Checkatrade Trophy P-W Round-Up – 04/10/16
Checkatrade Trophy P-W Round-Up – 04/10/16
Port Vale v Mansfield
Bruno Ribiero’s high flying Port Vale welcome Adam Murray’s Mansfield to Vale Park as they look to continue their strong start to the season. The Valiants have played some fantastic football as they’ve surged up the League One table and they’re really building on the foundations that Rob Page left when he departed for Northampton. Vale are a side full of goals and at home in particular they’re a daunting prospect. Ribiero has his side very well organised and it will take a big effort from The Stags to leave with something. Vale kicked off their cup run with a 1-0 victory over Derby County’s U23’s on match day one when they came out on top courtesy of a strike from Nathan Smith with ten minutes left on the clock. Mansfield Town have had a steady but unspectacular start to the new season. They’re in the mix around the top six coming into this one but they’ve found it tough in front of goal of late – scoring just once since August 27th when they defeated Leyton Orient 2-1. So they will have to up their game here. On match day one they went down to a disappointing 2-0 defeat against League Two rivals Doncaster which has left them needing a win here to stay in the tournament.
Port Vale to win: (Best Priced at 4/5 at BetBright) – BET HERE
Alex Jones to score anytime: (Best Priced at 13/10 at Paddy Power) – BET HERE
Portsmouth v Reading U23
League Two promotion favourites Portsmouth have enjoyed a strong start to the season under Paul Cook and they’ll certainly be looking to carry their form through into the cup. Pompey are a difficult side to beat at the and they’re looking a much improved side to the one that lost in the play-offs at the end of last season. They’re very organised and more importantly they’re scoring goals. But despite their strong performances domestically they did get off to a poor start in this tournament when they suffered a shock defeat at the hands of a struggling Yeovil Town side. Until last weekend The Glovers had spent the majority of the season in the League Two relegation zone and they managed to score four times against Pompey to come out 4-3 winners. Reading U23’s kicked off their first ever Checkatrade Trophy campaign with an impressive 3-2 victory at the Memorial Stadium over Bristol Rovers. The young Royals side took the lead twice through Jake Stacey and Jake Sheppard before being pegged back twice by The Gas’ Matty Taylor and Jermaine Easter. But an 84th minute penalty from Joseph Mendes ensured The Royals made the trip back to Berkshire with three points and they know another win here will seal progression through to the next round.
Match to be drawn: (Best Priced at 3/4 at Ladbrokes) – BET HERE
Under 2.5 goals: (Best Priced at 5/4 at Paddy Power) – BET HERE
Rochdale v Notts County
Keith Hill’s in-form Rochdale welcome Notts County to Spotland as they look to build on their recent good form. After being rooted to the bottom of the table for the majority of the season things have started to look up recently for them. There’s been some impressive performances against some of the big sides in League One in recent weeks which has seen them beat the likes of Bolton and Millwall and they’ll come into this one full of confidence. On match day one of this tournament they face Sunderland U23’s at Spotland and they were held to a draw by a young Black Cats side that featured Jan Kirchhoff. Elliot Embleton gave the visitors the lead but Dale skipper Ian Henderson responded for Hill’s side moments late to ensure the game went to penalties – where they won 4-2. Notts County have had a good start to the season and they come into this one in fantastic form. John Sheridan’s men have won their last three games and are flying at the moment. But their momentum took a hit on Saturday when their clash with Morecambe was postponed so it will be interesting to see how they perform here. The Magpies kicked off their Checkatrade Trophy campaign with a hard fought 2-1 victory over League Two rivals Hartlepool at Meadow Lane and they know a victory here could see them progress into the next round – so they will be well up for this one.
