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There's a Midlands derby in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy this week, with our tipster backing the home side to cruise to victory

Wolves host Walsall this week in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy first round, with both sides in contrasting form. Despite a sticky start, Wolves have gone through the gears and are starting to show why they are favourites for the League One title, winning their last four league games. Walsall on the other hand started the season well, but have lost their last three matches so this cup match comes as a decent distraction for Dean Smith's men.

Walsall have had a tough few weeks in terms of teams played, having had to travel to both Brentford and Stoke City at the end of August. Although they narrowly lost to Brentford 1-0, Stoke City cruised to a 3-1 victory in the Capital One Cup.

The Saddlers then returned home where they faced a much fancied Preston side, who destroyed them 3-0. Expect them to bring a big following to Molineux, despite them being underdogs, with Coral pricing them at 7/2 (4.50) to win the match.

Wolves come into this match in fantastic form, having only lost one match this season. That loss came in the Capital One Cup to Morecambe, where they were edged out 1-0. However, since that game, Kenny Jackett's men have been in fine form, scoring an impressive 11 goals in four matches, which has given them four victories.

Wolves have had some tricky matches in this run, having to beat the likes of Crawley, Bristol City and Port Vale. With a disappointing performance in the Capital One Cup, Jackett will be keen for his side to put on a Cup run in this competition. Coral price the home side at 8/13 (1.62) to progress in 90 minutes. The same firm price the draw at 5/2 (3.50).

A bet that stands out in this fixture is in the handicap market. Wolves have been ruthless in front of goal in recent weeks, and with Walsall really struggling to find the net, Wolves -1 handicap at 6/4 (2.50) with Coral is a fantastic price. This would have paid out in two of Wolves last four matches, and against Walsall in two of their last three.

Wolves -1 handicap at 6/4 (2.50) 1pt staked with Coral

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