Checkatrade Trophy Round-Up – 10/01/17
Checkatrade Trophy Round-Up – 10/01/17
Blackpool v Wycombe Wanderers
After several years of upset, Gary Bowyer took charge in the summer and has totally revitalised The Seasiders, pushing them up to eleventh in table, with hopes of achieving an unexpected finish in the play-offs. Their last game in the Checkatrade Trophy had them up against League Two leaders Doncaster Rovers, taking on the in-form side back in early December where Blackpool impressively beat their opposition on penalties, making a big statement of intent in the competition. The current season started off uninterestingly for Wycombe Wanderers but saw The Chairboys burst into life in November, where manager Gareth Ainsworth forced the side up to an incredible fifth place in League Two, making their original hopes of promotion to the division above through a finish in the play-offs look like a likely ambition. Their last appearance in a domestic cup came last weekend where they took on non-league Stourbridge, scoring first but being held to a draw for a lot of the game, only snatching victory with less than ten minutes to go where Adebayo Akinfenwa stepped in to save the day.
Blackpool to win (Best priced at 13/10 on BetWay) – BET HERE
Both teams to score (Best priced at 10/11 on Bet365) – BET HERE
Swansea City U21 v Wolverhampton Wanderers U21
It’s been a fantastic season for Swansea City’s under 21s side, as they’ve gone through a spectacular nine game unbeaten run, taking eight wins from those nine fixtures. The streak kicked off in early November against Plymouth Argyle u21s and has seen them dominating over several sides across the division, now topping the second tier of the development leagues, clear from second place Newcastle United by a whopping ten points. The Swans now look a force and will want to continue that incredible run of games with a victory here. Wolverhampton Wanderers’ under 21s certainly haven’t been poor this season, but they’ve found it hard to be quite as unbeatable as Swansea, trailing a gigantic fourteen points behind their opposition. Despite the gap between the two, Wolves are fourth and look capable of finishing in an acceptable position, winning four of their last five games, falling to a defeat most recently, where West Ham United’s development side thrashed them by a damning four goals to nil.
Swansea to win (Best priced at 17/20 on BetWay) – BET HERE
Under 2.5 goals (Best priced at 23/18 on UniBet) – BET HERE
Yeovil Town v Reading U21
Following a dismal nineteenth place finish last season, it was thought that Darren Way would enjoy a far more successful campaign this time around, starting off his first full season in charge. Instead, they started poorly, only recently being able to force through a move up to a marginally safer sixteenth place position in the table. They’ve only played one game of 2017 so far, where they fell to a disappointing 2-0 defeat in League Two to Crawley Town, who have been lingering in similar positions in the table to them. It’s been a inconsistent season for Reading’s development side, grabbing all of their wins, draws and losses and random opportunity with little consideration for a strong run of games. They sit ninth in division one with four wins and two draws taken from thirteen games. This would be a useful opportunity to get some practice away from their respective league, but it won’t be an easy task against a side in a far more competitive division.
Yeovil to win (Best priced at 23/20 on BetWay) – BET HERE
A goal in both halves (Best priced at 8/11 on SkyBet) – BET HERE
Cheltenham Town v Leicester City U21
Currently sat at twenty-third in League Two, Cheltenham Town certainly haven’t enjoyed their season and look likely to make the distressing drop to the National League next season if they fail to turn around their poor fortunes. They’ve been up and down the divisions for the last few years and need stability ahead of all else, looking almost completely incapable of stringing a positive set of results together without a slip up ruining them momentum. The Robins have lost four of their last five games in the league and will be in great need of a confidence boost, with this game looking like a gleaming opportunity to do just that. There’s masses of hype around Leicester City, especially after last season’s incredible title Premier League title win, but the same could be said for their under 21s side, where they sit tenth but are expected of far more after their senior team have gained one of the footballing world’s most impressive accolades. Their last three results in the Checkatrade Trophy have seen a win, a draw and a loss, so they can be unpredictable in this competition, as their win was an incredible victory over League Two Grimsby Town back in October.
Cheltenham to win (Best priced at 11/8 on BetWay) – BET HERE
Both teams to score (Best priced at 8/13 on Bet365) – BET HERE
Luton Town v Chesterfield
Taking on Chesterfield will be a perfect opportunity for a comeback, as Luton Town have lost their first two games of 2017 against fourth place Portsmouth and League One side Accrington Stanley in the FA Cup. Nathan Jones’ side have been fantastic throughout the season though, currently sat eighth but capable of far more after spending most of their time in the top seven places in the table. Striker Danny Hylton and midfielder Cameron McGeehan have been crucial to their surge up the table and have been an issue to opposition defences throughout most of their fixtures. It’s been a polar opposite season for Chesterfield, sitting twenty-second with little change in their performances from start to finish. They remain even on points with Shrewsbury Town who have managed to save themselves from a longer stay in the dropzone but they’re showing few signs of improvement and look almost definitely set for a relegation if things don’t alter quickly. Manager Danny Wilson was sacked this week though, so this game could see them bounce back with a different style of play to their former gaffer.
Luton to win (Best priced at 17/20 on BetVictor) – BET HERE
Over 2.5 goals (Best priced at 5/6 on BetVictor) – BET HERE
Mansfield Town v Oldham Athletic
It wasn’t the best start to the season for Mansfield Town but things have gradually improved since the appointment of Steve Evans back in November. He’s now conducted The Stags to ten games, winning five and drawing two of those fixtures. They’re currently unbeaten through 2017, finishing off December by holding top place Doncaster Rovers to an impressive 1-1 draw before grabbing wins in the new year against Blackpool and Crewe Alexandra. Steve Evans hasn’t caused an absolute turnaround though and could still prove to be a poor decision by the board – only time will tell. Oldham Athletic sit at the very bottom of League One and haven’t proven much to hint that they will turnaround their horrendous situation. They still have time to burst out of the dropzone and are only four points from safety, but it’s a big four points when they are consistently failing to pick up points at every hurdle. It’s now been ten league fixtures in a row where they’ve been unable to beat their opposition, taking the poor run back to mid-October.
Mansfield to win (Best priced at 7/5 on BetVictor) – BET HERE
Under 2.5 goals (Best priced at 8/13 on Bet365) – BET HERE
Oxford United v Scunthorpe United
Despite starting on the backfoot, Michale Appleton has managed to make a u-turn on his side’s poor opening few months, now pushing Oxford United up to a passable twelfth in League One. The U’s have surely enjoyed the fresh start which came with the new year too, as they beat Gillingham away in their first match of 2017 before playing out a spectacular fixture against Championship strugglers Rotherham United in the FA Cup last weekend, always stepping up their game against The Millers to win by an impressive three goals to two. Scunthorpe United have enjoyed an incredible season so far, pushing up to second in League One, where they have faced some tough competition from Sheffield United, amongst others who have yo-yoed between places. They will go into this game full of energy with hopes over dominating over yet another massive English competition. Their last game was a tense 3-2 win over Bury, who have struggled but still couldn’t make a comeback against the inform Irons.
Scunthorpe to win (Best priced at 2/1 on BetWay) – BET HERE
Both teams to score (Best priced at 11/13 on UniBet) – BET HERE
Watch highlights from Barnsley’s win over Oxford United in last years final here: