Something for the weekend

  • By: Matt Briggs
  • Last Updated: February 8 2014, 12:56 GMT

Matt Briggs picks out the value on this weekend's coupon with Cardiff fancied to do the double over Swansea.

Cardiff can celebrate another victory over their local rivals
Cardiff can celebrate another victory over their local rivals

Walsall v MK Dons

Walsall will be itching to get back into action after last week's postponement against Coventry and they are terrific value at home to the struggling MK Dons.

The Saddlers, who are seven games unbeaten, are 6/5 shots to condemn MK Dons to another away defeat and that price is unlikely to last too long. The visitors have lost eight times on the road already and lost three of their last four away from stadium.MK and were shocked at home to lowly Tranmere last time out.

Karl Robinson's men have collected just one win in seven games and are desperately in need of a new striker after loanee Patrick Bamford left to join Derby. Robinson may well address that problem when the emergency loan window opens on Friday, but they still look up against it at The Bescot.

Confident Walsall sit in the final play-off spot and have been solid at home all season with six wins from 14 games. They have been held on home soil recently by Swindon and leaders Brentford, but they should get back to winning ways against Robinson's men.

Northampton v Plymouth

Northampton might be bottom of the League Two table but there is plenty of optimism around Sixfields at the moment and they are worth backing at 9/5 to sink Plymouth.

Chris Wilder is the new man in and he was unfortunate not to guide the Cobblers to a win in his first game in charge last weekend. Town drew 1-1 at Cheltenham, but would have won had it not been for a glaring mistake from keeper Matt Duke.

New recruits Ricky Ravenhill, Emile Sinclair and Alan Connell all featured and the trio look set to play a huge part as the Cobblers bid to stay in the Football League. Wilder has earned a good reputation as a manager from his time at Oxford and he is sure to give Northampton a chance of avoiding the drop and a home win against away-day strugglers Plymouth looks likely.

The Pilgrims have lost seven of their 13 away games and have just one win in their last six games and might well come unstuck against Wilder's new regime.

Swansea v Cardiff

Swansea and Cardiff are bottom of the Premier League form table and meet in the south Wales derby on Saturday with Cardiff good value to grab a crucial away win.

The Bluebirds are 21/5 shots and while that looks a decent price they have only won once on the road and taking the 14/5 draw no bet looks better value. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men sunk their deadly rivals 1-0 at home earlier in the season and in fact won 1-0 at The Liberty Stadium on their last trip there in 2011. They were slightly fortunate to defeat Norwich 2-1 at home last time out but a couple of their new boys Wilfried Zaha and Kenwyne Jones did make good debuts and they could well cause the Swans problems next Saturday.

Swansea struggled to cope with Andy Carroll in their 2-0 defeat at West Ham last weekend and Jones is a similar physical presence who could ruffle Swansea's feathers. The Swans have been disappointing this season and they have only won three times at home against Sunderland, Newcastle and Fulham and certainly cannot be relied on to get the job done at 7/10.

Michael Laudrup's men, who have played most of the big teams at home, have continued with the possession football that brought them success last season but the absence of Michu has seen them struggle to penetrate teams and Cardiff will fancy their chances of brushing their fragile hosts aside.

  • Posted at 0930 GMT on 03/02/2014.