CRACKING stuff yesterday and a shout out to Marmite Macca – love him or loath him he’s spot on with his betting observations related to the EPL teams and that was a belting shout on Wolves!
I had nowhere near as much luck with both four or more goal picks falling just a goal shy with 3 goals in each. Onwards though and I’m travelling back in time to the foothills of the prehistoric East Lancashire heartlands.
ACCRINGTON STANLEY v BURY (7.45pm)
I use the words “prehistoric” and “going back in time” but believe it or not it really is 2019 up in Accy although you know it’s pretty bad when folk from Rawtentall, Ramsbottom and Bacup laugh at you for looking backwards … mind, the clogs and cloth caps don’t help much.
Shakers' gaffer Ryan Lowe may not be moping about his dead whippet or the textile mill closing down but he does have a few dilemmas of his own – namely whether to stick with his mixed bag but tried and tested cup XI or whether to start with a stronger line-up.
The benefits are clear in that we could really do with a rare cup run and the much-needed financial revenue that a sustained spell in the EFL Trophy would bring to our malnourished coffers but there is another more obvious disadvantage.
We face MK Dons next time out and the league has to be our priority, it’s been a season way above expectation but it’s really only our home form that has kept us where we are – away from home we have let way too many points slip away from our black pudding covered fingers (Bury not Stornoway by the way) to be entirely happy with our lot.
As it is one decision may already be made for Lowe with our cup midfield trio of Dawson, Bajones and Styles all out injured – as a result we just may have to call upon some regular first-team starters to bolster the starting line-up.
All interesting stuff (for me at least) and based on my ramblings and the fact I can’t see us not scoring it may just pay to stick with a goalscorer bet. Step forward my shortlist of Chris Dagnell and Dom Telford – two players both with the ability to grab a goal and both members of our Cup XI.
Jay O’Shea gets a bit of a surprise start so have to add this at a massive price … too big given his form midfield and the likelihood he will take any penalties.