JOHNSTONE'S PAINT TROPHY
CHESTERFIELD - GRIMSBY TOWN
These two met just 11 days ago at Grimsby and Chesterfield took the points, winning fair and square with the only goal of the game. However, at the time Town were still reeling from a 4-0 thumping, administered by my beloved Bees. They are not as bad as recent results might suggest and put in a vastly improved performance at neighbours Lincoln, over the weekend, when they reverted to a 3-5-2 , which suits their squad much better. Peter Till, whose ability I discussed last season, was pushed up front and looked very dangerous, helping the Mariners to seven attempts on target and scoring their only goal of the game. They will stick with that formation tonight and will probably be fired up by the competition, after making the final last year and playing in front of almost 60,000 fans at Wembley stadium.
Hosts would probably rather play this away from home, at Saltergate, they have been poor and won just a third of their starts in the last two years, losing both home league games this season. They are like two different sides, at home where they have lost confidence and away where they are happy to take the game to their opponents , as hosts, they have to be opposed for the time being. Aside from the last meeting, this series has been dominated by Grimsby over recent years and I am happy to side with them getting a half goal start, at odds against. Several of their cup games last season went the distance and another penalty shoot out, would not surprise me at all.
5.5 points Grimsby Town +1/2 ball 2.13 asian line.