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The quality of the coverage on talkingbaws means that we can dip in and talk with authority on all of the major leagues across the world and today is no different as we take in games from the English Premier League, English Championship and the Scottish Premier League.
Inverness the top side in the Highlands?
The first pick of the day comes from two northern sides playing well in the Scottish Premier League. The hosts, Inverness Caley Thistle, sit nine points behind Celtic in 2nd place after losing just four times this season across all competitions. Their opponents, Aberdeen. operate on a budget which should see them rubbing shoulders with the boys at the top of the league and a win today could see them go joint second with Terry Butchers ICT. For the home team new on-loan defender Danny Devine could make his first start while Jeroen Meekings should return to bolster the defence. Aberdeen have to deal with life without whizzkid Ryan Fraser who yesterday made the move to Bournemouth, but do have Rob Milsom, Stephen Hughes and Isaac Osbourne all fit and ready to return to the side. Stats-wise everything falls in favour of Inverness. They’ve lost just twice at home this season and could be set to make it three games unbeaten against Aberdeen this term. However, Aberdeen did come out winners at Inverness only nine months ago and for that they shouldn’t be taken lightly by Terry Butcher’s side. Ultimately, the form is with the home team and we have to back INVERNESS at 11/8 for the win.
Bruce’s Hull too good for Peterborough
Barring any adverse weather, London Road should be fit for play as Peterborough welcome Hull in the Championship. Darren Ferguson will be hopeful the game goes ahead so he can blood new on-loan signings David Petrucci and Scott Wooton in to his team. Steve Bruce at Hull, on the other hand, will have to deal with the absence of top-scorer Sone Aluko who looks set to miss out through injury for the next two months. Winger Ahmed El-Mohamady is also away back to parent club Sunderland after a successful loan, but Bruce has key players in Robert Koren and Jay Simpson to provide the goals. After a positive period for the Posh, where they took 12 points from a possible 15, they’ve been unable to register a win in their last two. Contrastingly, Hull are steamrolling opponents winning six of their last 10. Significantly, the last time third-top Hull went to third-bottom Peterborough they sneaked a 1-0 win and we’re confident they can do something similar today. That’s why, at odds of 11/10, we’re backing the in-form HULL to get the win this afternoon.
Tractor Boys to bring the hay home?
The final game of this weekend’s treble comes at Portman Road between one-time strugglers Ipswich and relegation-threatened Barnsley. When Mick McCarthy took over Ipswich earlier in the season, they were languishing in the relegation places, but he’s managed to take them away from danger and they go in to this one after just three defeats in 11. Barnsley will be hoping for a similar turn of sustained fortune now David Flitcroft has their manager’s job on a permanent basis. He’ll have to find goals from elsewhere though as top scorer Craig Davies has signed for Bolton and will be wary of the threat Ipswich pose. Mick McCarthy’s side have benefitted from the form of DJ Campbell, but he’s also departed the club after his loan spell. 0-0 draw perhaps? Most significantly, Barnsley have won just three of their last 13 on the road while Ipswich have lost only once in their last six at home. The odds favour IPSWICH at 10/11 so that’s who we’re backing in this one.
So for the Treble It’s a decent 9.98/1. Inverness kick off the treble with a real good chance to take all three points at Aberdeen. The Dons have been strong this season, but inconsistent and the form of Inverness at home makes them a tough test. Hull are flying high at the top of the Championship and will be confident of winning away to a decent Peterborough team. Finally, Ipswich should compete the treble against a Barnsley team on the up, but not up enough to win away at a tough Portman Road.
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Treble: INVERNESS v Aberdeen (11/8), Peterborough v HULL (11/10) and IPSWICH v Barnsley (10/11) – 9.98/1
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