Like a Berocca and a head massage, the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy comes bounding back onto the scene this evening to ease the nation’s transfer deadline day hangover.
The first round of the least-lauded cup competition in the English game, if not the entire professional football universe, may not feature Radamel Falcao and Danny Welbeck, but it does give punters the chance to land a near-23/1 profit. And what gets the juices coursing quite like that.
Leyton Orient to beat Peterborough @ 7/4
Darren Ferguson’s men may be setting the pace in the primordial League One picture, but they have stellar away form to thank for their lofty standing.
They’ve lost one of their two home games and owe their 3-2 victory over MK Dons to two goals in the last ten minutes.
The O’s have dodged defeat in all of their five away days this term, including a 1-0 victory against the Premier League’s very own Aston Villa.
Three meetings at London Road between the pair haven’t brought a single home win, so side with the visitors here.
York to beat Barnsley @ 14/5
Logically speaking, a team that plied its trade in the second tier last term shouldn’t have too much trouble toppling an outfit from the bottom rung of the league ladder at home.
But the Tykes preoccupation with securing immediate promotion will see the JPT categorised alongside the many potential success-derailing distractions, handing their unfancied adversaries the advantage.
Were it not for an injury-time strike from Doncaster’s Harry Forrester, the Minstermen’s defeats column for the season would still stand blank, while their hosts have lost two from three at Oakwell, failing to score twice in the process.
AFC Wimbledon to beat Southend @ 5/4
Given the Dons have beaten their seaside-residing foes away already this season, they must be backed to issue a repeat dose in SW19.
Phil Brown’s battalion are winless in three including their Dons defeat and had their interest in six of their last seven cups entered terminated at the first opportunity.