D3D4’s Bradford City correspondent Tom Love has scoured the weekend betting coupon to find some selections in Leagues 1 & 2.
Portsmouth to win – 8/13
Pompey are hoping to bounce back from a defeat away at oxford last weekend and I think they can get back to winning ways in front of a vociferous crowd at Fratton Park. Walsall are the visitors coming into the contest after a late win against Oldham previously, however the Saddlers’ away record under Jon Whitney has been less than impressive, winning only 3 times away from the Bescot last season.
With Brett Pitman already a fans favourite on the south coast after his brace against Rochdale I expect him to add to his tally this weekend. Betfair are offering 9/5 on the ex-Ipswich man to score anytime (he’s as short as 21/20 elsewhere) I make that a strong side bet in the goalscorer market.
Fleetwood to win – 1/1
Fleetwood look a nice price at even-money to get the better of shot-shy AFC Wimbledon on Saturday. Uwe Rosler’s charges have got of to a solid start this season following on from their remarkable campaign last time out, with attacking options such as Kyle Dempsey, Jordy Hiwula, Devante Cole and Conor McAleny in their ranks the Cod Army have bounds of pace and skill going forward. Credit also has to go to their defence, an outstanding triple save from keeper Alex Cairns kept them in it in their win over Northampton last week, this added with the impressive performance of their three man defence showed real resolve to grind out the win.
Neil Ardley’s team have had a tough summer with the likes of Tom Elliot, Dom Poleon and Jake Reeves all leaving Kingsmeadow. They did manage to get a point on opening day but after exiting the league cup after defeat by Brentford, the Dons suffered a disappointing 1-0 reverse against Shrewsbury.
Back at Highbury the onus will be on Fleetwood but I feel they have enough craft to unlock the AFC Wimbledon defence.
Luton to win – 7/10
After kicking off the season with a mesmerising 8-2 win against Yeovil, Luton showed everyone that they mean business this year. It’s no surprise to see the Hatters chalked up as one of the ante-post favourites to gain promotion out of league 2 when you look at the wealth of options Nathan Jones’ men have in forward areas. The loss of Isaac Vassell to Birmingham is a dampener for the hosts but with Danny Hylton, Andrew Shinnie, James Collins and Elliot Lee available they still possess enough firepower to hurt Colchester.
John McGreal’s side were well fancied by many to have a good go at promotion this year, and their home form in general since McGreal took charge has been excellent. Their away form however hasn’t been up to scratch. An opening day loss to Accrington wasn’t a great surprise after the U’s only recorded 5 away wins last term.
Morecambe v Swindon – Both Teams To Score – 8/11
Both these sides have been involved in games with goals in the early stages of the 17/18 campaign. In all three games (including Carabao cup) both teams have scored and conceded respectively.
Morecambe are perennial fast starters under the tutelage of the likeable Jim Bentley, the Shrimps have beaten Cheltenham 2-1 and got a good point away at Lincoln courtesy of a superb Aaron Wildig finish. Bentley brought veteran Garry Thompson back to the club this summer, and with him and the evergreen Kevin Ellison flanking Vadaine Oliver the shrimps certainly have the knowhow to grab a goal.
David Flitcroft’s Swindon outfit have also had a win and a draw in the league so far, I’d expect them to notch at the Globe Arena this weekend. The likes of John Goddard, Paul Mullin, Harry Smith and new signing Kaiyne Woolery provide an attacking arsenal that is more than good enough at this level.
Albeit a small sample size, ‘BTTS’ has banked in 100% of the two sides games this season and the 8/11 on offer looks like good value.
All four selections in an accumulator pays 8.63/1 best price with Bet365.