I struggle to see how Newport avoid a relegation scrap this season, they only scored 43 goals last term and sold the player, Scott Boden, who scored 13 of them. He’s been replaced by Jon Parkin who’s now a year old, than when he was playing the The
Conference National League last season. I don’t think he’ll be an adequate replacement and in truth I think it’s a fight between Newport and Morecambe for bottom place in The Football League.
By contrast Mandfield have set their sights higher after a top half finish last season. They’ve managed to keep hold of Matt Green, their 16 goal top scorer from last term. The loss of centre-back Ryan Tafazolli has been addressed by the signings of Rhys Bennett and George Taft. Danny Rose has arrived from Bury to add to their attack, along with Darius Henderson, who at the age of 34 I don’t expect them to be relying on, but he’s a good option to have off the bench.
The goal expectancy for this game has it at Newport 1.06 v 1.36 Mansfield, therefore I’d expect the Asian Handicap line to be set at around -0.25 for the away team. However we are able to get them at 0 (Draw No Bet) for nearly even money. I’ve tipped this selection up for a weekly accumulator I do with some friends and I fully expect Mansfield to win with this comfortably, but I really don’t see them losing.
BACK MANSFIELD 0 ASIAN HANDICAP at 1.96 (Bet Victor)