EFL: The Tangerine Dream and a Peng Ting Called Maddison

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EFL: The Tangerine Dream and a Peng Ting Called Maddison

James Capps

While the Championship pussays put their feet for the international break, the proper football continues in the third and fourth tiers. So we start off our winners tour with…

League One

The early game in League One sees Bradford City host Bristol Rovers at Valley Parade. The Bantams suffered their first home defeat in 34 league games against Blackburn a fortnight ago, so will be keen to put things right against the Pirates. Both sides have been in the goals, with Bradford fans seeing 12 goals in their last two outings, with Rovers games also seeing double figures in the same period. Whack a tenner on the logical bet of over 3.5 goals at a lovely 9/5 with Ladbrokes.

Peterborough are flying at the top of League One following four wins from four and an impressive 12-goal haul. Next up for them is a trip to mid-table Doncaster, who have had a solid but unspectacular start. Peterborough’s best bit of deadline day business was tying star man Marcus Maddison down to a new three-year contract, and he’s a good bet to repay part of his pay-rise with a goal anytime at 14/5. 

Marcus Maddison is vital to Peterborough's promotion hopes. (Source: Reuters)
Marcus Maddison is vital to Peterborough’s promotion hopes. (Source: Reuters)

Charlton look like certainties at even money with BoyleSports to take three points against Oldham at Boundary Park. The Addicks find themselves in fourth following a strong start, while Oldham have lost their opening four games, and are looking at an unsettled squad that has been swarming with trialists for the last couple of weeks. Talk of an Oldham takeover isn’t helping manager John Sheridan, so back the away win to compile his misery.

Blackpool have made the best start out of the three promoted teams, and they have a great chance to build on that with a very winnable home tie with AFC Wimbledon. Tangerines winger Bright Osayi-Samuel moved on to QPR but they still have plenty of attacking threat. Wimbledon meanwhile have struggled for goals so far, notching only three in their opening four games. Have a dabble on the Blackpool home win at 11/8.

League Two

Stevenage go into the weekend as one of four unbeaten sides in League Two, and next up for them is a trip to a Cheltenham side with just one win to their name and the unflattering title of being the second-worst side in the EFL. Both sides have scored in three of the last four Stevenage games, and while they may be fresh from a 6-2 hammering by Oxford in the EFL trophy, they should have enough to beat a side that have struggled for goals in this division ever since they arrived in it from the Conference. Get on the away win and both teams to score at a splendid 18/5 with BoyleSports.

Stevenage boss Darren Sarll should expect three points from his side's trip to Cheltenham. (Source: thecomet)
Stevenage boss Darren Sarll should expect three points from his side’s trip to Cheltenham. (Source: thecomet)

Swindon were busy bees on deadline day, making three loan signings to bolster their promotion-chasing side. Next up for them is Barnet, nicknamed the Bees, making this the best bee-related link between two League Two sides in the history of football. Swindon had a bit of a blip as they lost 3-0 at home to Crawley last time out to spoil a decent start to the season. Barnet on the other hand, have lost four straight games in all competitions, drawing blanks in three of those. Swindon have some great squad depth and I really fancy them to get back on track with a win at 21/20 with Ladbrokes.

We head north for our final stop, where there should be plenty of goals between Carlisle and Mansfield. Both sides’ starts have reeked of inconsistency, and both teams have scored in seven of their last eight meetings. Both teams scoring looks a certainty once more at 6/10.

El Capitano’s Tip of the Day: Swindon at 21/20 to beat Barnet in League Two.

Cappa’s Acca: £10 on Charlton, Southend and Cambridge returns just shy of £90 with Ladbrokes. Back it here!