Struggling Walsall have lost four on the spin in League One and they look vulnerable to an upset in their FA Cup replay against buoyant Blue Square Premier outfit Fleetwood. Admittedly, the clash is at the Bescot Stadium but if anything that could make things worse for the Saddlers, whose supporters will be quick to turn against them if they start badly in a match they’re expected to win.
By contrast Fleetwood have nothing to lose and arrive in decent shape having lost just one league match since August. With the pressure off, Micky Mellon’s men pose a real threat and they’re simply too big to ignore at 4/1 with William Hill.
Another team that could spring a surprise are Stockport who are 9/1 courtesy of bet365 to edge out Peterborough. The Hatters were underdogs at Bury on Saturday and collected all three points and on the road in the league their form has been better than at home. Posh meanwhile, are struggling at present and were hammered 5-1 at London Road last time out, a result that will fill Paul Simpson’s men with plenty of confidence.
Of course, the hosts have to be favourites given the quality at their disposal, but 9/1 is too big for an away win and even in the handicaps Stockport are an eye catcher, coming in at 9/4 (Coral) with the benefit of a goal start.
Posh’s weekend conquerors Charlton host League Two strugglers Barnet and after a goalless encounter at Underhill, the Addicks, at 1/3 (Betfred), can get the job done at the second attempt. However, bookies are taking no chances and it could be more lucrative to back Johnnie Jackson, who has four in four in the league, at a chunky 6/1 with Paddy Power to score at any stage.
Finally, Stan James chalk even money against Leyton Orient making home advantage count as they welcome Dagenham and Redbridge to Brisbane Road. The O’s are strong on their own patch while the Daggers have lost six out of nine on the road in League One.
Fleetwood to beat Walsall – 4/1 (William Hill)
Stockport (+1) to beat Peterborough in the handicaps – 9/4 (Coral)
Leyton Orient to beat Dagenham – evens (Stan James)
Johnnie Jackson to score at any time for Charlton – 6/1 (Paddy Power)