Harrogate Town vs. Stockport County Prediction, Tips & Odds – Aug. 09, 2022 20:45 CET
This Tuesday and Wednesday are reserved for the first round of the League Cup. One very interesting game will be played at CNG Stadium in Harrogate between the two league rivals.
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Harrogate Town Team News
Harrogate Town has a mixed start to the season. They play fantastic in the opening round and beat Swindon at home 3:0 in a game where they have a large number of great chances but after that, they suffered an easily defeat at Crewe with the same results on Saturday.
Harrogate played like this last season – hot and cold. They were too good to fight for relegation but at the same, they weren’t good enough to fight for the top 7. We can expect the same thing this season also.
Harrogate changes the team a lot but at the same time, they sing a couple of decent players which, they hope, can be enough to escape a drop from League Two.
Last season they had a goal difference of 64:75 which lead to having a very good attack (ninth in the league but also third worst defence). The new season started in the same fashion.
Stockport County Team News
On paper one of the favourites for the title in League Two. They were promoted from National League last season (the fifth tier) but they are backed by a very wealthy owner and they signed a couple of fantastic players and add more quality to a very strong team.
But on the pitch, things don’t start as expected. Stockport suffered back-to-back defeats in the first two rounds and the common thing for both games is a large number of errors in defence.
They basically gifted their rivals with five goals. The manager David Challinor is angry because of that and that is expected. He will rotate a team for this cup game but Stockport has a very long bench and great players who are waiting for a chance.
Stockport scored three goals in the opening two games but also conceded five.
In the previous years, they met each other in the fifth and sixth tiers and both clubs made huge progress in recent years. Harrogate has won five games, Stockport three, and two games were finished with a draw in the last 10. Eight games were finished with over 2.5 goals and nine with BTTS.
Team News and Injuries
Both clubs will rotate pretty much of the squad because this is a cup game and the team usually do that in League Cup as they want to give all the players chance to prove themselves at the start of the season.
Harrogate Town vs. Stockport County Prediction
Harrogate and Stockport started the season with a lot of problems, especially in defence. They score goals but also conceded a lot very easy. Both managers Simon Weaver and Dave Challinor will make a lot of changes in the starting lineups in contrast to the last league game and we expect that these changes will bring a more open football and a lot of goals.
Prediction: Over 2.5 goals