Competition: EFL Trophy
Market: Bristol Rovers win
Odds: 11/10 @ 888sport
Two League One outfits who turn their attention back to EFL Trophy duties on Tuesday night, Bristol Rovers will host a struggling AFC Wimbledon at the Memorial Stadium.
Starting with the hosts, while Bristol Rovers might have seen their FA Cup adventure come to an end over the weekend, they did gain a string of plaudits for a plucky display at the Memorial Stadium. Despite watching Premier League strugglers Sheffield United leave with an action-packed 3-2 win, the Pirates have largely impressed over the festive period. Last seen on League One duties when picking up an eye-catching 2-1 win against Blackpool, Paul Tisdale’s men have managed to ease their relegation worries. Collecting nine points from their last four matchups against third-tier opposition, the former MK Dons boss will also be boosted by his side’s most recent meeting against Tuesday’s guests. Landing a 4-2 win when they made the trip to Wimbledon last month, the Rovers will be confident of making an immediate return to winning ways in midweek.
As for the visitors, while Bristol Rovers’ festive purple patch might have eased their relegation concerns, AFC Wimbledon find themselves in the midst of a real worrying spell. Last seen opening the New Year with a 2-1 defeat at home against title-chasers Lincoln on January 2nd, the Dons are firmly looking over their shoulder at the drop zone. Freefalling down the League One table, the Blues have lost each of their last three matchups on the spin and they have failed to win any of their last six contests against third-tier opposition, mustering just a single point. With that run highlighted by a thumping 5-2 drumming at the hands of Charlton, Wimbledon should face a stern test in midweek. Blown away when they faced off against the Pirates last month, we’re backing a similar home victory on Tuesday night.
Bet: Bristol Rovers 11/10 to beat AFC Wimbledon in Tuesday’s EFL Trophy showdown @ 888sport