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4 September 2014

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The Spireites may not be in action, but there are plenty more odds and top tips available in League 1 from Sky Bet.

Crawley v Rochdale
Both sides head into this meeting on the back of a defeat, but hosts Crawley are the 13/10 favourites over visitors Rochdale. The Dale are given a 2/1 chance of claiming a second away win of the season, but a draw wouldn’t be the worst result for Keith Hill’s side and that’s 12/5. Only one of Crawley’s Sky Bet League 1 games so far this season has gone under 2.5 goals, while Rochdale’s last two outings has produced less than three. It’s 8/11 for that outcome again on Saturday, while Crawley are 15/8 to keep a clean sheet compared to Rochdale’s price of 5/2.
Top tip: Draw and under 2.5 goals at 3/1
Oldham v Fleetwood
Despite their perfect record on the road in Sky Bet League 1 so far this term, Fleetwood travel to Oldham with the odds slightly against them. Home advantage makes the Latics 7/5 to pick up their first home win of the campaign, while Fleetwood are 9/5 to make it three wins from three on the road. Fleetwood’s last two league games have been draws and it’s 12/5 for another, while a draw with under 2.5 goals is 3/1. Jonathan Forte of Oldham is one of six players in the division to have hit four goals already, while Jamie Proctor of Fleetwood has three. Forte is 13/8 to score anytime and his counterpart Proctor is 2/1.
Top tip: Both teams to score at 8/11
Peterborough v Port Vale
Sky Bet League 1 leaders Peterborough are odds-on to continue their impressive start on Saturday with Port Vale 3/1 to cause an upset.
The Posh head into the game as Sky Bet’s 23/10 fourth favourites for promotion while London Road’s visitors are 22/1 outsiders despite a solid start, collecting five points from as many games.
Both sides boast prolific marksmen with Kyle Vassell currently joint top of the scoring charts with four goals to his name, while Tom Pope follows closely on three.
Vassell heads the first goalscorer market at 3/1 with Pope double that price at 6/1, while both in-form strikers to net is available at 9/2.
With just two goals scored in the last three meetings, under 2.5 goals could be a sensible bet at 10/11, while a repeat of the goalless draw here back in May is 12/1.
Top Tip: Vassell and Pope both to score at 9/2
Coventry v Gillingham
Coventry are odds-on favourites to mark their eagerly-anticipated return to the Ricoh Arena with a win over Gillingham in Sky Bet League 1. 
Steve Pressley's men have drawn three of their opening five league games and another share of the spoils can be backed at 13/5.
Visitors Gillingham currently occupy 13th spot, two higher than this weekend’s opponents this, but have suffered defeats in both their away games to date. Peter Taylor's charges are 14/5 to break their duck.
The Gills’ striker Danny Kedwell is one of six players top the league's try scoring chart with four so far and the League sponsor offers 4/1 that he scores in a win for the visitors. He is 11/2 to score the match opener.
Top tip: Coventry to win and both teams to score at 11/4
Bradford v Yeovil
Bradford City are firm favourites to continue their impressive start to the season against a Yeovil side still struggling to adapt to life in Sky Bet League 1.
Phil Parkinson’s men are 11/10 to make it four wins from their opening half-dozen games despite their midweek Johnstone’s Paint Trophy exit at Oldham.
James Hanson has been one of the form players in the competition with four goals already and he has been backed into 20/1 from 40/1 pre-season to finish the season as the competition’s top scorer.
The Glovers have just one win to date but that did come on the road at Walsall and they are 12/5 to repeat that success with the draw available at the same price.
Top tip: Bradford and over 2.5 goals in match at 9/4.
Bristol City v Scunthorpe
Unbeaten Bristol City are hot favourites to strengthen their position near the summit of Sky Bet League 1 as struggling Scunthorpe head to Ashton Gate.
City are 3/4 to take all three points, following up their come from behind victory at Notts County last weekend when Jay Emmanuel-Thomas  notched the winner deep in added time. Strike partner Aaron Wilbraham was also on the mark and is 12/1 fourth favourite to finish as the League 1 top scorer from 40/1 pre-season. Scunthorpe picked up their first win of the campaign against Walsall last weekend and are 100/30 to make it two wins on the spin after losing their opening three games.
Top tip: Bristol City to win to nil at 21/10
Walsall v Colchester
Walsall are Sky Bet’s 4/5 favourites for Saturday’s clash with Colchester (100/30) at the Bescot Stadium. With both sides struggling for goals so far this season, the Football League sponsor are anticipating a tightly-contested affair, with over 2.5 goals evens and a 0-0 draw 9/1. Given the last four meetings between these two sides have failed to produce over 2.5 goals, Walsall to win and under 2.5 goals at 11/4 and Colchester to win at and under 2.5 goals at 13/2 look the value options, depending on your preference either way. Tom Bradshaw, who has scored the Saddlers’ last two goals and three in total already this season, is expected to continue his free-scoring as the 9/2 favourite to open the scoring and 5/4 to score in 90 minutes. Freddie Sears and George Moncur have two goals apiece for the U’s and are 8/1 and 12/1 respectively in the first goalscorer betting, while Jabo Ibehre is 12/5 to open his account and net anytime.
Top Tip: Bradshaw and Sears both to score at  8/1

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