A few bits of advice for who to back this weekend
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Okay, so results for City have hardly been ideal at the Park. Aldershot are the visitors this weekend, and they’re scrapping for points down at the wrong end of the table – and rather than being a boost to their confidence, their close-run match against Middlesbrough last weekend is more likely have zapped the life from the Shots than given them much to cling onto. With City having beaten Aldershot at the Rec and kept a clean sheet against them at the Park once already in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy this season, a generous 23/20
is the price you’ll get for an Exeter win.
The transfer window in the Premier League always sparks the silly-season activity, and Newcastle’s decision to sign the entire Gallic population was indicative of that. Chelsea’s business was a little shrewder – the signing of Demba Ba from this weekend’s opponents Newcastle is already paying dividends, with three goals netted already. In other Magpies news – Xisco has been released. Who knew he was still there?! Either way, Chelsea are Evens
to take three points back from St James’ Park, and Ba is 15/4
to open the scoring on his old patch.
Charlton are making one of the shorter away trips of the weekend, simply having to traverse ten miles of concrete jungle in the capital to get to Selhurst Park to do battle with promotion-hopefuls Crystal Palace. The Eagles’ results have gone a little awry in recent weeks, but the fact that they still have Wilfried Zaha on their books – albeit on a ‘leaseback’ kind of deal from Manchester United – is good news, and the addition of the goalscoring knowhow of Kevin Phillips and Stephen Dobbie could make an instant impact. At 10/11
, there’s good cause to think that the Addicks will be sent back up the Jubilee line in anything but a jubilant mood.
AFC Bournemouth’s revival under Eddie Howe has been nothing short of miraculous. But all things come to an end, and an FA Cup defeat to Wigan was closely followed by a rare league defeat to Walsall – the wheels have hardly fallen off, but they’re showing signs of rattling a little and the spokes might need a bit of tightening. MK Dons are their hosts on Saturday, and the Dons will go ahead of the Cherries should they win their two games in hand. Given that Bournemouth’s ascendancy has been built on their home form (top of the ‘home table’ for League 1), I’m eyeing up a victory for the hosts at stadium:mk at a 7/5
Tom Pope’s goalscoring this season, who continues to lead the way ahead of our man Curo in the League 2 scoring charts, meant that he was considered hot property in the transfer window. However the Valiants’ prized asset refused to leave his boyhood club in January – so they stand every chance of maintaining their promotion push, and even reeling in Gillingham at the top of the table. Accrington Stanley – fighting for their lives at the wrong end of the Football League – are visiting Vale Park on Saturday afternoon, and 8/15
is the price you’ll get on a home win.
Very best of luck – if you win, we all win!
All odds correct at the time of writing. Exeter City and Mr Red encourage supporters to bet sensibly and within their means.