Rochdale to win: (Best Priced at 4/5 at Betway) – BET HERE
Ian Henderson to score anytime: (Best Priced at 7/5 at BetStars) – BET HERE
Scunthorpe United v Shrewsbury Town
There’s an all League One clash at Glanford Park as high flying Scunthorpe United take on Micky Mellon’s Shrewsbury Town. The Iron are very much the team to beat in the third tier at the moment and they’re playing some fantastic football under boss Graham Alexander. This United side is packed full of goals and attacking talent and we can see them enjoying themselves here against a struggling Shrews side. The Iron kicked off their cup run with a hard fought victory over Middlesbrough U23’s at Glanford Park. Goals from Murray Wallace and Hakeeb Adelakun sealed the three points and they know a win here will all but see them qualify. Shrewsbury have had a tough start to the new season and their current form suggests that they could be involved in another relegation crap this year. The Shrews finished down in 20th position last season and almost fell out of the third tier after just one season in it. They’ve drawn their last three games 1-1 and are looking short on confidence. But they will need to pick themselves up as they’re in need of a win here or they risk an early exit from the tournament following their poor opening day defeat to League Two Cambridge. Joe Pigott scored the only goal of the game for The U’s and Micky Mellon’s men know they have to get a positive result here.
Scunthorpe United to win: (Best Priced at 8/11 at SkyBet) – BET HERE
Kevin van Veen to score anytime: (Best Priced at 13/10 at Paddy Power) – BET HERE
Sheffield United v Walsall
There’s an all League One clash at Bramall Lane as Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United take on a struggling Walsall side. After a shaky start to the new season Sheffield United have really come into their own of late and they arrive on match day two of the Checkatrade Trophy in great form. The Blades are currently on a six game unbeaten run they’ve displayed some tremendous battling qualities over the last few weeks to show that they’re definitely one of the teams to beat in the third tier. On Saturday they showed their character to claim a last gasp draw away to Fleetwood at Highbury courtesy of a 95th minute Ethan Ebanks-Landell header. They’re currently on one point in the tournament following their opening day penalty shootout defeat to Leicester City but they will still feel confident that they have enough to progress through to the next round. Walsall have had a miserable season so far and they’re looking a shadow of the side that finished third in League One last season. They’re down in 16th position this time round but they crucially picked up their first win five games on Saturday when they defeated Millwall 2-1 at the Banks’s Stadium. Their last win before that came in the opening round of this tournament when they overcame Football League new-boys Grimsby Town 5-2. They know that a decent a result here could see them seal a spot in the next round so they will be up for this one.
Sheffield United to win: (Best Priced at 4/5 at Betway) – BET HERE
Over 2.5 goals: (Best Priced at 4/5 at Paddy Power) – BET HERE
Southend v Leyton Orient
Southend take on Leyton Orient at Roots Hall and despite them being separated by two divisions, there’s only forty miles separating them. So this is something of a derby. Phil Brown’s Southend have really struggled this season and they’re languishing down in the relegation zone with twelve points from their eleven games. In their last outing they were held to a 1-1 draw with Peterborough United at Roots Hall on Saturday. They would have certainly taken a point before kick off but they were agonisingly denied in injury time by Marcus Maddison. So it will be interesting to see how they pick themselves up. But they already have one win to their name so far in the tournament after defeating Brighton U23’s in their opening fixture. Goals from David Mooney and Harry Kyprianou saw them seal the three points and set them up nicely for match day two. Leyton Orient’s season has been a bit of a disaster so far. The O’s are performing well below expectations and are down in seventeenth position – just three points above the relegation zone. Their poor performances saw manager Andy Hessenthaler lose his job last week and they followed up his departure with a 0-0 draw with Barnet on Saturday. But they have already tasted success in this tournament already like their opponents here. They defeated League Two rivals Stevenage on match day one courtesy of goals from Paul McCallum and Sandro Semedo.
Both teams to score: (Best Priced at 8/11 at Bet365) – BET HERE
Match to be drawn: (Best Priced at 13/5 at SkyBet) – BET HERE
Stevenage v Brighton U23
League Two Stevenage come into this clash in poor form after an uncertain start to the new season under Darren Sarll. Boro are down in 20th position in League Two and they’re without a win since September 10th. They’ve fallen to defeats in two of their last three games so a clash in the cup could prove to be a welcome distraction for them as they look to build some positive momentum. Their stop start season wasn’t helped on the weekend when their visit to Newport was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, so it will be interesting to see how they’re going to come into this one. They lost their group opener against League Two rivals Leyton Orient (3-1) on match day one so they need a result here. Brighton U23’s got their first ever Checkatrade Trophy campaign off to a disappointing start when they made the trip to Roots Hall to take on Southend United. The Shrimpers came out comfortable winners over a young Seagulls side and come out 2-0 winners courtesy of goals from David Mooney and Harry Kyprianou.
