The Daily Acca: Mark Robins' Coventry to take goals to Cheltenham
It's two from Brazil and an EFL Trophy fixture for Paul Robinson tonight as his Daily Acca starts at Cheltenham. Here are his selections:
The Acca pays approximately 13/1
Goal trend to continue in Coventry away games
Bet 1: Back Over 2.5 Goals in Cheltenham v Coventry @ 17/20 - KO 19:45 GMT
This is a Southern Group E fixture in the EFL Trophy and I'm confident of there being goals.
The Sky Blues won this competition in 2017 and it proved the catalyst that saw an upturn in fortunes. They were promoted back to League One the season after, and they are in and around the Play-offs again this year.
Cheltenham are struggling towards the bottom of League Two this season, and they were held by non-league, Ebbsfleet United in the FA Cup on Saturday.
Michael Duff's men cam move to the top of this group with a win tonight though as they bounced back from an opening 4-0 defeat at Forest Green Rovers, by beating Arsenal U21's 6-2, on this ground.
The visitors only have two points from their two outings to date, both of which were earned in their penalty shoot-out win over Forest Green last time out. Prior to that they were beaten 3-0 by Arsenal U21's, but I wouldn't take a direct form-line between that result and Cheltenham's.
This is usually quite a high-scoring competition and the hosts come into the game with three of their last four at home seeing this selection land anyway. It's also worth noting that Coventry are on a run of six away matches to end with at least three goals.
Goals at both ends in Brazil
Bet 2: Back BTTS in Figueirense v Paysandu @ 10/11 - KO 21:15 GMT
The Brazilian Serie B campaign is fast drawing to a close and Paysandu could really do with some points to avoid relegation. They are currently fourth from bottom - the bottom four go down - and are two points adrift of the nearest team above them, with only two matches to go.
A victory tonight is absolutely crucial, so they arguably have to go for it at all cost. The good news for them is that they are in better form of late, as they are unbeaten in four and have won their two latest outings.
A 4-3 win at home to Oeste, was followed by a 2-0 victory at Guarani. Scoring goals had been a real issue for them, but the players have stepped up when really needed, especially forward, Magno, who has three in two.
Tonight they travel to a Figueirense side who are pretty much safe in mid-table. Technically they could still be relegated, but it's highly unlikely, and the players appear to have ceased effort this year.
It's just one win in 12 for the hosts, and they were beaten 3-1 at Vila Nova last time out. They are back on home turf here though and are currently on a run of five without defeat - four draws and one win.
As far as the goals go, seven of their last eight in front of their own fans have seen this selection land, and with Paysandu being back in goal-scoring form, I'm more than hopeful of there being goals at both ends.
Ponte Preta to strengthen promotion hopes
Bet 3: Back Ponte Preta & BTTS @ 3/1 - KO 23:30 GMT
We stay in Brazil's second tier for our third and final selection, and for this one I am taking a bit of a punt on Ponte Preta to win and both teams to score. It is far from nailed on, but 3/1 is a decent price.
The home side are in fifth place, which means that they are tantalisingly close to promotion. The top four go up, and with just four points separating second to seventh, the final two rounds of the season will be exciting.
A victory for Ponte Preta could see them go as high as second, and given their recent form, it's hard to see them not achieving it. They have taken 19 points from a possible 21 at just the right time of the campaign, and with a trip to the fourth placed, Avai, to come on the final day, the three points tonight is vital.
Opponents, Coritiba, are in 10th with nothing much really to play for. That being said, they didn't have any real incentive to win when they beat Goias 1-0 last week.
That was only their second victory in seven matches though, however they only failed to score in one of them, so I am confident of them getting on the scoresheet here.
The Acca pays approximately 13/1
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