Entering another week of exciting League One action and Sky Bet give their odds on all the fixtures.
Chesterfield v Oldham Athletic
Only goal difference separates the sides as Oldham travel to Chesterfield on Saturday, and the hosts are favourites with Football League sponsor Sky Bet. The Spireites are just two goals better off than the Latics so far and are 6/5 for the three points here, with the visitors 9/4 for a second away win of the season. Oldham are hard to beat on the road, though, having lost just one of their six away games in League 1 this season, drawing four. Another draw looks the best value in the result market at 23/10. Both teams have scored in five of the last six meetings between the sides in all competitions, and that trend is likely to continue here at 8/11.
Top tip: Draw and both teams to score at 3/1
Coventry City v Bristol City
Sky Bet League 1 leaders Bristol City travel to Coventry as favourites, but the Sky Blues have lost just once at home this season. The Robins are 6/5 to preserve their status at the top of the division with all three points, while the hosts can be backed to win at 21/10. Bristol City have drawn three of their six away games, though, and another deadlock is 5/2. Last season, this fixture finished 5-4 to the hosts, although it was staged at Sixfields, but it’s a long shot at 17/2 for over six goals to be conjured up on this occasion. Both teams have scored with over 2.5 goals netted in each of the last three meetings between the two clubs, and those eventualities are available at 4/7 and 8/11 respectively ahead of Saturday’s meeting.
Top tip: Over 2.5 goals at 8/11
Fleetwood Town v Doncaster Rovers
Doncaster will be hoping to leapfrog Fleetwood in the Sky Bet League 1 table with a win at Highbury, but the visitors are 21/10 underdogs to do so. That means Fleetwood are 13/10 favourites, though a fifth draw in seven home games may appeal to punters at 23/10. However, Doncaster are yet to draw in any of their five away games in the league, winning three with two defeats. Fleetwood are averaging less than a goal a game, though, so Rovers look good value to keep a clean sheet at 5/2.
Top tip: Under 2.5 goals at 8/11
Leyton Orient v MK Dons
Leyton Orient are slight favourites at 6/4 for their Sky Bet League 1 clash with promotion-chasers MK Dons (17/10), despite failing to win any of their six league matches at the Matchroom Stadium this term. The O's are also without a win in their last four League starts but did claim a point in a 2-2 draw at Sheffield United last week and have won both of their most recent home encounters with the Dons. The visitors are fourth in the table, only four points behind second-placed Peterborough but with two games in hand. They make the short trip having recorded two wins and two defeats in their last four, scoring 12 goals in the process. Benik Afobe and Orient's Darius Henderson are both 5/1 shots to break the deadlock.
Top tip: Over 2.5 goals at 4/5.
Notts County v Crawley Town
Notts County are strong favourites at 11/10 to extend their six-match unbeaten run in Sky Bet League 1 when they host Crawley on Saturday. Shaun Derry's side are ninth in the table and have suffered only two defeats in their 11 league matches to date, the last one coming back in August against title favourites Bristol City. Opponents Crawley (5/2) are 15th in the table but are struggling for goals this term scoring only nine goals in their 12 games so far and they also suffered a 4-1 home defeat to Peterborough on Saturday. The last two meetings between the sides have finished 1-0 with both sides securing a victory and another low scoring encounter could be on the cards here.
Top tip: Under 2.5 goals at 8/11.
Peterborough United v Barnsley
Peterborough are odds-on shots at 5/6 to maintain their promotion push with victory over Barnsley in Sky Bet League 1 on Saturday. Posh are second in the table , five points behind leaders Bristol City and have won two of their last three matches, including a 4-1 win at Crawley last week. Barnsley at 16/5 look a decent price and head to Peterborough with plenty of confidence after successive league wins against Bradford and Rochdale, and have also won on five of their last six visits to London Road. Marcus Maddison, who has scored in each of his last two appearances, is 2/1 to net in a Posh win.
Top tip: Both teams to score at 4/6.
