There is little between Crewe and Macclesfield in League Two, but the Railwaymen can make use of their home advantage to see off the Silkmen in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tonight at evens.
Dario Gradi’s men have three wins from their last six and in Shaun Miller boast one of the hottest striking properties in the lower divisions.
With him and four-goal Byron Moore in their ranks, the home side can make short work of a one-goal handicap at a tempting 11/4.
The visitors did win on their last visit to Gresty Road and are priced at 12/5 to repeat the feat here, but they are a somewhat unknown quantity in this competition, as it is their first fixture of the season in it.
Two of the past five fixtures between the sides have ended all square and you can back the draw at 11/5.
The poorer standard of defending at League Two level, coupled with the respective superior striking options of each side, makes the 67/100 for both sides to score an extremely attractive proposition.
With this in mind, and the fact the sides shared seven goals between them in two meetings last term, the 2/1 for over 3.5 goals looks superb value.
The double chance markets look an interesting way to make money from this fixture too.
Crewe have hit eight first-half goals so far this season and could be a good bet to win both halves here at 11/5. Alternatively, you could back the half-time draw with Crewe to win at full-time at a big 17/4.
For the more cautious punters, 13/20 is a brilliant price for Crewe to win or draw the match, with the payout occurring if your selection is correct either at half-time or after the full 90 minutes.
In terms of goal betting, I would encourage a look at a 3-1 home win, which has massive appeal at 27/2. Bearing in mind Gradi takes this competition seriously, I think his side can win it by a couple of goals.
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