With the Spireites set to return to league action following a week off, Sky Bet give their tips and odds from across league 1.
Barnsley v MK Dons
These two sides have just one defeat apiece from their respective opening five games, but Barnsley get the benefit of the doubt from the bookmakers due to their home advantage. The Tykes are 13/10 favourites with MK Dons given bigger odds of a win at 19/10, while a draw would be no surprise at 23/10. Both teams have scored in each of Barnsley’s last four league games, while the Dons have failed to score only once in their five league outings so far this term. At 5/1, a 1-1 draw is the most likely scoreline, according to Sky Bet’s correct score odds.
Top tip: Both teams to score at 8/11
Bradford City v Swindon Town
Bradford are expected to bounce back from their second defeat in three games as they host Swindon at Valley Parade. The Bantams lost at home to Yeovil last weekend, but they’re 7/5 to beat the Robins on Saturday, with Mark Cooper’s men given a 9/5 chance. Four of the last six meetings between the two clubs have been drawn though, and that’s on offer at 12/5. Two of those draws have been 0-0 and the same number have been 1-1 - both scorelines are available at 9/1 and 5/1 respectively, while under 2.5 goals is 8/11.
Top tip: Correct Score to be either 1-1, 2-2 or 3-3 at 7/2
Bristol City v Doncaster Rovers
Bristol City are odds-on to continue their solid start to the Sky Bet League 1 campaign with a home win over Doncaster on Saturday. The Robins are one of only two unbeaten sides left in the division and sit just a point below leaders Peterborough. Steve Cotterill’s side are 5/6 to claim a fifth win from seven, but Doncaster have scored in all but one of their games so far and can be backed to win at 100/30. Donny are 6/4 to score first and 13/2 to win without conceding, as they have done in both of their victories so far this term.
Top tip: Both teams to score at 5/6
Chesterfield Town v Scunthorpe United
Promotion hopefuls Chesterfield are expected to build on their positive start to the Sky Bet League 1 campaign, as they’re odds-on to beat Scunthorpe this weekend. The Spireites, who are 7/2 for a top-six finish and 8/1 to go up, are 17/20 for a home win on Saturday, with visitors Scunthorpe given a 16/5 quote. A draw wouldn’t be the worst result for The Iron and that’s 5/2, but they’ll need to improve their leaky defence if they’re to get a result. Scunthorpe have the joint-worst defensive record so far, with 13 goals conceded, but then Chesterfield average just over one goal per game with six scored in five outings.
Top tip: 1-1 Draw at 5/1
Coventry City v Yeovil Town
Coventry are Sky Bet’s 6/5 favourites as they look to maintain their perfect return to the Ricoh Arena when Yeovil visit. The Glovers will, however, fancy their chances of spoiling the homecoming party, having racked up back-to-back away wins, and are 11/5 to make it three on the bounce. Marcus Tudgay and Josh McQuoid are considered the hosts’ main threats at 11/2 apiece to break the deadlock, while Frank Nouble is 11/4 to repeat his heroics from last weekend and net in a Coventry win. James Hayter heads the first goalscorer market on the Glovers’ side at 13/2, while defender Aaron Martin is 28/1 to add to the two goals he’s already managed this season by netting first.
Top Tip: Over 2.5 goals at evens.
Crawley Town v Fleetwood Town
Fleetwood are 7/5 favourites with Sky Bet on Saturday as both sides like to get back on track after impressive starts to the season. The Cod Army won their first three games, while Crawley picked up six points from their first two but neither side has managed a Sky Bet League 1 victory since. A tightly-fought encounter is expected with under 2.5 goals odds-on, meaning three or more goals can be backed at 11/10 with the Football League sponsor. Izale McLeod is the 5/1 favourite to break the deadlock having scored three goals already this season while David Ball, who has managed the same tally, is 11/2 to net first.
