While the US decides on whether it will be Barack Obama or Mitt Romney in 2012, for punters of the League One and League Two persuasion, it really is something of a no-brainer to back Port Vale, Bournemouth and Doncaster Rovers for home wins this Tuesday.
In each instance, they are fronted by the kind of dynamic footballing leaders that could give the Republican and Democrat nominees a lesson in effective campaign management.
At Doncaster, there is the Bill Clinton-esque Dean Saunders – a bad boy at heart but someone whose policies bring effective results – while at Port Vale there is Micky Adams, the Ronald Reagan of League Two.
Completing this trio of presidential leaders is Eddie Howe, the Obama of the lower leagues, with his message of hope bringing relief to hundreds of beleaguered Bournemouth fans in the past few weeks.
Aside from the political comparisons though, in each instance these teams are among the form sides in their respective divisions and look good formidweek home wins.
Bournemouth face a sorry Shrewsbury, while Port Vale should get past Rochdale and Doncaster look likely to continue their excellent run of form against Crewe.
At odds of just under 11/2, backing this trio of teams to win could provide returns of £109.73 for anyone making the most of bwin’s free £20 bet for registering.
Bournemouth to beat Shrewsbury Town @ 13/20
Last weekend, I backed Bournemouth to secure a home win in the FA Cup and they duly delivered with a resounding 4-0 win over Dagenham and Redbridge to ease into the second round.
The result saw the Cherries extend their unbeaten run to five consecutive games in all competitions and also represented their third straight home win.
Eddie Howe’s arrival has had an obvious impact, with Bournemouth rediscovering their goalscoring touch with nine scored in their last three at Dean Court.
They will be confident of success against Shrewsbury, having claimed wins in their last three home meetings with the Shrews.
The visitors are hardly in scintillating form either and head to Bournemouth on a run of four games without a win. Away form remains a particular concern for Shrewsbury, who have now gone 11 games on the road without victory. Back the Cherries for a sweet home win at 13/20.
Port Vale to beat Rochdale @ 9/10
Micky Adams’ side may have suffered a surprise setback with an away defeat to Northampton Town last time out in League Two, but they returned to winning ways on Saturday with a victory over Forest Green Rovers in the FA Cup.
Vale remain among the challengers at the top of the table, thanks in no small part to their excellent home form, which has seen them lose just one of their last eight at Vale Park – and that was to league leaders Gillingham.
The goals have particularly flowed in their last two home outings, with a 3-0 win over Oxford followed up by a 4-1 demolition of Wycombe Wanderers.
Rochdale have, meanwhile, claimed just one win from their last six competitive games and one victory from their last three away games, so the Valiants should be trusted to get the job done here.
Doncaster Rovers to beat Crewe @ 3/4
Dean Saunders continues to work his magic at Doncaster Rovers in League One, with the Yorkshire club quickly emerging as contenders for a return to the Championship next season.
Donny are on a run of four straight wins in all competitions and have proven particularly impressive at the Keepmoat Stadium, with four wins in their last four outings at home.
Meanwhile, opponents Crewe have hit a horrendous dry patch that has seen them pick up just one win from their last eight competitive games.
History is also on the side of Doncaster, with the Yorkshiremen winning each of their last three home meetings with Crewe. I predict a fourth at odds of 3/4.