Prove Alan Hansen wrong and win something with these kids

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Prove Alan Hansen wrong and win something with these kids

James Capps

First off, a clarification…

You may (although I sincerely hope not) have read my first blog since joining the WantMyBet team, which was sprinkled with tips that were, for want of a better word, shite.

So let’s get this absolutely clear before my reputation is completely destroyed… I am (for today, at least) a blogger, not a tipster. Although let’s face it, if even one of those tips had come off at the weekend, I’d have been the smuggest self-proclaimed tipster on the World Wide Web.

Now, with the fortnight-long snooze fest otherwise known as the international break upon us, the search for midweek domestic value takes us to the Checkatrade Trophy, which was originally the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, but the FA were apparently on the hunt for an even less glamorous sponsor for what is already a pretty anonymous cup competition.

However, what makes the Checkatrade Trophy somewhat interesting this year is the involvement of several Premier League and Championship under 23 teams. The bookies are usually one step ahead of the punter, but it will be very difficult for them to put odds together in matches between League One/Two first teams and these under 23 sides. How good are the youth teams compared to 1st teams at a lower level in the football pyramid? It’s tricky to tell at this stage.

One game which stands out features a club famed for producing young talent, with West Ham under-23s travelling to The Ricoh Arena to face a Coventry City side that are winless this season. You can get odds of 18/5 for a Hammers away victory, and with a side full of talent facing a side that hasn’t quite found its stride, it has more than a chance. Back them at +1 on the handicap if you’re feeling cautious (but seriously, man up).

An honourable mention goes out to Southampton’s youth side who travel to Charlton Athletic. The young Saints are second in the Under 21 Premier League, while the Addicks haven’t really got going yet. You can get odds of 7/2 for a Saints away win.

My tip of the day features my hometown club Derby County. The Rams’ under 23 side head to Port Vale, who have started their League One campaign well. Derby have started life in the Under 21 Premier League with three defeats from three, and are missing one or two key players through injury. Port Vale at evens looks a steal.

El Capitano’s tip of the day: Port Vale at Evens to beat Derby County Under 23s

Cappa’s Acca: Port Vale, Chesterfield, Sheffield United and Fleetwood. £10 returns you about £73.