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Wednesday, 23 January, 2019

Glovers can inflict more misery on injury-hit Carlisle

Yeovil's Liam Shephard celebrates after scoring against Barnet
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Yeovil v Carlisle

Yeovil were on the wrong end of an astonishing fightback last weekend, conceding three late goals in a 3-3 draw at Exeter, but can dust themselves down and respond with a victory over Carlisle at Huish Park.

Gaining a point at Exeter would normally have been seen as a good result but the Glovers were understandably distraught having led 3-0 after 87 minutes.

It will be interesting to see how they react but they have gone four games unbeaten and have a great opportunity against an injury-hit Carlisle side who are going through a miserable time.

Carlisle were unbeaten in their opening 15 matches of the Sky Bet League Two season but losses have been more common for the Cumbrians in recent weeks.

Keith Curle's side have picked up one point in their last seven games, failing to score in any of them, and have dropped from third to eighth.

The playoffs remain a possibility if they can get their act together but Carlisle's absentee list has been lengthened by a four-match ban for striker Shaun Miller and a hamstring injury for key midfielder Nicky Adams.

Midfielder James Bailey is available after a three-game ban but his inclusion is unlikely to be enough to turn the tide for a team who seem to have forgotten how to win.

2pts 31-20 bet365

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Brentford v Bristol City

Sky Bet Championship strugglers Bristol City have gone four games unbeaten for the first time since October and can keep the run going by taking at least a point from mid-table Brentford at Griffin Park.

Brentford are still a dangerous side as they showed when winning 5-3 at Burton before the international break, but they look vulnerable in defence.

The Bees have not kept a clean sheet in their last ten games.

They recovered from a 3-1 half-time deficit at Burton but a repeat of their lax defending is likely to be more costly against the Robins, who have been working hard to get the basics right.

City have kept three clean sheets in their last four matches and produced one of their best performances of the season when winning 4-0 at home to high-flying Huddersfield 13 days ago.

Chelsea loanee Tammy Abraham bagged his 19th league goal of the season against the Terriers but it wasn't a one-man show with support striker Lee Tomlin and winger David Cotterill scoring and playing to a high standard.

Tomlin - a high-profile summer signing from Bournemouth - had been a major disappointment but finally seems to be playing to his potential and could have a big say in ensuring a positive result for the visitors in west London.

Bristol City +0.25 on Asian handicap
2pts 89-100 bet365

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Fleetwood v Swindon

Swindon showed their battling qualities by registering a 1-0 victory at home to promotion-chasing Millwall last Saturday and their Sky Bet League One survival hopes could be further enhanced by a positive result at Fleetwood.

Four points separate Swindon from safety with six games remaining in the season but they can take great heart from the result and the performance against Millwall.

They won the shot count 12 to six against the Lions and claimed the victory that they deserved when midfielder Conor Thomas came up with the only goal of the game deep into injury-time

Swindon are running out of time but look a far more dangerous side than they were earlier in the season.

They have a threat up front with Jonathan Obika seemingly over his injury problems and combining well with Charlton loanee Nicky Ajose.

And their midfield has looked much stronger since powerhouse Rohan Ince arrived on loan from Brighton in late January.

They are more dangerous than their league position suggests and can cause problems for a Fleetwood side who are going through a sticky spell.

The Cod Army have won one of their last four games and their status as odds-on favourites is worth challenging.

Swindon or draw double chance
2pts 21-20 bet365

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Notts County v Colchester

Injury-hit Colchester are doing a good job of staying in the Sky Bet League Two promotion hunt but their playoff hopes could recede with a defeat at Meadow Lane.

Notts County are fifth from bottom but have looked nothing like relegation material in recent weeks.

They have improved significantly since Kevin Nolan was appointed manager in January and should be backed to register a third successive victory.

Notts County
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Swindon are running out of time but look a far more dangerous side than they were earlier in the season
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