Plymouth v Newport - Saturday 15:00
The force of Graham Westley’s personality is too much for Graham Bean. The Newport club secretary walked out earlier this week following a breakdown in his relationship with the new manager, which he considers irretrievable. Westley has that effect on people, but his players appear to be onside and they could defy an injury crisis to win the first half at 37/10.
The Exiles are bottom of the EFL again after going down 4-1 at Blackpool last weekend but the scoreline doesn’t tell the whole story. The visitors missed a penalty in the second half when the game was delicately poised at 1-1, then the loss of Jazzi Barnum-Bobb moments later left them ragged and imbalanced, paving the way for Gary Bowyer’s men to take advantage.
Centre backs Darren Jones and Scot Bennett are now doubtful for the trip to Home Park but Barnum-Bobb should return. As such, it’s a stretch to believe the Exiles can triumph here - or keep a clean sheet - but Westley’s FA Cup record warrants enough respect to believe he can do enough to take the tie back to Rodney Parade where his options ought to be improved.
Plymouth slipped to a third straight defeat at Morecambe last weekend and will be eager to end that sequence, but confidence could be fragile early doors. With Westley tempted to compensate for his own frailties by getting his retaliation in early, there’s a couple of 16/1 shots that adequately reflect how this might pan out. Back the Newport/Draw half time/full time option and 2-2 correct score.£10 Free Credit and a £500 Deposit Bonus