Cup action often creates fascinating affairs, particularly in the Football League trophy, and hopefully these six teams will all find the traget on Tuesday night
Burton Albion V Doncaster Rovers
League Two’s Burton Albion have hit a poor run of form in recent weeks, losing four of their last five competitive matches, but the Brewers will be hopeful of bouncing back to winning ways as they welcome Doncaster Rovers to the Pirelli Stadium.
Despite their recent poor run, Burton’s goalscoring record has remained consistent. Gary Rowett’s men have fired just two blanks in 14 attempts this term, with one of those coming against Championship side Brighton, so can be optimistic about their chances here – especially against a Donny defence that tends to leak goals for fun.
The visitors have shipped 15 goals in League One and have not kept a clean sheet on the road for well over a month. Fortunately for Paul Dickov, his side are at least scoring plenty at the right end. Donny sit 13th in their division, scoring six times in five away matches, and should have no trouble finding the net against a team who ply their trade in a division below.
This is a really tough game to call and both sides will fancy their respective chances of taking another step towards Wembley. Let’s hope that this leads to a frantic end-to-end cup encounter.
BTTS Yes @ 1.8 with 888sport
Luton Town V Crawley Town
The Hatters might not be scoring at a fantastic rate since being promoted back to the Football League but a run of four wins from five has given John Still’s men a renewed sense of belief and that could be vital as they take on Crawley Town.
Having missed out on this competition for five years, Luton will want to go far in this year’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and they can be hopeful as they welcome the Red Devils to Kenilworth Road. However, their League One opponents are in good scoring form after netting twice in each of their last two fixtures and could pose a real danger here.
John Gregory’s side aren’t the most prolific scorers either but in Izale McLeod they boast a striker more than capable of finding the target. Their superiority should allow for them to create ample chances in Bedfordshire and we’d be surprised if the fail to score.
However, they have been conceded their fair share also and an in-form Luton will look to take advantage on home soil. It should be an interesting affair and we’re backing both teams to find the net at some stage.
BTTS Yes @ 1.91 with 888sport
Oldham Athletic V Barnsley
Our final selection comes from the all League One clash at Boundary Park as Oldham Athletic face Barnsley.
The Latics have had three BTTS winners in their last four games and are now eight games undefeated in all competitions. That good run has been spearheaded by the goals of star man Jonathan Fonte and the Barbodos-bron striker could be key for Lee Johnson’s men again here.
However, the Tykes haven’t been shy of goals themselves. Danny Wilson’s men boast 14 goals in the league and additionally scored twice in the previous round of this competition. Nevertheless, they have conceded 16 goals in League One and are unlikely to keep a shutout in this one, particularly away from home.
That means that attack could be the best form of defence for Barnsley, which will hopefully lead to plenty of chances at both ends of the pitch. This is a match of two fairly strong attacks against two pretty average defences. In theory this should be a game of goals and hopefully an early strike will kickstart this into a classic cup contest.
Back both teams to score.
BTTS Yes @ 1.79 with 888sport
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