Burton Albion v Stevenage
Monday March 30, 19:45
Live on Sky Sports 1
He's done it again, ladies and gentlemen. For the third week in a row, Tobias Gourlay has picked up five winners in seven bets, so the gauntlet has been well and truly thrown.
As Tobias heads to the Cayman Islands for a well-deserved break, I'm taking you to Burton-upon-Trent for a low-key start to the week. As the smells of Marmite and ale surround us in a tribute to Burton's industrial success, we focus on the town's footballing pride, Burton Albion.
Former Chelsea and Middlesbrough striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was always the kind of guy who led from the front as a player, and that force of will has been evident in the Burton dugout. The Brewers are top of League Two, and a win against Stevenage tonight would put them five points clear at the top with just seven games to go.
Burton have hit top gear at just the right time. They have won their last four matches, and they have claimed maximum points from ten of their last 12 league outings. Hasselbaink is set to hand debuts to Liverpool youngsters Jack Dunn and Kevin Stewart, who have just arrived on loan. Dunn has already had a successful stint in League Two this season, having scored three goals in five games for a struggling Cheltenham team.
Hasselbaink is without several players because of injury, and midfielder Robbie Weir is suspended, but Burton still look a good price to win at 1.9310/11. Stevenage are in the playoff race, but their away form is poor, with just four wins collected from 19 games on their travels. None of those four victories came against sides in the top ten.
It's also worth noting that Graham Westley's men have hit the wall in the last couple of weeks. They lost 1-0 at home to Dagenham & Redbridge last weekend (albeit to a very controversial goal), and they have taken just two points from the last nine available.
Burton have won nine of their last 11 at the Pirelli Stadium, and only title rivals Shrewsbury Town have a better home record. In front of the live television cameras, I'm expecting the hosts to seize their moment in the spotlight.
Marmite sandwich, anyone? Only half of you? Oh, ok then.
Back Burton to win at 1.9310/11