Clark can give Oscar the blues
Craig Chisnall previews this weekend's action from the Sky Bet Football League and expects Brighton's blues to continue.
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You won't often find a team 2/1 at home against a team who has lost their first three matches of the season so snap up that price offered on Birmingham seeing off Brighton this weekend.
The Blues have had a steady start in their second season under Lee Clark after another summer of upheaval with their squad.
They are virtually unrecognisable from the team that ended last season with star players Nathan Redmond and Curtis Davies joining former City bosses Chris Hughton and Steve Bruce in the Premier League at Norwich and Hull.
Clark has been forced to raid the free transfer market for the likes of Lee Novak, Neal Eardley and Andrew Shinnie while he added non-league hot-shot Matt Green and has borrowed Fulham defender Dan Burn for the season.
And after an opening day defeat to Watford they've responded with a Capital One Cup win over Plymouth and a 1-0 victory at new-boys Yeovil last weekend.
Clark admits they've still got plenty of room to improve and I'm hoping they can do so against the Seagulls, who have had a real struggle under new boss Oscar Garcia.
The Spaniard has lost his first three games to Leeds, Newport and Derby and received a hammer blow this week with the news that star man Liam Bridcutt has had to have hernia surgery. This game will be tight but I fancy City to edge it, particularly at this price.
In League One Walsall have made a stunning start despite the loss of three key players over the summer and look a tasty 6/5 to beat Notts County.
The Saddlers lost star striker Will Grigg to Brentford, a huge coup for the Bees with several Championship sides linked with him, as well as fellow attacking players Jamie Paterson and Febian Brandy to Nottingham Forest and Sheffield United respectively.
But manager Dean Smith, who has done a wonderful job on limited resources in recent years, has shrugged off their loss and guided Walsall to three wins in three.
Exciting young winger James Baxendale got the winner at Oldham last weekend and with County shipping four at home to Peterborough they will hardly head to the Bescot in great shape.
I will be investing in Walsall to maintain their 100 per cent record and leave the Magpies pointless.
In League Two I'm going with another form side in Oxford, who I believe will reap the rewards of sticking with boss Chris Wilder.
His future was uncertain at the end of last season but after a campaign blighted by a crippling injury list he's got a much stronger squad after he penned a new one-year deal last April.
Former Premier League striker Dave Kitson was their headline addition but defender Johnny Mullins and midfielders Danny Rose and David Hunt are also shrewd signings.
They've started brilliantly with a 4-1 walloping of Portsmouth at a packed Fratton Park and a gritty 2-1 win over Bury last weekend.
That means they will head to Torquay, who have drawn both games so far, in great shape and full of confidence and the 6/4 offered by Paddy Power is worth the punt.