15:00 Saturday

Bristol Rovers vs Accrington

There’s some goals flying in for Joey Barton’s Bristol Rovers side at the moment, the problem is that the vast majority of those are coming at the wrong end. They conceded 3 in each half in a 3-6 home loss to Lincoln last week, a result which sees them lingering 4th from bottom in League One with a defensive record that is shadowed only by bottom side Burton Albion. They’ve now failed to win in each of their last seven in all competitions, conceding in every one of those along the way with their last three home games and four of their five home games this season in all competitions seeing both teams find the net. They face an Accrington side sitting only 2pts above them in the league as things stand, but they did end a run of three straight losses with a win against Cheltenham at the weekend. They’ve failed to find the net just once on the road this season though, in a 1-0 loss at Wycombe who are a decent outfit, and they should be capable of finding the net again here. The two were in the same league only a few seasons back, where it ended 4-1 at Bristol Rovers here and 6-1 to Accrington at The Wham, and I fancy a few more goals this time around as well.

15:00 Saturday

Northampton vs Stockport

After a bit of a hit and miss start to their campaign, Northampton have really started gathering a familiar kind of pace in recent fixtures that has seen them move up to 3rd in League Two. They narrowly missed out on promotion last season and are aiming to go one better this year with a more attacking display of football that has so far seen them score more goals than any other side in the league, including three successive wins by 3-0, 0-2 and 3-1 margins against Rochdale, AFC Wimbledon and Barrow. But that style of football has inevitably had a cost, and no side in the top 11 has shipped more goals this season. They come up against a Stockport side who were widely tipped to perform at this level having spent plenty of cash over the summer since their promotion from the National League, but so far they’ve failed to deliver. They sit down in 16th in League Two, despite having the best goalscoring record of any side in the bottom half, but they’ve been leaking goals for fun. They’re yet to keep a single clean sheet on the road in League Two this season, and have seen three straight league losses on their travels, despite finding the net themselves in all of those games. I’d expect Northampton to come away from this game with something, but I can’t see it all going their way against a Stockport side that boasts plenty of talent.

15:00 Saturday

Walsall vs Tranmere

Michael Flynn has to be hanging by a thread at the moment in his job as Walsall gaffer. It’s now no win in 9 games for his side and a loss here at home against a Tranmere side in a very similar league position could well be curtains. They’ve not been the most prolific of goalscorers this season, but they have found the net in every home game at the Poundland Stadium this season,and I’d expect them to do so again here against a Tranmere side hardly setting the world alight themselves. They did nick a confidence boosting win at Salford last weekend to move them onto 10pts from their opening 9 games, and have found the net against the likes of Newport and even knocked League One Accrington out of the EFL Cup on the road this term, so they’re capable of finding the net against a Walsall side who are hardly their best at the back at the moment.