Bournemouth reached the play-offs last season, having finished in sixth but they’ve made a terrible start to this campaign, losing four of their first five and things could go from bad to worse for the Cherries as they head to Notts County.
The Magpies themselves have been beaten three times this season, but those defeats came against well-fancied opposition in the shape of Sheffield Wednesday, Charlton and most recently Preston and in fact Martin Allen was full of praise for his players after their 2-0 Deepdale reverse, which was sealed by a freak goal from North End ‘keeper Iain Turner.
In addition, County’s two wins came against early high-flyers Carlisle and Tranmere and with home advantage they can card a third victory at Bournemouth’s expense, a result Coral quote at 11/10.
Also set to pick up three points on their own patch are Sheffield United. The buoyant Blades have taken 13 points from an available 15 as they seek to bounce back up to the Championship and they look a home banker at 17/20 (William Hill) as they come up against a Bury team whose solid start has been undermined by the deadline-day transfer of star man Ryan Lowe to Sheffield Wednesday.
Lowe has struck seven of the Shakers’ eleven goals this term and without him on Tuesday, Bury were unable to find the net against League Two outfit Crewe in the Johnstone’s Paints Trophy. A clean sheet for United looks likely then and Danny Wilson’s team can be backed at 2/1 with Skybet to win ‘to nil’, meanwhile at the other end, in-form Richard Cresswell is 9/2 via Boylesports to break the Bramall Lane deadlock.
On Monday, Ryan Lowe could make his Wednesday debut but he’s unlikely to stop his new employers suffering a defeat at confident Charlton. The Addicks have won four out of five so far while the Owls have a hundred percent record at home but have slipped to defeats in both matches on the road so the formbook points to the hosts, who are 21/20 at Stan James to send Gary Megson’s troops home empty-handed.