Brentford (9th) v Charlton Athletic (1st)
Home: 2/1 Draw: 11/5 Away: 6/5
Betting tip: For most sides the thought of facing the current League One leaders would be a daunting task. However, for the Bees they are likely to fancy their chances this weekend. Uwe Rosler’s men defeated the Addicks 3-0 earlier this season in the JPT and have not lost to them in their last five encounters. Brentford have only lost once in their last eight games in all competitions and Griffin Park could play host to a real firecracker on Saturday. Chris Powell’s side have scored at least four games in their last three games and I fancy goals here. Odds of there being over 3.5 goals at 11/5 are well worth a punt.
Colchester United (11th) v Milton Keynes Dons (4th)
Home: 7/4 Draw: 11/5 Away: 27/20
Betting tip: John Ward’s side have not lost on home soil in five games and entertain a Dons side who have only won one of their last seven away days from the Stadium mk. The Us haven’t registered a goal in the first half in their last five games in all competitions and I fancy this one to end in stalemate. The run of play market is worth considering here with the odds of a team taking the lead and the game to finish in deadlock at 29/10.
Huddersfield Town (2nd) v Notts County (6th)
Home: 13/20 Draw: 12/5 Away: 4/1
Betting tip: It’s rare to talk of Lee Clarke’s side going through a run of inconsistent form but with only one win in their last four games that’s exactly what the Terriers are on. Fans of the promotion favourites will be expecting a return to winning ways when they entertain Martin Allen’s men this weekend. The Magpies have not kept a clean sheet in their last six games and are likely to struggle to keep Huddersfield out at the Galpharm Stadium this weekend. Clarke’s side have beaten County 3-0 in three of their last four clashes and odds of a fourth 3-0 result are at 12/1.
Leyton Orient (18th) v Stevenage (7th)
Home: 8/5 Draw: 11/5 Away: 3/2
Betting tip: Stevenage travel to Brisbane Road in a rich vein of form having picked up 13 points from a possible 15 in League One. Russell Slade’s side are continuing to climb the table after their terrible start to the campaign and are on an eight match unbeaten run and this could be a real close encounter. For me this has draw written all over it and I suggest backing the draw at half time and full time at 4/1.
Oldham Athletic (14th) v Chesterfield (22nd)
Home: 9/10 Draw: 9/4 Away: 11/4
Betting tip: Fans of the Spireites have had to suffer of late having not seen their side pick up three points in the league since 17th September. They won’t travel to Boundary Park in much hope of seeing that record set straight either, with Oldham scoring for fun. The Latics suffered defeat on their last league outing but have scored three goals in four out of their last five games. John Sheridan’s side have shipped 31 goals so far this season and I can’t see past a comfortable home win here. Give Chesterfield a 1-0 lead and back Oldham to win at 12/5.
Preston North End (13th) v Rochdale (21st)
Home: 3/4 Draw: 12/5 Away: 13/4
Betting tip: Following Preston is certainly value for money in League One as in PNE’s 16 leagues games this season there have been a staggering 65 goals scored. Last weekend’s goalless draw against Southend in the FA Cup First Round was Phil Brown’s side’s first clean sheet in 13 games. The Dale travel to Preston without a win in nine games in all competitions. I fancy Preston to win here and back them to edge a scrappy encounter with odds of a draw at half time and Preston winning at the final whistle at 4/1.
Scunthorpe United (17th) v Hartlepool United (12th)
Home: 9/10 Draw: 23/10 Away: 53/20
Betting tip: The Iron have only taken the lead once in their last six games and have failed to find the net in four of those six matches. Pools travel to Glanford Park having only picked up one victory in their last eight games and I don’t predict a classic clash here. With both sides finding goals hard to come by I fancy the draw at 23/10 but also worth considering is for there to be under 1,5 goals at 29/10.
Sheffield United (5th) v Carlisle United (10th)
Home: 4/5 Draw: 12/5 Away: 3/1
Betting tip: The Blades return to league action after two recent outings in the FA Cup and JPT. They are looking to bounce back from a surprise defeat at the hands of Stevenage in their last league game. The last time the Cumbrians travelled to a promotion chasing team they lost 4-0 to Charlton and fans following their side to Sheffield will be hoping for a better showing from their side. But Danny Wilson’s men have been very strong at Bramall Lane, averaging over two goals a game there, and I therefore think they’ll be too strong for Greg Abbott’s charges. Back the Blades to be winning at half time and full time at 9/5.
Tranmere Rovers (8th) v Sheffield Wednesday (3rd)
Home: 29/20 Draw: 43/20 Away: 33/20
Betting tip: Les Parry will be hoping for a repeat performance of last season’s clash between these two sides at Prenton Park when his charges came away with a 3-0 win over the Owls. Rovers are winless in four while Gary Megson has seen his side lose just once in their last ten matches. Tranmere have conceded the fewest goals at home of any side in the league and Wednesday will have to play well to come away with the points this weekend. The draw at 43/20 stands out for me and if I was to back a scorecast I’d go for 1-1 at 5/1.
Walsall (20th) v Bury (15th)
Home: 27/20 Draw: 11/5 Away: 7/4
Betting tip: The Shakers have won on three out of their last four away league games and will fancy their chances of picking up another maximum on the road when they visit the Bescot Stadium this weekend. The Saddlers have won only once in their last seven on home soil and sit dangerously close to the relegation places and could find themselves in the bottom three should results go against them. Walsall have conceded first in their last four league matches and I can see Bury scoring early here. Odds of Bury winning at half time are at 13/5.
Wycombe Wanderers (23rd) v Bournemouth (16th)
Home: 8/5 Draw: 11/5 Away: 3/2
Betting tip: The Chairboys have only won once in their last ten games and had to suffer FA Cup humiliation at the weekend as they were knocked out by non-league Fleetwood Town. Gary Waddock’s side have only won once at Adams Park this season but fans will be hoping that the visit of Lee Bradbury’s side will result in the same scoreline as the last time these two met, where Wycombe came out 3-1 winners. However, the Cherries have picked up more points on the road than they have at home so a comfortable away win looks likely. Give Wycombe a 1-0 head start and back Bradbury’s men at 17/4.
Yeovil Town (24th) v Exeter City (19th)
Home: 7/5 Draw: 11/5 Away: 17/10
Betting tip: Two sides both desperate for some form meet at Huish Park this weekend and fans of the Glovers will be getting more and more nervous by the game as their side are in danger of getting cut off at the foot of the League One table. Paul Tisdale’s side will come in to this the more confident side having drawn three and won two in their last five and given the fact that they have already beaten Yeovil this season it’s hard to see any hope for Terry Skiverton’s team. Both sides are shipping goals and I fancy the strikers will be looking forward to this clash and predict a goal fest. Odds of there being over 3.5 goals at 11/5 are well worth a punt.
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