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Sky Blue JPT thinking

3rd September 2013, 07:33pm

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Coventry are backed for the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

Coventry are backed for the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

Nick Hext tipped Crewe for Johnstone's Paint Trophy last season and now he offers his new selections.

All Betting Zone followers enjoyed Crewe's Johnstone's Paint Trophy success last season.

That is if they followed the successful tip for the Railwaymen to lift the trophy at 66/1 each-way back at the start of the competition this time last year.

The focus now switches to this year's renewal and my selections both come from the Midlands with one side in the Northern Section and one in the Southern Section.

The club from the south is troubled Coventry and the Sky Blues could really do with the cheer that an appearance at Wembley would bring.

Coventry are now playing 'home' games in Northampton - some 34 miles away from home - and that has led to anything but a feelgood factor.

Crowds of 2204 and 2068 for the first two Sky Bet League 1 matches in Northampton show a big drop from the 10,642 and 11,234 attendances from the final two games of last term.

The good news though is that Steven Pressley's side are being well followed in their more traditional away matches and they have produced some good displays so far this season.

They need more of those strong performances with a minus 10-points deduction to make up but second-bottom Notts County are only three points away so there is hope.

This is also a Sky Blues side with goals in them. The 16 scored so far this season is the highest in League 1 although it also has to be mentioned that the 12 conceded puts them among the worst defensively.

The good news for the first round of the JPT is Coventry have a bye and that means we will have at least one team still in the running after the midweek matches!

They enter in the second round with just four ties standing between them and a trip to Wembley.

Last year Coventry came so close to getting to the National Stadium but lost in the Northern Area final to Crewe. It was a 3-0 defeat in the first leg in front of 31,054 fans at the Ricoh Arena but the Sky Blues nearly turned it around with a 2-0 win in the return match.

Crewe's success was good news for us then but now we are firmly in the Coventry corner.

The JPT can act as a welcome distraction in the months ahead and the previous campaign's run proves Coventry shouldn't be underestimated.

The 22/1 for the Sky Blues is my first each-way selection.

The second tip comes from the Northern Section and Walsall start with a much tougher test than a bye.

The Saddlers head to Wolves, who sit second in the League 1 table on the back four wins and a draw to start the season, but a win is far more impossible.

Dean Smith's outfit sit in the mid-table ranks of League 1 and have a good mix of youth and experience that looks set to see them cope with the loss of key players like Will Grigg and Jamie Paterson during the summer.

Two away wins have come from three league matches this season and there is sure to be plenty of support for Wallsall when they step out at Molineux.

The Saddlers are priced up at 33/1 to win the JPT by Sky making them one of the least likely League 1 side to win the competition according to Sky Bet.

That isn't a fair reflection of their ability and a small each-way dabble is worth having with the odds sure to tumble if Smith's side can make it past Wolves.

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