after languishing in the bottom half of the table for much of the season. In Marc Richards they have the League Two’s top goal-scorer. He has netted 16 goals so far and seems to be orchestrating the Cobblers charge.
They take on bottom of the league Hartlepool United who are 8 points adrift from safety and looked destined for relegation. After beating Plymouth they got back to their usual losing ways against Portsmouth last time out.
Southend v Cheltenham
Southend look a good bet to finish in the playoff positions this season. They sit 5th in the league table and have managed to open up a 5 point gap between themselves and 6th position. The shrimpers are unbeaten in their last 9 matches, have won 3 of their last 4 and last time out earned a point away at the toughest place to go in League Two; Shrewsbury Town.
Cheltenham meanwhile are hovering precariously over the relegation zone just two points ahead of York City. They haven’t won in their last 5 games and have lost their last 2 on the bounce. They have conceded exactly twice as many goals on the road as they have scored.