With another weekend of League One action just around the corner Sky Bet offer their odds across the division.
Bradford City v Oldham Athletic
With their FA Cup exploits having come to an end at Reading, Bradford must now concentrate on trying to seal a play-off spot and with a couple of games in hand on most of their rivals it is still very much in their grasp. The Bantams have won one and drawn three of their last six ahead of Saturday’s clash with Oldham, who will arrive at Valley Parade buoyed by Tuesday’s convincing derby win over Rochdale. Bradford are 11/10 favourites with Sky Bet to win this Roses clash, with the visitors 13/5. But having noted that the hosts have drawn 12 games this season – the joint second highest in the division – and with the Latics having drawn 10, the draw at 23/10 is the way to go in this one.
Top tip: Back the draw at 23/10
Bristol City v Barnsley
Runaway Sky Bet League 1 leaders Bristol City go into this fixture 10 points clear at the top and with seven wins and a draw from their last eight, plus last Sunday’s Johnstone’s Paints Trophy win over Walsall at Wembley, it looks like being an exceptional season for Steve Cotterill’s side. However, they look set to be tested by an in-form Barnsley side who have won six and drawn two of their last eight games and go into the match just a place and a point outside the play-off places. City are understandably strong 4/7 favourites with Sky Bet to win this fixture, with the Tykes 9/2 and the draw 3/1. It was 2-2 when these sides clashed at Oakwell back in October and over 2.5 goals can be backed at 4/5 this weekend.
Top tip: Back over 2.5 goals at 4/5
Chesterfield v Walsall
A game neither side can afford to lose but for different reasons with Chesterfield pushing for the play-offs, while Walsall still have a little more work to do before they can count themselves clear of the threat of relegation. The Spireites have won three and lost three of their last six, while the visitors have won just one of their last six (two draws, three losses) and suffered the disappointment of losing out to Bristol City in last Sunday’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final at Wembley. Chesterfield are 19/20 with Sky Bet to win this one with the Saddlers – who won the corresponding clash 1-0 back in October – on offer at 14/5. However, they have lost only six on their travels and could claim a draw here with the home side’s form being inconsistent.
Top tip: Back the draw at 5/2
Crawley Town v Gillingham
Gillingham travel to Crawley just eight points off a play-off spot, but so tight is the division that they are only six points off the relegation places. The hosts have even greater cause for concern as they go into the match just two places and a point above the drop zone. Crawley boast the better recent form having won three and drawn one of their last six, while the Gills have won one and drawn three who has derailed their play-off push. Gillingham’s away record of just four wins is the joint worst in the division and although Crawley have lost only six at home Sky Bet cannot separate them and have priced both sides at 13/8, with the draw available at 23/10. It was 1-1 when the sides met at Priestfield back in October, but with Crawley having conceded 64 goals so far this season and Gillingham 56 we recommend over 2.5 goals at 10/11.
Top tip: Back over 2.5 goals at 10/11
Leyton Orient v Port Vale
Vale make the trip to east London having lost their last three games which has put a spanner in their play-off aspirations. Meanwhile, the hosts have won two and drawn one of their last six but still find themselves third from bottom in the tables and three points adrift of safety so victory is a must for the struggling O’s. The visitors won the corresponding fixture 3-0 last October, but their away form shows 10 defeats in 19 games which is joint fourth worst in the division. The home side are 19/20 with Sky Bet to win this match, with Vale 11/4 and the draw at 5/2. Our feeling is that a tight game early on will open up in the second period as both sides push for the points so we recommend both sides to score in the second half at 5/2.
Top tip: Both sides to score in the second half at 5/2
Notts County v Scunthorpe United
Notts County are marginal 9/5 outsiders to win their crunch showdown with Scunthorpe on Saturday as both clubs look to boost their survival chances. The hosts have lost their last two games and only goal difference keeps them above fourth-bottom Crewe while the Iron only have one more point than their opponents following back-to-back defeats themselves. Nevertheless Scunthorpe, who are bottom of the form table having failed to win any of their last eight, can be backed 7/5 to pick up all three points and 12/5 to draw. Notts County won the previous meeting 2-1 and a repeat scoreline on home soil is 9/1. Scunthorpe striker Paddy Madden is 11/2 favourite to net first and 6/4 to score anytime while Magpies strikers Garry Thompson and Leroy Lita can both be backed at 6/1 and 7/4 in the respective markets.
