With a dearth of football on the box until England’s crunch World Cup qualifiers, the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy gets a deserved time to shine as Kenny Jackett’s Wolves host Notts County in the second round.
Wolves, League One’s third placed side, are 4/7 favourites to win the match with visitors County chalked up as 17/4 outsiders, while the draw is given a 5/2 chance.
However, with Wolves likely to shuffle their pack it is the away side that is preferred here.
Wolves’ reserves are winless this season
In the league Wolves have been very good, winning eight of their ten games and conceding just six goals. Kenny Jackett’s number one target this season is to seal a return to the Championship, which means cup competitions take a back seat.
In both knockout games this season the Welshman has rotated his squad, and has gone winless in both sets of 90 minutes as a result.
Morecambe dumped his side out of the Carling Cup with a 1-0 win while Walsall’s failure to win a penalty shootout denied them their place in this match, after a first round 2-2 draw.
County have scored in nine straight away games
The Magpies are yet to win an away game this term, losing five of their six trips so far. However, they haven’t had trouble scoring in those games and are currently on a nine game scoring streak on the road in all competitions.
The last time they faced a weakened side on their travels was against Liverpool in the Carling Cup. They stuck two goals away that night, giving Brendan Rodgers a fright, and should fare better against Wolves reserves who are a long way from matching the quality of the Anfield backups.
The visitors have conceded just twice in the last three games
Two heavy defeats on the trot, a 3-1 defeat by MK Dons followed by a 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Leyton Orient, seemed to shake County’s defence in to life and they’ve since got their rear-guard in order.
In the aftermath of those losses they’ve kept two clean sheets in their last three games with their 4-0 win over Crewe last time out sure to boost their egos.