Exeter – Brentford

The Grecians are 10th in League One, but just one point far from play-off zone and if they manage to follow their home results on away games, they will be serious promotion contenders. At their St. James Park they noticed last defeat at February and this season Exeter have 3 wins and 3 draws. All wins came against the teams from the top side of the table: Charlton, Rochdale and Carlisle with Cup progress over the second tier outfit Ipswich.  They come into this game stronger for striker Jamie Cureton who has recovered from an injury. His fellow striker Nardiello however, stays sidelined.

Brentford are, actually, in a very good run of results. Just one defeat in last six competitive games, including home wins against top sides Charlton and Peterborough and away win at Tranmere. But league games are currently in the shadow of Cup competition where the Bees had their minutes of glory. They passed four rounds (ended in fifth at Birmingham), eliminating clubs from leagues above like Hull and Premier side Everton. And Cup hangover syndrome will be their biggest obstacle at Exeter. Their show and 120 minutes at Brum during the midweek (and lost on penalties) will certainly affect their game. Last time, after Everton, they’ve noticed two defeats in the next two games. Also their away record doesn’t look impressive at all, as they have one win of six games. No injury worries for boss Andy Scott.

Exeter are very good home side and potential play-off contender. Brentford will have some problems to recover and return into the third tier reality. Odds are based on their Cup performances. Which is good. I expect a tough game, but home win at the end. 1-0 correct score.

Bet: Exeter -0.25
Odd: 2.10 Pinnacle
Stake: 8/10

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