International week has rolled around once again and that mean’s only one thing. Time for a bit of Johnstone’s Paint Trophy action. OK so it may not be the best quality of football ever but you can bet on it and win money on it and that’s all that really matters.
If the Premier League is Adele then the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy is that fat, drunk bloke who always gets up to sing ‘Eye of the Tiger’ in the local. You know who you are. There are six games on Tuesday night and this 21/1 acca looks far more appealing than a night watching reruns of Come Dine With Me.
Wigan should be too good for fellow League One inhabitants Blackpool, a side which is largely made up of panic buys and players brought in to bulk up squad numbers. The Latics have been in fine form this season but did get hammered by Bury 4-0 in the F.A Cup in their last outing, ending a ten game unbeaten run. So there’s a glimmer of hope for a Blackpool side which is on a three game losing streak of their own.
The teams can’t be split on their recent head-to-head record, with each side winning three of the last six league meetings. Wigan’s superior form coming in to this game gives them a strong edge.
Will Grigg has scored six times this season making him the obvious pick but it could be Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila who gets the goal that matters for the home side. The 21-year old loanee bagged a brace in the 3-2 win over Crewe in the previous round of this competition. A first goalscorer bet on the youngster at 9/5 isn’t bad, but an 80/1 punt on a 3-2 Wigan win and Hiwula-Mayifuila to score first is better.
Barnsley have lost their last six on the bounce while York have lost four of their last six with two draws wedged in for good measure.
Both teams are 22nd in their leagues, can’t score goals and are located in Yorkshire. It really can’t get much worse.
These sides met in this competition last season with Barnsley running out 2-0 winners. A repeat of that result this season looks a real possibility.
Sam Winnall is the most prolific front-man across both teams with five goals for the Tykes this season. It was 2-0 last year, it’s going to be 2-0 this year with Winnall scoring first to take home this 28/1 scorecast.
Both teams have won two of their last five games, For Sheffield United one of their two wins was a dominant 3-0 beating of Fleetwood. United are eight in the table while Fleetwood are 21st.
It’s hard to look past the Yorkshiremen especially with Billy Sharp in decent goalscoring form. The self proclaimed ‘fat bloke from Sheffield’ has seven goals this season and a punt to find the onion bag first looks enticing. Not as enticing as Kate Upton, but close.
Goals are rather important when it comes to winning games and after the hiding they gave Fleetwood last time, the Blades will be on the prowl. 3-0 and Sharpy to bag first is a delicious 66/1.
Neither team has had a fun time of late. Without a win in their last three games doesn’t make for the most exciting of reading for Morecambe but they had won four on the trot before going off the boil. And they have Shaun Miller who has seven goals in seven games.
The favourites tag for the home side seems a bit out especially with Rochdale managing just one win in their last six. Morecambe have also had the edge over Rochdale over the last six games. They’ve won three, but lost the last two.
It’s going to be a tight, low scoring affair, but with Shaun Miller on the pitch Morecambe have a guy in fine goalscoring form. A 1-0 away win with Miller to bag the only goal of the game is a tasty 75/1.
- Sheff Utd, Barnsley, Morecombe and Wigan all to win at 22/1