Anytime Notebook | 2nd January 2016


GAVIN HORSFALL’S (@GHorsfall) Notebook has enjoyed a fabulous 2015. Can he start the New Year in style?

Crewe v Coventry | Saturday 15.00

Just about keeping our heads above water over the Christmas period as Luke Berry (7/2) ignited a Cambridge comeback against Barnet while Dave Winfield (14/1) popped up again if you kept faith with the Anytime Extra piece I penned a week ago.

Onto Saturday…

Coventry's set piece woes continued with another opposition free-kick finding it's target when Lee Novak put Chesterfield into a 1-0 lead on Monday – it was a similar story at home to Oldham, and at Sheffield Utd previous to that – the absence of Reda Johnson and Ben Turner, plus a keeper on a poor run of form, all possible contributory factors.

Crewe will be smarting from conceding a last-minute goal at home to Shrewsbury last time out but it was another game where loan defender Semi Ajayi (16/1 Bet365) managed a header on-target from a David Fox corner. The 6'4″ Cardiff defender is due back at his parent club following Saturday's game.

Scunthorpe v Wigan | Saturday 15.00

Wigan's Andy Kellet (9/1 Bet365) was made to watch on from the sidelines for most of the season after Reece James made the left wing-back position his own but an advanced midfield role in the last two games has seen him score twice and he's a decent price to continue that this weekend at Scunthorpe.

Kellet got ahead of Will Grigg on several occasions at Barnsley and can help continue Wigan's good run over a tough set of away days throughout the festive period.

Newport v Hartlepool | Saturday 15.00

This all feels a bit speculative so far so looking to those at shorter prices, Scott Boden (2/1 BetVictor) is in great form for John Sheridan's improving Newport side. who recovered from playing with 10 men against Barnet to compete well with Plymouth.

A home game against Hartlepool should provide an easier test for the 26 year-old, who has three in five games.

Bolton v Huddersfield | Saturday 15.00

Huddersfield front-man Nakhi Wells (9/4 Ladbrokes) has scored four in six in December and will look to continue Huddersfield's attacking intent when they head to bottom club Bolton.

Best Bets

Crewe v Coventry – Semi Ajayi to score at anytime (16/1 Bet365)

Scunthorpe v Wigan – Andy Kellet to score at anytime (9/1 Bet365)

Newport v Hartlepool – Scott Boden to score at anytime (2/1 BetVictor)

Bolton v Huddersfield – Nakhi Wells to score at anytime (9/4 Ladbrokes)

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After a misspent youth spent sneaking into Midland’s racetracks with his Dad without paying, Gavin caught the betting bug early. While the betting landscape may have changed, it’s still all about solving puzzles and although edges have got smaller, there are still profitable angles for punters lower down the football pyramid. When not watching his beloved Coventry City, he’s watching games in Leagues 1 and 2, on the lookout for goalscoring defenders, penalty taking midfielders and in-form strikers for his Anytime Notebook.

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