Russ Wilcox will be hoping to bounce back from consecutive defeats on the road with a victory against Coventry City at Glanford Park tonight.
Scunthorpe United were good value for promotion last season although it’s been tough going for the Iron so far this term, with a 2-1 win against Walsall representing their only three-point haul of the campaign.
That was followed by a 2-0 victory against Chesterfield in the JP Trophy which effectively means that Scunthorpe have the chance to win a third home game on the bounce following a horror show against Preston before also losing to Fleetwood at Glanford Park.
Bet365 offer a best price 23/10 about United claiming victory although this match looks a tough assignment against a Coventry side who are enjoying a new lease of life after returning to the Ricoh Arena.
Life was particularly tough for the Sky Blues last term as they played at Northampton’s ground and were also handed a ten-point deduction for going into administration although Steven Pressley’s side are now on the rise.
Coventry have dealt well with losing start striker Callum Wilson to Bournemouth and City sit in fifth place after winning three and drawing one of their home matches, although the Midlands club have had tighter encounters on the road.
A 3-2 defeat at Bradford has been followed by a brace of draws, with the Sky Blues coming away with a point from matches at Swindon and MK Dons.
It’s little surprise to see the visitors as favourites to win Tuesday night’s match, with William Hill going 6/4 about a win for Coventry. Josh McQuoid has scored three goals so far on loan from Bournemouth and looks set to be the danger man in this encounter.
Perhaps the best bet is the 5/2 about the game ending all square which would be relatively pleasing for both managers given their current situation.
Russ Wilcox will be targeting four points from the next two home matches and perhaps Saturday’s tussle with Leyton Orient is where Scunthorpe stand the slightly better chance of winning the game.
Gary McSheffrey (pictured) has scored in United’s last two games at Glanford Park and the experienced forward can be backed at 10/1 to score the first goal with Boylesports, which could potentially set the Iron on their way to a priceless victory.
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