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SKY BET LEAGUE NOTTS COUNTY, much improved under new boss Mark Cooper, can make it two wins in a row by beating Hartlepool at Meadow Lane, writes Steve Davies.

Cooper, County's third boss this season, guided his new club to a welcome and well-deserved 1-0 win against Sky Bet League Two rivals Stevenage on Saturday.

Hot on the heels of a goalless draw against Wycombe and 2-2 draw at Northampton, the Magpies are heading in the right direction and the atmosphere at Meadow Lane, which was toxic under Jamie Fullarton, is decidedly more encouraging.

Hartlepool have lost just one of their last nine and have stormed away from the danger zone. However, their last two wins - against Mansfield and Morecambe - were against ten men and they still concede too many goals.

In Sky Bet League One, Oldham look worth chancing at Barnsley. The 100-30 about the Latics looks too big, though the 2-1 draw no bet is preferred for more cautious punters.

The Tykes suffered for their JPT triumph (and subsequent celebrations) by slipping up at home to Chesterfield on Saturday. Oldham, who are much better than the Spireites, have lost just three away games all season, a bizarre record for a side in 18th place in the division.

They've been in good form for a while with only two defeats in their last 14 and have kept clean sheets in their last four, including shutouts of highflyers Burton and Walsall.

Championship favourites Middlesbrough can return to the top tonight by winning their game in hand at home to Reading.

Recommendations Notts County 2pts 13-8 Betfred Oldham draw no bet 2pts 2-1 Hills, Sky Bet

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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
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Date:Apr 12, 2016
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