Something for the weekend
Matt Briggs seeks out the early value on the weekend football coupon and he's keen to get Swindon on side.
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League One - MK Dons v SWINDON
There was only one home win in League One last weekend, but it was a thumping one at that, as Swindon hammered Crewe 5-0 and they warrant support next weekend at MK Dons.
Mark Cooper's Robins are an opening-quote of 14/5 to chalk up back-to-back wins and that looks too big on the evidence of last weekend.
Swindon have been referred to as Tottenham reserves in some quarters due to the high number of Spurs players on loan there, but the youngsters are doing the business with Ryan Mason the pick after netting a hat-trick in the demolition of Crewe.
They produced some mightily-impressive football last weekend and they are more than capable of producing a shock at stadium:mk against the Dons, who themselves have been solid rather than spectacular.
Karl Robinson's charges were advised at 11/4 to win at struggling Sheffield United in this column last week and they duly obliged with a smash-and-grab 1-0 win, but they might be on the end of a home defeat this Saturday. It should prove to be an entertaining encounter with a few goals and the 14/5 about Swindon is worth investing in.
League One - Tranmere v STEVENAGE
Another team in League One who look a value punt away from home are unfashionable Stevenage.
Graham Westley's men visit Tranmere with both teams making similar starts to the campaign, so the 13/5 about an away-day win looks worth an interest.
Westley's time at Preston was a disaster and he's been criticised for his antiquated training methods, but his charges are still a difficult side to overhaul - just ask in-form Bradford.
The Bantams grabbed a 1-1 draw against a physical Stevenage side last time out - much to Westley's disgust. The Boro chief was left fuming with the referee after not getting "the fair rub of the green". He thought his men were good value for the three points after putting in a powerful performance and a repeat showing at Prenton Park should be enough to earn a narrow win against a Tranmere team who were fortunate last weekend.
Ronnie Moore's men nicked a controversial win at Oldham with an injury-time penalty, but they have struggled so far this season and have conceded eight goals in two home games. Granted, one of those was a 5-0 defeat to high-flying Peterborough, but they look like carrying on where they left off last season when they lost seven of their last nine games and another defeat could be on the cards this weekend.
League Two - Rochdale v BURY
Bury (23/10) look worth siding with to sink Rochdale at Spotland.
The Shakers have drafted in a ridiculous number of new players, but that hasn't stopped them make a decent start to life in the bottom tier.
Kevin Blackwell's men have gelled quickly and Saturday's 4-1 win over last season's play-off semi-finalists Cheltenham was impressive - even if Blackwell claimed his men can improve.
They earned a creditable 2-2 draw at another of last term's play-off semi-finalists, Burton, the week before and they look capable of challenging for a return to League One.
Rochdale have yet to hit their stride and they might well find their Lancashire rivals, Bury, too hot to handle.
League Two - BURTON v Oxford
After mentioning Burton, they look a solid price at 13/10 to sink Oxford at home.
The Pirelli Stadium was a fortress last season and Fulham almost came a cropper there in the League Cup last Tuesday before eventually prevailing on penalties. That result dashed our midweek 5/1 tip, but I'm not going to desert the third-placed Brewers just yet and think in Gary Rowett they have one of the best young managers around in the lower leagues. They play with a real intensity at home which Oxford might well struggle to get to grips with.
Oxford sit in second spot after a good start and they have done their best work to date away from home, but I'm not sure they warrant being third favourites to win the league and I'm happy to oppose them in Staffordshire against one of the league's better sides.
Chris Wilder's team have slipped up in their last two home games - drawing against Rochdale and Wycombe - and they could struggle to get back on the winning trail, so back Burton to take advantage.