Bournemouth (17th) v Hartlepool United (5th)
Home win: 13/1 Draw: 11/5 Away Win: 9/5
Key stat: Four out of Hartlepool’s last seven visits to Dean Court have ended in a draw.
Betting Tip: After a poor start to the campaign the Cherries look to be turning things round after back-to-back away wins at Leyton Orient and Exeter so Lee Bradbury’s men cannot be underestimated. Hartlepool arrive at Dean Court flying high after three wins on the bounce and are clearly in good touch. Both teams meet on the back of some good results but I see them cancelling each other out with both teams having to settle for a draw, which is available at 11/5.
Bury (20th) v MK Dons (4th)
Home win: 11/5 Draw: 11/5 Away win: 11/10
Key stat: MK Dons have won their last two visits to Gigg Lane by an aggregate of 7-1
Betting Tip: Bury are in freefall after losing star striker Ryan Lowe to Sheffield Wednesday and I saw them play Chesterfield where they lacked penetration going forward. MK Dons have been in great form so far this season and will surely have too much firepower for a Bury team who have conceded 12 goals in their last four games. MK Dons to win with a goal’s handicap working against them at 3/1 looks the way to go.
Carlisle United (13th) v Stevenage Borough (12th)
Home win: 5/4 Draw: 11/5 Away win: 19/10
Key stat: Carlisle have lost three out of their four home games this season
Betting tip: Carlisle have so far been more efficient on the road but a 4-1 defeat against Chesterfield last weekend may have knocked the Cumbrians’ confidence so I won’t be backing them to win this weekend, especially looking at their home record so far this season. Borough have begun life in League One respectably and could frustrate Carlisle by holding out for a draw at 11/5 in what will be the first league meeting between the two sides.
Charlton Athletic (1st) v Chesterfield (14th)
Key stat: Leon Clarke has scored three goals in five matches since joining the Spireites on loan from Swindon.
Betting tip: Although Charlton are currently top of League One, Chesterfield could pull off a shock win at the Valley at odds of 4/1. The Addicks haven’t been as impressive at home as they have been on the road. They have won two and drawn two on home soil, whereas they have a 100 per cent away record. Chesterfield started the season slowly but have won their last three games by an aggregate score of 8-1 and may continue this great form this weekend.
Colchester (15th) v Walsall (16th)
Home win: 17/20 Draw: 9/4 Away win:29/10
Key stat: Colchester have won three out of the last four meetings between the two sides.
Betting tip: Colchester have endured a tricky start to this season’s campaign having already faced Preston, Charlton, Huddersfield and Sheffield United who all sit in the top six. The Us can get their season back on track this weekend by outscoring a struggling Walsall who have had a much easier start to the season. The home side are available at 17/20.
Huddersfield Town(3rd) v Leyton Orient(24th)
Home win: 11/25 Draw: 11/4 Away win: 6/1
Key stat: Orient have only scored one goal in all five away games this term
Betting tip: The odds kind of speak for themselves here with Leyton Orient seemingly having it all to do on paper and I can really only see one outcome, a win for the Terriers. Lee Clark’s men made a slow start to the season but have started to hit a real rich vein of form and they should take all the beating this weekend. Orient are yet to win this season and Huddersfield remain unbeaten, a fact that will probably be intact come five o’clock this afternoon. Huddersfield to win by more than one goal at 6/5 or Huddersfield to be winning at half time and full time at 11/10 could be the ways to go for a bit of extra value.
Notts County (7th) v Rochdale (19th)
Home win: 4/5 Draw: 9/4 Away win: 16/5
Key stat: Rochdale have won seven of the last ten meetings between the two teams, including doing the double over the Magpies last season.
Betting tip: Even though Rochdale have had the upper hand over County in recent years I can see Martin Allen’s side putting the record straight on Saturday. Three wins out of four at Meadow Lane proves County have performed well at home this season and they should have too much for Rochdale who have lost three out of four games on the road this term. County to win the match in the 3way market at 4/5 looks a good bet.
Oldham Athletic(11th) v Brentford (8th)
Home win: 7/5 Draw: 21/10 Away win: 7/4
Key stat: There have been over three goals in five of the last six games between the two sides.
Betting tip: Historically a high-scoring fixture, both sides have been hitting the back of the net on a regular basis this season so I’m expecting goals, goals, goals again this weekend. Over 2.5 goals is on offer at 21/20 and this could be a wise move.
Preston North End (6th) v Tranmere Rovers (10th)
Home win: 7/10 Draw: 23/10 Away win: 17/4
Key stat: Preston have won five League One games in a row
Betting tip: I saw Preston play Chesterfield earlier in the season and they really impressed me, looking every inch a Championship-quality side. I see them fighting out for the automatic promotion spots and they should make it six wins in a row by beating Tranmere. I think Preston to be winning at half time and full time at 8/5 in the halftime/fulltime market provides excellent value.
Scunthorpe United (21st) v Yeovil Town (18th)
Home win: 3/4 Draw: 12/5 Away win: 13/4
Key stat: Scunthorpe have won the last five games against Yeovil
Betting tip: The Irons have been boosted by the loan signing of former Manchester United winger Nicky Ajose who played under Alan Knill at Bury last season. Both sides have been struggling so far but Scunthorpe can use their home advantage to notch up their first home win of the season at 3/4.
Sheffield Wednesday(9th) v Exeter City(23rd)
Home win: 3/5 Draw: 27/10 Away win: 4/1
Key stat: Wednesday boast a 100 per cent home record this season
Betting tip: Exeter did the double over the Owls last season but I can’t see them repeating last year’s victory at Hillsborough, especially as they have only collected one point away from home this season. Wednesday have been shaky on the road but have been unbeatable at home and I fancy them to win this one. I see plenty of goals going in and 9/5 for over 3.5 goals is an option and I also like the look of Sheffield Wednesday winning 3-1 at 11/1.
Wycombe Wanderers (22nd) v Sheffield United (2nd)
Home win: 49/20 Draw: 11/5 Away win: Evens
Key stat: Wycombe have gained only one point from three home games
Betting tip: The Blades are flying and despite a 3-0 home defeat at the hands of Huddersfield they sit second in the table. Evens for United to win looks like a great bet and it would take a brave man to bet against them collecting another three points on Saturday. Danny Wilson’s men have only conceded two goals away from home so they are very tight defensively and Wycombe have only netted once at Adams Park so I’m tempted to go for a 2-0 victory for Sheffield United at 17/2.
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