While England’s top leagues have been on pause during the international break League Two has been in full swing allowing a number of teams to gain some momentum.
Hartlepool have been the biggest benefactors of the continuous calendar, picking up three wins in a row and they form the basis our League Two treble that pays out at just over 15/2.
Hartlepool could barely have had a worse start to their domestic campaign, failing to win their first six matches, losing four of those ties and being dumped out of the League Cup at the first time of asking.
However, The Pools are now in a much richer vein of form, having won three in a row in all competitions and have tasted defeat just once in six outings.
To further boost the confidence of Pools fans, Plymouth have won just one of their last nine and suffered double to defeat to the hosts in the 2010-11 campaign – the last times they met.
High-flying Fleetwood are indeed on an impressive run but it is worth noting that three of their last four away wins have been hard fought, with winning margins of just one goal.
Southend frustrated Fleetwood both home and away last term – securing 1-1 and 0-0 draws – and with last week’s away win over Burton fresh in the mind, the Shrimpers will be riding high on confidence going into this tie.
The hosts’ form has not bred much confidence of late but the side that started the campaign with three straight wins could be the rock that stops the Fleetwood train in its tracks.
Pompey have lost just two of their last eight against Bury and the south coast side could not have picked a better time to extend that run.
Worries on and off the pitch were compounded earlier this week when Bury manager Kevin Blackwell was relieved of his duties after a run which saw the Shakers lose five and draw two of their last seven.
The hosts are unbeaten in three and while Bury should see their fortunes improve with the hiring of a new boss, this game will come too soon and end in nothing other than a resounding win for the Fratton Park faithful.
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