Checkatrade Trophy Round-Up – 09/11/16

Checkatrade Trophy Round-Up – 09/11/16

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 Checkatrade Trophy Round-Up – 09/11/16

 Hartlepool United v Rochdale

After finishing in a very underwhelming 16th place in League Two last season, Craig Hignett’s Hartlepool United side don’t look like they have improved at all so far this year. They currently find themselves in 20th place, just 1 point above the drop zone and without a league win in their last four. Their most recent match was on Saturday when they welcomed seventh tier side Stamford AFC to Victoria Park in the first round of the FA Cup. The hosts came away with a comfortable 3-0 victory thanks to goals from Nicky Deverdics, Billy Paynter and an own goal. After two defeats in two in this trophy, Hartlepool have already been eliminated and therefore will not be fussed about this game. Rochdale on the other hand are having a great season so far as they are yet again flirting with the play offs sat in 7th place, outside of the top 6 on just goal difference. They were just seconds away from being eliminated from the FA Cup in the first round on Saturday when they travelled to the Gallagher Stadium to face fifth tier outfit Maidstone United. A Callum Camps free kick with the last kick of the match saw them snatch a replay. In this Checkatrade trophy they sit top of their group having won 1 outright and 1 on penalties from their two fixtures.

Recommended Bets:

Rochdale to win (Best Priced on Coral at 10/11) – BET HERE

A goal in both halves (Best Priced on PaddyPower at 4/6) – BET HERE

Reading U23 v Yeovil Town 

Reading’s development side are competing in the top division of the ‘Premier League 2’ for the 2016/17 season and are currently finding life fairly difficult. They sit in 9th place (out of 12) in the league having won 3, drawn 1 and lost 5 from their 9 fixtures and are without a win in their last 3. Whereas in this competition they sit top of the group as they’ve won 1 outright and 1 on penalties. The visitors Yeovil Town narrowly avoided relegation last season in League Two and after the first handful of games this year, looked like they were yet again going to be in a relegation fight. However after a 3 wins and a draw from their last 4 league ties, they have climbed all the way up to 11th place in the table and are looking much more solid. Their last match on Saturday saw them throw a 2-0 lead away at home to National League side Solihull Moors in the first round of the FA Cup. The visitors scored twice in 6 minutes to earn a replay. In this competition they sit in 2nd place in the group after 1 outright win and 1 penalty defeat.

Recommended Bets:

Both teams to score (Best Priced on bet365 at 4/6) – BET HERE

Over 2.5 goals (Best Priced on bet365 at 4/5) – BET HERE

Sunderland U23 v Notts County

Sunderland’s development team are in the top division of the Premier League 2 this season and have had an okay start to their 2016/17 campaign. They currently find themselves sat mid-table in 6th place having won 3, drawn 3 and lost 3 from their 9 fixtures. They are without a win in their last 5 fixtures so will want to put that run to an end here. In this competition they sit 2nd in the group having won 1 outright and lost 1 on penalties. The visitors Notts County are having a fantastic season under John Sheridan so far as they find themselves sat in the play offs in 6th place. Unbeaten in their last 4 in all competitions they will be hoping to keep that momentum going with a win on Wednesday. Their most recent match was on Saturday when they travelled to Meadow Park to face fifth tier side Boreham Wood in the first round of the FA Cup. The League Two side had to come from 2-0 down in the second half to scrape a replay thanks to a Adam Campbell brace. In this competition they sit in 3rd place will probably be eliminated if they lose here.

Recommended Bets:

Both teams to score (Best Priced on bet365 at 8/11) – BET HERE

Second half highest scoring half (Best Priced on PaddyPower at EVENS) – BET HERE

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Carlisle United v Fleetwood Town

After last seasons respectable 10th place finish, nobody expected Carlisle to have the unbelievable start that they’ve had this year. They are the only unbeaten team in the Football League as they find themselves sat in 2nd place in the table, 4 points behind Plymouth in top spot but 4 points clear of Doncaster in 3rd. With 8 wins and 7 draws from their 15 fixtures, Keith Curle has got his side grinding out draws in matches they could easily have lost. Their most recent game was on Sunday when they beat sixth tier side St Albans City 5-3 in the first round of the FA Cup. In this competition they sit top of the group with 2 wins out of 2 and will qualify with a point here. The visitors Fleetwood Town are also having a much improved season as they find themselves sat in 10th place just 2 points below the play offs. In this trophy they sit in 3rd place in the group having won 1 and lost 1 from their two fixtures and could really do with a win here.

