Tuesday night sees a whole feast of domestic football as the EFL Trophy takes centre stage during the international break.
Bristol Rovers vs Cheltenham Town
Five of Bristol Rovers’ six league matches this season have seen both teams score and this fluidity at both ends gives us reason to pick them again on Tuesday night. Joey Barton’s side have had 70% possession or more in each of their last two outings, but are susceptible to rapid counter attacks.
Cheltenham’s failure to score in their last five outings will give some cause for concern, but after five shots on target last time out, their barren run can come to an end here.
Northampton Town vs Oxford United
Northampton lost last time out, 1-0 at home to Wycombe, but the signs are there that this side can score goals. They had 20 shots in total and 69% possession in that encounter and were unlucky to come away empty-handed.
Now, they are facing an Oxford side who love a goal. Their last four matches have ended with both teams on the scoresheet and this weekend, even with ten men, they scored and then conceded in a dramatic added time period. This should be a corker.
Crawley Town vs Charlton Athletic
Crawley have been difficult to place this term, but what you can guarantee is entertainment. Their 3-3 thriller with Stockport County last time out followed up their 6-0 hammering at Swindon. Nine goals conceded in two games is worrying, while Charlton’s games have been just as entertaining.
Both teams have scored in each of their last four encounters and they should certainly find the net against a leaky Crawley side.
Bolton Wanderers vs Salford City
In four of the last five Bolton matches, both teams have scored. In the game that didn’t end BTTS Yes, they were hammered 4-0 at home by Wigan. With this sort of defensive frailty and such a wealth of attacking talent, we can always expect goals.
Salford were beaten at Morecambe last time out, but the wider picture shows they are capable of scoring and conceding goals. They beat Tranmere 4-3, drew 1-1 with Leeds United and lost 2-1 to Accrington. This tie should produce goals.