Last night was a night that will go down in Irish history forever after a brilliant 1-0 win over the World Champions. The rest of the internationals don’t look like they’re going to throw up any surprises so we go to the lower leagues in England to make some money for the weekend.
Fleetwood and Coventry have only met twice before with Coventry winning 2-0 and and a 1-1 draw last season. Fleetwood sacked Graham Alexander and have appointed his former teammate and rubbish beard contender Steven Pressley as his successor. Teams tend to get a bit of ‘new manager form’ but when second bottom is taking on fifth there should only be one winner.
Adam Armstrong is the loan signing of the season with eight goals in nine games for the Sky Blues, but he’s off gallivanting with the England U19’s so the pressure of scoring will fall on the shoulders of Marcus Tudgay. An punt for Tudgay to hit the onion bag first seems attractive, but if you want to follow history and back a 2-0 Sky Blues win with Tudgay to score first the 40/1 odds seem slightly more attractive.
The top two teams in League One go head-to-head for the first time ever on Saturday. Both sides have been the surprise packages of the league so far this season and a win for Burton here could put some breathing space between themselves and the chasing pack.
Stuart Beavon has scored five goals so far this season and is the main threat for Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s side. A looks promising, but when you think about the fact that every game Burton have won this season has been by a goal and four of those have been 2-1 a 50/1 scorecast with Beavon is the bet of the game.
Third takes on fourth bottom in the basement division and this should be straightforward for Orient. The sides have met six times in the league with Crawley winning five of those meetings. But times change and the 4-1 drubbing that Orient gave Crawley last season is proof of that. Orient are far to good to be League Two and should be getting out of the league with ease.
Jay Simpson has seven goals in 11 games so far this season and is an appealing to open the scoring. Orient have won six games so far this season with four by two goals. A 3-1 win and Simpson to bag first is 33/1, but a repeat of last years scoreline with Simpson is a much more appealing 66/1.
Cambridge and Portsmouth have met 10 times with Pompey leaving with all three points on seven occasions. A 6-2 scoreline was the highlight of last season and a 6-1 scoreline this time round is a rather slim 500/1.
Matt Tubbs got a hat-trick in that game last season and two goals so far this season. He hasn’t hit top form yet, but a shot is worth a flutter. Pompey have five wins this season with three by a 2-1 scoreline. 30/1 for a 2-1 Pompey win and Tubbs to net first would certainty make the game a bit more interesting.
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