While my midweek predictions proved just off the mark, I will be hoping that the terrific trio of Notts County, Northampton Town and Rochdale will see me make it two Saturday’s in a row for perfect home predictions when they host Portsmouth, Chesterfield and Dagenham and Redbridge.
Last Saturday, I went for a treble of Gillingham, Tranmere Rovers and Bradford City, who duly delivered three comfortable wins. However midweek picks of MK Dons and Rotherham proved wide of the mark, with the former drawing while the latter suffered a shock defeat.
Nevertheless, like late-nineties one-hit wonders Chumbawumba sang “I get knocked down but I get up again” and that certainly applies when it comes to League One and Two.
This particular trio of Rochdale, Notts County and Northampton carries a price of just over 7/1, which translates to a tidy return of £142.08 for those of you opting to utilise bwin’s free £20 bet.
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Let the games begin.
Notts County to beat Portsmouth @ 3/5
On Tuesday I made the mistake of betting against Notts County in their away trip to MK Dons and boy did I end up regretting it. Keith Curle’s side promptly put me in my place with a battling display that saw the Magpies escape with a 1-1 draw.
Having returned to the their nest, or Meadow Lane to be precise, the Nottinghamshire club will be confident of continuing a run of five league games unbeaten against Portsmouth.
When Pompey’s rag-tag bunch of players claimed a surprise 3-0 away win over Crawley Town, manager Stuart Appleton may have felt some optimism for the season ahead. However that victory remains the team’s sole success this season, with financial issues continuing to circle the club.
Notts County come into this game off the back of a win in their last home game against Shrewsbury Town and are heavily fancied for a victory here at 3/5.
Northampton Town to beat Chesterfield @ 7/5
Aidy Boothroyd may not have lived up to his previous billing as English football management’s answer to Jose Mourinho, but the former Watford man is developing into a bit of a Special One among Northampton fans.
The Cobblers boss seems to have steadied the ship at the club, with the Northamptonshire side enjoying some particularly solid form at home.
Seven points from a possible nine tells it’s own story, with Boothroyd’s boys scoring seven goals over the course of the three games, with victories coming over AFC Wimbledon and promotion chasers Rotherham.
Their recent away form has not been too shabby either, with Northampton coming into this game off the back of a creditable win over Dagenham & Redbridge away.
In contrast, their opponents Chesterfield are without a victory on the road, and remain something of an unknown quantity since the departure of former manager John Sheridan and could be set for a loss here at 7/5.
Rochdale to beat Dagenham & Redbridge @ 17/20
Back in League Two after a couple of seasons among the League One elites, Rochdale have made a decent start to what is likely to be a promotion pushing season for John Coleman’s side.
The Dale have won four of their last five competitive games, with their most recent game seeing the club defeat division favourites Rotherham in a 3-2 thriller.
Their opponents Dagenham & Redbridge have, meanwhile, been anything but thrilling, having failed to win any of their last three games.
The club’s away form has been particularly poor too, with just a single point claimed from three trips on the road.
History is on Rochdale’s side too, with the Dale winning each of the team’s last four meetings and scoring three in their last two encounters at Spotlands. They look nailed on for a win at 17/20.
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