EFL Trophy Round-Up: 08/01/2019

EFL Trophy Round-Up: 08/01/2019

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Rochdale vs Manchester City U-21’s

Keith Hill’s Rochdale find themselves in the Third Round of the Checkatrade Trophy and this Tuesday they will go up against the talented Manchester City U-21’s side. The fixture will be played at Spotland Stadium giving Rochdale the home advantage which they may need as they arrive in bad form after suffering three consecutive defeats which have seen them concede 13 goals and score none. However, the hosts do arrive as slight favourites with odds of 8/5 with Bet365. City will be feeling confident that they can book themselves a spot in the next round after seeing off Barnsley in the previous round. Their last defeat came four games ago and since then have picked up three consecutive victories. If you fancy the underdog’s chances then SkyBet has them priced at 13/8 to win.

Recommended Bet: Manchester City U-21’s to win at 13/8 SkyBet – BET HERE

Port Vale vs Shrewsbury

Port Vale return to their Vale Park to face League One side Shrewsbury in the Third Round of the EFL Trophy. Neil Aspin would have hoped to enter this fixture in a better run of form as his side’s last win came seven games ago when they played Stoke City’s U-21’s. Over the course of the seven games, they have drawn four and lost two. Vale find themselves as heavy underdogs, but if you are fancying an upset in this cup clash then SkyBet has them priced at 85/40 to win. The Shrews are not having a hugely successful season in League One as they sit down in 16th and their last win came six games ago, however, their most recent fixture saw them hold Stoke City to a 1-1 draw in the FA Cup. Betway has the travelling side priced at 5/4 to win.

Recommended Bet: Both teams to score at 3/4 Betway – BET HERE

Cheltenham Town vs Oxford United

Whaddon Road will be the location for Cheltenham Town and Oxford United’s, EFL Trophy’s Third Round fixture. Cheltenham have been having a tough time in League Two this season as they sit down in 18th after 26 games played. Michael Duff does find his side in some of their better form though, with just one loss from their last seven league fixtures which came in their most recent fixture against Crawley Town. Like their opponents, Oxford, have also been struggling and from their allotted 26 games they have taken just 26 points which places them down in 22nd. The Ox’s previous fixture saw them tumble out of the FA Cup after losing 1-0 to Brentford. Bet365 have the hosts priced at 15/8 to win making them the underdogs, as Oxford sit at 13/10 with SkyBet.

Recommended Bet: Both teams to score at 4/6 Bet365 – BET HERE

Northampton Town vs Bristol Rovers

Keith Curle’s Northampton Town outfit will go up against League One side Bristol Rovers in the EFL Trophy this Tuesday. Northampton saw off Cambridge United in the previous round of the cup to get here, but they have been struggling for form since this fixture with them securing just one win in their last six games. On the plus side, over the course of those games, they have proven hard to beat with them suffering just one defeat. Craig Coughlan’s men have also been struggling for the majority of the season as they sit down in 20th in League One. however, he will be feeling confident in securing a win in this fixture as they have three wins in their last four games and are unbeaten in all four. The hosts have a price of 9/5 with Betway to win, while the favourites sit at 7/5 with Bet365.

Recommended Bet: Bristol Rovers to win at 7/5 Bet365 – BET HERE

Southend United vs Portsmouth

Southend United face the daunting task of facing their league leaders, Portsmouth, in the Third Round of the EFL Trophy. These two sides met in the league just five games ago and Portsmouth eased to a 2-0 victory and SkyBet have a repeat result priced at 17/2. The Shrimpers sit up in tenth place in League One and head into this fixture off the back of a 2-0 win over Gillingham. Pompey have been hugely impressive for the entire season so far and that is why they sit up in first place with a five-point gap. Also, to boost their confidence they knocked out Norwich City in the FA Cup last time out. As expected Portsmouth are clear favourites with odds of 11/10 with Betway, whereas their hosts sit at 12/5.

Recommended Bet: Portsmouth to win at 11/10 Betway – BET HERE

Sunderland vs Newcastle United U-21’s

Jack Ross will be hoping for a fairly simple EFL trophy clash on Tuesday when his side goes up against Newcastle United’s U-21’s. The Black Cats are having a strong season in League One and are in a good position to return to Championship football next season. The hosts are unbeaten in their last four games and have managed to pick up two wins along the way, their most recent fixture saw them held to a 1-1 draw with Charlton Athletic. Newcastle’s academy side beat Macclesfield Town on penalties in the previous round of the cup to get here and have won their last five consecutive fixtures. The hosts are huge favourites with odds of 1/3 with Bet365, while Newcastle sits at 7/1 with SkyBet.

Recommended Bet: Sunderland to keep a clean sheet at 4/5 with SkyBet – BET HERE

Accrington Stanley vs Bury

Accrington Stanley will be hoping they can get the better of their League Two opponents, Bury, on Tuesday as they look to progress onto the next round of the EFL Trophy. Stanley took on Championship side, Ipswich Town in the FA Cup on the weekend and sent them home with a 1-0 win. This win put an end to back-to-back defeats they had been suffering in the league. Bury may be in a lower league, but they are having a successful season and they currently sit up in third place, just five points off the league leaders. Bury also arrive off the back of back-to-back wins with their most recent victory coming against Yeovil Town. You can back the hosts at 1/1 with Bet365 and Bury find themselves as the underdogs with odds of 12/5 with Betway.

Recommended Bet: Both teams to score at 13/20 Betway – BET HERE

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