All the odds as Luton take on Macclesfield

One could argue that the, subsequently overturned, red card and missed penalty cost the Hatters a point at Southport on the opening day, writes Charlie McCann.

By The Newsroom
Saturday, 17th August 2013, 9:26 am

That that would have papered over what was a disappointing performance against the Sandgrounders who are the only side in the division with maximum points after the first couple of games in what promises to be a very competitive league.

John Still’s men didn’t impress everyone at Kenilworth Road midweek but a win is a win and the manager has to decide whether he starts with Andre Gray who certainly was the catalyst against Salisbury.

Forest Green are the clear 11/4 Conference favourites at BetVictor despite only scraping a draw against Nuneaton Boro at Liberty Way on Tuesday, although one can’t help thinking there has been an overreaction to sticking eight past 10-man Hyde on the opening day.

Town are out to 4/1 with Kidderminster 6s, Grimsby 7s and 9s Bar.

Macclesfield are Saturday’s visitors to Kenilworth Road and they are without a point and a goal so far this term and the ¾ for a Hatters win looks fair especially with John Still likely to have both Ronnie Henry and Alex Lawless available for selection.

The Hatters are 7/4 to lead at half time and full time and I hope the side take up where they left off against Salisbury.

Gray is 17/4 to grab the opener with Mark Cullen 19/4 and Jon Shaw, who is available despite needing a hernia operation, 11/2; my thoughts are that Still will return Gray to the starting XI but three points look essential ahead of next weekend’s trip to Forest Green.

The Hatters are 29/20 to keep a clean sheet and, although they have injury problems at the back, one could argue that only a deflected free kick prevents Luton from having two shut outs and with the Silkmen struggling in front of goal the 29/20 looks a fair price.

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