The cream looks as though it is beginning to rise to the top in League One, with Charlton, Huddersfield, Sheffield Wednesday, Notts County and Sheffield United currently filling the top five positions.
Meanwhile, at the other end of the table, just four points separate Scunthorpe, who sit 16th, and basement boys Yeovil. With plenty still to play for at this early stage of the season, bwinbetting’s Joe Sayers gets to grips with the latest fixtures and picks out some interesting tips.
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Tuesday October 25th
Brentford (10th) v Stevenage (14th)
Home win: 21/20 Draw: 9/4 Away win: 9/4
Uwe Rosler’s side have drawn their last three league outings and face up to a Stevenage side who haven’t won away from home since August 16th. Following their 5-1 thumping of Sheffield Wednesday back in September, Graham Westley’s side went on to lose their next four league games but have turned things around in their last two, including picking up an impressive win at home to League One leaders Charlton. I fancy this one to end in stalemate and when you consider that Brentford have had to come from behind to draw two out of their last three games and Stevenage are still riding high on confidence following their win over Charlton, the run of play market stands out for me.
Betting tip: Stevenage/Draw in the half-time/full-time market @ 3/1
Bury (15th) v Notts County (4th)
Home win: 31/20 Draw: 11/5 Away win: 3/2
The Magpies are on a fine run of form having only tasted defeat once in their last nine league clashes and find themselves in the hunt for the automatic promotion places in League One. Richard Barker’s men have been on a decent run too, having been beaten only once in their last five league match-ups. The last time these two sides met County ran away 5-0 winners but Bury have enjoyed the better of this fixture in recent years, winning four of the last six clashes, and I fancy there to be goals in this one.
Betting tip: Over 3.5 goals in the match @ 21/10
Carlisle United (11th) v Sheffield Wednesday (3rd)
Home win: 3/2 Draw: 23/10 Away win: 3/2
The Cumbrians come into this game off the back of a heavy 4-0 away defeat at Charlton and you fear for Greg Abbott’s men here as they host promotion contenders Wednesday at Brunton Park. The Owls have flown their way up the league in recent weeks, picking up an impressive 16 points from a possible 18. They currently boast the league’s top goalscorer in Gary Madine and I can see them dominating the game here.
Betting tip: Sheff Wed/Sheff Wed in the half-time/full-time market @ 31/10
Colchester United (13th) v Bournemouth (21st)
Home win: 21/20 Draw: 23/10 Away win: 9/4
The only sides to have beaten Colchester in their last ten league games have been the two Sheffield giants, so fans of the U’s could be forgiven for feeling like a game at home to Bournemouth is one they should be getting three points from. The Cherries visit Essex without a win in five league encounters and will be desperate to halt their recent freefall down the table. Colchester have won the last three league clashes against Bournemouth 2-1 so why not back a repeat here?
Betting tip: Colchester to beat Bournemouth 2-1 @ 15/2
Hartlepool United (7th) v Tranmere Rovers (8th)
Home win: 6/5 Draw: 21/10 Away win: 21/10
Pools managed to stop their recent run of three defeats on Saturday with a hard-fought 3-2 win at Chesterfield and face an in-form Tranmere side at Victoria Park. The Rovers have won their last three games in all competitions and are unbeaten in their last five games – only conceding two goals in that process. Mick Wadsworth’s side have lost their last two games at home and this will be another tough challenge for his boys. I see this being a very close game and fancy a draw. Improve the odds on a draw by backing the score line to be level at half time as well as full time.
Betting tip: Match to be a draw at half-time and full-time @ 15/4
Preston North End (9th) v Oldham Athletic (12th)
Home win: 18/25 Draw: 13/5 Away win: 16/5
Preston boss Phil Brown will be looking for his side to get back to winning ways when they host The Latics at Deepdale following a shocking run of four straight league defeats which has seen them slip outside the playoff places. Paul Dickov’s side have struggled to find any real form this season and their mid-table position reflects that. Oldham have failed to find the net in three of their last five league fixtures and I predict that North End will get back to winning ways in empathic style here. I’m going to give Oldham a 1-0 head start and back Brown’s men to come out with the win.
