League One, whose count of “sleeping giants” seems to be as high now as it’s ever been (surely measurable), continues tonight. With Ipswich, Sunderland, Coventry, Portsmouth and Bolton all slumming it in the division, the lesser lights (sorry, Rochdale) have never had it so good. Dale host Sunderland this evening, and RED, being part Mancunian (again, sorry Rochdale) fancies them (35.8% for the win) against the Rokerites much more than the bookmakers do (24.3%). It’s no surprise a 1-1 draw is the most likely scoreline.

It’s a tricky time for Greater Manchester’s teams at the moment though, with Bolton and Bury’s matches being postponed by the league due to ongoing financial problems at both clubs.