Oxford to add to Shrimpers' woes
Our Sky Bet Football League tipster Craig Chisnall is backing Oxford on this weekend's coupon, while Carlisle look a value pick.
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Bournemouth's return to the Championship has certainly been an entertaining one and I believe they will have their fans smiling once again with victory over Millwall.
The 10 games the Cherries have played have brought 35 goals already, unfortunately 22 of those against, and it's clear Eddie Howe isn't going to abandon his attacking philosophy.
That means one thing they will do is create chances at the right end and that will only be helped by the signing of midfielder Jack Collison from West Ham.
The Welsh international was tipped for the top when he broke through at Upton Park but has been forced to make this move in search of first-team football.
His arrival will be a boost to strikers Brett Pitman, Lewis Grabban and recent record-signing Tokelo Rantie and, having seen off Charlton, Wigan and Barnsley at home, I fancy them to add another win to their tally, particularly as the Lions, hammered 4-0 at Birmingham in midweek, aren't the best travellers. Bournemouth are 13/10 and I like the look of that.
In League One, I'm keeping faith with Carlisle for the second successive weekend as they make the trip to Shrewsbury.
The Cumbrians came good not only for us at 6/4 to beat Notts County last week but the result helped caretaker-boss Graham Kavanagh claim the Brunton Park hotseat on a permanent basis.
Not that the Carlisle board could really look elsewhere. The 2-1, come-from-behind win over County was their third on the trot under the former Republic of Ireland international and he was duly appointed on Monday.
He has shored up a leaky defence and with them being on such a roll and heading to the Shrews, who have won just once all season, a best price of 16/5 looks worthy of investment.
I've had plenty of joy with the U's already this term and they responded to their recent first defeat of the season to Chesterfield in fine style last weekend by beating Hartlepool 3-1 in the North East.
Boss Chris Wilder described that as their biggest win of their season, quite a statement when you consider they walloped Portsmouth 4-1 at Fratton Park on the opening day.
The U's will be boosted by the return from suspension of former Premier League striker Dave Kitson for Southend's visit.
The Shrimpers, on the other hand, are in a bit of a rut - without a win in six and the pressure is starting to rise on boss Phil Brown.
He's pulled no punches in his criticism of his players in recent weeks but I'm not sure they have the quality to deny Wilder's side another three points.