With the Champions League on a hiatus to make way for some international soccer, those looking for some midweek betting action need look no further than the equally dramatic and glamorous Johnstone’s Paint Trophy quarter-finals.
At bwin we’ve dragged a fine-toothed comb through the seven games taking place in the Northern and Southern sections so you don’t have to, and came up with a 16/1 treble that will tide your betting balance over.
Leyton Orient to beat Stevenage at 9/10
Russell Slade’s Leyton Orient sit top of League One with 12 wins from their 15 games and travel to face step-three rivals Stevenage with the best away record in the division. In all competitions this season, the O’s have scored on every road trip they’ve taken and in just three of those nine games have been held to less than two goals.
Meanwhile, the hosts have avoided defeat just twice in nine games against sides from the top half of their league.
Hartlepool to beat Rotherham at 7/4
After a shaky start Colin Cooper seems to have figured out a winning formula at Hartlepool, guiding them to victory in seven of the last eight games in all competitions and all of the last four at Victoria Park.
The Monkey Hangers are well versed in taking League One scalps in this season’s JPT too, knocking out Bradford and Sheffield United to reach this point and Rotherham, who’ve only won once in the last six, will be added to that list.
Rochdale to beat Chesterfield at 12/5
These two sit level on points in League Two, but the fact that victories have all but dried up for Chesterfield swings the dial quite firmly in Rochdale’s favour.
The two games that the Spireites have won in the last nine have come in cup competitions against teams from lower down the footballing pyramid. Rochdale, on the other hand, have won all but three of their last 12 matches.