Chesterfield will be looking to get back to winning ways away at Rochdale this Saturday and Sky Bet offer their odds for that game and the rest of the action across League One.
Barnsley v Crewe Alexandra
Crewe had the chance to extend the gap between themselves and the relegation zone on Tuesday night but lost their clash with Doncaster. The Alex are 23/10 to win at Barnsley, while the Tykes, who sit in 19th three points behind the visitors, are 21/20. The draw is available at 12/5. Barnsley have lost their last three games but won their four home matches prior to a 2-1 defeat against Fleetwood and only conceded once in those four contests. The Railwaymen have won three of their last five away games with both teams scoring in four of those five matches. Statistics suggest that these two sides are second half teams with a common half-time score being 0-0.
Top Tip: The half-time score to be 0-0 draw at 15/8
Bradford City v Walsall
FA Cup heroes Bradford return to the Coral Windows Stadium on Saturday for the Sky Bet League 1 encounter with Walsall. The Bantams followed on from booking a place in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup with a 2-0 victory at Leyton Orient on Wednesday night. Phil Parkinson’s men are the 21/20 favourites for win this weekend and Johnstone’s Paint Trophy finalists Walsall can be taken at 13/5 for the three points. The draw is a 21/10 chance. Bradford have scored exactly two goals for four games in a row and they are 11/4 to score twice again in this contest.
Top Tip: Bradford to score exactly two goals at 11/4
Colchester United v Bristol City
It doesn’t get any easier for Colchester on Saturday after they fell to a 1-0 defeat against second-placed MK Dons in midweek. Sky Bet League 1 leaders Bristol City provide the latest opposition for the U’s this weekend and the Robins ran out 2-0 winners over Peterborough in their last outing. Colchester currently occupy a relegation position and a win, priced at 11/4, would see them climb out of the bottom four and above Coventry if the Sky Blues fail to win. Bristol City are 10/11 favourites for the victory and the draw is an option at 12/5. Colchester’s home form is patchy, only winning three in 10, while the visitors have only lost twice on their travels this season, against Crewe and Swindon. Sammie Szmodics has scored two in three for Colchester and is a big price at 16/1 in the first goalscorer betting. That market is headed by Bristol City’s Kieran Agard at 4/1.
Top Tip: Sammie Szmodics to score first at 16/1
Fleetwood Town v Notts County
Hosts Fleetwood are the 10/11 favourites to take the three points against Notts County on Saturday afternoon. The visiting Magpies can be backed at 3/1 and the draw is priced up at 9/4. The Cod Army have only won once at Highbury in their last five games with two draws and two defeats also occurring. It is on the road where County earn their points with 24 of their 38 points acquired this season coming away from Meadow Lane. Three of Fleetwood’s home matches have finished 1-1 and it is the same figure with Notts County on the road. The statistics show that this match isn’t one to put on a goals galore/over 2.5 goals coupon.
Top Tip: A 1-1 draw at 5/1
Leyton Orient v Oldham Athletic
Struggling Leyton Orient host play-off chasers Oldham in Saturday’s game at the Matchroom Stadium. Orient are priced at 7/5 to beat the Latics, who can be supported as 7/4 favourites. The draw is on offer at 23/10. The O’s have won just one of their last seven games but Oldham are in better spirits with four victories from their previous seven encounters. Three of Athletic’s last four games have contained just one goal. Two of Orient’s previous four home matches have also ended up with only one goal and its 7/2 for that mark this weekend.
Top Tip: Exactly one goal to be scored at 7/2
MK Dons v Peterborough United
MK Dons are the odds-on favourites at 4/6 to boost their promotion charge with victory at home to Peterborough on Saturday. The Posh, who have aspirations of a play-off place, can be supported at 18/5. The draw is priced at 11/4. MK Dons have only lost twice at home this season picking up 33 points while Peterborough have picked up 20 points on the road, which is one less than they have picked up at home (21). Peterborough have an identical record with goals in their games in the first half (39) as the second (39). However, games involving MK Dons have seen 36 first half goals and 58 second half goals. It makes sense to look at the highest scoring half being the second at evens.
Top Tip: The second half to have the most goals at evens
Port Vale v Doncaster Rovers
Doncaster sit in the final Sky Bet League 1 play-off place and can be supported at 6/4 to boost their promotion charge with victory at Port Vale on Saturday. Hosts Vale still have play-off ambitions of their own and can be backed at 13/8 for the three points. The draw is available at 9/4. Paul Dickov’s Doncaster are unbeaten in their last nine away games, winning four and drawing five, while Port Vale have been victorious in seven of their last 11 home games after a poor start to their campaign at Vale Park. Looking at the results it is clear that both teams can score goals but also have a problem when it comes to defending. Over 3.5 goals is definitely a market to look at for this encounter. The Valiants have only drawn three games at home but two of them did finish 2-2, while two of Rovers recent draws have been by the same scoreline.
Top Tip: A 2-2 draw at 12/1
Preston North End v Scunthorpe United
Preston exited the FA Cup on Monday night after a brave showing against Barclays Premier League heavyweights Manchester United. North End’s next match comes at home to Scunthorpe and Saturday and Simon Grayson’s men are the odds-on favourites at 8/13 for the three points. Scunthorpe can be backed at 4/1 but the Iron have won two home matches in as many games against opposition above them in the Sky Bet League 1 table. The draw can be found at 11/4. Preston have only lost once at Deepdale in the league this season, winning seven and drawing six while Scunthorpe are unbeaten in their last nine away matches, winning five and drawing four. Preston striker Joe Garner heads the first goalscorer betting at 7/2, while Paddy Madden and Gary McSheffrey are the top Scunthorpe contenders at 8/1. Madden has netted in both of his last two appearances.
Top Tip: Paddy Madden to score first at 8/1
Rochdale v Chesterfield
Rochdale are the 5/4 favourites for victory at home to Chesterfield on Saturday. You can get 19/10 for the visiting Spireites to come out on top. The draw is priced up at 12/5. Rochdale have only won twice in six at home while the Spireites have won twice away from home in five. The home side’s Ian Henderson looks the best bet to score first. He has netted 12 goals this season with seven of those coming at Spotland. Henderson is the 5/1 favourite in the first goalscorer odds, while Chesterfield’s main man is Caolan Lavery at 6/1.
Top Tip: Ian Henderson to score first at 5/1
Sheffield United v Coventry City
Sheffield United host Coventry on Saturday with both sides having differing aspirations for the remainder of the season. The Blades are looking for promotion and can be backed as odds-on favourites at 4/7. Coventry hope to remain out of the relegation zone and are 9/2 outsiders in this contest. The draw can be found at 11/4. Sheffield United have won their last three games at Bramall Lane but Coventry are without a victory in their previous six outings. The Blades signed Matt Done from Rochdale on Deadline Day and he has scored four times in three games for the Yorkshire club. Done is the 4/1 favourite in the first goalscorer betting, while Coventry duo Dominic Samuel and Luke Williams are both 10/1 shots.
Top Tip: Matt Done to score first at 4/1
Swindon Town v Crawley Town
Crawley picked up a crucial home victory over Barnsley at the weekend and they go to third-placed Swindon hoping to win their first away match since the opening day of the season. They are big outsiders at 13/2 to beat the Robins, who are looking to gain an automatic promotion place and are odds-on 4/11 favourites in this contest. The draw is priced up at 7/2 with Sky Bet. Swindon have won six of their last seven home matches, scoring nine and conceding just two. Crawley have scored 11 goals in 15 away matches and have failed to score in seven. Six of Swindon’s nine home wins have seen under 2.5 goals, which could be a play here. However, four of Swindon’s 15 home matches have been goalless at the interval while it is the same for Crawley when travelling.
Top Tip: The half-time score to be 0-0 at 21/10
Yeovil Town v Gillingham
Gillingham travel to Yeovil in great spirits with five wins and two draws acquired from their previous seven matches. The Gills are currently on an upward curve and are an outside chance for a play-off position if they keep this form up. Gillingham are 9/5 to win with Sky Bet at Yeovil on Saturday, while the Glovers are 7/5 to extend their three- match unbeaten run at home. The draw is available at 11/5. Gozie Ugwu made a January switch to Yeovil and has scored three goals for the Glovers, while Gillingham have John Marquis scoring; he has netted five times in six matches.
Top Tip: John Marquis and Gozie Ugwu both to score at 13/2
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