The odds on Exeter City earning promotion this season have drifted further out after the club’s winless streak was extended to four games at the weekend. The Grecians were trailing 2-0 to promotional rivals Tranmere when Dean Moxey was sent off and that effectively ended all hope of staging a comeback. It means Exeter City have taken just two points from their last four games and that has seen them fall seven behind league leaders Lincoln City. Yet it is a long old season and there is plenty of time for them to turn things around, with some massive games lying on the horizon.
A glance at the best odds on the market tells you that Lincoln and MK Dons are both heavy, odds-on favourites for promotion. But three teams go up automatically and another through the playoffs, so there are plenty of opportunities for Exeter to surge into League One. Bury are next in the betting at 13/8, followed by Colchester at 6/4, Mansfield at 7/4 and then Exeter at 5/2, before you get to Tranmere at 10/3. It all looks congested, but Exeter City remain fifth in the table and if they put a couple of wins together, they could soon be back in the top three. You might fancy a bet on Exeter at such long odds as 5/2 and a guide on how to bet on sports will help you out if you are unsure of anything.
Defeat against Tranmere certainly represented a bitter pill for Grecian fans to swallow though. The club released James Norwood after he played just five games, but he has since blossomed into an exceptionally dangerous striker. This season he tops the League Two scoring charts and he banged in both goals to put Exeter to the sword on Saturday, gleefully showing fans what they are missing. The Grecians simply could not match Tranmere’s swagger on the day and they look to be suffering from a drop in confidence levels.
Their next league game, which is at home to Northampton, therefore takes on huge significance. The Cobblers have won three on the bounce to climb to 15th in the table and confidence abounds at the club. Yet Exeter look like the better team on paper and they have home advantage. The previous campaign ended in disappointment for both clubs, as Exeter lost a second consecutive playoff final, while Northampton were relegated from League One. The Grecians rallied in much better fashion and started the season in far better form, but Northampton now have momentum and it will be intriguing to see if Exeter can halt that.
But first up they play back-to-back cup games. First up is an FA Cup first round clash that will see Matt Taylor’s men host a Blackpool side sitting comfortably in mid-table in league One. They gave a decent account of themselves when losing just 2-1 to Arsenal at The Emirates in the last 16 of the Carabao Cup last week, and the Grecians will have their work cut out in this game. Blackpool are the favourites to pick up an away win, but they are not in great form. They lost 3-0 to Bristol Rovers at the weekend and they will have less time to prepare for the game due to their clash with Gillingham on Tuesday, so hope springs eternal.
Then Exeter face Bristol Rovers in the group stage of the Football League trophy. That should be another competitive game and, although Exeter are underdogs, home advantage could swing things in their favour if the crown gets behind them in passionate fashion. There is also a trip to Colchester and the visit of Macclesfield Town to look forward to before November is out, so Grecian fans will have plenty of opportunities to roar their team to victory.