Mike Holden believes the hosts are crying out to be opposed in Tuesday's clash.
Notts County v Cambridge - Tuesday 19:45
John Sheridan will be expecting a big response from his Notts County players after another Meadow Lane horror show against Newport on Saturday. But the Mancunian is going the wrong way about it, hanging his players out to dry once again following that 3-0 defeat. His reaction might only be nudging him closer to the exit door, back the away win at 12/5.
"The players need to get their act together, sometimes I think it’s very hard for a manager," he said. "I don’t understand how, as a footballer, you don’t want to be successful." In an era when players want information more than motivation, it perhaps illustrates how Sheridan’s reductive approach is out of touch at a club where raw talent exceeds innate desire.
Cambridge, of course, are managed by former Notts boss Shaun Derry and he will be relishing the opportunity to prove a point. A boyhood County fan, he desperately wanted to succeed at Meadow Lane and still believes he would have done, given time. The U’s had an awful start, for reasons still unclear, but on recent form they are comfortable top-half material.
The Magpies haven’t scored a first-half goal on home soil since August, so there’s value in the 5/1 available on the Cambridge/Cambridge half time/full time bet. As far as the correct score market goes, you can do worse then chuck a point at the Cambridge 2-0 option at 17/1. With palpable discord between Sheridan and his players, Notts are crying out to be opposed.