With a busy programme of football on Saturday, we’ve identified three away teams who should be strong enough to record victories in their respective matches.
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Stoke to beat Derby County @ 23/20
Tony Pulis took Stoke City all the way to the FA Cup final last season and will no doubt be in the mood to go as far as he can this time around as well, which could spell danger for Derby County at Pride Park.
That 1-0 defeat to Manchester City ended a great campaign for the Potters and this season is going just as well. Stoke lie in eighth in the Premier League, they are in the last 32 of the Europa League and they will want another run in the FA Cup.
Their form is good enough: before last week’s reverse to West Brom, Stoke had lost just two of their previous 12 in all competitions – one in a dead rubber against Besiktas and the other away to Manchester City. Those defeats are Stoke’s only losses in their last seven away trips and with wins at Everton, Wolves and Blackburn to their name, not to mention a deserved draw at Liverpool, I fancy Stoke to be too strong for Derby.
Admittedly, the Rams are in fine form, winning five of the last six, but incredibly they have scored just six goals in that run and could be too shot-shy against a Stoke side who know how to defend. Only twice have Derby scored more than one goal in their last 14 games and Stoke’s extra class could tell.
Carlisle United to beat Hartlepool United @ 29/20
League One Hartlepool might have secured a long-overdue home win against Rochdale last time out but it may be a case of normal service being resumed when play-off-chasing Carlisle United visit Victoria Park.
That 2-0 win over struggling Dale was not only Hartlepool’s first after a run of nine straight home defeats, it was only the third match in which they found the net in that sequence. A run of three points and three goals from nine home fixtures is terrible in anyone’s language and Carlisle can take advantage of that poor form.
The Cumbrians have lost just two of their last 17 league games, both away to automatic promotion hopefuls Charlton and Sheffield United, and though their form shows just one win their last six trips, that includes the aforementioned defeats as well as creditable draws at Huddersfield and Preston. Hartlepool themselves have won just one of their last six and Carlisle, the better team, can close in on a play-off place with victory.
Cheltenham Town to beat Macclesfield Town @ 11/10
Cheltenham suffered a disappointing home defeat to Bristol Rovers in their last League Two match but they can get their promotion bid back on track with victory over struggling Macclesfield Town.
The Robins have been the surprise package in League Two this term, currently sitting in third place in the table with automatic promotion a real possibility when many tipped them to struggle.
Credit must go to boss Mark Yates for his clever use of the loan system, which is paying dividends. Cheltenham had lost just one of their previous 17 league games prior to last week’s reverse, winning 12, and have been excellent away from home.
Only leaders Southend have accrued more than Cheltenham’s 23 points on the road and having won six of their last seven away league games, they will not fear a trip to out-of-sorts Macclesfield.
Gary Simpson’s men are on the slide, winning just one of their last 12 games. With four defeats on the bounce behind them Cheltenham are good value to pile more misery on Macclesfield, who will soon be looking over their shoulder should their run continue.
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