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The power of Tony Mowbray's smile and Paul Dickov's stare to bank you a winner this weekend

by Paddy Power | September 4, 2015

The International Break has rolled around once again to disrupt the Premier League and far more importantly disrupts the Championship. But free not my bet hungry friends. League 1 and League 2 are still in motion to satisfy your betting needs. Unlike the top two leagues in England the bottom two leagues are brilliant for throwing up brilliant odds. No one knows who’s going to do what and that makes it both exciting and wet your pants time when you have money on the line.

Burton Albion v Coventry City
Coventry win @ 2/1
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The battle of two of the form teams in League 1 sees Burton take on Coventry at the Pirelli Stadium. Both sides have started the season on fire. Adam Armstrong, the loan striker from Newcastle, has been on fire since he signed. Top scorer in the league with five goals and a Player of the Month to boot is the sign of a man enjoying his football. But he’s away on international duty so the brunt of scoring goals is going to fall on the rather snake-like shoulders of Marcus Tudgay. A 6/1 first goalscorer could be the way to go if you fancy the Sky Blues.

For all of you Brewers fans out there the bet that will have you sniffing around is Abdenasser El Khayati to nick the first goal at 11/2. Mr. unpronounceable has three goals from five and if Burton are to continue the season unbeaten he’s going to be central to the game. But even without Armstrong and his ridiculous beard the sheer power of Tony Mowbray and his beautiful smile can end Burton’s great start to the season and put Coventry back up the table.

Gillingham v Doncaster 

Doncaster win @ 2/1

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Are you really brave enough to go against Paul Dickov? That man has a death glare that would make a normal man’s blood curdle and make the Devil run crying. Donny haven’t had the best if starts with only six points from five games. Too many draws have been Doncaster’s biggest problem, but a 3-0 loss to Port Vale will still be giving Dickov nightmares. The sides have already met this season in the Football League Trophy. The game ended in a draw, but Doncaster took the tie on penalties. 


Gillingham have had a fantastic start to the season. 11 points in the opening five games is a great start for a team that couldn’t hit a cows arse with a rake this time last season. But Justin Edinburgh has done a fantastic job since taking over last season. Bradley Dack is second in the goalscorer charts with four in five. I have a feeling that Doncaster will win this one 2-1, but with young Dack to get the first is at a tasty 100/1.

Oldham v Bradford 
Bradford win @ 13/8
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Both of these sides have the players this year to really challenge for a top six spot. But both have also started very slowly. Four draws in five for Oldham and a 4-1 hammering from Swindon on the opening day of the season won’t do much for confidence, but a win for either team will kickstart an assault on the top six.

Devante Cole, the son of Andy Cole, scored the winner on his debut against Port Vale. A 6/1 first goalscorer shout looks like the best bet for the game. Phil Parkinson has a rather good record of pulling off miracles (see the F.A. Cup run when he dismantled Arsenal) and if he gets The Bantams up to the Championship this year he may be immortalized in a statue made of curry outside the Valley Parade.

Exeter v Leyton Orient

Leyton Orient win @ 11/10

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Leyton Orient are the only side in England that have a 100% record alongside Man City. They’re far, far too good to be in League 2. They have enough quality in the side to get straight back up and Exeter on Saturday should be no hitch in the way to winning the title. Jay Simpson has four in five games so far this season and is finally starting show some consistent form after years of promising so much and doing jack shit.


Exeter have had an indifferent start to the season. A good season for Exeter would be a mid-table finish and avoiding the bottom reaches of the table they’ll be happy. The biggest threat they’ll have is David Wheeler with three goals from five games. Simpson for the first goal is 6/1 whereas Wheeler is 13/2 to open the scoring. Look for an easy Orient win in this one.

Portsmouth v Accrington Stanley
Portsmouth win @ 4/7
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Pompey are on a roll. They haven’t lost in the league yet and knocked Derby out of the League Cup. 11 points from five games and Gary Roberts has knocked in three goals in the league. An 11/2 first goalscorer is a fantastic bet for the game. The fans are going to be massive for Pompey this season. They want to go straight back up to the Premier League and they are going to be backing their team to the end.


Accrington are unbeaten in three games and are doing really well under the stewardship John Coleman. But they have as about as much of a chance as I do of pulling Jenny from accounts. Pompey to win this one by two or three. A 2-0 win at 7/1 is the bet to make.

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