Unbeaten Stevenage and Hartlepool lock horns at Broadhall Way on Saturday in what will be the first ever meeting between the sides.
The League One new boys have adapted nicely to life in England’s third tier, winning one and drawing two of their first three games. They were also just edged out in a seven-goal thriller by Peterborough in the Carling Cup and at 9/10 are firm favourites for this one.
The visitors are also yet to taste defeat, but unlike their hosts, Mick Wadsworth’s side have been unable to notch up a victory. 53/20 are not the worst odds in the world for a side who have far greater experience at this level and will no doubt be desperate to register that first win.
Pools held much-fancied Huddersfield last time out and the draw at 23/10 looks a pretty tasty option. Furthermore, Stevenage failed to hit the back of the net in their opening-day home draw with Exeter and a 0-0 at 3/2 or under 1.5 goals at 7/4 could both have some value in them.
An impressive 3-1 away victory for Boro over last year’s play-off semi-finalists Bournemouth on Tuesday made a few people stand up and take notice, with manager Graham Westley admitting he was proud and delighted with their first three points. A similar performance is not guaranteed, of course, but a £10 bet on the same scoreline in their clash with Hartlepool would pocket you a cool £160.
Even though Stevenage have one of the best first-half records in the league, don’t be surprised to see the boys from the north-east take the lead in this one. However, as they proved twice against MK Dons, betting on them to keep a hold of it may not be the safest option in the world. With that in mind, Hartlepool to be leading at half-time and Stevenage to be winning at full-time may just be worth a sneaky few quid at tempting odds of 25/1.
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