Lay Brentford to beat Leeds @ 2.166/5
It is difficult to find a form thread to justify Brentford entering this clash as frontrunners. While they are new to the Championship, finally regaining their spot after 21 years away, Leeds are established, with this their fifth consecutive campaign and none of the others ending with them lower than 15th.
The Whites are on a run of three wins and a draw in their most recent four which is as good as anyone in the division has managed in that period, as quality summer signings like the Italian spine of Marco Silvestri, Giuseppe Bellusci, Tommaso Bianchi and Mirco Antenucci begin to feel at home.
By contrast, Brentford appear to have exhausted their post-promotion boom, losing their last two matches 0-3 at home to Norwich and 0-4 at Middlesbrough. They have won one in five as hosts.
Lay Leyton Orient to beat Rochdale @ 1.981/1
As soon as Leyton Orient injected some life into their season after a weary start, drawing away to Notts County then claiming only their second League One win at Scunthorpe following five games without one, they were plunged back into turmoil by the resignation of Russell Slade. An Orient boss for over four years, Slade walked with plans to take the Cardiff job, for which he is a 1.121/8 favourite.
Even if he was still in charge, you would be wary of backing the O's. They are yet to win successive league fixtures this term and confront a Rochdale side who have been impressive since promotion, prevailing to nil in their latest two third-tier outings and delivering two 4-0s in their last four.
Lay Stevenage to beat Mansfield @ 2.466/4
Stevenage haven't settled too well back in League Two post-relegation, with Graham Westley's men resting 15th in the table after nine games and just three victories. The biggest concern is undeniably home form, with four of their past five at the Lamex Stadium in all competitions ending in defeat.
Mansfield are four points and seven places better off already, being kept out of the play-offs on goal difference alone. They head for Hertfordshire on a two-match league winning curve thanks to outshining Morecambe and Carlisle. The Stags' results also stand up to slightly longer-term scrutiny owing to five triumphs in eight league encounters.