Bournemouth (18th) v Scunthorpe United(15th)
Home 29/20 Draw 9/4 Away 8/5
Betting tip: The Iron travel to the Cherries unbeaten on their last four away days and face Lee Bradbury’s side who haven’t won on home soil in League One since 13th August. Both sides have found a little form of late, having each only tasted defeat once out of their last five league games. This clash could therefore be a tight affair and the draw at 9/4 is worth consideration. Also worth noting is the last two clashes between these two at the Fitness First Stadium have finished 1-1. Odds of a third 1-1 at 21/4 are well worth a punt.
Charlton Athletic (1st) v Preston North End (11th)
Home 57/100 Draw 14/5 Away 4/1
Betting tip: Since the Addicks suffered a shock defeat at Stevenage they have gone on to win their last three league games and continue to reside at the top of the table. This weekend Chris Powell’s men entertain a Preston side desperate to get their promotion charge back on track as Phil Brown’s men are currently without a win in six league games. More worryingly for Brown’s men is the fact they are leaking goals, and lots of them. PNE have conceded 13 goals in their last four matches and that trend could continue at the Valley against a rampant Charlton. Odds of there being over 3.5 goals at 7/5 are well worth backing.
Chesterfield (22nd) v Yeovil Town (24th)
Home 21/20 Draw 11/5 Away 23/10
Betting tip: The B2Net Stadium plays host to two sides desperately searching for form in League One as we enter the busy winter period of the season. John Sheridan’s side have not picked up three points in any of their last seven games and have let leads slip in two of their last three encounters. It’s a similar story for Terry Skiverton’s men as they are winless in their last eight. With form and confidence poor on both sides expect a nervy 90 minutes here. A draw is on the cards so the run of play market of a team taking the lead and the game finishing in a draw at 3/1 is certainly worth consideration.
Exeter City (19th) v Carlisle United (9th)
Home 29/20 Draw 9/4 Away 8/5
Betting tip: Gregg Abbott’s side are currently on a good run of form that has seen them climb to ninth in the League One ladder and they have only lost once in their last seven league games. The Grecians have found a glimmer of form themselves as they look to push themselves clear of the relegation battle. Paul Tisdale’s side have won two of their last three games, drawing the other in an extraordinary 4-4 draw with Sheffield United. Expect goals here and odds of there being over 3.5 goals at 7/4 is worth backing this weekend.
Huddersfield Town (2nd) v Walsall (20th)
Home 7/20 Draw 16/5 Away 7/1
Betting tip: The last thing a side who has suffered three straight defeats would need is a trip to the seemingly unbeatable Terriers. Sadly for Dean Smith’s men that’s exactly the challenge that they face this weekend. You have to assume that eventually Lee Clarke’s side will suffer defeat but given just how high confidence is at the Galpharm Stadium and the fact Walsall have won only once in their last ten league games it’s difficult to see anything but a home win. With Huddersfield such strong favourites give Walsall a 1-0 lead and back the Terriers at evens.
Leyton Orient(17th) v Hartlepool United (13th)
Home Evens Draw 23/10 Away 12/5
Betting tip: The Os have seen a dramatic improvement in their league form since their 3-2 defeat at Blackburn in the League Cup in September and currently are enjoying a seven match unbeaten run. Pools travel to Brisbane Road on the back of two crushing home defeats and have failed to find the net in both clashes. Mick Wadsworth’s men have lost their early season form of late losing five of their last six games and could be in for a tough challenge here. Interestingly Leyton Orient have won four of the last six match-ups between these two sides 1-0 and odds of them picking up a 1-0 win here are at 23/4 – well worth a punt.
Milton Keynes Dons (5th) v Rochdale (21st)
Home 57/100 Draw 27/10 Away 17/4
Betting tip: The Dons’ league form of late has been inconsistent and Karl Robinson will be looking for his side to maintain their unbeaten home record when they host The Dale this weekend. Steve Eyre’s side will travel to Stadium mk without a win in their last five league games and sit dangerously close to the bottom of the League One table. Neither side have been prolific of late and it could be another low-scoring tussle here. Odds of there being under 2.5 goals at 11/10 are hard to ignore.
Notts County (6th) v Wycombe Wanderers (23rd)
Home 31/50 Draw 27/10 Away 15/4
Betting tip: The Chairboys have only won twice in their last ten league games and face a trip to Meadow Lane to play Martin Allen’s side, who have only lost once in their last ten league matches – although that was in their last game, losing 4-2 at Colchester. The Magpies should nevertheless win this game comfortably, making a Notts County/Notts County half time/full time result a good bet at 29/20.
Oldham Athletic (14th) v Bury (16th)
Home 91/100 Draw 12/5 Away 13/5
Betting tip: The Latics return home following two incredible 3-3 draws on the road in recent weeks, the most recent of which was bittersweet for Oldham fans as they threw away a 3-0 lead at Carlisle. Richard Barker’s men have had to come from behind in two of their last three league games and that resilience will again be needed at Boundary Park. With this in mind, the half time / full time market odds of 25/2 on Oldham leading at the break and Bury battling back for a point are hard to ignore.
Sheffield Wednesday (3rd) v Brentford (8th)
Home 3/4 Draw 13/5 Away 3/1
Betting tip: The Owls were many people’s early season favourites to win the league this season and currently find themselves in a strong position to gain, at least, automatic promotion come the end of the campaign. Gary Megson has seen his side win all seven of their games at Hillsborough, conceding just five goals in the process. The Bees, meanwhile, are unbeaten on their last six away days in League One. Incidentally, their last away defeat was in Sheffield against the Blades. Uwe Rosler will draw confidence from the fact that Brentford won both league clashes against Wednesday last season. However, a home win still looks the most likely result and give Brentford a 1-0 lead and back The Owls to win at 39/20.
Stevenage Borough (10th) v Sheffield United (4th)
Home 3/2 Draw 9/4 Away 31/20
Betting tip: Graham Westley’s men have picked up ten points from a possible 12 and will host the Blades this weekend confident of continuing their impressive home form against League One’s top sides. Stevenage have beaten Sheffield Wednesday and Charlton at Broadhall Way so far this season and another shock win could be on the cards this weekend. Danny Wilson’s side have reacted well since losing to league leaders Charlton and are currently five games unbeaten but have conceded late goals in three of those five to drop valuable points. Back the draw, but also consider the run of play market to boost the odds. Take a team to go in front but the game to finish level at 29/10.
Tranmere Rovers (7th) v Colchester United (12th)
Home 11/10 Draw 11/5 Away 11/5
Betting tip: Les Parry’s side have been strong at home this season and that has played a large part in propelling Rovers into the League One promotion picture. John Ward’s men have only picked up one win on their last seven trips from Essex and will be in for a tough test here. Fans at Prenton Park haven’t been treated to many goals this season with only 12 goals being scored in eight games, the lowest in League One. With that in mind I predict a low scoring game this weekend and odds of there being under 1.5 goals at 13/5 has my backing.
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