Ahead of this weekend's round of League One fixtures, Sky Bet give their odds.Bradford City v Gillingham
Bradford are odds-on at 4/5 for victory as fellow recent strugglers Gillingham and former Bantams boss Peter Taylor arrive at Valley Parade in Sky Bet League One. City will be buoyed by FA Cup progress and a surprise win at high-flying Preston last weekend after a dismal spell which produced just one point in their previous five games. On-loan striker Jon Stead has added greatly to their strike power and a home success by 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1 can be backed at 15/8. The Huddersfield striker is 9/2 for the opening goal and it is the same price for both Stead and strike partner James Hanson to find the net. The Gills were also on a poor run prior to a 3-2 win over Orient at Priestfield last weekend to climb out of the relegation zone and are 100/30 to follow it up with another success on the road. The draw can be backed at 13/5. The visitors’ away form is a major concern with just two points from their first eight games, scoring just five times in the process.
Top Tip: Over 3.5 goals at 2/1
Bristol City v Preston North End
The Sky Bet League One match of the day sees first take on third at Ashton Gate and the bookies have Bristol City as 11/8 favourites to come out on top. The Robins are unbeaten in eight home games with six wins and two draws but all eyes will be on their response after they suffered their first defeat of the campaign at Swindon last weekend. Preston also slipped up on Saturday at home to Bradford City and are 2/1 to bounce back in the perfect way with a victory over the league leaders. A draw can be backed at 9/4. Simon Grayson’s boys have slipped off the pace slightly with three of their four defeats so far coming in the last six games. Top scorer Joe Garner scored his first goal in four games at the weekend and now has 11 for the season – three behind the division’s top marksman, Jonathan Forte of Oldham. Garner is 7/2 to top the League One goal chart at the end of the season and 9/2 to score the opening goal on Saturday.
Top Tip: Draw and both teams to score at 3/1.
Chesterfield v Barnsley
Chesterfield will be keen for top scorer Eoin Doyle to recapture his best form as they bid to end a run of seven games without a win against neighbours Barnsley in Sky Bet League One. Doyle did bag a brace in the FA Cup romp against Braintree but has not scored in the league for six games. His early-season form means he is still the League One top scorer with 14 and he is 11/8 favourite to still top the standings at the end of the season. Chesterfield are even-money to turn their form around with a much-needed win and you can get 6/4 for Doyle to score in a victory for the Spireites. Visitors Barnsley have two wins and a draw from their last three league games and are 5/2 to bag their fourth win on the road. The draw can be backed at 13/5. Sam Winnall has been the Tykes main goal threat recently with six goals in his last five league and Cup games and he is 7/1 to open the scoring and 5/1 to score in an away win.
Top Tip: The draw at 13/5.
Colchester United v Coventry City
Colchester United are 5/4 favourites to take advantage of Coventry’s poor form on the road and claim the three points on offer in Sky Bet League One. The U’s will need to end a run of three games without a win in the league and will look for another key contribution from Freddie Sears who moved up to nine for the season with the final goal in the 3-2 defeat at Barnsley last time out. Sears is 5/1 favourite to score the opening goal of the game and 21/10 to score in a home win. Only Gillingham have a worse away record than the Sky Blues who have picked up just three points on the road all season. They are 21/10 to pick up their first away success of the campaign and it’s 12/5 for the draw. Frank Nouble is the 13/2 favourite amongst the Coventry ranks to score the first goal of the game and it is 4/1 for him to score in a much needed win for Steve Pressley’s men.
Top Tip: Under 2.5 goals at 5/6.
Crawley Town v Scunthorpe United
Scunthorpe are 9/5 for a victory at Crawley which could take them out of the drop zone in Sky Bet League One. But the Irons have won only twice on their travels so far this season and John Gregory’s men go into the game as 6/4 favourites for the three points with the draw on offer at 23/10. Town have drawn their last three games in the league and on top of FA Cup and Johnstone’s Paint Trophy exists you have to go back to October 22 for their last home win – a 1-0 success over Walsall. Top scorer Izale McLeod has netted twice in his last three games in league and cup and it is 2/1 for him to score in a Crawley win and 5/4 for him to score anytime. The visitors have taken seven points from a possible nine on the road recently and it is 11/4 that they follow it up with another success by a margin of 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1. Top Tip: Under 2.5 goals - 8/11.
