Cheltenham v Bristol City: Agard at the double for visitors

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Walsall may have prevented Bristol City from picking up all three points at the Banks’s Stadium on Saturday with a late equaliser, but not even that Saddlers salvo can dampen the good feeling around the club under Steve Cotterill at present.

Unbeaten in League One so far this season and some four points clear of second place Swindon, the west country side visit nearby Cheltenham in confident mood with Ladbrokes backing the away team for the win at 17/20.

Mark Yates’ side had previously made a positive start to the season in League Two but recent results have been poor with the club currently on a run of six games without victory that should put you off the 16/5 available on a win for the hosts, while the draw is on at 5/2.

But for those looking to capitalise on Bristol City’s winning form, the following three bets look difficult to beat.

Bristol City to win and both teams to score @ 7/2

The latest price enhancement from Ladbrokes, with odds moving from 11/4 to the much more palatable 7/2, there are plenty of reasons to think both teams can find the net as part of a Bristol City win with both sides scoring in each of the visitors’ last three fixtures.

Cheltenham, meanwhile, have scored and conceded in two of their last three and with the two teams playing out a 4-1 win for Bristol City in a friendly over the summer, a repeat looks likely

Kieran Agard to score two or more @ 6/1

Signed from Rotherham over the summer after scoring 26 goals in all competitions for the Millers last term, Agard has hit the ground running at Ashton Gate with five goals in his first seven games for Bristol City and a brace could well be on the cards here.

The 24-year-old has scored exactly two goals in two of City’s last three games against Fleetwood Town and MK Dons and he should have no problems against a Cheltenham side that has conceded in each of their last five games.

Bristol City to score first 27th minute and under @ 9/5

Much of City’s early season success has stemmed from the team’s ability to come flying out of the blocks with an early goal, with the Robins scoring the first goal in less than 27 minutes in four of their last five competitive games going into this encounter.

Given the gulf in league positions and defensive record of the hosts, another early strike looks likely at Whaddon Road.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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