ARGYLE may well have suffered two defeats in the space of a week ahead of this Saturday’s home tie against in-form Northampton Town...
...but John Sheridan’s side are the 23/20 favourites with League sponsors Sky Bet to win the game.
The Pilgrims will be looking to restore winning ways after dropping points in their previous two fixtures, against Bury and Stevenage respectively. The Cobblers, comparatively, head to Home Park having lost just once in their last ten league games and are backed at 23/10 to win.
Of course, in the reverse fixture at the Sixfields Stadium earlier this season, the two sides played out an exhilarating five-goal thriller. Argyle initially cruised to a three-goal advantage – with defender Peter Hartley, former loanee Andy Kellett and forward Lewis Alessandra all getting on the scoresheet – before Northampton notched two of their own to set-up a nervy final few minutes. The Pilgrims are 40/1 to repeat that 3-2 score line this weekend.
As ludicrous as 3-2 may sound, statistically speaking – and we all love a good statistic – Argyle have plundered three goals at home on four occasions this season in Sky Bet League 2, more than any other side in the division. Interestingly, the Greens have been leading 1-0 at half-time in nearly half (47.1% to be precise) of all league games played at Home Park. Fancy a flutter on that, perhaps? Sky Bet are offering odds of 11/4 for Argyle to be a goal ahead at the break.
Lewis Alessandra has scored in every appearance he has made for the Pilgrims against Northampton, and is 6/4 to continue his love affair of playing against the Cobblers and score at any time. He is 11/2 to score the opening or closing goal of the fixture.
Did you know, it has been 16 years, ten months and 17 days since Northampton last beat Argyle at Home Park? And did you know, Argyle have never been beaten in any competitive fixture played at home on March 7 in the club’s entire history?
That’s got make it worth a punt, surely.