15:00 Saturday

Back our Both Teams To Score Treble

Rotherham vs Reading

Rotherham kicked off their Championship campaign with a 1-1 draw last weekend against Swansea, a result which I think Millers fans would have taken pre-game to be honest. The Championship / League One’s yo-yo team are looking to avoid yet another demotion in their long history of up and down.

They were dealt a bit of an unusual rest period last week as their game against Coventry was called off due to the pitch, but were in midweek action against my boys (Port Vale) where they picked up a 1-2 win in North Staffordshire.

It was a decent display from Rotherham in that game for the first half, but the second half, or last half an hour or so was dominated by the Valiants, who remember are in a league below, and it showed how volatile this Rotherham defence can be when they were undone by Mal Benning.

I see goals at both ends again in this one as they host a Reading side who are 2nd favourites only to Rotherham to face the drop this year. Beaten on the opening day they picked up a win on home soil against Cardiff in their most recent league outing, but were kicked out of the cup at the hands of lowly Stevenage in the week.

These pair will be there or thereabouts come the end of the season, there’s no doubt about that, so three points against relegation rivals (though it feels harsh saying that in August) could be vital, and should produce goals between two defences that leave a lot to be desired.

15:00 Saturday

Ipswich vs MK Dons

It was a bit of a thriller when these pair faced off at Portman Road last season with MK Dons twice coming from behind to nick a 2-2 draw. They haven’t really been themselves so far this year in the league but got off to winning ways with a 1-0 win over Sutton in the Carabao Cup during the week. I’m expecting a bit of a performance here from Liam Manning’s side as they head to the East Coast in sweltering conditions to face Ipswich.

The Tractor Boys opened their league campaign with a 1-1 draw against Bolton before seeing off newly promoted Forest Green last weekend. It was a disappointing show for McKenna’s lads in the week though, exiting the cup at the hands of Colchester on home soil on Tuesday evening. There’s plenty of talent in these two sides who have had indifferent starts to their 22/23 campaign, and I think a few goals could put both of them right.

15:00 Saturday

Sutton vs Barrow

Barrow really couldn’t have been dealt a more difficult start to their 22/23 campaign as they have, so to come out of two games against promotion favourites Bradford and Stockport with all 6pts will be music to the ears of Pete Wild. His side have been hugely impressive in their opening two games in the league, and even saw off Championship side Blackpool on penalties in the Carabao Cup during the week, but they have left a lot to be desired defensively.

Sutton saw an early exit from the cup this week with a loss against MK Dons, and suffered a loss last time out against Doncaster in league action as well. They’ve scored in both of their League Two fixtures this term and should have enough quality to breach a Barrow defence that has conceded four goals in two games, but with no win on the board yet, I’d expect Barrow to once again get involved in the action.