After two successful lays last week, Christian Crowther highlights three of his fancied lays for this weekend...
"Luckily for Birmingham fans, it’s almost time to come out from behind the sofa and forget their Barnsley debacle."
Lay Brighton to beat Birmingham @ 1.865/6
Luckily for Birmingham fans, it's almost time to come out from behind the sofa and forget their Barnsley debacle. At first glance a trip to table-topping Brighton may look like a cruel fixture to be handed, however, a trip to the AmEx could be a blessing in disguise for the Bluenoses. Birmingham will be the archetypal wounded animal and what bigger incentive than to earn a pride-restoring result against the leaders. The Blues' recent recovery record is admirable too, as their four heaviest defeats last season were followed by three draws and a win. The Seagulls are soaring at present following five straight wins, though a closer look reveals a similar trend last season before results started plummeting at this exact part of the campaign.
Lay Bournemouth to beat Walsall @ 1.834/5
Bournemouth would have started the season with high hopes only to get their optimism somewhat flattened by a frustrating return of five draws from their first eight in the league. A solitary win against Yeovil is unlikely to have offered much consolation to Cherries fans. This weekend they face another tough encounter with a Walsall side harbouring fond memories of a 2-0 triumph at the Goldsands Stadium last term and in a very decent run of form. The Saddlers have accounted for MK Dons, Portsmouth and Preston in recent weeks and a trip to the south coast will hold no fears. In George Bowerman, Walsall have a striker in form as well.
Lay Lazio to beat Siena @ 1.695/7
Lazio started the campaign with a bang before a Europa League draw against Tottenham put paid to a run of five wins on the spin, though a 0-0 at White Hart Lane is still a pretty decent result. Expectations were then brought crashing down with two consecutive losses in Serie A. An irksome 1-0 defeat at home to Genoa was then followed up with Napoli dispatching the Romans 3-0 to cap off a miserable three-game winless run without troubling the scoresheet. Next up is a Siena side in dangerous form having just recorded two straight wins against Bologna and more impressively Inter at the San Siro. The visitors drew here last season and dispatched Lazio 4-0 in the reverse fixture.