Top Tip: Draw and under 2.5 goals in the match at 3/1
Peterborough United v Coventry City
Peterborough are one of the in-form sides in Sky Bet League 1 so it’s no surprise to see the play-off hopefuls priced up at 10/11 to see off struggling Coventry on Saturday. A run of five wins from their last six has helped Posh climb into the top six have won five of their last six while Coventry arrive at London Road just one point above the relegation zone. The visitors are 3/1 to bag just their sixth away win of the season and 12/5 to earn what would be a highly-credible point in their battle for survival. They will draw some confidence from the 3-2 victory over Saturday’s opponents from earlier in the season and a repeat scoreline in their favour is 50/1. There have been fewer than three goals in five of Peterborough’s last six games and you can get 8/11 on the trend continuing this weekend. Conor Washington is 9/2 favourite to score first and 5/4 to net anytime while visiting striker Dominic Samuel is 7/1 and 12/5 respectively.
Top tip: Less than 2.5 goals at 8/11
Rochdale v Yeovil Town
Rochdale are 3/4 favourites to bounce back to winning ways as they host rock-bottom Yeovil at Spotland on Saturday. Dale head into the fixture on the back of a 3-0 defeat to local rivals Oldham but prior to that they had won four out of five to give their chances of reaching the play-off places a real shot in the arm. The hosts are currently two places and three points adrift of sixth-placed Peterborough while Yeovil, who are 100/30 for victory and 11/4 to earn a draw, are in desperate need of their fifth away win of the season considering they’re nine points adrift of safety. Rochdale won 3-0 at Huish Park back in October and another win by the same scoreline is 12/1. Ian Henderson is just three goals behind League One’s top scorer Eoin Doyle with 18 this season and he’s 5/4 to add to his tally on Saturday and 9/2 to net first while Yeovil’s best hope is Gozie Ugwu at 12/5 and 7/1 respectively.
Top tip: Ian Henderson to score first at 9/2
Sheffield United v Crewe Alexandra
Sheffield United are hot favourites at 1/3 to further consolidate their play-off position with victory over struggling Crewe at Bramall Lane. The Blades are in confident mood having thrashed Scunthorpe 4-0 on Tuesday night to extend their advantage over sixth-placed Peterborough to five points while they’ve now only lost twice in their last 12 games of which six were victories. Crewe are second bottom of the form table having taken just four points from their last six – a run which included heavy defeats to Rochdale, Preston and Bristol City – while they lost 1-0 at home to Oldham last time out. Alex, who also have the worst away record in the division, are 17/2 to win and 15/4 to pick up a point. The Blades won this fixture 1-0 back in October and a repeat result is the favourite in the correct score betting at 5/1. Mark McNulty and Matt Done are 4/1 favourites to net first and evens to score anytime while Crewe striker Nicholas Ajose is 9/1 and 3/1 in the respective markets.
Top Tip: Over 2.5 goals at 4/5
Fleetwood Town v Preston North End
Promotion-chasing Preston are expected to take all the points when they make the short trip to Fleetwood on Sunday. North End’s superb unbeaten run of eight wins and two draws in their last 10 League One games, including big victories over Oldham and Crewe, has put them three points clear of third-placed Swindon in the race for the second automatic promotion spot behind runaway leaders Bristol City so they’re unsurprisingly 3/4 favourites to triumph at Fleetwood. The hosts have been inconsistent of late with two wins, two draws and two defeats in their last six but they are still in with a shout of the play-offs as they head into the weekend just four points behind sixth-placed Peterborough. They are 18/5 for victory and 11/4 to draw. Preston hot shot Joe Garner, who has bagged 20 league goals this season, will be well backed to score anytime at evens and 4/1 to net first while Fleetwood duo Jamie Proctor and David Ball are both available at 2/1 and 13/2 in the respective markets.
Top Tip: Joe Garner to score first at 4/1
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