Charlton’s next game on their League One calendar sees them face recently-relegated Scunthorpe at The Valley on Saturday, with the hosts rated as 3/4 favourites to come away with the three points – a priced based on their early-season form.
The Addicks sit top of the pile after three wins out of three in the league, closely followed by Sheffield United, who have also made a perfect start. The Iron have adapted slowly to life in League One, mustering just two draws and a loss so far.
After impressive wins against Notts County, Bournemouth and Colchester, odds of 7/1 on Charlton to have a 2-0 lead at half-time looks a terrific value bet. The Addicks have netted five goals in the first-half of their games thus far, leading 2-0 at half-time on two occasions. Scunthorpe have had a tendency to concede first and have let in early goals in each of their league fixtures.
The draw, which is priced at 12/5, could be worth a punt this weekend as Charlton’s good run of form will end eventually. United are a well-organised team who have only recently been playing at a higher standard. They have a proven Football League goalscorer in Chris Dagnall, who netted 51 goals in 135 games in his time at Rochdale, helping them gain promotion to League One. Scunthorpe may travel to London looking for a third draw of the season, so don’t be surprised if this is the result. New customers who join bwin.com can get a price of 27/2 on a 2-2 draw this Saturday.
An away win, a less likely result, is at odds of 16/5. Although this outcome offers a terrific payback, Charlton’s quick, counter-attacking style of football may be too much for the visitors to deal with.
Scunthorpe’s best chance of winning is likely to be through their defending. Soaking up the pressure for 80 minutes and then grabbing a late goal seems an obvious tactic, with odds of 11/1 on a 1-0 away win. This was the score the last time these two sides met in the league back in 2008, yet their chances of coming away with a clean sheet this Saturday seem very remote.
The Addicks spent big money in the summer as they look to achieve promotion this season under the guidance of inexperienced manager Chris Powell. Even though it is only August, Charlton are certainly living up to their pre-season hype and they are clear favourites for this fixture.
Charlton to be winning at both half-time and full-time is available at odds of 19/10, which means punters who use their free £25 bet for joining bwin on this result will be looking at a £72.50 payback.
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