With English football’s finest taking a well-earned break, ahead of another round of Euro 2016 qualifiers, attention turns to one of the domestic games’ less appreciated competitions: the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.
Because, if you are like us and need little excuse to get involved in some midweek accumulator fun, then the Football League Trophy is where it’s at with in-form sides like Bristol City and Bury tipped for wins as part of a fourfold available at odds of just over 6/1.
Read on for all the information you need to make this more than just a shot in the dark.
The Robins racked up yet another win, this time away at Gillingham in the FA Cup, last weekend to stretch their unbeaten run to 17 games in all competitions, while Bristol City are also top in League One and yet to suffer a defeat in the division.
And they could well prove too much for an AFC Wimbledon side that is winless in five games going into this encounter, having triumphed in just one of their last eight games played on the road.
The Shakers secured safe passage to the second round of the FA Cup with a 3-1 win over Hemel Hempstead on Saturday in what was Bury’s ninth straight victory at Gigg Lane.
Tranmere, meanwhile, may have negotiated a tricky home tie with Bristol Rovers, but could come unstuck here; with the Super White Army losing three of the last four played they have away from home in this division.
Gillingham are struggling at the wrong end of the League One table and look unlikely to get much from this trip to the Checkatrade.com Stadium, having gone 12 games on the road without a win domestically.
Crawley, by contrast, have lost just one of their last five at home in the league and will take heart from the fact they have beaten the Gills on their last two visits to West Sussex.
Neither side has impressed much in recent weeks but with Orient backed by the Matchroom Stadium faithful, it’s the O’s that look the more likely winner given the divisional gap between the two.
Northampton are no great shakes away from home either and could be in danger of picking up a third straight defeat on the road, following defeats to Cheltenham and Luton in League Two.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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