Ever eager to opt for a theme, for my latest ‘Playing Away’ entry I am plumping for Cheltenham Town, Coventry City and Crewe Alexandra as three ‘Cs’ who can deliver away wins in League One and League Two this weekend.
While C may have been the kind of letter that suggested mediocrity at school, when it comes to having a punt on visiting teams, these three could offer A* earnings for punters fancying a bet on matches in England’s bottom two tiers.
In Crewe, you have one of the form teams in League One, fresh from a notable fightback, taking on one of the division’s strugglers.
An improving Coventry head to Hartlepool, who are already looking towards League Two football next season, while Cheltenham could be ones to watch for a win over the Jekyll and Hyde of the lower leagues – Rotherham United.
Each team is selected on its own merits, with the aim of giving bwinners one or more solid odds-against potential additions to their weekend accumulators.
Meanwhile, the treble, which is available at odds of nearly 22/1, could provide returns of £456.75 for anyone joining bwin.com and willing to take a chance by backing it with their free £20 bet.
Read on to find our why our top trio have made the cut this week.
Crewe to beat Shrewsbury Town @ 19/10
Crewe were the comeback kings of League One last weekend, claiming a hard-fought 3-2 win over Colchester United, having been 2-0 down against the Us. The victory was the Alex’s third consecutive win in all competitions and followed on from an impressive 2-0 success against a previously in-form Doncaster Rovers.
Another away win could be on the cards this Saturday, with Crewe heading to Shrewsbury Town full of confidence. The Shrews are without a win in six competitive games and head into this encounter on the back of three straight defeats, with the most notable being a loss to non-league Hereford United in the FA Cup.
The Railwaymen have fond memories of their previous visit to New Meadow, with Steve Davis’ team claiming a 2-1 win in the FA Trophy earlier this year, and they look a sound punt to repeat the trick at 19/10.
Coventry City to beat Hartlepool United @ 5/4
Earlier in the season, I would probably have been labelled daft to back Coventry to do anything other than lose, with the Sky Blues enduring the kind of freefall that even Felix Baumgartner would blush at.
However, with previous manager Andy Thorn now gone, it would appear that things are slowly but surely improving for Coventry, who head to Hartlepool on the back of three wins from their last four competitive games.
The Midlands club have improved on the road too, with just one defeat from their last five away encounters and a victory against Leyton Orient in their previous game on their travels.
In opponents Hartlepool United, they face what is arguably the worst side in League One, as the Monkey Hangers are currently bottom of the table and without a win in 16 games.
Hartlepool have scored just one goal in their last four games at Victoria Park and Coventry look ideally placed to cash in on that impotence with a priceless away triumph.
Cheltenham Town to beat Rotherham United @ 5/2
In a weekend offering plenty of potentially close encounters in League Two, Cheltenham could be in line to cause an upset away against an unpredictable Rotherham.
The Robins are on a great run of form which has seen them go five games unbeaten, keeping four consecutive clean sheets in the process. Last time out on the road, Mark Yates’ team showed off their promotion credentials with a 0-0 draw against leaders Gillingham.
Having lost just once in eight away league games so far this season, they could continue that run against a Rotherham side who suffered a humiliating 5-0 defeat against Dagenham & Redbridge last weekend.
Steve Evans’ team had headed into that game as favourites, but the shock drubbing was the kind of result that has so far typified the Millers’ up-and-down campaign.
With a number of heavy defeats to Rotherham’s name already this term, an away win for Cheltenham is not out of the question at 5/2.