Wigan will be hoping to move on from the disappointment of their FA Cup exit at Bury on the weekend as they attend Blackpool at the DW Stadium tonight in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy. In a truly poor performance they lost 0-4 at Gigg Lane on Saturday and Wigan boss Gary Caldwell is now looking forward to putting things right. ‘We’ve dealt with Saturday and it is in the history now so it is about what we do about putting it right and how we react as a club, as players and as staff and that’s what is important now.” Caldwell insists they take this competition seriously and the chance to play at Wembley is a big motivational factor. “I said before the first game at Crewe that a big part of my motivation was to show the players the pictures of Wembley and this club being there. This competition sees the final played there and for any player, at any point in their career, if you have that opportunity to go to Wembley and win a cup it has to be worthwhile”. We take that as a big positive sign and think Wigan will go through to the next round.
Like Wigan, Blackpool were knocked out of the FA Cup on the weekend as they lost 0-2 at Barnet. Blackpool boss Neil McDonald admits he doesn’t see the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy as a priority this season and is instead looking forward to the Championship game against Doncaster on Saturday. He made six changes to the side that lost in the FA Cup and will do the same again tonight. “I don’t really look towards the chance of getting to finals and things. The league position is huge for us, considering the club has been in downfall for the past couple of years.” McDonald added: “Wigan will be very similar to Barnet as I have to make sure I’ve got my strongest team for Doncaster. We have to pick up league points now, it’s as simple as that.” Not the motivational speech the players need and we don’t give them much chance in tonight’s clash.
Date & Time: 10 Nov 2015 – 20.15 CEST
League: Johnstone’s Paint Trophy (England)
Match: Wigan – Blackpool
Pick: Wigan Asian Hcp -1
Odds: 1.90 @ bet365
Highest Odds: 1.93 @ Betvictor
Stake: 20 EUR
Result: 4-0, bet won!
RB Leipzig Women on the up
Newly promoted RB Leipzig are heading to bottom of the table MSV Duisburg tonight in the sixth round of the Frauen Bundesliga. Duisburg are still winless and faced heavy defeat in their last league outing to Eintracht Frankfurt (1-5). The Zebras have already conceded 21 goals this season while only scoring four and will struggle to stay in the division.
They still have to do without Sarah Freutel, Alexandra Emmerling, Jelena Prvulovic and Brooke Denesik, and received another blow as Danish centre back Emilie Henriksen also will miss the game due to illness.
RB Leipzig hope to pick up their second win of the season and were happy to see all their international players come back healthy and raring to go after the break. Elvira Herzog, Michela Croatto, Julia Magerl and Korina Janez all trained with the team this week and look sharp.
We’re rather confident of an away win here.
Date & Time: 3 November 2023 – 17:30 GMT
Competition: Bundesliga Women (Germany)
Match: MSV Duisburg – RB Leipzig
Pick 1: RB Leipzig Asian Hcp -1
Odds: 2.05 @ bet365
Stake: 15 EUR
Result: 1-1, bet lost.
New manager boost for Ajax
To say that Ajax’s start to the season has been poor is an understatement. In fact, Ajax are incredibly enough bottom of the Eredivise table after their opening eight games, the worst start ever for the club. It came as little surprise then when head coach Maurice Steijn was relieved of his duties and replaced with Hedwiges Maduro on an interim basis. He did not fare much better in his two games in charge, a 0-2 loss to Brighton followed up by a 2-5 loss at PSV. This led to the club appointing John van’t Schip as their new manger on a two year deal.
van’t Schip has only had a few days to prepare for tonight’s game against struggling Volendam, but just having a permanent manager, let alone a club legend, in place must be seen as a boost. Also, the visitors are the worst away team in league, having lost all their four league outings this season, scoring only four goals in the process while conceding a whopping 12.
This is the perfect rebound spot for Ajax and despite their struggles so far, we believe they will go all out here and win this comfortably.
Date & Time: 2 November 2023 – 19:00 GMT
Competition: Eredivise (Netherlands)
Match: Ajax – Volendam
Pick 1: Ajax Asian Hcp -1.5, -2
Odds: 1.86 @ bet365
Stake: 15 EUR
Result: 2-0, bet won! (half win)
Pick 2: Ajax HT/FT
Odds: 1.72 @ bet365
Stake: 15 EUR
Result: Half time score: 0-0, bet lost.
Pick 3: Over 3.5, 4 goals in the game
Odds: 1.925 @ bet365
Stake: 15 EUR
Result: 2-0, bet lost.
Rotating Rovers without chance
Chelsea get a welcome break from league football when they welcome Championship side Blackburn Rovers to Stamford Bridge tonight. A place in the Carabao Cup quarter finals is at stake and the Blues aim to go all the way.
Rovers are expected to make some changes to the team that lost 0-1 at home to Swansea at the weekend and Jake Garrett, Adam Wharton, Dilan Markanday and Andrew Moran all could get a start here. Captain Lewis Travis will start but Rovers’ manager Jon Dahl Tomasson will have to do without top scorer Sam Szmodics who is nursing an injury picked up at the weekend.
Chelsea could also give some of the non regular starters a chance to shine, with the likes of Armando Broja and Ian Maatsen. We could also see Enzo Fernandez and Mykhailo Mudryk, who missed the league defeat to Brentford at the weekend, start.
Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino said: “We will try to play with our best team. Some players will need to rest because after Saturday’s game we can’t take risks. But, in general, we will try to play our best team.”
We will take his word for it and expect Chelsea to win this rather comfortably.
Date & Time: 1 November 2023 – 19:45 GMT
Competition: Carabao Cup (England)
Match: Chelsea – Blackburn
Pick: Chelsea to win & Under 4.5 goals
Odds: 1.73 @ Skybet
Stake: 15 EUR
Result: 2-0, bet won!