Lays of the Weekend: Back Charlton to sustain charge

Chris Powell has been doing plenty of clapping lately

Christian Crowther keeps it domestic for this weekend's lays, as he predicts three home chokers...

"Now the Clarets entertain a resurgent Charlton side, who have recently beaten high-flying Cardiff at home and dispatched struggling Bristol City on their travels."
Lay Burnley to beat Charlton @ 2.166/5

Lay Burnley to beat Charlton @ 2.166/5
Back to England's green and partially frozen lands for this weekend's column after a record low - one out of three picks - last week. Not a shameful return by any stretch but here's hoping the familiarity of the Championship and Football League can provide some lay bounty. Sean Dyche's bright opening spell of two wins from two games since taking charge at Turf Moor was abruptly halted on the road at Ipswich last weekend. Now the Clarets entertain a resurgent Charlton side, who have recently beaten high-flying Cardiff at home and dispatched struggling Bristol City on their travels. The Addicks have proved themselves to be good travellers in recent times, unbeaten in their last five on the road. 

Lay Sheffield United to beat Stevenage @ 1.9110/11
This is almost certainly the pick of the Football League fixture list this weekend as second-placed Sheffield United entertain third-placed Stevenage in League One. The two sides are locked together on 32 points each after 17 games, breathing down the neck of early pacesetters Tranmere. Sheffield United are desperate to get out of this division but the pressure of playing at Bramall Lane has been a hindrance since their slip into the third tier of English football, highlighted again this season by four draws there already. Stevenage may be punching slightly above their weight, but their away league form has been truly exceptional, winning six of their eight assignments and losing just once. You can see them frustrating the Blades here.

Lay Torquay to beat Southend @ 2.486/4
This battle of the seaside destinations sees Martin Ling's Devon outfit entertain boss Paul Sturrock's Essex side - unbeaten in four games across all competitions. Torquay have stuttered in recent times and, even though they start this fixture three places above their visitors, it's Southend who are on an upward curve. The Gulls' recent slump has clearly coincided with a drying up of goals - just one scored across their last four games - so it's no surprise the results have suffered. Added to their woes, Torquay haven't beaten the Shrimpers in their last four encounters in League Two - playing out successive draws in this fixture in the last two seasons and losing both away meetings.

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