It may well be the international break, meaning there is no Premier League or Championship games this weekend, but that doesn't stop us from delving into the depths of League One and League Two to pick out a handful of handy accumulator additions for you ahead of the weekend's matches!
Southend United have won their last three League One matches, but will be concerned by the fact they haven’t won in their last five meetings with Saturday’s opponents Doncaster Rovers - their last victory coming in September 2007. It’s been a tricky time for Donny, who have lost four of their last five games in the division, whilst Southend have won their last four games in all competitions, however, their wretched record against the Yorkshire side cannot be ignored. The hosts are just outside the relegation places on goal difference and know a win will relieve any pressure on manager Darren Ferguson, who took them back to League One at the first attempt last term. They also don’t concede as many as their position may well insinuate – just 14 in their 11 games played.
AFC Wimbledon’s problem this season is finding the back of the net. Only Crystal Palace (0) and Bolton (4) have scored less than the Dons’ five goals this season, and that’s a large reason as to why the visitors on Saturday find themselves in the relegation zone in League One at the moment. Oxford have started okay so far in Pep Clotet’s first season in charge of the U’s following Michael Appleton’s summer departure and will have been boosted by their emphatic 1-4 win at play-off at high-flying Peterborough United last week – a game that saw attacking midfielder Jack Payne grab all four assists. Wimbledon won both meetings against United last season, but prior to that hadn’t won in the previous ten clashes – losing eight of those games. We expect a comfortable win for the hosts on Saturday afternoon.
It’s been a dismal start to life back in League Two for Chesterfield, who, after 11 games, have won once, are onto their second manager and sit in the bottom two of the league. Club legend Jack Lester – who made over 200 appearances for the Spireites in a six-year spell – is back at the club, but this time in charge of the team following his recent appointment after Gary Caldwell’s sacking. Chesterfield may have won the last three meetings, with the most recent coming in February 2011, but the fortunes of both clubs have changed since and we fancy Lincoln, who have been imperious on home turf in the last 12-14 months. This should be a comfortable afternoon for the Imps at Sincil Bank.
Newport have started well this season following a couple of relegation battles in recent campaigns and take on a Yeovil side whose manager Darren Way is looking to bring in Harry Redknapp in an advisory role to help turn their fortunes around. It’s not been the greatest start to a campaign for the Glovers, and whilst they’ll perhaps fancy their chances in south Wales, Mike Flynn’s County are in good form having won three of their last five matches, compared to a Yeovil team who have conceded a whopping 24 goals this term – only bottom of the table Forest Green Rovers have let in more.
Notts County’s winning run came to an end in their local derby defeat at Mansfield Town last week and Kevin Nolan will be aiming to get back on the victory trail against basement side Forest Green Rovers, with pressure mounting on their boss Mark Cooper, with reports also suggesting Cooper has had a bust up with captain Liam Noble – a former Notts County midfielder who was linked with a move back to Meadow Lane just a couple of months ago. One win in 11 shows FGR have problems at both ends of the pitch, scoring just 10 goals in the league all season and conceding the most in the division with 26. It’s actually top vs. bottom on Robin Hood’s county this weekend, with County still leading the way on goal difference despite the defeat last week, they sit 20 points ahead of Rovers already at this early stage.
Placing a £10 stake on our five selections (Doncaster, Oxford, Lincoln, Newport and Notts County) returns £211.51*
*All prices subject to fluctuation. Make sure to check StanJames.com for up to date prices.
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