Football – England – League Two
Saturday 24th November 2012 – Kickoff: 1500hrs
Dagenham & Redbridge take on Fleetwood Town who are currently positioned in the play-off pack at the Dagenham Stadium on Saturday afternoon as the hosts look to extend their five match unbeaten run at home.
Dagenham suffered their first loss in four matches when they went down 2-3 away at Burton Albion in midweek, but their recent home form has been very much improved and become more solid – wins against Wycombe Wanderers 3-0, Bradford City 4-3 and inconsistent Rotherham United 5-0 along with draws against Exeter City and Aldershot Town have helped The Daggers climb away from immediate relegation danger for the time being.
Dagenham’s home record stands at 3-4-2 15/8 but take into consideration their five match unbeaten run and you can see how much they’ve improved in recent weeks. Up front they’ve got Dwight Gayle (7 goals, 2 assists) along with goalscoring midfielders Luke Howell (6 goals) and Sam Williams (5 goals) along with Wilkinson and Spillane (4 goals apiece) while Matthew Saunders (4 assists) and Abu Ogogo (3 assists) have provided the ammunition.
Visitors Fleetwood Town have taken to League Two football like a duck to water since their promotion from the Blue Square Premier league at the end of last season. Just one away defeat has been inflicted upon the Lancashire outfit to date and they suffered their first defeat in six matches when they lost 1-3 at home to Accrington Stanley in midweek.
On their travels, they’ve also put together an eight match unbeaten run following an opening away loss at Bradford City way back in August which includes wins at Burton Albion 1-0, Morecambe 4-0, York City 2-0 and Chesterfield 2-1.
Fleetwood’s leading scorer is Junior Brown (6 goals, 3 assists) and he’s supported by Steven Gillespie and ever-green Jon Parkin although these two didn’t figure in the recent loss to Accrington Stanley. David Ball has also chipped in with 3 goals and 3 assists.
Fleetwood have been in good form recently and with home advantage, I’ll back them to at least hold Fleetwood to a draw, if not nick it by a single goal. I’ll take the hosts with the round ball for insurance but at still a good price.
This could either be a 1-1 draw or 1-0 win for Dagenham & Redbridge.
Pick: Dagenham AH0 (Draw No Bet) @ 1.84 Pinnacle