In their last seven at home, Walsall have only lost two and those defeats have been forgivable ones against in-form Leyton Orient and high-flying Bournemouth. The Saddlers are making a real fist of their survival battle and knowing fixtures on their own patch are crucial in that regard, they have been underestimated ahead of the visit of Hartlepool.
Mick Wadsworth’s side are pretty inconsistent at present having lost nine of their last 17 and crucially they have taken just four points from an available 21 on the road in 2011. Paddy Power’s 7/5 for a Saddlers success is the pick then at the Bescot Stadium.
Leyton Orient continue to impress, Tuesday’s victory at Hartlepool was their fourth in a row and they have not conceded a single goal in that quartet of victories. Subsequently, the O’s are as short as 6/4 to collect another maximum haul as they head to patchy Brentford and at that price we’d be less keen to recommend an interest but Russell Slade’s troops are a generous 15/8 with William Hill and at that level we’re keener to get involved. Alternatively, for the more cautious, Orient are even money () ‘Draw No Bet’.
Elsewhere, Dagenham’s bid to avoid relegation has been boosted by a haul of seven points from their last three games and they’re worth considering at 6/4 with Betfred to see off out-of-sorts Charlton. Meanwhile, buoyant Huddersfield look a home banker at 7/10 (William Hill) as they entertain struggling Swindon but the anytime goal scorer is the place to find value at the Galpharm Stadium.
Terriers’ top scorer Jordan Rhodes is likely to be given plenty of opportunities to notch against a Robins defence conceding plenty of goals on the road and he’s 11/8 at bet365 to convert one of those chances.