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EFL football tips: Best bets for Saturday’s matches

29 Sep | BY Rob Eddy | MIN READ TIME |
EFL football tips: Best bets for Saturday’s matches

Rob Eddy's tips for Saturday's EFL action contain games from the Championship, League One and League Two.

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Best bets

Birmingham to beat Norwich @ 14/5

Port Vale to beat Bolton @ 15/8

Crawley to beat Sutton United @ 10/11

Bradford City to beat Walsall @ 5/6

Norwich v Birmingham (15:00)

Birmingham have gone four games without a Championship victory but they are still performing at a decent level and can return to winning ways against Norwich at Carrow Road.

Despite the recent downturn in results Birmingham are 10th in the division with 12 points from eight games.

They were unlucky to lose 2-1 at Preston on their last road trip and might have better fortune against the Canaries, who are on a run of three successive defeats.

Norwich have slipped outside of the Championship play-off positions and they exited the EFL Cup on Wednesday with a 2-1 loss away to Fulham.

Canaries manager David Wagner is having to get by without injured defender Grant Hanley and crocked strikers Josh Sargent and Ashley Barnes and his team may suffer a fourth successive defeat.

Port Vale v Bolton (15:00)

Port Vale advanced to the EFL Cup fourth round with a 2-1 victory at home to Sutton United on Tuesday and they can round off a positive week by defeating League One promotion rivals Bolton in the Potteries.

There was a midweek show of squad strength from Vale, who saw off Sutton despite making nine changes to their starting line up.

The majority of Vale’s first-choice players were given a rest and that should increase the chances of a strong performance and a victory at the weekend.

Bolton will be in for a tough test and must take it on without banned defender Gethin Jones and injured centre-back Ricardo Santos.

The Trotters have taken just one point from their last two fixtures and may be worth opposing at Vale Park.

Crawley v Sutton (15:00)

Crawley have moved up to fourth in League Two after three successive victories and they look a solid 10/11 wager to defeat basement boys Sutton United at the Broadfield Stadium.

After a season spent fighting against relegation, Crawley are keen to savour life at the other end of the table.

They have scored 17 goals in nine league games and should fancy their chances of causing problems for Sutton, who are still searching for their first away points of the season.

Sutton picked up a 1-1 draw at home to MK Dons last Saturday but they are winless in eight league games and could struggle in West Sussex.

Bradford City v Walsall (15:00)

Bradford City returned to winning ways with a 4-1 success at Newport last Saturday and they can continue their push towards the League Two play-offs by defeating Walsall at Valley Parade.

Powerful Bradford striker Andy Cook returned from a four-week layoff last weekend and showed his class by bagging a hat-trick.

Having put Newport to the sword, Cook will be looking forward to facing a Walsall defence weakened by the absence of banned defender Taylor Allen.

Walsall lost Allen to a red card during last Saturday’s 3-1 loss at home to AFC Wimbledon and they may struggle to respond on one of their toughest road trips of the season.