Leyton Orient v Crewe Alexandra
Leyton Orient are odds-on at 8/13 for a win that is likely take them out of the relegation zone this weekend. A run of four games without a win has seen the ‘O’s slip into the bottom four, yet they are strong favourites to beat fellow strugglers Crewe. The visitors have not won at Brisbane Road since February 2008 and consecutive draws have meant they lie second from bottom in the Sky Bet League 1 table. It’s 14/5 for the draw this week, with Crewe 10/1 to nab a win after drawing at half-time. There have been under 2.5 goals in seven of the last eight meetings between these two, which is 5/6 this week. However, Kevin Nugent’s men have scored two goals in three of their last four games and are 7/2 to win by exactly that against The Railwaymen.
Top Tip: Under 2.5 goals at 5/6.
MK Dons v Port Vale
Port Vale will be hoping for a fourth league win in a row when they face MK Dons this weekend. Having never won at Stadium MK, they are the outsiders to continue their rise up the Sky Bet League One table. The hosts will be hoping to continue that record against The Valiants and also improve upon their record of having met with defeat only once in eight games. Karl Robinson’s men are odds-on at 4/6 for the three points this week and 3/1 to win both halves. To do that, they’ll be hoping top scorer Dele Alli finds his feet again, having not scored in his last two, He’s the favourite to open the scoring this week which will go a long way in helping The Dons overcome the -2 handicap at 4/1.
Top Tip: Both teams to score at 8/13.
Notts County v Yeovil United
The odds certainly reflect the league table for this encounter, with Notts County the strong favourites to claim the points. Yeovil lie in bottom spot and are without a win since September justifying their 2/1 price here. The visitors were winners in this fixture last year, however, and their 2-1 victory is 9/1 to be replicated here this season. Garry Johnson’s men will certainly be hoping to improve on their poor away form having not won on the road since September 6. That was a 3-1 win over Bradford but it is deemed a long shot for The Glovers to win by more than one goal at 5/1. Five of Notts County’s last six wins have been by a solitary goal and that’s 3/1 against a Yeovil side who have lost by one goal on three occasions this term.
Top Tip: Over 3.5 goals at 9/4.
Fleetwood Town v Walsall
Fleetwood are favourites at 13/10 to extend their unbeaten home record this season with a win when they entertain a Walsall side with just one away victory all season. Fleetwood have drawn fifty per cent of their home games this season, the highest proportion of any team in the league and for them to do so again is priced at 12/5 with Sky Bet. Both teams have conceded 16 goals this, season which is the second lowest-number in the league behind Notts County and the bookies are evidently expecting a low scoring game with the under 2.5 goals market priced at 8/11.
Top Tip: Under 2.5 goals at 8/11.
Peterborough United v Swindon Town
Having inflicted a first defeat of the season on league leaders Bristol City last weekend, some will fancy Swindon at 17/10 to take all three points when they travel to the London Road stadium to face a Peterborough side without a win in their last four league games. The home side are priced at 6/4 to close the gap on high-flying Swindon to just two points with the draw priced at 12/5. Recent form certainly suggests the value may be on the slight underdogs of Swindon who have won three of their last four, keeping a clean sheet in each of those wins. With 33 goals this season Swindon are the joint top scorers in the league and have found the net in each of their last seven away fixtures. Only once have Peterborough failed to score at home this season though and goals are unlikely to be scarce.
Top Tip: Draw and both teams to score - 3/1
Rochdale v Doncaster Rovers
After their three-game winning streak was halted by a 1-0 defeat to Port Vale last weekend, Rochdale are the odds-on 17/20 favourites to bounce back with a home win against Doncaster here. The away team have won four out of their seven games on the road this season and are priced at 16/5 to make it five from eight on Saturday, with the draw offered at 5/2. Rochdale boast the joint second-best defence in the league and they will fancy their chances of a clean sheet this weekend against a misfiring Doncaster team that have failed to score in almost half of their games this season. Rochdale to win to nil is offered at 21/10 with Sky Bet.
Top Tip: Over 2.5 goals at Even-money.
Sheffield United v Oldham Athletic
With four wins in their last five league games, Sheffield United are priced as favourites at evens to beat ninth-placed Oldham on Saturday. The away team are 11/4 underdogs despite the fact they have lost only once in their last 17 games in all competitions, going down only to league leaders Bristol City in that time. No team has drawn more games away from home that Oldham this season and the draw is priced at 23/10. Sheffield United have kept four clean sheets in their last five matches compared to their Saturday afternoon opponents who haven't kept a clean sheet since mid-September and in the correct score group betting market you can get Sheffield United to win 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1 at 15/8 with Sky Bet.
Top Tip: Under 2.5 goals at 8/11.
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