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Thursday, 6 September 2012

International Football? Pah! Give us Yeovil v Bournemouth any day!

It's international qualifiers this weekend meaning a break for the top two tiers of English football but that doesn't mean the action & betting opportunities have stopped as we've got League One & Two games as their season really starts to take shape & get rolling. We can't say we're big fans of international qualifiers full stop with some real mismatches & often fairly tepid low scoring games, give us the thrills & spills of the ultra competitive lower leagues any day!

Barnet vs Gillingham

In League Two we have an early season top vs bottom clash takes place as Barnet host Gillingham at the Underhill Stadium, Gillingham have made an unbeaten start whilst Barnet are already struggling with only a solitary point after four games.

(Myles Weston has made an instant impact for the Gills with two goals)

Manager Martin Allen has had a good start to his reign with three victories & a draw in the league so far. On the road they have won both league games beating Wycombe Wanderers & Dagenham & Redbridge & also Championship Bristol City in the Capital One Cup. Last season they were the league's top goalscorers with 79 goals & have started in the same vein with midfielder Myles Weston & skipper Danny Kedwell bagging six between them in all competitions.

Barnet were favorites for relegation in the ante-post betting & so far they are living up to expectations. They have lost three of their four games against Port Vale, newly promoted York City & Rochdale & conceded eight goals in the process. Their draw came against Bristol Rovers who themselves have had a very disappointing start to the season & only sit one place above Barnet in 23rd spot.

Gillingham lost in midweek away to Crawley in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy but put up a spirited display & they aren't going to be too disappointed that they now have the league to concentrate on as they look to make a genuine promotion push after last season's disappointment of finishing one place outside of the palyoffs. Gillingham's attacking players will be licking their lips in anticipation of this trip & would expect to add to their goal & points tally against a poor Barnet side at the best price of Evens with SkyBet.

Yeovil Town vs Bournemouth

(Yeovil have surprised many with their start to the season - helped by astute signings such as keeper Marek Stech)

Yeovil have had a cracking start to the campaign & similarly to Gillingham above have begun their season with three wins & a draw in the league, the Glovers are hosting Bournemouth this Saturday & the Cherries have yet to win so far with just three draws & a loss to their name. The two sides also had differing fortunes in midweek in their Johnstone's Paint Trophy matches with Yeovil coming away victorious against local rivals Bristol Rovers with a 3-0 win & Bournemouth losing to fellow south coast side Portsmouth on penalties.

Yeovil have basically looked very impressive this year, dominating against Coventry in their first game (65% possession) but only getting a 1-1 draw, they've been more clinical since & gained great away wins against Brentford & Scunthorpe before a measured 2-1 win against Doncaster last Saturday (Doncaster only scored with a late consolation goal). New goalkeeper Marek Stech has slotted right into the team & with more game time the 22 year old Czech stopper could make up into a player who can compete at a higher level, they've only concede 3 in their first 4 games. Stech will need to be at his best because Bournemouth shouldn't have problems scoring with Lewis Grabban up front although they could do with local lad Matt Tubbs coming back to form.

Bournemouth scored three against Sheffield United last week but still ended up losing 5-3 & have conceded in all of their games so far (three 1-1 draws), we're unconvinced that their rearguard can keep Yeovil's in form strikers out & that may prove their achilles heel here. Yeovil have brought in two new strikers in veteran James Hayter & loanee (from Reading) youngster Gozie Ugwu but both have bagged three goals in their opening games so far. Hayter was a bit of a risky signing as his scoring record for Doncaster was unremarkable before being released in the summer but he seems to have enjoyed coming back down south & he could punish the club where he started his career here. Bournemouth will be feeling disappointed after putting up spirited displays against Sheffield United & Portsmouth yet still coming away with nothing, whereas Yeovil are on a roll after three successive league wins & they can outplay & outscore the Cherries at generous odds of 7/5.

Gillingham to beat Barnet at Evens (SkyBet)
Yeovil Town to beat Bournemouth at 7/5 (Coral)

Double on above selections at odds of around 7/2+

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