JOHNSTONE'S PAINT TROPHY
LUTON TOWN - BRENTFORD
Bees are on a roll, are up to 4th spot in the table and at times, have been playing some very nice football. They are close to having a decent team and are playing with a lot of confidence, as befits a side which is unbeaten since the opening days of the season and which has conceded only two goals in eight starts. They will rotate the squad tonight, but with no match until next Monday, when the mighty Bees are live on television(!), I expect them to want to keep the momentum going and go for the win. Town are struggling to put a team out this evening, with, I understand, only 13 first team squad players available and that is if they get permission for two loanees to play, they claim that motivation for the competition is low and given the team news and their dire league situation, that is probably true.
6 points Brentford +1/4 ball 1.80 asian line.
HEREFORD UNITED - SWINDON TOWN
Extra day recovery time for Town, who are taking this seriously and will most likely be unchanged from the side which drew 3-3 at Hartlepool on Friday night. They have put in some decent performances on the road, also drawing at in form Stockport in their previous away start and here in the league one month ago, in a match where they were the better team and created far more chances. Goals are a real problem for Hereford, they have not scored in three from four and are five without a win. Propping up the rest of Division 1 and facing a trip to highflying Oldham at the weekend, they would be better off concentrating on their dire league position. Town have seen the big money that some of their local rivals have made from this competition in recent years and are certainly "up" for the game.6 points Swindon level ball 1.96 asian line.