Nottingham Forest v Barnsley - Championship

Last weekend Nottingham Forest stunned leaders Swansea at the Liberty, and Sabri Lamouchi’s side are now unbeaten since the opening day of the season. Despite winning just one of their three home matches, I’m backing Forest to beat Barnsley on Saturday.

The Tykes haven’t won since the opening day, and haven’t scored a single goal in their three away games to date – losing twice.

You get a sense Forest are close to putting together something quite exciting, and they’ll fancy themselves against a Barnsley side still finding their feet in the division.

Nottingham Forest - 1pt @ 8/11

MK Dons v Southend - League One

In League One, I have an inconsistent MK Dons side beating a terrible Southend one.

The hosts have won three of their five home games—tasting defeat against Peterborough and Ipswich; both good teams—although they should find the going much easier against a Shrimpers outfit with just a single point from their eight matches.

Furthermore, Southend have conceded 12 goals in their last three on the road, which is why I’m confident the home side can get the job done.

MK Dons - 1pt @ 4/6

Forest Green v Stevenage - League Two

In League Two, I’ll kick-off with Forest Green beating Stevenage – at a generous 21/20.

Stevenage have made a disastrous start to the season, sitting rock bottom of the table with just three points from their nine outings. Four straight defeats coming into this—conceding 11 in the process—is far from ideal preparation, and it’s hard to see them getting anything on Saturday.

Rovers are in a much better place, sitting 5th, with three wins from four (with three clean sheets) at The New Lawn; this is theirs to lose.

Forest Green - 1pt @ 21/20

Port Vale v Mansfield - League Two

The big value-booster for this acca is Port Vale beating Mansfield at 13/8.

I must say, I’ve been bitterly disappointed with the Stags. Going at a point-a-game so far sees them sit 18th—three points behind Saturday’s hosts—and with four defeats from their last five heading into this, it’s hard to make too much of a case for them.

Vale have been a little up-and-down overall, but 10 points from their first four home matches is a very solid return, and they’ll be buoyed after beating a good Plymouth side at Vale Park last time out.

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Port Vale - 1pt @ 13/8