There is plenty of football taking place this Sunday, but there is also the small matter of the EFL Trophy final.
Anyone For Pizza
Both Plymouth and Bolton are involved in the craziest promotion race of the season, but they will be given a brief respite on Sunday afternoon.
Cup Final Fever
The EFL Cup may have been awarded to Manchester United in February but now there is another piece of previously branded Football League silverware up for grabs. Silverware that comes in the shape of the EFL Trophy.
A trophy that is contested by teams in the lower levels of the English professional setup. Add a handful of Premier League B sides to the outfits that ply their trade in the third and fourth tiers and you have a keenly contested competition.
A competition that affords the two finalists a trip to Wembley and although this one does not offer European qualification for the winner; you try telling fans of Bolton or Plymouth that this fixture does not matter.
Especially as victory in Sunday’s match could offer a springboard for the rest of the League One campaign. For Bolton, it could make sure that their current play-off berth is secure. For Plymouth, it could secure the title.
What happens after Sunday, who knows? However, we can look back on recent league form as a precursor to this event. The Trotters have not won any of their last four league outings. The Pilgrims have won four out of their last five.
Bolton’s last outing was a 1-1 draw at Sheffield Wednesday – a result that actually did upcoming opponents Plymouth a huge favour and as for their last competitive showing, they recorded a comfortable 2-0 away win at Accrington.
Which means when coupled with Wednesday’s stuttering as of late, Stephen Schumacher’s men currently find themselves a point clear at the top. Then again, league points will count for nothing in just a couple of days.
To get to this showpiece event, Bolton also recorded a 2-0 away win at Accrington. Plymouth on the other hand required penalties to get the better of Cheltenham after a 1-1 draw. The question is whether we can read too much into these two respective performances?
With that in mind, it is time to get my tips out and first up it is the first goalscorer which has caught my attention and in fairness, this market is a toss up between Dion Charles of Bolton and Ryan Hardie of Plymouth.
However, with it being a cup final than opposed to a league game, I am going to go for Charles. He recently scored a double for Northern Ireland. I have him down to break the deadlock on Sunday at odds of 11/2.
Smiles to start with but unfortunately for Bolton, I am opting for despair at the end. The reason being is because I have then backed Plymouth to win from behind in 90 minutes and this one comes in at odds of 12/1.