Won by Chesterfield last season, the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy returns tonight and Notts County, Carlisle United and Preston North End are worth backing to progress at the expense of Scunthorpe United, Preston North End and Portsmouth respectively.
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Notts County to beat Scunthorpe @ 5/4
Alan Knill has endured a horrible start to the season and Notts County look set to pile more misery on his Scunthorpe side at Glanford Park on Tuesday.
The Iron have lost all four League One games this term and are rooted to the bottom of the table, and their 2-0 loss away at Hartlepool on Saturday means United have won just two of the last 16 league matches.
It is a happier story for County, who sit third with nine points from their four games. Saturday’s 2-0 win at Bury maintained the Magpies’ good form under Keith Curle, who have won eight of the last 11 league matches. County are unbeaten in nine away games, winning six, and will fancy their chances against a side who have conceded 11 and scored just one in their league games this season.
Carlisle to beat Preston @ 13/10
Carlisle have had a great record in this competition in recent seasons and the Cumbrians can keep that going at the expense of Preston at Brunton Park.
United have reached the final of the JPT six times since its inception in 1997, more than any other club, and have won the trophy twice, in 1997 and 2011. They were beaten finalists in 2010, too, and can keep up their fine tradition by beating travel sick North End.
Graham Westley got his side up and running in League One with a 4-1 win against Swindon on Sunday, but he hasn’t yet cured the Lillywhites’ problems on the road. Preston have won just one away game in the last 14, scoring only nine goals in the process. Carlisle are strong in Cumbria, losing just two of the last 21 home games, and should be backed to progress.
Bournemouth to beat Portsmouth @ 13/10
These two sides have already played out a 1-1 draw in League One, but there is enough reason to believe Bournemouth can get the better of Portsmouth when the sides meet in the JPT at Fratton Park on Tuesday.
Both sides are looking for their first win of the season, but whereas for Pompey that is understandable given the state of the club and its perilous financial position, for the Cherries it is an unacceptable state of affairs given their transfer outlay over the summer.
Bournemouth have taken three points from four games – Saturday’s 5-3 defeat against Sheffield United followed a trio of consecutive draws – but the Blades, MK Dons and Preston are three of the toughest opponents in the division and given the players at their disposal, they can get back to winning ways at Pompey. Portsmouth have bigger issues than the JPT to contend with and the Cherries should be backed to take advantage.
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