The international break may mean that there’s fewer games to sink our teeth into this weekend but, after getting two out of three selections right on last weekend’s coupon, we’re hopeful of landing a winning treble with this Saturday’s selections.
With no games in the top two divisions, we’re going for teams in Leagues One, Two, and the Conference. Let’s hope they can all deliver the goods to make their fans happy, and leave us counting a lovely £55 profit just in time for England’s World Cup qualifier against Malta at 5PM.
Bradford City v Shrewsbury Town
After 11 matches of the League One season, Stuart McCall’s Bantams still boast an unbeaten record and sit just three points off table-topping Scunthorpe. Automatic promotion will undoubtedly be the aim for the hosts, and a solid home record will be central to those aspirations. If they are going to achieve their goal, beating times like Shrewsbury is essential.
The struggling Shrews are currently trapped in the bottom four and look destined for a relegation battle this season. They have only lost two of five away games, but they make the trip to Valley Parade having failed to win any of their last five league matches.
That lack of confidence and quality is likely to show against a Bradford side that boasts the likes of Filipe Morais, Nicky Law, and Billy Clarke. If the hosts perform to their potential, another three points should be sealed in very comfortable fashion.
Both of last season’s head-to-head encounters ended in 1-1 draws, but Bradford have improved over the summer and should have the ability to seal the three points here.
Luton Town v Crewe Alexandra
In League Two, Luton Town will be extremely pleased with their start to the campaign, especially at Kenilworth Road where they’ve picked up 10 points from a possible 15. The Hatters will fancy their chances of surmounting a genuine push for promotion over the coming months, and another three points against Crewe would set them up perfectly.
Nathan Jones has seen his side score in all five home games this season while the goalscoring endeavours of Danny Hylton, Cameron McGeehan and co. ensure that they look a constant threat. Against an away side that has conceded nine in five matches on the road, scoring shouldn’t be a problem for the hosts.
The visitors will fancy their chances of a goal too, however, as they’ve scored in four of their five away games. Steven Davis’s side do boast a number of potential goalscorers too, but defensive weaknesses could let them down. Given that they enter the game having failed to win any of their last four competitive games, confidence could be an issue too.
We’re predicting a home win. Just.
Chester v Torquay United
Torquay United were dealt a lucky hand on Tuesday night, beating Dagenham & Redbridge at home after the visitors were reduced to 10 just 15 minutes into the contest. However, Kevin Nicholson’s men should expect a tougher afternoon as they head to Bumpers Lane.
Home side Chester are unbeaten in six Conference National matches, and will still harbour hopes of pushing for the play-offs this season. Having scored 17 times, winning five of seven matches, at home, they’ll have every reason to expect another positive afternoon here.
Torquay, meanwhile, have tasted victory just once on the road. Despite beginning October with back-to-back shutouts, the visitors are very fragile at the back. Quite frankly, they don’t have the firepower to bail themselves out either.
Chester won last season’s corresponding fixture via a 4-1 scoreline. They might not score that many this time around but, then again, they probably won’t need to. Either way, they should score enough to win.