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Free football tips, best bets and analysis for Saturday’s EFL matches.

When to bet

Kick-off from 3 p.m. Saturday

Best bets

3pts 6-5 general

2pts Evs bet365, Hills

Burton or double chance draw
2pts 8-5 betting fair

AFC Wimbledon
2pts 11-10 Coral, Hills

Burnley -1 on Asian Handicap
2pts 27-25 bet365

Hartlepool v Grimsby

Grimsby Town suffered a rare road breakdown on Tuesday night but can remedy it when they visit League Two latecomers Hartlepool.

Only Leyton Orient have amassed more away points than the Mariners, so it was a surprise when they slipped at Barrow, losing 1-0.

Hartlepool should be more to their liking, however. The pools have lost five in a row in all competitions, won only once in the league all season and are marred by injuries and – by all accounts – illness too.

Grimsby has already won five times on the road and has the third-best defense in the section. Hartlepool, meanwhile, is the worst by far.

Walsall v Rochdale

Walsall have recovered under Michael Flynn – one defeat in six in League Two, and it was just 2-1 at Mansfield – and they can claim four straight wins at home to Rochdale.

The Saddlers produced their best 45 minutes of the season as they took a 3-0 lead over Harrogate on Tuesday night, knocking out the winners 3-1.

Injured players are starting to return for Walsall, as is midfielder Brandon Comley, who was sent off in a 1-1 draw at Sutton.

Sheffield Wednesday v Burton

There have been signs of life at Burton since Dino Maamria replaced Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.

The League One table shows the Brewers are still struggling, but they have lost just three of their last ten in all competitions and a loan signing of the caliber of Jamaica international Adrian Mariappa is sure to do a positive difference.

In their last ten outings, Burton have gone to Exeter and won, visited Peterborough and drawn and beaten Sheffield on Wednesday at Hillsborough in the Football League Trophy. And they are back in South Yorkshire to face Wednesday, who have been held by both Lincoln and Bristol Rovers for the past week and may well find Albion a tough challenge.

The Owls are also without a trio of centre-backs after Michael Ihiekwe earned a ban thanks to a fifth booking against Gas.

AFC Wimbledon v Harrogate

Harrogate’s injury problems show no signs of abating and that leaves them vulnerable to Wimbledon improvement.

The Yorkshire side have lost seven of nine on their travels this season and Simon Weaver are missing at least seven first-team members for the trip to south London.

Wimbledon had a good week, winning at Rochdale and drawing 1-1 with Crewe, and can take that confidence on this winnable home mission.

Burnley v Reading

There is a feeling that the clubs are finding their fair ground in the Championship, which means at the top for Burnley and quickly fading for Reading.

The Royals are poor travelers – they have the worst away goal difference in the second tier – and Burnley are unbeaten at home.

Vincent Kompany’s Clarets have beaten just one team at Turf Moor – they crushed Swansea 4-0 – but confidence continues to soar and they can see Reading with something to spare.


Burnley 8-13, Wycombe 1-2, Stevenage 11-10, Grimsby 23-20.
£1 acca nets £10.97 with BoyleSports

First goalscorer

Cameron Brannagan Bolton v Oxford
at 11-1 BoyleSports

Oxford midfielder Cameron Brannagan, who scores for free and takes penalties, has already scored seven goals this season and will see plenty more to come.

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