IT’S international week but before we get into those games there are some lower-league matches in England and Scotland tonight plus Conference and League of Ireland clashes.
I’ve taken a good look at the card and for the Super Single have split stakes on Rochdale to win and Rochdale not to lose at League One rivals Oldham.
Rochdale boss Keith Hill has no new injury problems as his side chase a third successive victory. Oldham on the other hand have concerns over their two first-choice keepers with on-loan Blackburn man Jake Kean being assessed after missing Saturday’s victory over Crewe with a knee injury. Teenager Joel Coleman kept a clean sheet in his absence but injured his calf and is a major doubt so boss Dean Holden may need to make an emergency signing today.
Conor Wilkinson, who netted the winner against Crewe, is away with Republic of Ireland Under-21s and Amari Morgan-Smith, Jacob Mellis, George Elokobi, Joseph Mills, Liam Kelly, Dominic Poleon and James Wilson are all injured.
Dale have won four out of their last five and will climb back into the top six with a win so there’s a bit of pressure on but with Oldham losing their last four home games it would be a surprise if the visitors lose.
Rochdale are being tipped everywhere I look and are a best 13-8 with Betfred. To cover the possibility of the draw I’m doing 2pts on Rochdale and four points on Rochdale not to lose (double chance) at 8-15.
League One promotion chasers Sheffield Utd are the shortest-priced league team on the coupon at 8-11 with bet365 and boss Nigel Clough has named an unchanged squad from the one that beat Port Vale for the home clash against Scunthorpe who could give a debut to on-loan Everton midfielder John Lundstram. The Blades start my Top Treble against a side who have taken one point from their last four on the road.
League Two Luton, with six defeats in seven, could be without key midfielder Jonathan Smith as they host Wycombe whose boss Gareth Ainsworth could name seven subs for the first time in five matches with some of his injuries clearing up. On-loan Brentford pair Nico Yennaris and Sam Saunders agreed deals yesterday to stay with away-day specialists Wycombe until the end of the season but defender Sido Jombati is out.
Looking at what Luton fans are saying and the difference tonight could be whether striker Paul Benson is fit for the first time since November. However, Wycombe haven’t lost away since October and should pick up a point least.
Conference Premier outfit Braintree are even shorter than Sheffield Utd at 4-6 with Betfred as they take on Telford in the Conference. Telford are heading for the drop and lie 16 points from safety with eight games left so Braintree look the call here.
Home boss Alan Devonshire has no new injury worries while Telford have a couple of doubts and keeper Freddy Hall is on international duty with Bermuda. Braintree are on a high after last week’s 5-1 win at Torquay while Telford have lost seven of their last eight.
Elsewhere in the Conference there has been money for Grimsby at Dover even though this looks a tricky trip for the title chasers. I like the look of Woking, whose only defeat in six was to Grimsby, at 10-11 with William Hill at home to the aforementioned Torquay.
Complete the treble in Scotland with Falkirk who head for Cowdenbeath needing points to boost their play-off chances. The Bairns were well beaten by Hearts at the weekend but will expect to get back on track against a side who have conceded 26 goals in their last seven matches although they shut out Rangers in a 0-0 draw at Central Park.
Cowdenbeath’s pitch is notoriously poor so Falkirk will need to go more direct than usual but Hibs and Queen of the South have notched decent wins in Fife recently so this should be an away. Jimmy Nicholl’s Beath are missing two key men in on-loan Celt John Herron and defender Dean Brett.
The other Championship game features Raith v QoS with the visitors holding down the final play-off spot at the moment. This should be a good contest with Queens favourites in a game both should score.
Brechin v Peterhead is a decent contest in League One and the home side could have the edge while East Fife should follow up their win against Arbroath at the weekend by seeing off a Berwick side who are in danger of a relegation play-off.
In Ireland Airtricity champions Dundalk beat St Pat’s last week and have already been tipped on the site to win at Bohemians at around evens. Cork have also been mentioned at home to Galway but I’d rely on Irish football experts for tips on this division.
To sum up Rochdale are the Super Single and Sheffield Utd, Braintree and Falkirk the Top Treble. All the top tips are on the usual thread.
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