Scunthorpe vs Notts County by Hassy
Scunthorpe, under the management of Graham Alexander looked like nailed on promotion contenders until late April last season but a dip in their form meant them slipping out of the play-off places altogether. The Iron started the league campaign with 1-1 draw at home to Wimbledon but their manager has stated that they will be looking to win the game to get a feel good factor early in the season.
Scunthorpe are always very strong at home and the home draw could be because the manager is in the process of bedding down their new formation. They are playing a 352 now and despite looking solid for most of their game against Wimbledon they did fail to create the chances they so often did last season.
Neil Bishop misses the game through injury and two other players that will miss out are Luke Williams and Lewis Butroid.
Butroid only returned to training on Monday and although Williams has been in training for a week he is still building himself up to full fitness after months on the sidelines.
Notts County started their campaign off with a thumping 3-0 defeat at the hands of Coventry City and I feel that it could be a long season ahead for them. They are relying on loans from close neighbours Nottingham Forest and the contacts formed by ex premier league player Kevin Nolan to find low cost signings. The best they realistically hope for is a place in the lower play-off spots but I think that will be out of their reach too.
Manager Nolan is expected to make several changes to the team which started against Coventry which is likely to mean recalls for Jorge Grant and Rob Milsom who were on the subs bench on Saturday. He has also promised a start to striker Jonathon Forte who was left out of the squad and then demanded a face to face meeting with the manager.
Scunthorpe have spent heavily this summer once again in their quest to get Championship football at Glanford Park. If both teams do rotate a little then Scunny have the better squad. However, I can't see them rotating too many players because the manager has spoken of bedding in his new formation. I expect them at home to take this game more seriously than Notts County who won't fancy their chances too much. Expect a 2-0 straightforward win.
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