Two teams that are aiming to secure promotion from League Two this season will lock horns at the Peninsula Stadium on Friday night (19.45), as Salford City host Notts County.
Salford’s start to the season hasn’t gone to plan as they currently lie in 18th place in the standings, with two wins, one draw and four losses from their opening seven fixtures.
Meanwhile, Notts County have enjoyed an impressive start to the season, and are currently sat in the automatic promotion spots in second, just one point off of Gillingham in top spot.
Matt Smith looks set to retain his place up front for the hosts, with three goals to his name already this season, scoring against Walsall last time out.
Matthew Lund served his suspension against Walsall, after receiving a red card in the previous game with Morecambe and should be available on Friday night.
As for the visitors, Luke Williams heavily rotated the squad against Wolverhampton Wanderers U21’s in the EFL Trophy to keep his players fresh for this encounter, so we expect to see a more familiar starting XI named.
That should see the likes of Matt Palmer, Richard Brindley, Kyle Cameron and Macaulay Langstaff coming back into the side.
Notts County to win @ 23/20
Salford are currently enduring a horrendous patch of form, with four losses in the last five matches.
Also, in the last three games against Walsall, Bolton, and Morecambe, the Ammies have scored just one goal. At the Peninsula Stadium, Neil Wood’s side have failed to win, with just one point in three matches, and only Forest Green Rovers have a worse record than Salford at home.
The visitors have won three of their last five matches, and even looked sharp in their 2-1 defeat to Wolves U21’s in the EFL Trophy. Goalscoring hasn’t been a problem for Williams’ side so far this term, bagging nine in the last four league outings.
The two sides are in contrasting veins of form, so I’m backing the away win here.
Macaulay Langstaff to score anytime @ 13/10
Langstaff is the danger man for the Magpies, having already amassed five goal contributions in League Two this term.
Last season, Langstaff scored an incredible 42 goals in 47 league games in County’s promotion-winning campaign, and his output hasn’t slowed down in any way despite the step up to the professional league.
The 26-year-old bagged a brace in Notts County’s 3-1 win over Doncaster Rovers back in August, and got himself another two goals in the triumph over Accrington Stanley earlier this month.
I think 13/10 is decent value for somebody who finds the net as often as Langstaff, and he will likely fancy his chances of adding to his tally here.