Nah then! Does tha fancy seeing a shock on’t cards?

Amongst the many downsides of the international break is the fact that the best that we can preview for you this week are some matches that nobody is interested in, in a competition that nobody wants to be in.

Nah then! Does tha fancy seeing a shock on’t cards?

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October 4th, 2011

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That’s right, The Johnstone’s Paint Trophy is the best that we can offer you in this mid-week preview but let’s not be defeatist about it. There must be a positive to be found somewhere, surely?

Well, armed with the winnings from our successful Merseyside derby tip, we go in search of a money making opportunity – and why not a “reet proper” Yorkshire derby to start our quest? No? What about two “reet proper” Yorkshire derbies?

Well, we’re looking at them anyway because we think that we’ve got two strong teams going up against two sides that appear very much on the slide.

First up, we’ve got Bradford City making the very short journey down the M62 to Huddersfield Town, with very little positive to cheer about.

The Bantams sit just one point above the relegation zone in League Two with a solitary win to their name in the campaign. Six managers have tried to turn around the fortunes of the ailing club in the last seven years with little success, with Phil Parkinson the current man in charge.

Compare City’s ailing fortunes with those of Huddersfield, a side that went 36 games unbeaten with their 4-0 success at Brentford on Saturday, and you can see why we’re going to back the Terriers to win here – and win well. The last meeting between these two sides ended in a 4-0 success for Town in 2008 and we think that a similar result is on the cards.

Huddersfield, according to manager Lee Clark, are treating the JPT with plenty of respect and if he’s true to his word, we’re happy to take the 12/5 on offer for Huddersfield -2 on the handicap.

Further down the M1, there’s a South Yorkshire derby on the cards with Sheffield United making the very short trip to the Don Valley Stadium to face Rotherham.

And again, we’re backing the away side in this one, thanks in no small part to Rotherham’s patchy form since the loss of star striker Adam Le Fondre.

Since Le Fondre departed for Reading in August, the Millers have won just two from seven games and none in the last four, the most notable of which being a 4-0 reverse at home to Southend two weeks ago.

We must point out that Sheffield United’s form hasn’t been overly fantastic of late, with three defeats in the last four, although that run has seen them face form sides like Charlton and Huddersfield and we think that they have the firepower to see off Rotherham here.

The 6/5 on offer for the Blades outright seems generous enough but we’re confident enough to take on the one-goal handicap, with 3/1 on Sheffield United -1.

Our picks:

Huddersfield Town vs Bradford City: Huddersfield -2 @ 12/5

Rotherham United vs Sheffield United: Sheff Utd -1 @ 3/1

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