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Aidy Boothroyd hosts his former club Colchester in the Football League Trophy at Sixfields on Tuesday evening. Adam Bate thinks the Cobblers boss will be celebrating at full-time

It’s the second round of the Football League Trophy and Northampton host Colchester looking for another scalp from a higher division in a cup competition.

The Cobblers have already seen off Championship leaders Cardiff and League One MK Dons at Sixfields and have won four of their eight matches in front of their own fans this season.

Northampton are 7/4 (2.75) with Bet365 to win this one and give Aidy Boothroyd a win over the club he left in May 2010. They do have some injury concerns ahead of this game but should not be underestimated by their League One visitors.

Colchester had to wait until their 10th game of the season for their first win but, under new boss Joe Dunne, victory over Hartlepool seemed to raise them as they won at Swindon next time out.

Despite their lowly league position they are a division above their hosts and have been bolstered by the arrival of Arsenal pair Craig Eastmond (pictured, right) and Sanchez Watt.

Colchester can be backed at 11/8 (2.38) with Bet365. The draw is available at 9/4 (3.25).

In the other markets, backing both teams to score could be appealing given that Northampton have only failed to score once at home this season and Colchester have netted in five of their last six.

Both to score is available at 8/11 (1.73) with Bet365.

But a look at the longer-term history suggests Colchester could struggle in this tie – they failed to find the target in their first five away games of the campaign.

Northampton may be underdogs but form is the key factor when League One meets League Two. As a result, the pick of the bets here is to back Northampton at 7/4 (2.75) with Bet365.

For the value bet consider that of the five games the Cobblers have won this term they were drawing four of them at the break.

That makes backing draw/Northampton in the HT/FT market at 11/2 (6.50) a great option – especially as that’s the industry-best price with Bet365.

BET
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BEST BET
VALUE BET
Northampton to win at 7/4 (2.75) with Bet365
HT Draw/FT Northampton at 11/2 (6.50) with Bet365

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Adam Bate is a professional freelance journalist who specialises in football and betting. He is editor of GhostGoal which can be found here - you can also follow Adam on

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