Betting tip: Preston to beat Oldham with 0-1 handicap @39/20
Rochdale (18th) v Chesterfield (22nd)
Home win: 21/20 Draw: 23/10 Away win: 11/5
The Spireites are searching for their first win in five league games in League One and come up against a Dale side who are fighting to avoid being dragged into the relegation battle. Both sides are struggling for form and leaking plenty of goals so this could be an entertaining tussle at Spotland.
Betting tip: Over 3.5 goals in the match @ 33/20
Scunthorpe United (16th) v Huddersfield Town (2nd)
Home win: 11/5 Draw: 11/5 Away win: 11/10
The Iron are looking to bounce back after a run of three games without a win but face the side who are giving Arsenal a run for their ‘Invincibles’ tag. Lee Clark’s men have not lost a regular League One fixture in 2011 (a run of 39 games) and are seemingly focused on nothing but promotion this season after coming so close during the last campaign and I fear for Scunny here. Alan Knill’s men haven’t scored in their last 180 minutes of league football and I don’t see them finding the net here.
Betting tip: Scunthorpe to fail to score @ 21/10
Sheffield United (5th) v MK Dons (6th)
Home win: 11/10 Draw: 11/5 Away win: 11/5
This could be the clash of the night at Bramall Lane as Danny Wilson aims to continue United’s run of three games without defeat. Karl Robinson’s men are searching for their first win in three as they look to get their promotion challenge back on track. The Dons have drawn five of their last seven outings in the league and The Blades have drawn two of their last three, so the sensible money would be on the draw at 11/5. Back this game to be level at half time and full time at 17/4 to increase those odds.
Betting tip: Draw/Draw in the half-time/full-time market @17/4
Walsall (17th) v Exeter City (23rd)
Home win: Evens Draw: 9/4 Away win: 12/5
This clash at the Bescot Stadium promises to be a tense, tight clash between two sides who are desperate to find the form that will propel them away from the relegation dogfight in League One. Dean Smith has seen his side only manage one win in their previous nine, while the Grecians come into this game off the back of a 3-1 victory over Rochdale in their last outing. Walsall picked up a 1-0 win in their last home match against Preston and I fancy them to edge this one by the same scoreline.
Betting tip: Walsall to beat Exeter 1-0 @ 6/1
Wycombe Wanderers (20th) v Charlton Athletic (1st)
Home win: 13/5 Draw: 9/4 Away win: 19/20
The last team Gary Waddock would have wanted to have faced was league leaders Charlton as he looks to get his side back to winning ways after defeat to Oldham in their last match-up. The Addicks suffered a surprise defeat against Stevenage the last time they travelled from The Valley and boss Chris Powell will be expecting his side to put that right at Adams Park. I can’t see Wycombe troubling Charlton here and suggest giving The Chairboys a goal lead and back the visitors to win at 21/10.
Betting tip: Charlton to win with a 0-1 handicap @ 21/10
Yeovil Town (24th) v Leyton Orient (19th)
Home win: 27/20 Draw: 11/5 Away win: 7/4
Fans of The Glovers are facing up to the possibility of a return to England’s bottom division as they struggle to find their feet this season. Without a win in six league games, Yeovil face an Orient side who are enjoying their best run of the campaign so far. After a nightmare start, Russell Slade has led his men to an unbeaten sequence of five league games and will fancy his chances of extending that run at Huish Park. The O’s have drawn three of their last four away games and I wouldn’t be surprised to see this end level as Yeovil have proved a tough competitor for Orient down the years. Back this to be a score draw and bet in the run of play market for a side to take the lead and the game to finish deadlocked at 29/10.
Betting tip: Lead/Draw in the run of play market @ 29/10
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