Something for the weekend

  • By: Matt Briggs
  • Last Updated: April 20 2014, 10:29 BST

Matt Briggs picks out the early value on this weekend's coupon and fancies a Good Friday win for Doncaster Rovers.

Paul Dickov's Doncaster look a big price to beat Derby
Paul Dickov's Doncaster look a big price to beat Derby

With the season coming to a climax last week's column chalked up two winners from two selections with Bristol City (11/4) and Stoke (11/8) both delivering the goods with 1-0 wins and we'll be hoping for more of the same this week with two more fancies from the Premier League and League One and a long-shot from the Championship.

Everton v Manchester United

Manchester United's season has been a disaster and it could be over next weekend if they lose at 6/4 shots Everton.

United would be 10 points behind their rivals with four games to go and it would be safe to say their top-four hopes would be over. At the moment a fourth-placed finish in his first season at Old Trafford looks unlikely for David Moyes but a defeat at Goodison, which has been a fortress this term, would end their distant hopes and that looks like being the likely outcome.

Everton have won seven straight matches and won 12 of their 16 home games and they will not be fazed by the visit of the fallen champions. The hosts look a good bet to move themselves a step closer to European football next season and they might well shorten in the next week.

United will want the season to end as quickly as possible, but one bright spot has been their remarkable away form in the Premier League. They have won 10 times away from Old Trafford, but they have played the role of flat-track bullies.

And in fact their record against teams in the top half of the table is dreadful with just three wins from 16 games. That is a telling statistic for Moyes' men, who have struggled against the best this season and with Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie both likely to be missing, Everton look too big at 6/4 to pile more woe on their former boss.

Crawley v Leyton Orient

Crawley could be safe in League One with a couple of quick-fire home wins this week and Good Friday's tussle with promotion-chasing Orient makes plenty of appeal at 21/10.

Crawley face Tranmere in midweek before hosting the O's and after their 2-0 away win at MK Dons they will be full of confidence as they look to cement their place in the league for next season.

The Red Devils have been playing well in recent weeks without picking up the results they have deserved and boss John Gregory has put that down to wasting chances. They put that right at stadium:mk though and they look primed to continue in the same vain at home this week.

Orient have been struggling for form of late and Saturday's 5-1 win over Gillingham ended a run of five games without a win. Russell Slade's men have been fantastic away from all season with just two away defeats, but with the play-offs assured at worst, they might just take their eye off the ball.

The O's are seven points behind second-placed Brentford with four games to go and it would take a remarkable set of results for them to catch the Bees. Orient look destined for the play-offs and Crawley's need might just be greater.

Doncaster v Derby County

Doncaster are fighting for the lives at the wrong end of the Championship and with 'silly season' here Rovers are well worth backing at 31/10 to beat Derby on Friday night.

Rovers were unforunate not to get anything after losing at Ipswich last week - their third straight defeat - but Paul Dickov's men are in desperate need of the points and only Watford have won more home games than Doncaster in the bottom half of the table.

Just three points separate Donny from the final relegation spot and with Derby realistically heading for the play-offs the hosts' desire might be enough to see them home at a big price.

The Rams are chasing Burnley for the second automatic promotion place but they could be eight points adrift by the time they kick-off at The Keepmoat and the play-offs look a certainty. With that in mind Derby might just have their foot off the pedal and the hosts are more than capable of chalking up a crucial home win.

  • Posted at 0915 BST on 14/04/2014.