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Sing When You're Winning – Home Wins For Norwich, Watford and Bristol City Can Pay Dividends This Weekend

Thursday 7th February 2013
After a short International break during mid-week, things are back to normal this weekend with a cracking programme of League fixtures for punters to get stuck in to. We have been casting our eye over this week's matches and we have picked out an enticing treble which looks too good to ignore. The three games chosen will return a tidy £114.55 from a £10 stake with Ladbrokes if all three selections win.

Norwich v Fulham – Home Win @ 7/5

Our first port of call this weekend is Carrow Road where Norwich and Fulham clash in an important Premier League encounter. The teams are locked together on 28 points in the table but at the prices, it has to be the Canaries who offer the value here against a Fulham side who struggle on the road. Chris Hughton has done a cracking job since taking over in the summer and he will have been pleased to with their performance away from home at QPR last weekend. That draw followed a 1-1 draw against Spurs at home a couple of weeks back and while the Canaries have slipped down the table recently they remain a tough nut to crack at Carrow Road.

Fulham have been in a poor run of form over the last couple of months with their away record likely to be of particular worry to Martin Jol. The Cottagers have won just two games away from home, scoring 15 goals in the process and while the match on Saturday is likely to be a low scoring affair we feel that Norwich represent excellent value for the win at 7/5.

Watford v Crystal Palace – Home Win @ 10/11

Two promotion chasers meet at Vicarage Road on Friday night with fourth place Watford set to host fifth place Crystal Palace in a crucial Championship battle. Both teams have done well this season but it is Watford who head into this game on the crest of a wave and favoured to take the win. They have won four of their last five games for Gianfranco Zola with in form striker Matej Vydra the key man for the Hornets having hit the back of the net 19 times so far this season!

Crystal Palace on the other hand have slipped away from the top of the table in recent months and while they remain in a good position, they have won just two of their last ten games. Ian Holloway will be eager to get one over on Watford on Friday night but in truth, it is the Hornets who represent the value here at 10/11 to pick up the three points. Zola has done a great job since taking the reins and a home win here fits perfectly into our football treble this week.

Bristol City v Nottingham Forest – Home win @ 6/4

Our third pick this week sees us heading to Ashton Gate for another big match in the Championship between Bristol City and Nottingham Forest. It's fair to say that both teams come into this one under pressure with The Robins sitting in the relegation zone and Forest looking for their third manager of the season after Alex McLeish left the club during the week. Taking that into account, this one could be a tense affair on Saturday afternoon with the three points absolutely vital for both sides as we move towards the business end of the season.

Sean O'Driscoll seems to have done a good job at Bristol City since taking over as he looks to take them away from the relegation zone and it is Bristol City who offer the value here. O'Driscoll was of course sacked as Forest manager in December which should add an extra edge to an already important clash and certainly give him and his side motivation to put one over on the visitors. City have won two of their last three games while Forest have lost their last two on the bounce meaning the 6/4 about the Robins claiming the three points here looks to be well worth the risk.

 
Mick Bates

Mick is a passionate fan of Coventry City and has watched from the sidelines (and had the privilege of seeing the inner workings during an exciting two years in corporate sales there) to see the once mighty Sky Blues fall from the Premier League, then fail to sparkle in the Championship, relegated from League One and wind up in League Two before winning the most important fixture in football competitions - The Checkatrade Trophy final followed by a heart-stopping promotion back to League One.

As well as supporting the Sky Blues, Mick appreciates all levels of football and loves a good book to keep himself entertained as well as a few hours on FIFA or Football Manager as time allows.

He also keeps an eye on all the major English leagues and regularly enjoys a flutter looking for that elusive treble! 


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