The trip to Preston may seem hardly past but already the next round of matches is upon us and Sky Bet reveal their weekend odds.
Colchester City v Bradford United
Colchester are marginal favourites to recover from a late collapse in midweek and take all three points from Bradford City here. The U's were 2-0 up against Sheffield United before conceding three goals in the final eight minutes as they slipped to their fifth defeat in eight games. Despite that, they can be backed at 6/4 to inflict the Bantams’ first defeat on their travels. Phil Parkinson's men have taken 10 of their 13 points away from Valley Parade and are 8/5 to come out on top again with the draw available at 23/10. Colchester top scorer Freddie Sears is 6/1 to grab the opening goal while Bradford's leading marksman James Hanson will hope to return from injury to add to his tally. He is 5/1 to score first and 11/8 anytime.
Top Tip: Sears and Hanson both to score at 13/2
Doncaster Rovers v Chesterfield
All eyes will be on Chesterfield striker Eoin Doyle as Sky Bet League One's leading scorer makes the short trip to Doncaster and bids to improve his already-impressive strike rate. The Irishman has bagged hat-tricks in successive games to take his tally to 10 and is now 4/1 favourite to finish as the division's top scorer from 100/1 pre-season. He is 9/2 to score first and 33/1 to bag another hat-trick. Doncaster have drawn two and lost two of their four home games so far but are 6/4 favourites to break their winning duck at the Keepmoat Stadium. The Spireites who are unbeaten on their travels including two wins, are 13/8 for the win here with the draw available at 9/4.
Top Tip: Eoin Doyle to score anytime at 5/4
Fleetwood Town v Bristol City
The bookies are struggling to split Fleetwood and leaders Bristol City ahead of their Sky Bet League One clash at the Highbury Stadium. The Fishermen have made a decent start to life in the higher division but this promises to be their sternest test for far. City are currently four-points clear at the top with six wins and two draws to date and have been cut from 8/1 pre-season to their current price of 11/4 for the title. Aaron Wilbraham continues to lead the way in their scoring stakes, netting two more in the midweek win at Port Vale and is 6/4 to add to his tally at the weekend and 11/2 to net the game’s opening goal. Fleetwood have found goals hard to come by but will look to top scorer Jamie Proctor for a boost. He is 13/2 to score the opening goal.
Top Tip: Proctor and Wilbraham both to score at 15/2
Gillingham v Walsall
Peter Taylor’s Gillingham are 11/8 favourites to follow up their midweek morale-boosting win over promotion fancies Peterborough with another three points against Walsall in Sky Bet League 1. The Gills’ strength has been their home form having bagged 10 points from the 12 available so far. Strikers Danny Kedwell and Cody McDonald have proved a potent combination so far with four goals apiece and it’s 11/2 for both find the net on Saturday. In contrast, the Saddlers have notched just one win so far and, after a 4-0 thumping at Rochdale in midweek, are a 2/1 chance to bounce back with three points at Priestfield. The draw is on offer at 11/5. Tom Bradshaw has scored four of the Saddlers’ six league goals to date and is 7/4 to score anytime and 100/30 to score in a much-needed away success.
Top Tip: McDonald and Bradshaw both to score at 13/2
MK Dons v Crewe Alexandra
MK Dons are odds-on to bounce back from defeat by beating bottom-of-the-table Crewe on Saturday. The Dons are clear favourites at 4/9, with Crewe given an 11/2 chance of grabbing what would be only their second win of the season. However, after opening with five straight defeats, the Alex have picked up four points in their last two games, so they’ll arrive at Stadium MK with renewed confidence, and they’re 2/1 to shake things up by scoring the first goal of the match. This fixture finished 1-0 to the hosts last term and the same outcome is 13/2, while Will Grigg is the 7/2 favourite to score the opening goal.
Top tip: Both teams to score at 8/11
Notts County v Oldham Athletic
Notts County are expected to return to winning ways as they’re favourites to beat Oldham at home on Saturday. The Magpies are without a win in three, but they’re 5/4 to pick up all three points this weekend, with visitors Oldham given a 2/1 chance. The Latics have drawn four times already in the league this season, including their last two outings, so another stalemate may appeal to punters at 9/4. Indeed, Oldham have already played out two entertaining 2-2 draws, and another four-goal deadlock is 12/1, while both teams to score in a draw is 100/30. Jake Cassidy and Ronan Murray are the hosts’ biggest threat at 6/4 apiece to score anytime, while Jonathan Forte is Oldham’s shortest price to score at 7/4.
Top tip: Draw and both teams to score at 100/30
Port Vale v Barnsley
Football League sponsor Sky Bet can’t separate Port Vale and Barnsley in the betting odds this weekend, with both sides available to back at 6/4 for a win. Micky Adams resigned from his post on Thursday following five straight defeats, but Vale can be backed to end that sequence with either a win or a draw in the ‘Double Chance’ market at 4/9. Barnsley, meanwhile, are without a win in three themselves, making the draw look inviting at 5/2. Tom Pope and Ben Williamson head the first goal market at 5/1 apiece, while Leroy Lita is deemed the hosts’ biggest attacking threat at 6/4 to score anytime, and 11/4 to score in an away win.
Top tip: Pope and Lita both to score at 11/2
Preston North End v Crawley Town
Preston may have drifted out to third favourites in the promotion odds, but the Lilywhites are big favourites to beat Crawley on Saturday. Simon Grayson’s men are 8/13 for three points, with Crawley rated 4/1 underdogs, but a draw would be a good result for the visitors and that is on offer at 11/4. When the two sides last met at Deepdale in March, the hosts secured a 1-0 win courtesy of a Joe Garner strike. An exact repeat of that is 14/1 in the ‘scorecast’ market, while a 1-0 home win is 5/1 as a single in the ‘correct score’ betting. Garner is the clear favourite to score first at 100/30, with Izale McLeod given Crawley’s best chance of scoring at 12/5 anytime.
Top tip: Garner to score in a Preston win at evens (1/1)
Rochdale v Coventry City
Rochdale are slight favourites for their Sky Bet League 1 clash with Coventry on Saturday. Dale recorded their third league win of the season on Tuesday with a thumping 4-0 victory over Walsall to move up to 11th in the table. They won last season's meeting 2-0, an 11/1 shot with the League sponsor this time, and have a great record against the Sky Blues at Spotland, winning each of their last four meetings. Coventry suffered a setback in midweek when they lost at Scunthorpe, ending a four match unbeaten run, but have scored in each of those matches. It’s 13/2 that Dale's Ian Henderson and Coventry's Josh McQuoid both score in 90 minutes.
Top tip: Both teams to score at 8/11
Scunthorpe United v Leyton Orient
There is likely to be little between the sides when Scunthorpe host Leyton Orient at Glanford Park on Saturday. The Iron find themselves at the wrong end of the table with seven points from their opening eight Sky Bet League 1 matches, while Leyton Orient have the same number of points but have played a game less. Scunthorpe beat Coventry 2-1 in midweek and won by the same margin when they last met Orient in March 2013. It's 10/1 for another 2-1 outcome for the hosts on Saturday. The O's haven't won in three in the league but can be backed at 7/2 to win and both teams scoring.
Top tip: Draw and under 2.5 goals at 3/1
Swindon Town v Sheffield United
Two form teams go head-to-head at the County Ground on Saturday with Swindon 5/4 favourites to topple Sheffield United (19/10). The Robins have suffered only one defeat in their opening seven Sky Bet League 1 matches and won the last meeting between the sides 2-1 back in March this year. It's 8/1 for the same outcome on Saturday. The Blades, 9/2 second favourites to win the title, head south on the back of successive league victories over Colchester and Rochdale, with Ben Davies netting twice in the 3-2 win over the Us. Davies is a 10/1 shot to net the opener on Saturday and 7/2 to score in 90 minutes. Michael Smith is the pick of the Swindon attack and can be backed at 5/2 to score in a home win.
Top tip: The draw at 11/5
Yeovil Town v Peterborough United
Football League sponsor Sky Bet expect Peterborough to return to winning ways as they travel to Yeovil on Saturday, with the visitors rated 5/4 favourites for a win. A 0-0 draw with Notts County was followed by a surprise 2-1 defeat to Gillingham on Tuesday, and plenty will fancy the hosts at 19/10 for a home win, while a draw is 12/5. The odds on Posh to be promoted have drifted out to 12/5 following their stutter, while Yeovil look decent value at 6/1 for a top-six finish. The Glovers have three draws on the board already, and each has come via a 1-1 scoreline. That familiar outcome is a 5/1 chance on Saturday, and is the most likely final score according to Sky Bet.
Top tip: A 1-1 draw at 5/1.
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