Competition: EFL Trophy
Market: Under 2.5 goals
Odds: 29/40 @ Bet 365
With a place at Wembley up for grabs in midweek, Newport will welcome Salford to Rodney Parade in the semi-final of this year’s EFL Trophy on Wednesday night.
Starting with the hosts, putting in what was another toothless display over the weekend and hit with a 1-0 defeat away at Mansfield, Newport find themselves in the midst of what has been a real rut. Freefalling out of the top half of the League Two table, the Welsh outfit have failed to win any of their last four matches against fourth-tier opposition and there is no doubt that fans around Rodney Parade will have growing concerns over their side’s continued issues in the final third. Drawing another blank on the road last time out, Newport have now failed to record a single strike against League Two opposition in over 400 minutes of action. Also yet to record a goal since opening February, Wednesday’s hosts have failed to find the net in back-to-back matches on home soil.
As for the visitors, while Salford may have managed to snatch what was a hard-fought 1-0 win away at relegation scrappers Stevenage over the weekend, the League Two debutants have landed just a sole victory over the past month. Still some way off the play-off charge that their illustrious owners had set them at the start of the season, there is no doubt that Head Coach Graham Alexander will be boosted by his side’s most recent displays on the road. The Reds have won three of their last four matches away from the Peninsula Stadium and have tasted defeat just once on their travels since the start of December. With nine of the last 10 combined matches between the two side’s seeing under 2.5 goals at full-time, we’re backing a similar outcome in midweek.
Bet: Under 2.5 goals at Newport County vs Salford City 29/40 for Wednesday’s EFL Trophy contest @ Bet 365
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