Get Ritchie quick!

  • By: Craig Chisnall
  • Last Updated: December 29 2013, 15:05 GMT

Craig Chisnall feels Matt Ritchie is the man to follow when Bournemouth face Ipswich in the Sky Bet Championship on Sunday.

Matt Ritchie has been in sparkling form
Matt Ritchie has been in sparkling form

Matt Ritchie's form since returning to bolster Bournemouth's attacking options has been simply magnificent and I'm hoping we catch the bookmakers cold by backing him to score at any time against high-flying Ipswich.

The winger, who was a key signing from Swindon last January to help the Cherries clinch promotion from League One, missed the opening three months of the campaign with a thigh injury picked up in pre-season.

Such was Eddie Howe's desire to get the former Portsmouth youngster back onto the pitch he was twice sent to Italy for specialist treatment.

And that looks like money well spent. Since returning to starting action with a goal in the 1-1 draw with Brighton on November 30 he has scored five times in six matches.

He got two in the 3-0 Boxing Day win over Yeovil, which was Bournemouth's third win in four that has seen them soar away from the drop zone.

With such form and a licence to attack from Howe, particularly at home, I can't understand how you can get 9/2 with 888sport and Unibet for him to score at any time. That price can't be ignored.

Another price that looks generous is in League One where BetVictor and William Hill are offering 21/20 on in-form Brentford to see off MK Dons at Griffin Park.

The Bees came up trumps for us on Boxing Day with a gutsy 3-2 win over Swindon, a game in which they twice trailed.

That win was their seventh straight at home and also took them top for the first time this season, until Leyton Orient won later in the day at Gillingham, and belief is coursing through the veins of the Bees.

New boss Mark Warburton could not have asked for a better start since taking the reins from Wigan-bound Uwe Rosler and now has nine points from a possible nine.

With Wolves and Orient also meeting on Sunday the Bees will have a great chance of ending the day in the top two.

MK Dons have finally found some form with three wins on the trot but I can't see them stopping Brentford and the home win looks the standout price of the day.

In League Two I'm going with Plymouth to continue their recent revival at AFC Wimbledon.

The Pilgrims would have ruined plenty of coupons on Boxing Day with a shock 3-2 win at table-toppers Oxford.

It was their second win on the spin and they have won five of their last nine to climb into play-off contention, the aim set by boss John Sheridan at the start of the season.

In Reuben Reid they also have a striker in fine form with his two late goals in the win at the U's taking him to 11 for the season, with eight of those coming in the last nine games in all competitions.

After a bright start to the season the Dons have gone off the boil in recent weeks and haven't scored in any of their last three games.

They also had to play more than 50 minutes on Boxing Day with just ten men following George Francomb's red card in the 1-0 defeat to Southend.

That could take its toll in a packed festive period and Argyle will fancy taking full advantage. They are available at a juicy 23-10 across the board.

  • Posted at 1440 GMT on 27/12/2013.