Checkatrade Trophy C-N Round-Up – 04/10/16
Checkatrade Trophy C-N Round-Up – 04/10/16
Crewe Alexandra v Wolves U23
Steve Davis’ men suffered relegation last season when they finished rock bottom of League One and they could have been forgiven for feeling sorry for themselves coming into the new campaign. But The Railwaymen have been galvanised this year as they look to launch an assault on League Two looking to reclaim their place in the third tier. Crewe are challenging for a top seven spot in the league and they got off to a great start in this tournament on match day one after comfortably overcoming league rivals Accrington 3-0. Goals from Callum Ainley, George Cooper and a last gasp effort from Daniel Udoh sealed the victory in front of just 585 spectators and they know a victory here could seal progression. Wolves began their first ever Checkatrade Trophy run with a disappointing defeat to League One Chesterfield. They fielded a young side with a couple of first teamers featuring and one of the more experienced players cost them the three points – Ethan Ebanks-Landell saw red in the first half and it proved to be a difficult one to come back from.
Crewe Alexandra to win: (Best Priced at 1/1 at Coral) – BET HERE
Over 2.5 goals: (Best Priced at 8/11 at BetBright) – BET HERE
Colchester United v Southampton U23
It’s been a decent start to the season for Colchester United under John McGreal in what is their first appearance in the fourth tier since 1998. The U’s were relegated from League One last season and they look intent on making a return there soon if their recent performances are anything to go by. Colchester have been one of the most entertaining sides on display in League Two so far and there’s always goals in their games. So this one should have plenty of action. But despite their impressive performances in the league they’ve found it tough in the Checkatrade Trophy. They kicked off their campaign against another side who were relegated from League One last season in Crawley and they fell to a disappointing 1-0 defeat which has left them needing a win here to stand a chance of going through. Southampton U23’s began their campaign with a tough trip to face Russell Slade’s Charlton Athletic and they found it tough to break down a stubborn Addicks defence. The game finished 0-0 and they went down to a defeat on spot kicks – so much like their opponents they’re in need of a win so there’s plenty riding on this one.
Colchester United to win: (Best Priced at 6/4 at Coral) – BET HERE
Chris Porter to score anytime: (Best Priced at 9/5 at Paddy Power) – BET HERE
Coventry v Northampton
Two League One sides meet at the Ricoh Arena as manager-less Coventry take on Northampton. It’s been a miserable start to the season for The Sky Blues and they’re in desperate need of some luck to turn round a disastrous campaign. The Sky Blues are rooted to the bottom of the third tier and it’s looking bleak for them following the resignation of manager Tony Mowbray. They’re yet to win a game this season in the league and but they have found joy in this competition. On match day one they took on West Ham U23’s and came out comprehensive 4-2 winners courtesy of goals from Jordan Turnbull, Ruben Lameiras and Jordan Willis. That win has given them a great opportunity to go through but it will be tough to pick up another three points here against a strong Northampton side. The Cobblers make the thirty mile trip to the Ricoh Arena in fantastic form. Since sealing the League Two title in May they’ve gone from strength to strength and they’re well in contention for a spot in the top six as it stands. But in the cup they got off to a poor start when they suffered a shock 3-0 defeat at the hands of Wycombe at Sixfields. That heavy defeat has left their Checkatrade Trophy hopes in the balance so it’s vital that they pick up a win here.
Northampton to win: (Best Priced at 8/5 at SkyBet) – BET HERE
Both teams to score: (Best Priced at 3/4 at BetStars) – BET HERE
Doncaster Rovers v Derby County U23
Darren Ferguson’s Doncaster Rovers suffered a shock relegation from League One last season but they’ve been on a resurgent run of form since May and they’re playing some great football. Ferguson managed to hang onto most of his star players along with bringing in some exciting new faces who’ve made a big impression at the club. Front three James Coppinger, John Marquis and Andy Williams have fifteen goals between them this season and they’ve really epitomised everything positive about Rovers as they look to compete on a couple of fronts this season. They kicked off the group stage with a hard fought 2-0 victory over League Two rivals Mansfield at Field Mill. Doncaster produced a professional performance to seal the three points courtesy of efforts from Alfie Beestin and Riccardo Calder. Derby U23’s began their first ever Checkatrade Trophy campaign with 1-0 defeat against high flying League One side Port Vale. The step up in class proved to be too much for The Rams and it was a shock that the game ended with just one goal. They make the trip to Yorkshire knowing that they need to win and they can’t afford to give the hosts any time on the ball or they could suffer a heavy defeat.
Doncaster Rovers to win: (Best Priced at 5/6 at Coral) – BET HERE
Andy Williams to score anytime: (Best Priced at 5/4 at BetVictor) – BET HERE
Fleetwood v Oldham
There’s an all League One clash at Highbury as Lancashire rivals Fleetwood and Oldham clash. The Cod Army have been impressive this season under their new manager Uwe Rosler and they’ve put in some solid performances already this year. They were expected to struggle this year but they’ve become a dangerous side. They won their opening game of the tournament 1-0 when they overcame Blackburn U23’s on match day one courtesy of an effort from Devante Cole just before the half-time whistle. The Cod Army have plenty of firepower in attack and they will fancy their chances of sealing progression into the next round against a struggling Latics side. Oldham’s season so far has been nothing short of a disaster so far. They’ve been stuck in the relegation zone for the majority of the campaign and they’ve found it tough to score goals – being held to four 0-0 draws already this season. But bizarrely on match one they were involved in arguably the game of the round when they were defeated 5-4 by Carlisle at Boundary Park. It was a rollercoaster of a game for the home fans as they saw there side score three goals in 18 minutes to put them 4-3 up. But a late collapse saw them lose in the 89th minute and they’ll to win here to stay in the competition.