Top Tip: McLeod and Ball both to score at 11/2
Crewe Alexandra v Port Vale
Crewe are 17/10 with Sky Bet to register their first victory of the season when Port Vale visit on Saturday. With both sides struggling a little for form, there is little in this one in terms of favouritism according to the Football League sponsor, with Vale only slightly shorter in the betting at 6/4. However, goals are unlikely to be in short supply, with Vale’s last three games seeing 12 in total. Marcus Haber is 11/2 to improve his record of three goals in all competitions by netting first for the hosts, while Tom Pope is the favourite to open the scoring at 9/2, having already found the net five times.
Top Tip: Haber and Pope both to score at 11/2
Leyton Orient v Colchester United
Colchester are 9/2 with Sky Bet to register their first victory of the season on Saturday with Leyton Orient just 8/13 to collect all three points. The Os are expected to be full of confidence following their 3-2 Football League Trophy victory at high-flying Peterborough, when Chris Dagnall bagged a brace. However, draws have been more commonplace in their campaign and a fourth successive one in Sky Bet League 1 is 14/5. Darius Henderson leads the scoring charts for the Os with three to his name and is 4/1 joint favourite with David Mooney to score first, while Dagnall follows closely at 9/2. Freddie Sears and George Moncur have both netted twice for the Us this season and are 9/1 and 14/1 respectively to break the deadlock.
Top Tip: 1-1 draw at 11/2
Oldham Athletic v Gillingham
Oldham are even-money shots to pick up all three points when they host Gillingham in Sky Bet League 1 on Saturday. The Latics have moved up to 11th in the table after successive 1-0 wins, the most recent against promotion fancies Fleetwood. It's 11/2 for the same outcome on Saturday and an Oldham win to nil is a 9/4 shot with the League sponsor. Gillingham visit Boundary Park after back-to-back league wins but it hasn't been a happy hunting ground for the Gills in recent years as Oldham have won on each of the last five meetings conceeding only two goals in those games. The division's joint top scorer Jonathan Forte is 15/8 to score in a win for the hosts, while Danny Kedwell is 9/2 to score in a win for the Gills.
Top tip: Both teams to score in the second half at 5/2.
Peterborough United v Notts County
Promotion-chasers Peterborough are odds-on shots to see off Notts County when the sides meet in at London Road on Saturday. Posh have won five of their six Sky Bet League 1 matches to move to the top of the table. They have won their last two matches 3-1 and it's 11/1 with the League sponsor for a repeat of that outcome on Saturday. Opponents Notts County are 9/2 to upset Darren Ferguson's men but will arrive with plenty of confidence after three wins in their last four. Recent meetings between the sides have been goal feasts with 13 goals in the last two matches so there may be value backing over 3.5 goals at 13/8 or even over 4.5 goals at 7/2. The division's joint top-scorer Kyle Vassell is 7/2 with Sky Bet to break the deadlock with Jake Cassidy a 15/2 shot to net in a Magpies win.
Top Tip: Goal in the first 10 minutes at 11/4.
Sheffield United v Rochdale
Sheffield United are odds-on to take all three points when they host Rochdale in Sky Bet League 1 on Saturday. The Blades have only secured seven points from their opening five matches, scoring only five goals in the process, but welcome Dale to Bramall Lane on the back of a four-match unbeaten run. United also dominated both meetings last year winning 3-0 at home, a 12/1 shot this time with the League sponsor to happen again, and 5-2 away from home. However Dale are flying at present and have already netted 11 goals this term in the league. They can be backed at 18/5 to secure a win. They hammered Crawley 4-0 last time out and are 12/2 to win and keep a clean sheet.
Top Tip: Both teams to score in the first half at 4/1.
Walsall v Preston North End
Walsall (21/10) will be looking for their first win in Sky Bet League 1 this term when they host promotion-chasing Preston (5/4). The Saddlers have been short of goals this term scoring only three in their opening six matches but have secured four points courtesy of four draws. Preston, 11/2 shots with the League sponsors to secure promotion, are unbeaten but already six points adrift of pacesetters Peterborough after three draws. Another draw at the Bescot Stadium is available at 12/5, while a draw and both teams scoring is 100/30 with Sky Bet. Preston won the corresponding meeting between the sides last year 3-0 and it's 20/1 for a repeat of that scoreline.
Top Tip: Draw and under 2.5 goals at 11/4