Two of our four selections came in last week, so well done if you backed Derby County and Burton Albion at 23/20 and 11/10 respectively. Leeds had a good twenty minutes to beat ten men Bolton and Walsall were involved in a whacky 4-4 draw at Colchester. Nevertheless, we have found four more tasty selections for you to consider. All odds are from William Hill.
Sheffield Wednesday (11/10) to beat Nottingham Forest
Wouldn’t it just be ‘typical’ for Sheffield Wednesday to go and lose this game, after beating Arsenal so convincingly in the cup on Tuesday? There is the worry of that scenario occurring, but on recent form, there really should be only one winner of this match. We’ve considered the value aspect of this bet, as Sheffield Wednesday really should be a touch of odds-on. It is well-documented how many injuries Forest have and their manager Dougie Freedman is under big pressure to turn things around. Carlos Carvalhal has a big squad at his disposal and he isn’t afraid to use it. Freedman has limited numbers and the team is picking itself at the moment. This is the type of game Wednesday need to win if they’re serious about a promotion push. Confidence should be no issue, and although Forest have performed well in their last few games, it is still six without a victory.
Scunthorpe United (5/4) to beat Barnsley
This is another game where the form book is really picking the bet for us. Scunthorpe head into this game on the back of four wins in their last five games, including their last two at home. Barnsley have lost five in a row and have worrying slipped into the League One relegation spots. Whilst it is worth remembered that Barnsley won when the two sides met in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy earlier this season, both teams made big changes in that tie. It wasn’t long ago that Mark Robins seemed to be under big pressure, but now that tag has firmly sung into the Lee Johnson’s direction. Barnsley fans are not happy at what they are seeing and things need to improve, and fast. Scunthorpe weirdly have scored the least goals at home but have the best defensive record at Glanford Park in the division. They don’t concede many, whilst Barnsley have the second worst away defensive record in the league. We just have to back Scunthorpe and heavily oppose Barnsley here.
Fleetwood Town (6/4) to beat Chesterfield
It is fair to say that Steven Pressley has made a big impression at Highbury since replacing Graham Alexander. They have won two out of four, only losing against two of the current top six. They defeated Barnsley 1-0 away from home at the weekend, which is probably a game they wouldn’t have won earlier this season. Considering it is their home form which has been the key to them this season, they’ll be buoyed by that away triumph. They have already scored 12 goals at home, and only conceded six altogether. They defeated third placed Burton 4-0 at home only a few weeks ago. We cannot back Chesterfield with any confidence at this moment in time. They are going to be this season’s Wigan Athletic it looks like. ‘You never know which Wigan will turn up’, used to be a common phrase, now we can replace that with Chesterfield. They have beaten second placed Walsall but lost to Scunthorpe in recent weeks. Their away form is better, but Fleetwood is the value pick in this game.
Wycombe Wanderers (9/5) to beat Mansfield Town
It has been an incredible start to the season from Mansfield. Beyond anyone’s expectations they currently sit in 4th spot in League Two after 15 games. They have the best defensive record in the league, and aren’t too shabby at the other end as well. There is a lot to suggest we should be backed Mansfield here, but bear with us for now! Wycombe have slipped down to tenth spot in the table and are without a win in four. Seriously, why aren’t we backing Mansfield?!?! The draw with Carlisle ended a four game losing streak for Gareth Ainsworth’s side, but they are better than that, and we all know it. This type of game really should suit his side we believe. Mansfield are a tight team that don’t like to give much away, but Wycombe defensively are solid themselves. We feel there are just a few more match-winners in the Wycombe side, and 9/5 represents decent value.
Feeling optimistic? A £5 stake on our four selections in a four-fold would return a handy return in the region of £165!
Don’t trust us? We don’t take it personally. However a £5 stake on Nottingham Forest, Chesterfield, Barnsley and Mansfield Town would return a cool £330!
Enjoy the football and remember to only bet what you can afford to lose.