Conventional footballing wisdom dictates that one never punt against a side that has just been relieved of their manager, for fear of a raging backlash.
However, this week’s Football League fivefold is looking that cliché straight in the eye, taking on Scunthorpe and Hartlepool as part of a 35/1 accumulator.
Gillingham to beat Scunthorpe @ 10/11
Only Crewe are stopping the Iron from propping up the third tier after three straight defeats and caretaker boss Andy Dawson won’t be relishing a tough trip to Kent.
The Priestfield posse may only be five places above them in the league, but on home form they’re contending at the other end of the table and should be able to see off their struggling visitors.
Bristol City v Chesterfield over 2.5 goals @ 67/100
Eoin Doyle has struck nine times in his last six outings and his white-hot form should quell any doubts about the visitors participating in a goal-bath here.
That said the table-topping Robins practically come with an overs-lovers guarantee, with five of their last six outings yielding three strikes or more.
Bradford City to beat Barnsley @ 33/20
A miserly road defence that has seen the Bantams ship a mere two goals in five away games so far this term will give them an excellent platform to continue their Yorkshire foes’ miserable Oakwell spree.
So far the hosts have lost three of their four outings on home soil and should be further fatigued by their midweek Johnstones Paint Trophy exertions, which went to penalties.
Accrington to beat Dagenham and Redbridge @ 23/20
Stanley are a shining example of the good changing manager can do, don’t let midtable anonymity fool you.
They’re the form team in division over the last six games with five points and one draw, three of those victories coming since they reappointed John Coleman.
The Daggers visit on the back of two defeats, the most recent coming in a midweek JPT encounter that Accrington probably watched at home with a mug of Cocoa.
Exeter to beat Hartlepool @ evens
The Monkey Hangers are another side in caretaker mode after Colin Cooper fell on his sword and they’ve now lost four of their last five, most recently in weeknight JPT action.
City are purring under Paul Tisdale and can make them their fifth successive scalp.