League Two Betting: Hatters to sink Glovers

Ronnie Moore's Hartlepool might earn a point at Stevenage
Ronnie Moore's Hartlepool might earn a point at Stevenage

John Still could be a happy man in Yeovil on Saturday, when Ronnie Moore might also be pleased with a draw at Stevenage, says Ian Lamont...


"Paul Sturrock insists the Glovers will climb League Two, but his 18 summer signings clearly need time to gel and he is still eyeing more recruits."

Yeovil 4.03/1 v Luton 2.111/10; the draw 3.55/2

Too soon, too soon! No, not the football starting before the Ashes has finished. Three teams are odds-on at home and, yes, Wycombe, Portsmouth and Cambridge look like certain winners, plus Leyton Orient odds-on away. But regular readers will know my aversion to short prices in this division. Maybe this season will be different. But for now we will seek value elsewhere.

Huish Park might be the place, where Luton's price is short enough at 2.111/10 considering they have taken just two points.

John Still says he would have booed his side off after the 1-0 defeat by Bristol Rovers, when they conceded in injury time for the second game running.

Potential is the key here.

Time for Chris Mackail-Smith, Jack Marriott and Paul Benson to earn their money up front.

Paul Sturrock insists the Glovers will climb League Two, but his 18 summer signings clearly need time to gel and he is still eyeing more recruits.

The Hatters might not find this as plain sailing as the odds suggest, but could well prevail against the injury-hit hosts.

Recommended Bet
Back Luton @ 2.111/10


Stevenage 2.26/5 v Hartlepool 3.613/5; the draw 3.55/2

No more Mr Nice Guy, says Teddy Sheringham. Being nice might be his problem: and, as any teacher will tell you, it is better being harsh to start with then easing off the gas as people get used to you.

Maybe it is why strikers on the whole don't become managers - their profession is about the nicer side of the game, as opposed to the bruisers and stoppers in central midfield or in defence.

Anyway, the former Spurs striker has picked up just one point in management, at Newport who many pundits predicted would struggle this season. So how much of the benefit of the doubt do we give him and Stevenage against a team who have won all three games, albeit by small margins?

Midfielder Steven Schumacher has been around the block of this division a few times and ought to be able to lend steel to Stevenage now they need it, however that didn't stop Leyton Orient scoring three goals in the final 16 minutes of their clash the other day. Before that, said Sheringham, the performance had been "promising".

Promises, promises. Keeper Chris Kettings (Crystal Palace) and Tottenham left back Connor Ogilvie have been recruited for a month as Sheringham seeks change. At least they have Mark Hughes. Unfortunately not the former Manchester United striker in his prime, but the former Everton and Bury defender, who has at least scored.

Visitors Pool have Ronnie Moore back in the hotseat having missed the opening two games to attend his ill daughter abroad. The recent wins were not pretty, say local sages, and Moore has warned against complacency. Hartlepool narrowly avoided relegation last season - a bit like Wycombe 12 months before who then led the division for much of the season.

Perhaps a draw is in order here.

Recommended Bet
Back Stevenage and Hartlepool to draw @ 3.613/5


Mansfield 3.55/2 v Oxford 2.3411/8; the draw 3.412/5

Callum O'Dowda says he doesn't expect to be an automatic starting choice after coming off the bench to score on Tuesday in a 3-1 win over Notts County.

That's not unusual for a substitute to say, but he would have been asked about starting because he came off the bench on 32 minutes (and scored four minutes later).

The 20-year-old also made 24 starts (another 28 as sub) and scored five League Two goals last season, but even if any footballer would say he doesn't expect to start it does indicate that Oxford perhaps have competition for places.

And, judging by their price for this match, they are going about the business of building a promotion campaign quietly and slightly under the radar. Flattering to deceive last season, Michael Appleton has had a full summer to put his plans in place and a year to assess what he did and didn't like about his team.

Recommended Bet
Back Oxford @ 2.3411/8


Exeter 2.68/5 v York 3.185/40; the draw 3.412/5

The Grecians withstood a late barrage against Dagenham on Tuesday to win 2-1 and should be able to repeat the trick of dictating the flow of the game against a York City side who are once against struggling to find their feat.

Ryan Harley and Troy Brown scored the goals while Paul Tisdale was also pleased with Manny Oyeleke on his debut in midfield. The squad, he says, is building.

Russ Willcox might not be able to say the same of his side yet and they still look goal shy in the league. Exeter's first game of the season was a 3-2 home win over Yeovil so at least they should be able to score goals, having won two of their three games already.

Recommended Bet
Back Exeter @ 2.68/5


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