Notts County v Newport - Saturday 15:00
Graham Westley praised the energy and athleticism of his Newport side after they extended their unbeaten run to six matches with an extra-time win over non-league Alfreton in midweek. The former Stevenage boss has always been big on marginal gains and is pulling out all the stops to convince his players they should be knocking on the door for the play-offs.
And why not? The Exiles are merely eight points off sixth position with a game in hand and they should get a good yardstick of the standard when they travel to Meadow Lane this weekend. Notts County might be sixteen places higher but their goal difference (-2) is only two goals better and the Welsh club boast the better shot data since the start of September.
After bringing the curtain down on Carlisle’s unbeaten start to the season last weekend, there’s unlikely to be any sort of fear factor attached to this fixture for Newport. The Magpies were trounced 4-0 by Blackpool in their last league outing and though they did respond by posting a routine 2-0 win over Boreham Wood in midweek, doubts about their credibility remain.
John Sheridan has been repeatedly hanging his players out to dry in recent weeks, supposedly taking responsibility for results but in a way that could potentially alienate him from the dressing room. In shot ratio terms, Notts are third from bottom, Newport are mid-table. Take the 5/2 available on the away win and chance the Newport 3-1 correct score at 30/1.£10 Free Credit and a £500 Deposit Bonus