ONE hundred and twenty-one days ago...
...Argyle were knocked out of the Sky Bet League 2 play-offs at Adams Park as Wycombe Wanderers progressed to Wembley. Nine days later, the Chairboys agonisingly missed out on League 1 by losing on penalties at the Home of Football, but Gareth Ainsworth's side have not spent long pondering on their loss and have raced to second in League 2 this season.
Argyle have bounced back at speed, too, and sit in third, looking for their fifth league win of the season against Wanderers on Saturday. If Argyle were to win, they would overtake Wycombe in the league standings, and you can get 23/10 on an Argyle win.
The Pilgrims have not drawn in 11 away fixtures previously played on September 12, neither have they drawn in the league this season, so the odds of 9/4 for a draw may be a bet to avoid. Wycombe are unbeaten in League 2 this season, and a win for the Chairboys is priced at 6/5. Or they are 3/10 to remain undefeated with a double-chance bet to either win or draw.
The last time Argyle did not score in a match dates back further than the play-off defeat, as the Pilgrims failed to find the net in a 2-0 defeat at Carlisle on April 18. Argyle to score one is 11/8; two is 7/2; and three is 12/1.
Ryan Brunt scored the last time he played at Adams Park, and he is 11/4 to get his name on the scoresheet again. Reuben Reid is battling to be fit for the game as he returns from his injury, and is 2/1 to score any time, as is Jake Jervis, who has netted four goals in all competitions for the Greens. Craig Tanner scored his second Argyle goal last Saturday, and is 5/2 to get his third in an Argyle shirt.
Paul Hayes, who scored within ten minutes against Argyle in both of the play-off fixtures in May, is 5/1 to be first goalscorer, and 20/1 to score within the first ten minutes. Gareth Ainsworth’s side also have ex-Pilgrim Jason Banton amongst their ranks and he is 17/2 to score any time against his former club.
Saturday's match could decide which of these two sides will have the early advantage as they both race for promotion. Wycombe are priced at 13/8 for that whilst Argyle are 9/4 for promotion from League 2; a dual forecast for both to finish first and second place in the league will give you odds of 40/1.
That's worth a punt, surely?
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