BetVictor Column: Now O’s can concentrate on the league
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Leyton Orient were knocked out of the Capital One Cup after extra-time on Tuesday evening to an ordinary Hull side, a result which was hard to swallow for Russell Slade’s men who dominated throughout, but it does allow them to concentrate on the League.
The O’s remain top of the table after their comfortable 2-0 win over Crewe at the Matchroom on Saturday and they could afford a first half penalty miss by Kevin Lisbie against the Cheshire side. They face a trip to the Weston Homes Community Stadium at the weekend and a Colchester side who are unbeaten in their last four against the O’s including winning the last three on the spin.
Orient are 29/20 favourites to maintain their 100% record in the League with the U’s 19/10 and the draw at 12/5; David Mooney has hit five in his last five games for the O’s and is 6/1 at BetVictor to score first the same price as Lisbie. Russell Slade’s side are still as big as 16/1 for the Title at BetVictor, 4/1 for promotion and 7/4 to finish the campaign in the top six in the division and thus be guaranteed a minimum of a play-off spot. Wolves are the 2/1 favourites for the Title with Posh 5/2 and Brentford 7s as the layers are suggesting it is a three-horse race with Orient lively outsiders.
Daggers are unbeaten in three after their 1-1 draw with Newport County and they travel to Mansfield at the weekend with the Stags a shade of odds on at 9/10 with BetVictor to gain their first win at the One Call Stadium since they regained their League status last season. Daggers are 16/5 for the win with the draw at 5/2 and I think Daggers can improve their unbeaten record to four although they may have to settle for a point in north Derbyshire.
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I’m not convinced there will be too many goals and make two or fewer the call at 4/5 at BetVictor with three or more priced at 11/10; Daggers are 33/1 for promotion but only 7/2 to go down with Accrington Stanley 2s and Morecambe and Hartlepool 4s.
West Ham maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a point at St James’s Park on Saturday and a 2-1 win over Cheltenham in the capital One Cup on Tuesday and the Hammers entertain Stoke at the weekend, a game which Sam Allardyce will surely be targeting another three home points before the first international break.
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The Irons are Even money at BetVictor to keep their 100% home record with the Potters 3s and the draw at 12/5; Kevin Nolan is 6/1 to score the opener and I expect another tight encounter. West Ham have kept a clean sheet in three of their last four home games whilst the Potters have won just one of their last 12 on the road.
I have been very impressed with the Hammers defence so far this term which Cardiff and Newcastle have never really looked like breaching and we bet 11/8 that the Irons keep another clean sheet on Saturday. West Ham to win 1-0 is priced at 6-1 and Winston Reid was a constant threat in the north-east last weekend; the defender is 33/1 to score the opener and 12s to score at any time.
West Ham are into 6/4 to finish in the top half of the table and the market without the Big 6 is fascinating given Everton have dropped four points from two very winnable games that they have dominated against Norwich and West Brom; the Blues remain 6/4 favourites with Southampton 4s, West Ham, Swansea and Villa 8s and 16s Bar.
We are refunding losing bets at BetVictor on selected markets if there is a red card in the Super Sunday games between Liverpool (13/8) and Manchester United (7/4) and Arsenal (21/20) and Spurs (5/2).
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