This time focus turns to League 2 and Lincoln sit 3 points clear at the top of the table. Since my team (Swindon) suffered a 4-1 drubbing to the leaders in Week 2, my pre-season fears that the title could be heading to Sincil Bank were beginnning to be realised. They have all the credentials, they have the physcality required in this division, they have dangerous players up front and most of their team has played at a higher level. They are a club on the up and in their 2nd season since being promoted from non-league, i would be shocked if they don’t get promoted this season and I strongly fancy them to win the league.
Morecambe are fancied to go down but they always find a way to stay up
Newport and Yeovil are the surprise names near the top as both are most accustomed to relegation struggles. Newport finished mid table last term and their home form is strong. Whilst promotion might be a step too far for both it looks a hugely competitive league with teams taking points off each other week in week out. I suspect newly promoted Macclesfield will struggle to stay up and every year Morecambe are fancied to go down but they always find a way to stay up. Cheltenham could also find themselves in a scrap as they lost 2 key forward players and have already had a change of manager and some of their summer signings remain unconvincing to me.
We are looking at all options. There could be a few new faces coming so it could be exciting times.
Notts Countys New Boss Harry Kewell
Notts County amazingly are bottom. 2nd Favourites at the start of the season to win the league following an ambitious chairman, big name signings and proper investment. Things looked good on and off the pitch for the Magpies and no doubt they will improve but automatic promotion is looking unlikely even if there is a long way to go. This however should allow for some value in coming weeks in matches they are involved in.
My team Swindon are without doubt the most exciting team in the league so far this season. 96th and 98th minute Injury time penalties on Week 1 to win 3-2. 2-0 down after 10 minutes in their next home game, only to win 3-2. They also played 40 minutes with 9 men whilst leading 2-1 at Crawley but conceded a 99th minute penalty equalizer. Last week they scored deep in to injury time to salvage a point against promotion hotpicks MK Dons. One thing is guaranteed with them seemingly, Both Teams To Score and a Last minute goal!
Onto picks this week, starting with league leaders Lincoln and I expect them to beat Crawley and at 8/13 they are short enough but a team to have on your side. Crawley do have some dangerous players but having recently lost Manager Harry Kewell and his Assistant Warren Feeney they are opposable in such a tough game here.
Speaking of Harry Kewell and Warren Feeney, I am going to tip them to get Notts County their first league win of the season away to Exeter. Notts will get better, their squad is too strong and Harry talked a good game in his press conference. The away team has a great record historically in this fixutre winning 4 and drawing 2 of the last 6 games between the sides, so I’ll follow that trend and the value at 23/10.
The best bet of the week could be Forest Green at home to Port Vale. Forest Green are often overlooked by the punting public due to their small club status but don’t let the Vegan friendly outfit put you off backing them. They have made a lot of signings and play attractive football, they have some real finds in their team and are unbeaten in the league. Port Value have lost 4 of their last 5 and don’t travel so well so 10/11 Forest Green looks a cracking bet.