Saturday Select #3

With no Premier League or Championship games this weekend due to the international fixtures attentions turn to the remaining games in League’s One, Two and for the first time the Football Conference. Saturday Select includes some choice selections that are worth considering for this Saturday’s fixtures however you are looking to bet on the games this weekend.

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League 1

Bradford City have made a good start in League One this season and welcome the visit of a Yeovil Side with problems at the helm. Gary Johnson has said that his standoff with the board over his anger at the clubs activities or lack of it in the transfer window will not affect the players’ performance levels but it is hard to see how it won’t have some negative impact. The Glovers have also been struggling to hit the back of net as often as last season with 4 goals scored in 5 matches.

Unbeaten Bristol City will fancy their chances against a Scunthorpe side that sit down in 21st place and are currently dogged by injuries. The Iron will have to have a bit more steel about them if they are to survive in League 1. They are leaking goals at an average of over 2 goals per game and travel to a team motivated by the prospect of hitting the top of the table.

Peterborough have hit the top of the league and play an out of form Port Vale side that have lost their last three games. Darren Ferguson always gets his team playing attacking football and has recruited well after losing players to higher league teams. They haven’t drawn yet this season in the league and will going for the win although they will have to be wary of a Port Vale strike force that is capable of poaching goals.

League 2

Shrewsbury are unbeaten in their first five games of the season and have been flying in the cup competitions as well. Captain Liam Lawrence will be a welcome addition after serving his three game ban and they will be in confident mood ahead of their trip to Hartlepool. Hartlepool beat Wimbledon 2-1 to arrest a four game losing streak but then returned to losing ways against Cheltenham in their last outing. The two teams look destined for the opposite ends of the table and the result should reflect this.

Tranmere take on bottom of the league Accrington Stanley. It is a northwest derby which may serve to strengthen the resolve of Stanley but looking more objectively at the fixture it’s hard to build a case for an Accrington win. Tranmere inflicted the first league defeat on last week’s league leaders Morecambe whilst Accrington have picked up just 1 solitary point in 5 league games.

Wimbledon make the long trip up to Cumbria to take on a managerless Carlisle side that have started the season badly. A 3-1 win in the JPT over Accrington may have boosted morale after being thumped 5-0 by Cambridge but Carlisle will have to face much more of an attacking threat in the likes of Matt Tubbs and will face them without senior players Anthony Sweeney and Billy Paynter.

Conference Premier

Grimsby take on Welling United side that look set to be struggling in this league. Although Grimsby lie in 12th position they have only lost 1 game in 6 and have a vastly superior goal difference to any teams in and around them. Winless Welling could provide the perfect opposition to convert some of those draws into the wins needed to propel them up into the higher echelons of the table.

Top of the league Barnet are strong contenders for promotion and are at home to rock bottom of the league Alfreton Town who look resigned to relegation already barely 6 games into the new season. They have shipped an average of four goals a game and face an attack that has netted 16 in just 6 games. This fixture looks a complete mismatch.  

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