Bolton v Derby County29/09/2018 15:00
Rochdale v Portsmouth29/09/2018 15:00
Plymouth v Doncaster29/09/2018 15:00
Birmingham v Ipswich29/09/2018 15:00
Derby will be filled with confidence after their brilliant win at Old Trafford in the Carabao Cup this week, as they come up against an out of form Bolton. Bolton have actually lost their last two home matches, 0-3 against Sheffield United and 1-2 against QPR. This will be their toughest test yet, and we do not think they are up for it.
Frank Lampard’s Derby comes into this in great form, after an excellent home win (3-1) against Brentford, and of course the cup win at Old Trafford. But, they have also won three of their last four matches on the road, only losing to a tough to beat Rotherham.
Bolton have failed to score in their past two matches, and we think they could struggle again here. Derby have a great H2H record against Bolton, winning their last three matches scoring nine goals in the process. They have failed to score in the past two meetings, while in-form Mason Mount has been directly involved in four goals this season (three goals 1 assist).
High flying Portsmouth comes up against a Rochdale that cannot stop conceding goals. But, they are also scoring a fair few. They come off the back of a 4-1 hammering by Sunderland, whereas Pompey dropped points at home to Wycombe.
Yet, Portsmouth are pretty strong away from home, beating Peterborough, Bristol Rovers, Swindon, Blackpool and a 0-0 draw against Doncaster. They are some tough opponents in which they have got some solid points from.
Portsmouth are consistently scoring 2 or more goals, asides from the 0-0 draw they have scored 2 or more goals in four of their last five away games. Which is worrying for Rochdale fans, considering they have the worst defensive record in the league this year, conceding an average of 2.22 goals a match. With a massive total of 20 goals in nine matches.
Portsmouth are the third best attack, averaging 1.89 goals a match with a total of 17 goals scored. While only conceding an average of 0.78 goals a game. This could be a goal fest for Pompey as they take advantage of a very poor Rochdale defence.
Relegation favourites Plymouth comes up against a strong Doncaster team that certainly get the job done. Doncaster are on a three-game winning streak right now, beating Luton, Walsall and Bradford. Whereas Plymouth have lost four of their last five matches, managing to draw one, 0-0 against Bristol Rovers.
Doncaster are averaging 2 goals a game on the road and come in a great value for the win against a Plymouth side that are conceding an average of 2.27 goals. Plymouth have conceded more shots on target than anyone else in the league, and Doncaster are clinical in front of goal.
I expect Doncaster to make it four wins in a row, and are an excellent addition to this acca at 11/10.
Birmingham finally got a win in the league, after coming so close in several of their last matches. They proved clinical in front of goal, hitting Leeds on the counter twice, and seeing it out in a fine defensive display as usual. Ipswich come into this bottom of the league and in terrible form away from home.
Ipswich have lost eight of their last nine away matches while scoring just one goal this season. Against a very strong Birmingham defence, its hard to see them getting a goal in this one.
Birmingham have been playing some really good football, and it was a shock to see them beat Leeds, but it was a win that has been coming for quite some time. Che Adams is in fine form at the moment, and has scored three goals from outside the box, which is more than any other player.
The H2H stats look very much in Birmingham’s favour, with them winning the last three matches at home, conceding just one goal in the process.
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