League Two Betting: Back Oldham for three in a row at home

Swindon Town manager Phil Brown
Phil Brown will be looking for Swindon Town to make the most of their trip to Morecambe
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Frankie Bunn's side might find further joy at Boundary Park says Ian Lamont, who expects a tight game at Cambridge and a win for Swindon...

"Jim Bentley says his team need new "impetus", but they have that in the form of new frontline - who were all playing in non-league last season. What they need - and can't afford - is proven quality."

Latics have something to prove to home fans

Oldham Athletic [2.4] v Newport County [3.4]; the draw [3.6]

Frankie Bunn believes Oldham are making good progress as they try to return to League One at the first attempt, but played in fits and starts during their first month.

They are unbeaten since the opening day (MK Dons) and have won three straight matches, but against the division's lesser lights of Macclesfield, Morecambe and Crawley.

Now the real fun begins. Boss Bunn is clearly not taking any nonsense, firing Anthony Gerrard (now at Carlisle) for social media posts that brought the club into disrepute and banishing Jack Byrne to train with the youth team for disciplinary reasons.

At least Sam Surridge has returned after injury, the striker scoring to help them beat Crawley, with Gevaro Nepomuceno also netting - his second in as many games.

The Latics will therefore have confidence, but they meet a Newport team also full of bravura, if not with their full complement of options. Antoine Semenyo won't be available because concussion rules mean he has to six out an extra six days as he is under 19.

This doesn't please boss Mike Flynn, who is also missing Mark Harris because the Cardiff City loanee has been called up by Wales Under-21s. But he should have Padraig Amond back from injury.

Newport were strong at times last season and are also unbeaten since the opening day. However this is the hosts' chance to demonstrate their worth in front of their own fans. Victory would be their third on the bounce for the first time since last October, Opta point out.

How much have Cumbrians improved?

Cambridge [2.1] v Carlisle [4.2]; the draw [3.6]

It's hard to know whether John Sheridan has made a significant improvement on what Keith Curle was achieving at Carlisle, but the idea is that they pull away from mid-table mediocrity and forge their way into the promotion picture.

If the Cumbrians are to do that, they will have to improve their away record, to match their home won. True, they have played Mansfield and Exeter, who should both be challenging at the top end of League Two, and beaten Cheltenham on their travels. But as Opta point out they have lost two away games this season, which s as many as they lost in their last 10 away last season.

The loss to injury of Middlesbrough's on loan goalkeeper Joe Fryer is unfortunate. Adam Collin is providing a great stand-in however. Sheridan needs to get more from Jerry Yates and Ashley Nadeson up front, although at least the latter scored to beat Crewe.

Cambridge won an uninspiring derby at Stevenage last weekend, with boss Joe Dunne believing he has found sufficient formulas, shape-wise, to win games. He now has his full front line available, but it will be a mystery to those who have seen him in the past few years how Ade Azeez can start on the bench. David Amoo's strike to win at the Broadhall Way was the club's first in three games.

This could be an equally quiet match, goal wise, as both sides settle for a point.

We can't be expecting many goals either, so under 2.5 goals at [1.96] is the play.

Veterans and the inexperienced won't hold off Swindon

Morecambe [3.0] v Swindon [2.66]; the draw [3.5]

Swindon supporters must be looking at the fixture list a bit like Mansfield fans and thinking "who are we going to draw with this week?" Except, this week Phil Brown's men really ought to be winning if they are going to occupy the promotion places come April.

To be fair, they have only lost once and, despite drawing the last three, do look in good shape in many ways, starting with Michael Doughty, twice here on loan before, who has finally found a proper place to call home after many loans.

Midfielder Doughty is bound to score a few because he is a penalty taker and - with five goals and two assists - is League Two's most valuable player so far, say Opta.

He has found an able partner in the scoring department in Elijah Adebayo. And they must be eyeing a victory at the Globe Arena against the unfortunate Shrimpers, who have lost eight of nine games this season. They have scored in just two league games, notably battling to equalise at Bury at 1-1 before losing 3-2.

Jim Bentley says his team need new "impetus" but they have that in the form of new frontline Rhys Oates, Jason Oswell and Carlos Mendes Gomes who were all playing in non-league last season. What they need - and can't afford - is proven quality. Luckily the Football League's longest serving manager still has Kevin Ellison, one of the club's longest serving players, to call on to supply chances.

Another veteran, Barry Roche, is doing his best to keep the goal out at the other end in his testimonial year. It's likely to be in vain if Swindon show their potential to push for the promotion spots.

P/L 2018-19

+0.3pt

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