Preston North End v Port Vale
Unbeaten at home, Preston find themselves as odds-on favourites to beat struggling Port Vale here. Lying 14 places behind the Lilywhites and just one win away from home, Vale are 15/4 to win the game. Yet to fill the vacant manager position, current interim Rob Page will be reliant on the club’s top scorer Tom Pope to provide a lifeline. Pope netted twice in the club’s resounding 4-1 win over Yeovil last time out and he is 15/2 to open the scoring here. The hosts will be hoping to build on a run of four straight victories in all competitions and, having scored 12 at home already this term, they will be fancied by many at 4/6.
Top tip: Preston to win to nil at 21/10.
Rochdale v Gillingham
Gillingham travel to Spotland to face Rochdale in a bid to secure their first away win of the season in Sky Bet League 1. The Gills are 7/2 outsiders to gain all three points – something they haven’t achieved since mid-September - and face a Dale side who have enjoyed four wins in their last five. With Matt Done in the frontline, Rochdale will be confident of bouncing back from last week’s defeat to Barnsley. Done has scored seven goals already this term and is rightly the 9/2 favourite to open the scoring. Gillingham’s best hope of a goal – Danny Kedwell – is 13/2 to net first. Rochdale were the second-highest scorers in Sky Bet League 2 last year and have already scored more goals away this year than any other side in the division – therefore backing three or more goals makes obvious appeal.
Top tip: Over 2.5 Goals at 10/11
Scunthorpe United v Colchester United
Less than three points separate Scunthorpe and Colchester in the Sky Bet League 1 table and they find themselves fairly evenly matched in the outright markets too. The home side are slight favourites at 13/8 despite lying second from bottom in the table and recently parting company with their manager. Mark Robins takes control this week and will be hoping to build on last week’s 3-0 win over Gillingham. Paddy Madden opened the scoring for the Iron last time out and is the 5/1 favourite to replicate that against Colchester. Tony Hume’s side, however, will travel to Glanford Park in decent form having lost just two league games in seven matches – this week they are6/4 to take all three points. The visitors are still among the league’s top scorers despite finding themselves 17th in the table so goals may be forthcoming.
Top tip: Colchester to win and over 2.5 goals in the match at 3/1
Walsall v Crewe Alexandra
The Saddlers are odds-on favourites as they prepare to welcome a Crewe side who have earned just one point on the road in Sky Bet League 1 from 18 points available. Alex should be buoyed by ending a dismal sequence of results with a 2-1 victory over Coventry at Gresty Road last week and are 9/2 chances to gain their first away victory with the draw available at 14/5. Walsall are unbeaten in their last four in the League at home and can be backed at 7/4 to claim a 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1 victory here, or alternatively at 7/2 to draw 1-1, 2-2 or 3-3. Ashley Grimes and Mathieu Manset head the first goalscorer market at 5/1, while Crewe’s most likely opening scorer is Marcus Haber at 8/1.
Top Tip: Walsall to win to nil at 15/8.
Yeovil Town v Swindon Town
Third-placed Swindon are 5/4 favourites as they bid to extend their unbeaten Sky Bet League 1 sequence to nine at struggling Yeovil. The Robins have won five of their last eight league games and you have to go back to the middle of August for their only defeat in the competition – 1-0 at Crawley. They have shared the goals around well but Michael Smith and Andy Williams lead the club’s scoring chart with five apiece. It is 9/2 for Smith to score the opening goal of this game or 6/1 for Williams to do likewise. Yeovil have struggled for goals of late, especially at Huish Park where they have managed just four in six League games. It is 2/1 that they fail to score again here.
Top Tip: Swindon to win and under 2.5 goals in match at 4/1
Bradford City v Sheffield United
The League sponsor are struggling to part the Yorkshire rivals ahead of their Sky Sports screening with just one point and three places separating them in Sky Bet League 1. The tenth-placed Blades are slightly favoured for the three points at 6/4 with the Bantams on offer at 17/10 and the draw 12/5. Bradford were beaten 3-1 at Barnsley last weekend and will be keen to get top scorer James Hanson back on the field after a six-match injury absence. He is 11/2 to score the opening goal and 11/4 to score in a home success. Jose Baxter is considered the likeliest player to score the opening goal of the game at 11/2 for the Blades. Nigel Clough’s visitors have conceded 13 goals on their travels but have scored 10, suggesting another high-scoring game is on the cards against a Bradford side who have already lost three times on their own patch.
Top Tip: Draw and both teams to score at 3/1