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Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink kept Burton clear of relegation concerns

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Free football tips, best bets and expert accumulator advice for Saturday’s EFL matches.

When to bet

Kick off from 12:30 p.m.

Best bets

Middlesbrough
3 p.m.
2pts 8-5 Betfair, Power

Burton
3 p.m.
3pts Evs general

Oldham or double chance draw
3 p.m.
3pts 11-10 general

Colchester
3 p.m.
2pts 13-10 Betfair, Power

Millwall v Middlesbrough

Championship promotion hopefuls Middlesbrough have been licking their wounds since Tuesday’s 4-1 loss at Sheffield United, but they haven’t gone to successive League games without a win since November and can underscore their resilience with a win at Millwall.

Boro boss Chris Wilder admitted he didn’t like what he saw from his side at Bramall Lane.

However, his players often react well to setbacks and they have a good chance this weekend as Millwall are hampered by several injury concerns.

Manager Gary Rowett will be deprived of three central defensive options on the right side, with Dan Ballard joining Shaun Hutchinson and Ryan Leonard on the sidelines.

And if their patched-up backline is breached, they may struggle to recover.

The Lions drew 0-0 at Blackburn on Tuesday when they failed to register a single shot.

They should offer a bigger threat at home, but that might not be enough to stop Boro from finding his way back to winning ways.

Burton vs. Fleetwood

Burton have been through a tough time in recent weeks, taking a point from the last five games, but they are 12 points clear of the League One drop zone and can quell any relegation worries from afar by beating sixth-placed Fleetwood at the Pirelli stadium.

The Brewers can be happy with their progress under Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, who was named on New Year’s Day 2021 with the latest League One club.

Hasselbaink comfortably led Burton to safety last season and while this season has seen some ups and downs, there is an outside chance to finish in the first half.

Fleetwood’s final months of the season are likely to be far more nervous with the club perched one point above the drop zone.

The injuries are piling up and centre-back Zak Jules is suspended after being sent off towards the end of Tuesday’s 3-1 loss at Sunderland.

There were positives in Sunderland’s performance, but the cod army went ten games without a win and could struggle again.

Swindon v Oldham

Oldham’s League Two relegation fears were heightened last Saturday by a 2-1 loss at home to fellow strugglers Carlisle, but they have gone unbeaten in the previous seven games and have a strong chance of taking at least one point to the Swindon playoff pursuit at County Sol.

The trip to Wiltshire has special meaning for Oldham manager John Sheridan, who was sacked by Swindon last April after bringing the club to the brink of relegation from League One.

Sheridan is faring much better with Oldham, where he is in his sixth spell, and can steer his side to a positive result against Robins, who are hampered by injuries and a suspension for 15-goal top scorer Harry McKirdy .

Scunthorpe v Colchester

Colchester have bolstered their League Two survival hopes by taking five points from their last three games and are set to beat basement boys Scunthorpe at Glanford Park.

The improving Essex side shouldn’t be afraid to take on Scunny, who have picked up five points from their last 13 games.

Accumulator

Nottingham Forest 4-7, Sheffield Wednesday 8-15, Cheltenham 8-5, Wallsall 17-10
£1 acca returns £16.86 with Betfred

First goalscorer

John Marquis Wimbledon v Lincoln
3 p.m.

at 6-1 bet365

John Marquis has done well since moving from Portsmouth to Lincoln in January, scoring five goals in ten games for a struggling side, and he can strike first for the Imps against relegation rivals Wimbledon at Plow Lane.


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