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FEATURE: JPT Area 1/4 Finals Selections: Wednesday 12th November

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Today’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Bets:

BANKER DOUBLE – 5 PT STAKE

SHEFF UTD OR DRAW DOUBLE CHANCE @ 4/9
2ND HALF OVER 0.5 GOALS (COVENTRY v PLYMOUTH) @ 2/9

Double pays 1.757 with Bet 365

VALUE DOUBLE – 1 PT STAKE

NO 1st HALF GOALS (SHEFF UTD v WALSALL) @ 13/8
UNDER 2.5 GOALS (COVENTRY v PLYMOUTH) @ 1/1

Double pays 5.25 with Bet 365

CORRECT SCORE DOUBLES – 0.25 PTS x 16 DOUBLES

WALSALL v SHEFF UTD:
WALSALL 1-0, 1-1 DRAW, SHEFF UTD 2-1 & SHEFF UTD 1-0

COVENTRY v PLYMOUTH:
COVENTRY 2-1, COVENTRY 1-0, 1-1 DRAW & PLYMOUTH 1-0

For this bet, enter all of the correct score combinations selected, go to the ‘Multiples’ section underneath the bets and bet 0.25 PTS for the 16 possible double combinations

Today’s Johnstone Paint Trophy Previews:

1.) Walsall v Sheffield United

Selections:

SHEFF UTD OR DRAW DOUBLE CHANCE @ 4/9 (BANKER DOUBLE)
NO 1st HALF GOALS @ 13/8

This fixture includes two sides that have been very solid defensively in recent weeks but have overall struggled for goals this season. Walsall have scored 2 or more goals in just 3 of their 10 home fixtures and face a Sheffield side that had registered 4 wins on the trot but have failed to score versus Barnsley and Crewe in their last 2 fixtures, games they were both pre-match favourites to win. Nigel Clough commented that Sheffield had registered good performances in both games but were struggling with quality in their attacking play. Young prospect Diego De Girolamo is likely to be handed his first start since returning from his loan spell at York City after a lively cameo appearance versus Crewe and could bring the energy required for The Blades to get back into goal scoring form.

Interestingly, from United’s last 6 games, 5 have been 0-0 at half time. Considering Walsall have scored just 3 first half goals in their last 10 outings to Sheffield Utd’s 2, it’s very plausible to expect a lack of early goals at the Bescott Stadium. Looking at the second half statistics for both sides paints a completely different picture for the Blades, who have netted 13 second half goals in their last 10 games compared to Walsall’s 7, and I believe their 4 clean sheets from their last 7 outings away from home will give Sheffield the edge in this game. The last two fixtures have been a good learning experience for them, dominating both games and having just 1 point to show for it, therefore I am sure they will be as hungry as ever for goals and have enough to edge past an inconsistent Walsall outfit.

2.) Coventry City v Plymouth Argyle

Selections:

2ND HALF OVER 0.5 GOALS @ 2/9 (BANKER DOUBLE)
UNDER 2.5 GOALS (COVENTRY v PLYMOUTH) @ 1/1

Coventry come into this game without captain Reda Johnson who is on international duty and a cup-tied Aaron Martin, absences at the back that will be music to the ears of hopeful Plymouth manager John Sheridan who was quoted as saying the fixture is a ‘big game’ for Argyle and that he would be fielding a full strength side. With Plymouth’s 5 clean sheets in their last 6 going into a fixture versus a side who have won just 1 of their last 6, their chances look very credible. However Plymouth’s away form has been the difference for them challenging for the automatic promotion spots in League Two, having won just 2 of their 8 trips away from home, in comparison with 6 wins from their last 6 at Home Park.

Coventry’s open style of play has led to them being involved in 8 BTTS games in a row but Plymouth’s away scoring record of just 5 goals from 8 and not having scored more than 1 goal in any of those outings doesn’t fill me with enough confidence to back them to win or draw the game outright (double chance offered at 4/5). Considering that record is against weaker opposition also deferred me from including any combinations of Plymouth scoring any more than 1 goal in our correct score selections and also skews me into the favour of a small margin home win, despite their poor record of late in League One.


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