Stoke v Bolton, Tuesday 2nd October, 20:00
Stoke were one of the favourites for promotion preseason but so far things have not worked out for Gary Rowett’s men as they find themselves down in 17th and behind (many people’s favourite for the drop) Bolton.
The Potters rear-guard is of particular concern as only bottom club Preston have shipped more and given they’ve won just twice so far, it’s very difficult to get behind them at the prices. The injury of Mame Biram Diouf only adds to their problems, as they’ve gone W1-D5-L7 in the 13 matches he’s missed since the start of last season.
Bolton continue to punch above their weight, taking another major scalp with victory over Derby on the weekend.
They won at current leaders West Brom on the opening day and their only defeat on the road this term has been at a Boro side that have yet to concede at the Riverside. With their tales up, Bolton look excellent value to pick up at least a point.
Nottingham Forest v Millwall, Wednesday 3rd October, 19:45
It was another draw for Forest as they’ve now shared the spoils in six of their 10 outings. Lewis Grabben scored twice at Blackburn but also missed a penalty and had he converted then it may have been three consecutive victories as their performances are certainly improving.
All three of their successes this term have come at the City Ground and they should make if four hosting an out of form Millwall.
The Lions have lost six of their last seven and away from home it’s four defeats from five winless matches this term where they’ve scored just once. In fact, when we exclude bottom six clubs they’re a miserable W2-D8-L11 on their travels since the start of last season.
Forest meanwhile, are on a run of five victories from eight unbeaten home matches when taking out top half opposition.
*all odds are subject to change