Checkatrade Trophy N-W Round-Up – 08/11/16

Checkatrade Trophy N-W Round-Up – 08/11/16

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Checkatrade Trophy N-W Round-Up – 08/11/16

Northampton Town v West Ham U23

Northampton Town welcome West Ham United’s U23’s to Sixfields for a dead rubber fixture in the Checkatrade Trophy. Both of these two sides have already been eliminated from the competition but have to play this one as it is the final fixture of the group stage. The Hammers youngsters have struggled against the Football League clubs, losing 4-2 to Coventry City and 3-0 to Wycombe Wanderers so far. Northampton have not replicatd their solid League One form in the tournament, in fairness they probably haven’t taken it all that seriously, and have also lost two out of two. They were thumped 3-0 by Wycombe and went down 3-1 to Coventry. Northampton are unlikely to risk any of their key players for this one given that there is nothing at all resting on it for them, so the likes of Matty Taylor and Alex Revell will probably sit this one out. For West Ham the game offers another chance to develop their youngsters and they will be keen to impress so they are more likely to be up for it. Toni Martinez has already bagged twice in this competition and looks the most likely scorer for the Hammers.

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West Ham U23 to win (Best priced at 11/5 with Bet365) – BET HERE

Over 2.5 goals (Best priced at 4/5 with Bet365) – BET HERE

Norwich City U21 v MK Dons

MK Dons travel to Carrow Road on Tuesday night as they face the Norwich City U21s at Carrow Road. The Dons are currently under caretaker management from Richie Barker after Karl Robinson left by mutual consent towards the end of October after a six year stint as manager. He left following some disappointing results for the club, with them still currently sitting level on points with Swindon Town, who are in a relegation place. They last league game was a 2-1 defeat to Sheffield United and it continued a five game winless streak in League One. As would be expected for any struggling side, not many players have sufficiently stood out this season but Dean Bowditch has been the highest goalscorer in cup competitions, netting three times. Norwich City’s under 21 side haven’t had much luck this season and find themselves 12th of their respective table. They have played out their last cup game successfully though, beating League Two side Barnet by a massive 5-0 deficit in the EFL Cup back at the start of October. It’s been a mixed back since then though, Norwich winning one, losing one, and most recently drawing one in their three league fixtures.

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Norwich City U21 to win (Best priced at 6/4 on BetVictor) – BET HERE

Over 2.5 goals (Best priced at 4/5 on Bet365) – BET HERE

Portsmouth v Bristol Rovers 

Bristol Rovers travel to Portsmouth on Tuesday night knowing that they need a win to give themselves any chance of progressing beyond the group stage. The Gas have taken two points from their first two fixtures in the tournament, drawing 0-0 with Yeovil Town before taking an extra point by beating them on penalties. They sit two points behind Yeovil so they need to win and hope that the Glovers are beaten by Reading’s U21 side. Portsmouth meanwhile need even more to go their way if they are to qualify. They currently sit on just one point having lost on penalties to Reading U21’s and therefore must win this game and hope Yeovil lose by a couple of goals to allow goal difference to go their way. We think that both teams to score will be a good bet in this one with both sides needing to go all out for the win to qualify.

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Both teams to score (Best priced at 8/11 with Bet365) – BET HERE

Bristol Rovers to win (Best priced at 7/5 with BetVictor) – BET HERE

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Stevenage v Southend United

Already eliminated Stevenage welcome group leaders Southend United for their last group stage match in the Checkatrade Trophy. Defeat to Leyton Orient and a penalty shootout loss to Brighton’s U21’s have left Boro rooted to the bottom of the group with just one point and even a victory in this one will not be enough for them. Southend meanwhile top the group and have already sealed their place in the next round, but will hope that they can avoid defeat in this one to ensure they finish as group winners. The Shrimpers have already beaten Brighton’s U21’s 2-0 as well as narrowly beating Leyton Orient 1-0 and they look much better in this tournament than they have done in League One. They have struggled in the league this season at times but fancy a run in this tournament. They reached the final of the competition in 2013 but lost 2-0 to Crewe Alexandra, so they do have pedigree in the EFL Trophy.

