Saturday, 26th November
Chesterfield (24th) v Sheffield United (5th) – 1.00pm
Home win: 53/20 Draw: 23/10 Away win: 9/10
Betting tip: The Spireites have not won at home in the league since 17th September, which was also their last victory in League One. Meanwhile, the Blades lost on their last away day but have two wins and a draw since then, making Danny Wilson’s side the best bets for the win. But away from the result, as both sides have trouble keeping clean sheets back there to be over 3.5 goals at 31/20.
Bournemouth (16th) v Oldham Athletic (12th) – 3.00pm
Home win: 11/10 Draw: 11/5 Away win: 11/5
Betting tip: The Cherries are unbeaten in their last four games in League One and will look to continue their push away from the relegation zone this weekend when they entertain the Latics. Oldham’s last two games on the road have ended 3-3 while Lee Bradbury’s side drew 3-3 in their last home clash and you can get 40/1 on a similar scoreline at the Fitness First Stadium this weekend.
Bury (13th) v Preston North End (15th) – 3.00pm
Home win: 13/10 Draw: 11/5 Away win: 9/5
Betting tip: The Shakers have only won once in their last eight games at home in all competitions but Bury fans will be confident of all three points when struggling Preston visit this weekend. Phil Brown’s side have failed to score in their last three games and haven’t won in their last 12 in all competitions. I’m going to back Bury to win a tense clash here and say get on the halftime/fulltime market with draw/Bury at 21/4.
Carlisle United (11th) v Colchester United (14th) – 3.00pm
Home win: 21/20 Draw: 11/5 Away win: 23/10
Betting tip: The Cumbrians’ last three home games have averaged five goals a game and Brunton Park plays host to a mid-table tussle between two sides who will be looking to put a run of form together leading in to the festive period. The Col U come in to this off the back of a thrashing at home by MK Dons last weekend and have only won twice on the road in League One all season. With this in mind, it looks like Greg Abbott’s side will be too strong here and back them to win in the handicap market the away side a 1-0 lead at 11/4.
Exeter City (20th) v Tranmere Rovers (8th) – 3.00pm
Home win: 8/5 Draw: 11/5 Away win: 3/2
Betting tip: Les Parry’s side have stuttered of late having not won in five games in all competitions and need to find some form if they are to continue their play-off push. The Grecians have drawn four of their last five games and this one should be a very even match between two inconsistent sides. I’m going to predict a score draw so suggest taking odds of lead-draw in the run of play market at 29/10.
Hartlepool United (10th) v Yeovil Town (22nd) – 3.00pm
Home win: 19/20 Draw: 23/10 Away win: 5/2
Betting tip: Pools clashed with the Glovers on three occasions last season with Mick Wadsworth’s side winning all three by two clear goals. Fans of Hartlepool have had to watch their side lose their last five straight games at home but will be confident of winning here seeing as Yeovil are the only side in League One without a win on the road all season. I fancy Pools to bounce back into form here and dominate from the off. Back the home side to be leading at halftime/fulltime at 21/10.
Milton Keynes Dons (4th) v Wycombe Wanderers (23rd) – 3.00pm
Home win: 2/5 Draw: 14/5 Away win: 7/1
Betting tip: You can’t help but fear for Gary Waddock’s side here as just about everything is stacking up against the side from Adams Park. Wycombe haven’t won in six games, MK Dons have scored 11 goals in their last two games and haven’t lost at home all season. This is the safest home bet all weekend. Give Wycombe a 1-0 lead and back the Dons to win, and win easy at 23/20.
Notts County (6th) v Scunthorpe United (18th) – 3.00pm
Home win: 9/10 Draw: 9/4 Away win: 11/4
Betting tip: Travelling to play Notts County has not been a game fans of the Iron have looked forward to down the years as they have only seen their side score one goal in their last six clashes in Nottingham. A lack of goals have been a common occurrence this season as Alan Knill’s side have failed to find the net in their last four games. The Magpies haven’t tasted defeat at Meadow Lane in the league since their opening home game and are strong favourites to win here. The bet of the game here is taking 2/1 on the Iron failing to score for the fifth game in a row.
Rochdale (19th) v Brentford (9th) – 3.00pm
Home win: 3/2 Draw: 11/5 Away win: 8/5
Betting tip: The Bees have enjoyed their visits to Spotland in recent seasons, winning three of the last four clashes and they go in to the game unbeaten on the road in their last nine games. Dale are struggling for form currently, having only picked up all three points in one of their last ten games in all competitions. Uwe Rosler’s side have drawn their last three away games while three of Dale’s last four home games have finished deadlocked. It’s not often I back a draw but this one has draw written all over it for me.
Sheffield Wednesday (3rd) v Leyton Orient (17th) – 3.00pm
Home win: 3/5 Draw: 5/2 Away win: 17/4
Betting tip: Russell Slade has overseen a drastic transformation in his side’s form over recent months with the Os currently ten games unbeaten. But that run will be in for a huge test this weekend when they visit Hillsborough. The Owls’ goalless draw in their last home game with Brentford was the only points dropped by Gary Megson’s men on home soil all season. Wednesday have won three of their last four matches 2-1 and I fancy another close encounter here with the Sheffield side coming out 2-1 winners – and with odds of 27/4 it’s hard to ignore.
Stevenage (7th) v Walsall (21st) – 3.00pm
Home win: 57/100 Draw: 27/10 Away win: 17/4
Betting tip: Graham Westley has guided his side into the play-off picture with a fine run of form and fans will be fancying their chances of seeing another win at Broadhall Way when Walsall come to town on Saturday. Stevenage are unbeaten in seven games in all competitions and have been tough to break down in that time having kept five clean sheets. Walsall arrive with no away form at all having not won on their travels since 27th August. Back the Saddlers to fire a blank again at 6/5.
Monday, 28th November
Charlton Athletic (1st) v Huddersfield Town (2nd) – 7.45pm
Home win: 13/10 Draw: 11/5 Away win: 9/5
Betting tip: Easily the game of the weekend and deserving of the Monday night billing, this could be a real firecracker at the Valley as the top two go head-to-head for the first time this season. This promises to be Huddersfield’s toughest test of their unbeaten league run as they face a Charlton side who have won their last six games on the bounce. A draw seems the most likely outcome between these two form sides but it’s worth noting that the Terriers won here 1-0 last season. You can get odds of 9/2 on a draw at halftime/fulltime which is very tempting but whatever happens this game should be a cracker.
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