Johnstone's Paint Trophy: Bristol Rovers road magic to hit Southend

Phil Brown has led Southend to 12th in League One, but with a few home hiccups along the way
Phil Brown has led Southend to 12th in League One, but with a few home hiccups along the way

A Wigan clean sheet, a low Plymouth v Millwall score and another Bristol Rovers away win are likely this midweek...

"Only Arsenal across the top four divisions have travelled better than Bristol Rovers. They have marked their Football League return with six wins and a draw from eight away matches."

Recommended Bet: Back Bristol Rovers to win at Southend @ 3.7511/4

Wigan 1.574/7 v Blackpool 6.86/1; The Draw 4.57/2
Tuesday, 19:15

What was a Premier League fixture in April 2011 is now a meeting between the teams fifth from the top and fifth from the bottom of League One, with Wigan adapting the more impressively of the pair to their unwelcome new surroundings.

This is also a clash between a side unbeaten in eight as hosts and one who have won two and lost seven of their last ten away trips. The goal stats are similarly bet-enticing, with the Latics shutting out six of their previous eight guests, including the latest three, and Blackpool firing six road blanks in ten, including three in their most recent four. Wigan prevailed 1-0 in this encounter last term.

Recommended Bet: Back Both Teams to Score? No @ 2.021/1


Plymouth 3.39/4 v Millwall 2.47/5; The Draw 3.55/2
Tuesday, 19:45

In their fifth season stranded in League Two so soon after being a Championship club, Plymouth are on course to break out in 2015/16, already establishing a five-point lead. Whether they will be able to maintain that form against a team belatedly launching a promotion challenge a level higher up is less clear.

This column's advice is not to preoccupy yourself with matters outcome-related and instead focus on under 2.5 goals. Five of Millwall's past six games against fellow Football League representatives have delivered two strikes or less, while for Plymouth the figure is an even tastier six in seven.

Recommended Bet: Back under 2.5 goals @ 1.9720/21


Southend 2.26/5 v Bristol Rovers 3.7511/4; The Draw 3.55/2
Wednesday, 19:45

The likes of West Ham, Leicester and Crystal Palace have been praised for their away exploits this season, but only Arsenal across the top four divisions have travelled better than Bristol Rovers. They have marked their Football League return with six wins and a draw from eight matches beyond the Memorial Ground.

As if those long-term numbers aren't delicious enough, the Pirates are on the best sequence of the stretch right now, triumphing in four in a row so, despite lying a league below Southend, victory shouldn't prove beyond them. The Shrimpers have lost four times at home to date in 2015/16.

Recommended Bet: Back Bristol Rovers to win @ 3.7511/4


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