Match to be drawn: (Best Priced at 14/5 at Bet365) – BET HERE
Under 2.5 goals: (Best Priced at 5/4 at BetVictor) – BET HERE
Swindon v Oxford
Local rivals Swindon Town and Oxford United meet at the County Ground in what is one of the ties of match day two. There’s just thirty miles separating them and they’ve already played each other in a fiery encounter back at the start of September. The U’s came out 2-0 winners courtesy of two efforts from Chris Maguire and Swindon saw Lloyd Jones and Lawrence Vigouroux sent off in the second half. Since that defeat Swindon have really struggled to put together any form and they find themselves in 20th position in the league – out the relegation zone on goal difference. However, they did off their Checkatrade Trophy campaign with a victory when they overcame Chelsea U23’s by two goals to one. Branco and Nathan Delfouneso were the heroes that day and the fans would love a repeat of that here. The visitors arrive at the County Ground in good form. They’re up in tenth position and they’re playing some good football. Michael Appleton’s men are ten places above their opponents and come into this one after defeating Bolton (2-0) on the weekend. They also come into this one with three points after defeating Exeter 4-2 on match day one and a win could send either side through.
Match to be drawn: (Best Priced at 12/5 at SkyBet) – BET HERE
Kane Hemmings to score anytime: (Best Priced at 6/4 at Bet365) – BET HERE
Wimbledon v Plymouth
There’s a repeat of the 2015/16 League Two play-off final at Kingsmeadow as Wimbledon take on Plymouth. The Dons overcame the Pilgrims by two goals to nil in the fourth tiers Wembley showpiece back in May courtesy of efforts from Adebayo Akinfemwa and Lyle Taylor. The Dons have had a mixed start to life in League One since that victory but they come into this one in decent form. They’re unbeaten in four games and they won their last game 2-0 against a strong Gillingham side – courtesy of goals from Dominic Poleon and Dean Parrett. Neil Ardley’s men have started the Checkatrade Trophy strongly however, they overcame Swansea City U21’s on match day one and it was an efficient performances from The Dons. Goals from Andy Barcham and Poleon sealed the three points and they know a win here will see them qualify. Plymouth have avoided a hangover from their play-off final defeat and they’re currently leading League Two. Derek Adams’ side have looked very impressive in recent weeks and they haven’t tasted defeat since August 13th. They overcame Yeovil 4-1 on Saturday, which is the same scoreline they defeat Newport by on match day one. They too know a win here will see them qualify and with revenge in their minds, they’ll be well up for this one.
Dominic Poleon to score anytime: (Best Priced at 13/8 at Coral) – BET HERE
Match to be drawn: (Best Priced at 5/2 at SkyBet) – BET HERE
Wycombe v West Ham U23
Wycombe have had a poor start to the new season but things have started to look up of late. The Chairboys have won three of their last four games which has seen them climb away from the relegation zone and they’re now just three points away from the play-offs. They come into this one fresh from picking up a morale boosting three points over Exeter at the weekend when Adebayo Akinefemwa scored an 85th minute to seal the points. Gareth Ainsworth will be hoping that they can carry that form through into the Checkatrade Trophy, where they already have a win to their name. They overcame League One outfit Northampton 3-0 on match day one thanks to goals from Paul Hayes, Garry Thompson and Daniel Rowe. A victory will send them through here and Ainsworth will be eager to secure their place in the next round. West Ham U23’s kicked off their first ever Checkatrade Trophy campaign with a disappointing defeat to League One strugglers Coventry City (4-2). The Hammers actually took the lead in the game through Toni Martinez but they conceded two goals in two minutes in the second half which saw them fall behind and it was a blow that they couldn’t come back from. The young Hammers need a victory here to stay in the competition and it will be interesting to see how they fare here against an in-form Wycombe side.
Wycombe to win: (Best Priced at 11/10 at Bet365) – BET HERE
Both teams to score: (Best Priced at 8/13 at Bet365) – BET HERE