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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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Leeds V Mk Dons

1pt Leeds to beat Mk Dons in League one, 5/2 Skybet or  (Saturday 20th December 3pm ko)

[ Blog comment 5/2 now gone .. you can get a shade under that price on Betfair betting Exchange ]

Leeds have endured a bad run of results lately with four defeats on the bounce in all competitions. Losing top goalscorer Jermaine Beckford to injury hasn’t helped, but I think Leeds still have a good enough squad to cope without him and should be back to winning ways sooner rather than later. Luciano Becchio has eleven goals in all competitions and is a real threat, whilst Fabien Delph in midfield is one of the brightest young prospects in the lower leagues. They have quality players throughout the squad and are more than capable of turning it around. Boss Gary McAllister is under pressure and so are his under performing players, that’s why playing away from a restless Elland road crowd tomorrow, will probably count as a positive. Mk Dons on the other hand, are in good form at the moment with four wins out of five. However, these wins have all come against  sides struggling in the wrong half of the table. Brighton, Hartlepool, Walsall and Hereford are all teams promotion hopefuls would hope to beat. The one decent side they played in this run was Scunthorpe, who beat them 2-0 at stadium MK. That was their fourth home defeat of the season and Leeds have every chance of making it five. The Dons are missing an important player of their own, as captain and November league one player of the month Dean Lewington, is out injured. Their squad is pretty much the same one that got promoted from league two last season and I think they are overachieving in third place. This one is a price call more than anything. A month ago you would not have got anywhere near 5/2 about a Leeds win. It is an overreaction to the two sides short term form trends and it makes it well worth backing Leeds to end their poor run tomorrow.

Minimum price to take – 2/1

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