Fleetwood vs Oxford United
Oxford had a lot of late backers in the outright markets, pre-season, and those claims are looking strong.
They started a tad slow, but now they’re up to 7th and are just 2 points off the league leaders.
They recruited incredibly. Most notably with the likes of Mark Harris and Ruben Rodrigues. Harris has 5 goals across all comps already this season.
Fleetwood look set for a long season and Scott Brown’s side have managed just 1 point so far, which came in their opening game away at newly promoted Carlisle.
The Cod army look devoid of attacking threat. They’re slow, predictable and lacking a spark.
Fleetwood topped the worst form section of the acca pack, following 5 straight losses.
Oxford made it in to the best form section, winning 4 of their last 5.
Sheffield Wednesday vs Ipswich Town
Both these sides made the acca pack for very different reasons.
Ipswich ranked 4th in the acca pack for best form, whilst Sheff Wed ranked 6th in the list fo worst form sides.
Two sides who were promoted last season but have had polarising starts.
Wednesday have just 1 point on the board, and sit 23rd in the table with Xisco Munoz facing early pressure in his tenure has head coach.
Ipswich are flying. Kieran McKenna has them playing stunning football, and the Tractor boys are just one point off the top of the table after 5 games.
I’ve gone very safe, with Ipswich to win or draw.
So far, they’ve won both their away games – at Sunderland and QPR.
For this selection to fall, Wednesday would need to achieve something they haven’t yet this season – win a game.
Wrexham vs Grimsby
Since their crazy 5-3 opening day defeat, Wrexham have been very impressive, and started to fulfil some of the expectation placed on them this season.
The super star owned club are now up to 7th, just 3 points from the summit. Only Swindon (20) have scored more goals than Phil Parkinson’s side, who’ve hit 17 goals in just 7 games.
This is a side filled with quality that wouldn’t look out of place in League One, and they’re making that presence felt with back to back wins and still just the 1 defeat. Which has seen them find their way in to the top 10 form sides of the Acca Pack.
Grimsby will be relatively happy with things so far, they started slow but did pick up a couple of good results following that, most notably beating Gillingham.
The reality is though, that there’s a massive gap in quality between these two sides. Wrexham have a huge budget, and huge pulling power compared to The Mariners.
Wrexham didn’t lose a home game last season, and although that record went out the window in their L2 opener, this will still be a happy hunting ground for them this season and very few sides will come here and get a positive result.
I think come the back end of the season, the 1.50 on offer for Wrexham here will look rather larger in retrospect.
Swindon vs Walsall
The numbers here, are frankly ridiculous.
Swindon top the average goals section of the acca pack, with an astonishing 5.17 per game.
Their games so far have finished: 2-2, 1-2, 5-5, 6-0, 0-0 & 5-3.
The 0-0 was a bit of an anomaly, with Donny really shutting the game down after a first half red card.
Jake Young has helped himself to 9 goals. Yes NINE. They’ve only played 6 games.
Walsall have also been providing plenty of entertainment.
Their matches have averaged 3.14 goals, with 6/7 landing for over 1.5 goals. They’ve scored in every game so far.
Both sides are lethal in attack, but wide open in defence, with a real gung-ho attitude.
Just 1 points separates these two so far and I think we can expect a really exciting game. 2 goals should be a walk in the park.
Aldershot vs Gateshead
A real highlight in this weeks Acca Pack as 2 sides who both make the top 10 for average goals, meet in the National League.
Aldershot matches have averaged 4.13 goals so far, with their North East opponents averaging 4.00 per match.
Only 1 Gateshead game has finished with less than 3 goals so far.
The Heed have had a cracking start, and will be chuffed with their 6th place in the standings, after a tough time stepping up last season after their promotion.
Only title favourites Chesterfield have outscored Gateshead so far.
Mike Williamson’s side have lashed in 20 goals in just 8 matches. They scored 6 in their last match, away to Eastleigh.
Aldershot have netted 15 times so far, which makes them the 6th highest scorers int he division, yet they sit on a -3 goal difference.
Shots can’t defend. They’ve conceded an average of 2.25 goals per game so far, and are serving up their opponents 1.83 xG.
This metrics will have the visitors licking their lips.
Marcus Dinanga & Stephen Wearne were both on the scoresheet last time out, taking their tallies to 6 & 5 respectively.