It’s back! The English Football League is back! And we’re hoping to take advantage with this opening day treble.
A fresh start means it can be difficult to predict what will happen but we’re quietly confident that these three home teams will all start their domestic seasons with a bang and net us our first football acca tip of the new season
Nottingham Forest V Blackpool
Nottingham Forest will probably be on the majority of opening day betting slips and there is good reason as Stuart Pearce begins life back at the City Ground.
The plight of Blackpool Football Club has been well documented in recent weeks and it seems almost inevitable that they will be facing relegation in 2014/15. It’s a sad state of affairs for a team who were playing in the Premier League just four years ago, but it appears that Jose Riga’s side are on a hiding to nothing in the coming season – the opening few weeks will be particularly challenging for the Tangerines.
Blackpool started last season so strongly before falling away and had it not been for that tremendous beginning then they’d probably be playing League One football this term. This time next year they will be.
Conversely, Forest will be bidding for promotion in 2014/15 and Pearce’s side do look capable of at least challenging for the play-offs. Home form will be essential to their success and this clash with Blackpool is the perfect opportunity to get their season off to a flyer.
Forest are a really short price for this one but there is very good reason for it. It should be a comfortable home win.
Swindon Town V Scunthorpe United
Having successfully gained promotion back to League One, Scunthorpe United will be hopeful of a successful campaign in 2014/15. However, they could be in for a difficult opening day trip to Swindon.
The Robins were very decent at home in 2013/14 and Mark Cooper will demand that his players get off to a positive start at the County Ground. Town didn’t end last season in the best fashion so an opening day victory would really settle their nerves.
Scunthorpe were fantastic in League Two last year and will be hoping to take League One by storm. They should have more than enough quality to stay up but may find it difficult on the road and Saturday’s clash could bring the Iron crashing back to earth.
The first few weeks could dictate how Swindon’s season pans out and winning here may be vital to their aspirations. We’re backing the Robins to fly high here.
Cambridge United V Plymouth Argyle
After nine long years of plying their trade in the Conference, Cambridge United are finally back in the Football League and Richard Money’s men will be looking for an equally impressive campaign back in League Two.
Whilst everyone is talking about potential back-to-back promotions for Luton, many have forgotten about the U’s but they are more than capable of sustaining a challenge for promotion. However, any success in 2014/15 will be largely dependent on their form at the Abbey Stadium – starting with the visit of Plymouth.
Argyle were a very strong outfit last term, finishing just three places below the play-offs. However, a dismal end to 2013/14 in which Plymouth failed to win any of their final five fixtures could potentially unsettle the visitors. It is also worth noting that, whilst it was far from poor, their away form was very erratic last term and John Sheridan’s men could face a real uphill battle against Cambridge.
Saturday is a huge day for Cambridge United and it should be a fantastic atmosphere after nine years outside of the Football League. Expect them to celebrate their return with a win.