If Watford are to have any chance of gatecrashing this season’s Championship play-off party then only three points will suffice when they take on Leeds United.
Thankfully for the Hornets their opponents are in freefall at the moment, losing four games on the bounce and their misery could be compounded at Vicarage Road against a Watford outfit desperate to capitalise on their game in hand over their rivals.
Brentford are primed to take one step closer to promotion with victory over Crawley in League One while Plymouth can do the business against Newport in League Two with plenty of midweek Football League fare on offer.
A treble involving these sides would pay £76.80 with Ladbrokes while adding Charlton to beat Yeovil and Wigan to see off Milwall into the mix would return a healthy £247.42 from the same stake.
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The off-field problems that have engulfed crisis-club Leeds in recent months have certainly had an effect on performances with the Whites’ recent 1-0 reverse at Wigan their fourth defeat in a row.
A trip to face a Watford side unbeaten in their last seven matches at home represents another tough assignment for Brian McDermott’s beleaguered team.
Four losses in their previous six on the road with just three goals scored highlights the visitor’s current predicament and their luck is unlikely to change here.
Brentford cruised to a routine 3-1 victory over struggling Notts County at the weekend to tighten their stranglehold on second-place in League One with visiting Crawley another stepping stone on the Bees’ march to the Championship.
By contrast, John Gregory’s Red Devils are now nervously looking over their shoulder following a fifth successive defeat that’s left them just three points above the drop zone.
And having lost all four of their previous meetings with Brentford in all competitions the omens aren’t good for a change in fortunes.
Plymouth’s trip to Rodney Parade will be the ninth game Newport have played in the last calendar month as part of a gruelling schedule that’s seen the Welsh side notch just one win during that period.
Meanwhile, with the travelling Pilgrims looking to reassert themselves as play-off contenders it’s perhaps not unreasonable to suggest that the visitors will extend Newport’s winless run at home.
Winless in nine games on their own patch, Justin Edinburgh’s Exiles look eager to call time on a tough campaign while Plymouth can close the gap on seventh-placed Oxford to just one point if they’re victorious in Wales.
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