Saturday, September 25, 2010




Town have really impressed me this season, they are unbeaten apart from a bit of a thumping from league leaders QPR, but immediately bounced back with a 2-0 win over highflying Cardiff last week and followed that with an away win at Millwall in the cup with a largely reserve squad. Those that did play, will have had 24 hours longer rest than Scunthorpe's players who played the next night against Manchester United, a match that was played at a very high tempo and where they did a lot of running, to say nothing of the mental energy expended in what was termed the "biggest game in their history". Town also freshened up the squad with the addition of very promising Spurs youngster Jake Livermore, who played against Arsenal in midweek and has already played 25 matches at this level, when on loan elsewhere last season. They have collected 10 points from the last four h2h meetings with United and can add to that tally today and hold on to second spot in the table.

Ipswich -0.25 2.07 .



United are another side who have caught my eye, not only are they unbeaten in the league, but all of their matches have been tough fixtures against teams expected to finish in the top ten. They look very solid at the back, have not conceded a goal in 331 minutes and have a very professional approach under Greg Abbot, he leaves little to chance, has already had Bournemouth watched three times and is confident that he has found a way to beat the south coast side. Abbot made a lot of contacts in his long time at Leeds and has used them to bring in some useful youngsters on loan, including Norwood and Chester from Manchester United, Michalik from Leeds and Marshall from Stoke. Hosts have performed well on their return to Division 1 and play some good football at times, but are operating on very limited resources and look fragile at the back at times, they have conceded seven in their last four starts and are very short of back line options at present. Long trip for Carlisle and they are unlikely to go home without something to show for it.

Carlisle United +0.25 1.94 .

Good Luck.

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