Here @PricePerceivers provides some value tips for this weekend from across the Football League
Preston to beat Ipswich @ EVS
Simon Grayson’s Preston team have a bit of old school about them. They tend to line up with 2 up top, with Jordan Hugill backing into defenders and Callum Robinson causing problems with his running in behind. Preston have quality in wide areas with Paul Gallagher and Aiden McGeady and are built on a strong defensive foundation which makes them tough to beat. Preston beat league leaders Brighton 2-0 in their last game at Deepdale and battled back to secure a point in a 2 all draw away at Aston Villa last weekend. Ipswich have lost 5 of their last 6 away from home and seem to be overly reliant on the goals of Tom Lawrence. Preston will start with high intensity and I think they will have enough to see off Mick Mcarthy’s side who have not kept a clean sheet in their last 8 away games.
Norwich to beat Birmingham @ 3/4
Norwich sit in 10th spot after a bit of a mid-season crisis which has seen them lose 11 of their last 17 games in all competitions. The Canaries have stuck by Alex Neil and have seemingly turned a corner, at least at Carrow Road where they have won their last 2 league games, scoring 3 goals on both occasion. Birmingham under Gianfranco Zola are yet to win any of his 8 games in charge and although they have been competitive in games, drawing on 4 of those occasions, they don’t seem to have fully adapted to life under Zola. Birmingham have done some good business this week, bringing in right-back Emilio N’Sue and winger Kerim Frei, who have experience at higher levels. The Blues squad seems thin and looked to have overachieved under Gary Rowett, so on this occasion I think an improving Norwich seem good value.
Mansfield to beat Leyton Orient @ 4/5 (BEST BET)
Mansfield under Steve Evans are constantly improving. Evans has a fantastic track record of promotions from the football league divisions and seems to get his teams grinding out results. This is evident through the fact Mansfield are unbeaten in their last 5 league games. Mansfield have brought in the likes of Shaq Coulthirst, Jake Kean, Hayden White and Joel Byrom this January. Orient look like a side in turmoil with disagreement between the owner and fans. Treatment of experienced professionals has been poor and The O’s haven’t really had any stability since their relegation to League Two, with a series of managers taking charge without the experience of managing in the Football League. Orient have lost their last 4 away games and it is difficult to see that run ending against a Steve Evans side who look solid.
The Treble is priced around 5/1