It’s fair to say that the Johnstones Paint Trophy does not exactly inspire huge excitement among the majority of the football betting public.
But there’s a veritable corker tonight as Leyton Orient and Dagenham & Redbridge lock horns in a good old-fashioned east London scrap at Brisbane Road – and I fancy the visitors to take the spoils at odds of 21/10.
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Orient have suffered a miserable start to the season, picking up just one point from their first six League One matches, and have been beaten in all three home matches to date, shipping six goals in the process.
Meanwhile, the Daggers, who were relegated from the third tier last term, have made a solid start to life back in League Two, despite losing star man Danny Green to Charlton over the summer.
Both teams are likely to ring the changes with this weekend’s league clashes in mind, although they must pick six of their 11 leading appearance-makers thus far for this first-round encounter.
O’s boss Russell Slade has fitness concerns over a number of players, such as winger Dean Cox, and will have to play Lee Butcher in goal as Jamie Jones and David Button are both out.
And although the Daggers will be without the influential Mark Arber, their record so far this term – conceding just four times in six league games – suggests that Orient will struggle to break them down.
Furthermore, we have already seen in the Carling Cup this season that a difference in divisions should not put punters off backing the supposed underdog.
I’m not expecting many goals, but I just fancy the canny John Still to come out on top in his battle of wits with Slade and send the visiting support home happy.
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