Something for the weekend

  • By: Matt Briggs (Twitter: @MattPBriggs)
  • Last Updated: April 8 2013, 8:54 BST

In the latest edition of his new weekly column, Matt Briggs picks out the value ahead of this weekend's football fixtures.

Aston Villa: Can gain another valuable three points
Aston Villa: Can gain another valuable three points

Premier League - Aston Villa

I was right to get with Aston Villa early last week as the Villans plunged Stoke deeper into the relegation mire with an impressive 3-1 win and they look decent value again this weekend.

Villa were available at 3/1 early in the week before going off at 11/4 at The Britannia and the 29/20 about a home win against Fulham on Saturday might just be worth snapping up now.

The bookies don't seem to be too keen on Paul Lambert's men, but their front players look to be finding their form at the right time and they should have enough ability and desire to see off a Fulham side whose minds are likely to be on their summer jollies.

Villa are out of the relegation zone and are building some momentum and their recent form has them placed much higher in the table. Christian Benteke was on target at Stoke and he will be a real handful for a Fulham rearguard who have conceded 28 goals on their travels.

The Cottagers have done remarkably well to stay clear of the relegation dogfight, but on the road they are notoriously poor and Villa's need for points is far greater and they look set to chalk up their fourth win in five games.

Championship - Barnsley

Barnsley might be in the thick of the Championship relegation battle, but their form at fortress Oakwell has been nothing short of superb and they can continue that recent form against Charlton.

The Tykes have won six of their last seven on home soil with Leicester, Watford and Brighton all succumbing in South Yorkshire, so it was no surprise to see the initial quotes of 11/8 quickly disappear.

The South Yorkshire side can still be backed at 6/5 and that's worth snapping up against the Addicks, who won't be going up and won't be going down this season.

League Two - Gillingham

Bradford City are finding their form at the right time and they will be popular to continue their play-off charge at Chesterfield on Saturday.

The Capital One Cup finalists can be backed at 2/1 to sink the Spireites, who themselves have League Two play-off aspirations.

A win for the Bantams in midweek at home to Bristol Rovers will fire Phil Parkinson's men into the play-off places and that will not go unnoticed by the weekend punters, who are sure to include them on their accumulator coupons.

The in-form Bantams, who have lost just once since their Wembley day out, are not great value, but they are sure to attract the money after their League Cup heroics and if you are going to back them, do so sooner rather than later.

Gillingham won promotion to League One last weekend, but they are still chasing the league title and they look worth siding with at 9/5 to win at Cheltenham.

The Gills, who did the business for us last weekend at home to Torquay, look like being supported again at Whaddon Road. They have been brilliant away from home this season with just one defeat and they could wrap up the title if results go their way.

Cheltenham have been strong at home this term and they are still chasing automatic promotion, however Gillingham's impressive record of 13 wins in 20 against top-half teams gives them the edge and they are sure to be popular after their promotion joy last weekend.

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