Both Plymouth and Southampton drew last weekend, and they face each other on Saturday.
Week Two Draws
After the breathless 4-4 draw with Norwich, Southampton manager Russell Martin will be looking for less drama at Home Park.
Sharing Eight Goals
If you were to make an assessment of Plymouth in the first two rounds of this new EFL Championship season, you would have to offer a rather impressive one. A win at home to Huddersfield on the opening weekend, a draw at Watford to follow.
Four points from the first six on offer and if Stephen Schumacher’s men can keep this level of performance going across the season, you get the feeling they will be far clear of the relegation zone that they are looking to avoid.
Yes, there will be dips in form along the way, but the early signs certainly look positive in the South West and next up, it is the visit of a Southampton side who also find themselves with four points in their Championship bank account.
The Saints have aspirations of returning to the Premier League at the first time of asking and although their start has not been perfect, the new era under manager Russell Martin is looking to be an exciting one.
Edging past Sheffield Wednesday on the opening night of the campaign would be enough to give Southampton lift off, However, they were brought back down to earth after a frenetic 4-4 draw with Norwich at St Mary’s.
A game that saw Southampton goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu come in for a fair amount of criticism. Criticism that was then volleyed back by Russell Martin in a fan’s forum just days later – perhaps no greater vote of confidence than that.
Confidence in the man between the sticks, but they may also be saying goodbye to the man tasked with netting at the other end. Che Adams’ is rumoured with a move to Everton – it may be exactly what the Toffees need.
In a week where Southampton have already said goodbye to James Ward-Prowse, they have also now waved goodbye to Romeo Lavia. They may be richer to the tune of £90m or so, but replacements to the same level will be nigh on impossible to be found.
While regardless of who is drafted in to try and replace the midfield two, they will not be installed in time for the journey to Plymouth - a Plymouth side that showed plenty of defensive acumen in their goalless draw at Vicarage Road almost seven days ago.
But now it is time for the first of my two tips and first up, I am going to take a look at the first goalscorer market. If Che Adams is moved on, he is unlikely to start at the weekend and therefore, I am backing Adam Armstrong to draw first blood for the Saints at odds of 9/2.
While in addition to this, I think we will see nowhere near the same level of entertainment as the last Southampton encounter. Not that Russell Martin will mind and especially if my prediction of a 2-0 away win gets over the line at 9/1.