Both teams to score: (Best Priced at 11/13 at BetBright) – BET HERE
Fleetwood to win: (Best Priced at 1/1 at Coral) – BET HERE
Grimsby Town v Leicester City U23
Football League new-boys Grimsby Town have had a strong start to the new season in their new surroundings and they’re looking like a force in the fourth tier. Paul Hurst’s men are really starting to find their feet in their new surroundings and have put in some strong performances, picking up big results over the likes of Luton and Mansfield. But the task for The Mariners here is to take their league form into the cups and their Checkatrade Trophy campaign got off to a disastrous start when they were thumped 5-2 by League One side Walsall. Hurst’s men were outclassed by the third tier side and despite fielding a rotated side, it would have been disappointed him. Leicester City U23’s kicked off their cup run with a penalty victory over League One outfit Sheffield United. It was a strong side fielded by The Foxes with first team regulars such as Demarai Gray, Luis Hernandez, Matty James and Ben Chilwell. If they feature here The Mariners could really have their work cut out as they look to pick up some vital points to keep them in the tournament.
Both teams to score: (Best Priced at 8/13 at Bet365) – BET HERE
Match to be drawn: (Best Priced at 13/5 at Paddy Power) – BET HERE
Millwall v Gillingham
There’s an all League One clash at The Den as Neil Harris’ Millwall entertain Gillingham. The Lions are desperate for a win here as they look to kickstart their season and build some positive momentum. They came into the year as one of the favourites to win promotion but as it stands they’re closer to the drop zone than the top six. So the cup could prove to be a welcome distraction for the club. And they’ve already got off to a good start in the tournament following their 2-0 victory over West Brom U23’s on match day one. Goals from Nadjim Abdou and Steve Morison sealed the three points in a game where they never really had to get out of second gear, but it will be much tougher today. Justin Edinburgh’s side have had a strong start to the new campaign and there looking to build on a positive 15/16 season which saw them finish in ninth position. The Gills’ side is packed full of goals and they’re certainly a team to look out for in the competition. But they might not be in it for much longer if they don’t claim a result here. They went down to a poor 2-1 home defeat against League Two side Luton on the opening day and they’re in need of a win here to keep their hopes alive. So with this in mind we’re expecting entertainment here as these League One rivals look to get one over on each other.
Match to be drawn: (Best Priced at 14/5 at SkyBet) – BET HERE
Jay Emmanuel-Thomas to score anytime: (Best Priced at 11/5 at Paddy Power) – BET HERE
Morecambe v Stoke City U23
League Two high flyers Morecambe come into this clash full of confidence after a blistering start to the new season. The Shrimps look a different side to the one that was involved in a relegation scrap for the majority of last season and they’re looking a real threat at the moment, particularly in attack. The Shrimps have already scored 16 times in the league this season which is only better by five teams throughout the whole of the division – so it’s not hard to see where their strength lies. But things in the cup haven’t ran as smoothly as they would have liked. They went down to a disappointing 4-1 defeat away to League One side Bury on match day one and it was a game they just never really turned up in. Paul Mullin scored the only goal of the game for Jim Bentley’s side and they’re in need of a win to keep their qualification hopes alive. Stoke City U23’s kicked off their first ever Checkatrade Trophy campaign with a tough trip to in-form League One side Bradford City – where they went down 1-0. The Bantams are very organised side and The Potters found it tough to break through and create any clear cut opportunities, but should get some more chances here and we fancy them to cause Morecambe a few problems here.
Both teams to score: (Best Priced at 4/7 at Ladbrokes) – BET HERE
Morecambe to win: (Best Priced at 11/8 at Bet365) – BET HERE
Newport County v Swansea City U23
There’s an all Welsh clash at Rodney Parade as League Two strugglers Newport County take on Swansea U23’s. It’s been a poor start to the season for Warren Feeney’s Exiles who are lingering down at the wrong end of the table and are looking short on confidence at the moment. They come into this one after suffering three consecutive defeats in the league and with Saturday’s game against Stevenage getting postponed they need to kick start some good momentum soon. But much like their league form, their form in the cups has been poor too. They went down 4-1 to Plymouth on match day one of the tournament and if they fail to pick up three points here they could end up falling out the competition already. Swansea City kicked off the tournament with a disappointing 3-0 defeat to League One new boys AFC Wimbledon. It was a tough one to take for The Swans’ youngsters and they’re in a similar situation to their opponents – they need a win or they’re in danger of falling out the tournament at the first hurdle.
Match to be drawn: (Best Priced at 5/2 at BetBright) – BET HERE
Under 2.5 goals: (Best Priced at 11/10 at Paddy Power) – BET HERE
Watch highlights from Barnsley’s win over Oxford United in last years final here: