Back Bury and Leyton Orient

  • By: Nick Hext
  • Last Updated: November 20 2012, 7:36 GMT

Our Football League expert previews the midweek action and fancies a pair of away wins in League One.

Kevin Blackwell: His Bury can beat Scunthorpe

There are two big games at the bottom of League One on Tuesday night.

Rock bottom Hartlepool host Oldham, who sit in the final relegation place, but I have my focus on backing Bury to beat Scunthorpe in the clash between the two sides sandwiching them.

Kevin Blackwell has overseen an upturn in the fortunes of the Shakers since taking over at the end of September and his men are definitely on a more positive footing.

Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Colchester ended an unbeaten run of five games - featuring four wins and one draw - but it wasn't all doom and gloom for Blackwell after falling to two second half strikes.

"We were the better team after half-time and we knew we had to stop Colchester playing in certain areas, which we sorted out. We'd have come here three weeks ago and got battered."

That represents a much more positive view of his players than he had when arriving at Gigg Lane with "garbage" among the words used to describe the squad.

Scunthorpe are also in better shape since Brian Laws' return as manager but they are without a win in four home games and that record can continue.

The advice is to back Bury.

A team on a six-game losing streak hosts a team on a three-game winning run at Fratton Park so the 23/10 for the away victory should be snapped up.

Portsmouth v Leyton Orient is the match in question as the home side look for victory in the midst of what has been a prolonged period of misery.

Pompey are managerless after Michael Appleton's departure to Blackpool and Guy Whittingham has been put in charge on a caretaker basis.

He has boosted the squad with the additions of Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and Paul Benson on loan but Orient will still be confident they can continue their good run.

Away wins at Gloucester in the FA Cup and the impressive 4-1 success at Carlisle in the league have given Orient's away credentials a boost and we like their chances in midweek.

Follow the form and have a slice of the 23/10.

There isn't anything that catches my eye as too appealing in League Two.

Those looking for a treble could do worse than putting Bradford (who host Plymouth), Fleetwood (who host Accrington) and Rotherham (who host Wycombe) together at 4.18.1 with BetVictor but it isn't quite tempting enough for me.


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