A run of three straight league wins has hauled Brentford out of the relegation zone while the in-form Bees also came within a whisker of beating Birmingham in the pair’s Carling Cup tie at St Andrews last week. Subsequently, some bookies are giving Andy Scott’s men plenty of respect ahead of the visit of fourth-placed Bournemouth to Griffin Park and a run of just one win in five for the Cherries is also causing layers to be wary of the hosts in west London.
Brentford are as short as 11/10 in places and even though the best price for a home win is Coral’s more substantial 11/8, away draws for Bournemouth against the likes of Huddersfield, Sheffield Wednesday and leaders Brighton are enough to put us off a touch.
Instead it could be worth going for goals in this one given that the Bees have struck nine times in their trio of consecutive victories and 888Sport’s 21/20 for a tally of more than 2.5 goals is made more attractive by the fact that the Cherries are the second highest scorers in the division. The bold meanwhile, can tackle William Hill’s 11/4 for the two sides to generate at least four goals between them.
After a run of one win in six threatened to leave Charlton way off the pace in League One, back-to-back wins against Carlisle and Sheffield Wednesday have hinted at a return to form and thrust the Addicks back into the play-off picture.
By contrast, Swindon’s form has hit a slump after something of a revival. The Robins have won just once in six, conceding 16 times across that sequence and as a result Phil Parkinson’s men look a little overpriced at 2/1 with Betfred as the two teams lock horns at the Country Ground.
Elsewhere, Brighton (8/15, Stan James) and Southampton (4/11, Paddy Power) look set to triumph against Exeter and Dagenham respectively but are both a little on the short side and only double up at around the even money mark.