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Southend or Draw (Best priced at 1/2 with Bet365) – BET HERE

Both teams to score (Best priced at 4/6 with Bet365) – BET HERE

Stoke City U21 v Bury

Bury will look to seal their place in the knockout phases when they take on Stoke City’s U21 team. The Shakers are on three points after two games, beating Morecambe 4-1 in their first match before going down 2-1 to Bradford City last time out. They now need to simply better the result of Bradford or Morecambe to qualify, but to do so they will need to snap out of their horrendous run of form. David Flitcroft’s men have lost seven and drawn one of their last eight matches in all competitions and cannot seem to buy a win at the moment. Defensively they have been all over the place, conceding two or more in each of their last five fixtures so it is obvious where they need to improve going forward. Stoke can still qualify, but they require a result elsewhere to help them in their bid to progress. The Potters will firstly need to beat Bury by three goals to stand any chance, then they must hope that Bradford beat Morecambe on top of that. Stoke have lost both of their matches so far, going down 1-0 to Bradford and 3-1 to Morecambe. We see plenty of goals in this one with Bury being very shaky at the back, so backing BTTS and Over 2.5 goals look relative bankers.

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Both teams to score (Best priced at 8/11 with Bet365) – BET HERE

Over 2.5 goals (Best priced at 17/20 with Bet365) – BET HERE

Swansea City U21 v Plymouth Argyle 

Swansea City’s U21’s take on League Two leaders Plymouth Argyle on Tuesday in a straight shootout for a place in the knockout phases. Both sides sit on three points after two matches, with the Pilgrims sitting just ahead of their opponents on goal difference so it is must win for Swansea. The Welsh side overcame fellow countrymen Newport in their last outing, beating them 2-1 which was a good response having lost 3-0 in their first fixture against Wimbledon. Argyle meanwhile also claimed their win against Newport in a 4-1 demolition job before also being beaten by the Dons. Derek Adams side are enjoying a fine season so far in League Two, topping the table by four points as well as sitting 11 points ahead of fourth place so they are comfortable in the automatic promotion spots. That means that they can probably afford to have a go at getting through in this competition so some of their key players should feature. Graham Carey has been their key man so far with seven goals to his name overall, which is a terrific return for a midfielder. He has real quality on the ball and we fancy him to open up the young Swansea side at will, helping fire Argyle to a win.

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Plymouth Argyle to win (Best priced at 2/1 with Sky Bet) – BET HERE

Plymouth Argyle to score 2+ goals (Best priced at 31/20 with Coral) – BET HERE

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West Brom U21 v Gillingham

Another dead rubber sees West Brom’s youngsters take on Gillingham in the last round of group fixtures. Both sides have lost their two prior fixtures meaning that neither can now qualify for the knockout rounds. Gillingham were narrowly edged out by both Luton Town and Millwall, going down 2-1 to the two sides whilst the Baggies lost 2-0 to both sides. Albion just have not had enough about them going forward to threaten the Football League sides defences which has ultimately cost them their place in the knockout rounds. Gillingham will probably be happy that they can concentrate on the league rather than having this competition as a distraction, but they will still be keen to win this one to get some confidence back. The Gills are winless in seven League One matches and failed to beat Non-League Brackley Town at the weekend in the FA Cup, drawing 2-2 so things are not going well at Priestfield. However we fancy them to get a win in this one with Albion really having struggled to cause any problems in this tournament so far.

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Gillingham to win (Best priced at 8/5 with Sky Bet) – BET HERE

Gillingham to win to nil (Best priced at 15/4 with Bet365) – BET HERE

Wolves U21 v Accrington Stanley  

Wolves U21’s and Accrington Stanley face off in a straight shootout for a place in the knockout phases of this competition. Both sides are on three points after two matches, as are the other two clubs in the Northern Group B. League Two outfit Stanley recovered from a disappointing 3-0 defeat to Crewe Alexandra by defeating Chesterfield 4-1 last time out thanks to goals from Jordan Clark, Gary Taylor-Fletcher and a brace from Terry Gornell. The Lancastrians do not have a huge squad to play with so they have to play most of their key players in this tournament, including the likes of Sean McConville who captained them in their last match in the competition. Wolves also bounced back from an opening match defeat, they were beaten 2-1 by Chesterfield before overcoming Crewe 3-2 last time out. In that win they fielded a very strong team, including experienced stopper Andy Lonergan, midfield duo Jed Wallace and George Saville as well as proven striker Nouha Dicko. The latter scored a brace against Crewe and having found starts difficult to come by in the league this term since returning from injury he may start this one to get more minutes under his belt, which would be bad news for Accrington as he really is a prolific scorer and we can see him causing them all sorts of problems.

Recommended Bets:

Wolves U21’s to win (Best priced at 1/1 with Bet365) – BET HERE

Wolves U21’s to score in both halves (Best priced at 2/1 with Bet365) – BET HERE

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Watch highlights from Barnsley’s win over Oxford United in last years final here: