What a difference a few weeks can make. Southend United boss Phil Brown was feeling the heat from the Shrimpers faithful following a run of just one win in seven games and a humiliating FA Cup First Round exit at the hands of non-league Chester.
However, his Essex outfit have clicked into gear in more recent times and now find themselves as the cornerstone of our latest League Two accumulator.
Whether that’s the kiss of death remains to be seen but we’re quietly confident that Southend can take care of business against Northampton this weekend.
Luton and table-toppers Wycombe also make the cut in a treble that pays £72.40 from a £10 stake with Ladbrokes.
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Perma-tanned Phil Brown can see his side secure a fourth straight victory in League Two when Southend entertain Northampton.
The visiting Cobblers have been dire on the road of late, losing five in a row away from Sixfields.
And while the hosts have struggled a little recently in front of their fans, home victories over the likes of Portsmouth and Shrewsbury earlier in the season give us reason enough to be confident.
Luton have featured frequently in our accas this season.
We tipped John Still’s Hatters for defeat last week but such is the fickle nature of football we’re going out on a limb to predict that they’ll bounce back against Mansfield.
The managerless Stags had to endure a nervy FA Cup Replay away at Conference South side Concord Rangers in midweek.
And although they managed to scrape through that encounter a trip to Luton will be an even bigger test with the hosts more than capable of landing a seventh consecutive victory at Kenilworth Road.
Top to beat bottom, what could possibly go wrong? For those of you who think this is exactly the sort of game where high-flying Wycombe will slip-up, let’s just take a moment to look at the facts.
Pools have lost five of their last six league games and have only won twice in their previous 14 outings in all competitions.
Add in the fact that Gareth Ainsworth’s Chairboys have won each of their last five meetings with the north east side and it’s party time.
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