Oldham v Northampton - Tuesday 19:45
If you’re trying to get an early handle on Northampton, you could do worse than consider them as a continuation of Port Vale over the past two seasons. On the evidence of Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Charlton, the promoted Cobblers are very much a team put together in the mould of Rob Page’s previous incarnation.
On the road, they sit off, happy to play the waiting game, and attack in numbers with purpose when they do counter, which isn’t too often. An early Alex Revell header at the Valley was fair reward for work on the training ground beforehand, isolating youngster Ezri Konsa with aerial balls, but they conceded early in the second period and spent the last 30 minutes hanging on.
It’s a familiar story. Last season, the Valiants, under Page, were behind at the interval in only four out of their 23 away games (15 draws, 12 of them 0-0) but they were beaten over the following 45 minutes a dozen times. So take the 13/8 on the 0-0 half-time correct score at Boundary Park and throw a point at the Draw/Oldham half-time/full-time outcome.
The latter bet was landed in 10 out of Vale’s 13 away defeats last term and the Latics are showing glimpses of a team who aren’t quite the write-off that many are purporting them to be. Their summer has been chaotic but new manager Steve Robinson is calm and considered enough to be given the benefit of any doubt.