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Rupert Wyman 22nd Nov 2008 - 8:31

Pirates to steal the points

Bristol Rovers host West Country neighbours Swindon on Saturday.

The Pirates will be hoping to worsen the pain for Swindon as they are without a manager following Maurice Malpas' departure from the County Ground hotseat.

It leaves caretaker Dave Byrne in charge for his second match and after the Robins brilliantly came back from 2-0 down against Leicester to draw 2-2 last week confidence should be relatively high.

Byrne has spoken of his desire to get the manager's job full time so will be hoping of more of the same this week.

However, this week Byrne and his players face the league's most prolific hitman in the shape of Rickie Lambert. Lambert has scored 16 league goals already this season, averaging a goal a game.

Lambert is a 7/4 shot to score against Swindon and with his current strike rate should be backed at these odds.

Swindon have their own hotshot in Simon Cox. Cox has 13 league goals to his name but will be missing this weekend due to suspension.

In the match betting the Pirates can be backed at evens to take the three points with an away win at 14/5 and the draw at 23/10.

The evens about Rovers looks too good to turn down especially as Swindon only have had one league success on the road this term.

In the week footballing legend Dario Gradi took over the managerial reins once again at Crewe.

Gradi had taken a back seat from first team affairs for over a year but with the Railwaymen bottom of the league he has been asked to work some of his magic again.

In Gradi's first match in charge, second time around, Crewe welcome local neighbours Stockport to Gresty Road.

Crewe are without a win in ten league matches but the re-appointment of Gradi could be the perfect tonic. Gradi has already recruited ex- Alex player Kenny Lunt on loan from Sheffield Wednesday to help aid his cause.

Stockport are no mugs though as they sit in ninth place and only have one away league loss this season.

Unsurprisingly Stockport are favourites to win the match at 13/10 with the draw at 12/5 and the home win at 2/1.

Crewe at 2/1 look like a bit of value and it could well be worth a punt with Gradi back in charge.

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