FOOTBALL BETTING: Brighton will look to capitalise on last season’s strong away form and Swindon’s loss of Billy Paynter to Leeds. Elsewhere, relegated Sheffield Wednesday face promoted Dagenham.
Strong on the road last season and looking to push on from a mid-table finish, Brighton catch the eye at 11/5 with bet365 to edge out Swindon at the Country Ground on Saturday. Admittedly the Robins tend to be very strong at home and they came within a whisker of promotion eventually losing in the play-off final but the loss of Billy Paynter, who bagged 26 goals last term, could weaken Danny Wilson’s side significantly and Gus Poyet’s troops are worth a modest speculation to fly out of the blocks.
Ashley Barnes meanwhile, could be a key figure for the Seagulls this season and the young striker, who enjoyed a successful loan spell at the Withdean Stadium in March, can get off the mark quickly; he’s 2/1 at William Hill to notch at any stage.
Another side that could threaten the play-off places this season are Brentford and they look overpriced at 23/10 (888Sport) to snare a maximum haul at Carlisle, although more cautious punters may prefer to back the Bees at 4/6 with Stan James to avoid defeat at Brunton Park.
Finally, where home bankers are concerned, Betfred post 1/2 against relegated Sheffield Wednesday starting their promotion bid with a victory against League One new boys Dagenham and Redbridge. The Owls have a potentially prolific forward line and they’re a tasty 13/8 with bet365 to strike at least three times at Hillsborough, where the same firm rate Marcus Tudgay at 11/10 to open his account for the season.