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1pt Huddersfield to beat Stockport in league one, 12/5 Skybet or 9/4 Tote (Saturday 28th February 3pm ko)

I’ve said before that I felt Stockport are a club punching above their weight this season, and I think they are on the verge of a significant downturn. They have been enduring financial difficulties for some time now and managing director Mark Magurie quit earlier this month. They had to sell two of their best players in January to balance the books and are left with a young squad thin on numbers. Anthony Pilkington was one of the players sold in January and he was their top scorer at the time. He will return to Edgeley Park tomorrow as a Huddersfield player.

Things came to a head this week when Brighton made an approach for Stockport’s manager Jim Gannon. It was Gannon who masterminded Stockport’s promotion last season and if he leaves I think Stockport could be in real trouble. I say “if” he leaves, because he turned down the Brighton job in the end. However, in a statement during the week, Gannon declared:

“I don’t think any other manager would’ve put up with what’s gone on in the last six months.

“My position became untenable a long time ago.”

This suggests that even though he has turned down Brighton, he will be leaving sooner rather than later. All this is likely to have an extremely unsettling affect on the squad. They lost away at Colchester on Tuesday and I think another defeat is likely to follow tomorrow.

Huddersfield have had the week to prepare for this fixture and have sold out their away allocation. They have a squad full of talented players and I think it is only a matter of time before they put together a run of results. Victories over Leeds and Peterborough in the last month are good evidence of what they are capable of. I think they are a big price to take advantage of Stockport’s troubles tomorrow.

Minimum price to take – 15/8

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