Recommended Bets:

Both teams to score (Best Priced on betway at 3/4) – BET HERE

A goal in both halves (Best Priced on betway at 3/4) – BET HERE

Grimsby Town v Sheffield United

This could quite possibly be the most irrelevant fixture in both of these clubs history. These two teams are already eliminated from the competition with Grimsby having not picked up a single point, and Sheffield United having collected 1 point with a penalty shoot-out defeat. They will more than likely accept the fine for making too many changes to their squad from their most recent fixture as neither of them will want to risk injuries to key players. Grimsby have just employed a new manager in the form of Marcus Bignot after a successful few years with Solihull Moors. The Mariners are sat outside the play offs by just 1 point in 8th place and are looking serious contenders for back to back promotions. They were narrowly beaten by Bolton on Saturday in the first round of the FA Cup. The visitors Sheffield United are also looking like promotion contenders as they sit in 4th place in League One and are unbeaten in their last 11 league fixtures. They progressed through the first round of the FA Cup on Sunday with a 6-0 thumping of Leyton Orient.

Recommended Bets:

A goal in both halves (Best Priced on skybet at 4/5) – BET HERE

Over 3.5 goals (Best Priced on BetVictor at 5/2) – BET HERE

Morecambe v Bradford City

After narrowly avoiding relegation last year when they finished 21st in League Two, Morecambe look like a much better side this season as they currently find themselves sat in a very respectable 10th place just 2 points below the play offs. They have had a slight drip in form recently though as they are without a win in their last 4 in all competitions, so will be hoping that they can change that here in what is going to be an incredibly difficult ask. On Saturday they drew 1-1 with Coventry City in the first round of the FA Cup. In this competition they are 3rd in the group after 1 win and 1 defeat. However off the field a worrying story has come out this week which says that the players and staff at the club have not been paid their wages for last month. The visitors Bradford City are looking like strong promotion contenders in League One as they find themselves sat in 3rd place in the table having lost just once all season in the league. They slipped up on Saturday in the first round of the FA Cup when they were beaten 2-1 at home to League Two side Accrington Stanley. In this trophy they sit top of the group in 1st place after winning both of their fixtures and will qualify if they can get a point from this one.

Recommended Bets:

Bradford to win (Best Priced on Coral at 19/20) – BET HERE

Second half highest scoring half (Best Priced on bet365 at 21/20) – BET HERE

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Southampton U23 v Crawley Town 

The Southampton development squad currently compete in division one of the Premier League 2, and so far they’ve had a very solid start to their season. They currently find themselves sat in 4th place in the table having won 4, drawn 2 and lost 3 from their 9 fixtures. However they are actually without a win in their last 3 matches so will be looking at getting back to winning ways on Wednesday evening. In this competition they currently find themselves sat in 2nd place in the group following 1 outright win and one penalty shoot-out defeat. The visitors Crawley Town were close to relegation last season, however this year they look like a much stronger side as they currently find themselves in 10th place in the table just 2 points outside of the play-offs. They’ve had a dip in form recently though and are actually without a win in their last 5 in all competitions. On Saturday they earned a replay after a 1-1 draw at home to League One outfit Bristol Rovers. In this trophy they sit at the top of the group in first place after winning both of their fixtures and have qualified regardless of the result on Wednesday.

Recommended Bets:

Both teams to score (Best Priced on bet365 at 10/11) – BET HERE

Over 2.5 goals (Best Priced on skybet at 4/5) – BET HERE

Wycombe Wanderers v Coventry City 

After last seasons underwhelming 13th place finish in League Two, Wycombe will have been hoping to be challenging further towards the play offs this time round. That has been far from the case though as they currently find themselves sat just 1 point above the drop zone in 21st place and look to be in a serious relegation battle. They had a great result on Saturday when they beat Portsmouth 2-1 away from home in the first round of the FA Cup. In this competition they have already qualified along with their opponents Coventry as both teams have won both their fixtures. Coventry had a terrible start to their season but have just started to hit a decent run of form which saw them climb out of bottom place up to 18th. They’re now unbeaten in their last 5 matches in all competitions and will want to keep that momentum going with a win here. On Sunday they were held 1-1 away at Morecambe in the first round of the FA Cup so will face them in a replay at the Ricoh.

Recommended Bets:

A goal in both halves (Best Priced on betway at 3/4) – BET HERE

Over 2.5 goals (Best Priced on bet365 at 9/10) – BET HERE

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