Friday, December 30th
Huddersfield Town (5th) v Carlisle United (8th)
Home: 13/20 Draw: 13/5 Away: 18/5
Huddersfield returned to winning ways against Chesterfield on Boxing Day following three league games without victory in League One. The Cumbrians visit Yorkshire in good form as they are currently enjoying a four-game unbeaten run. The Terriers haven’t kept a clean sheet at home in their last seven, while Greg Abbott’s side have only kept one clean sheet in their last ten league games, so expect goals here. Odds of 7/4 on there being over 3.5 goals are well worth a bet.
Tranmere Rovers (16th) v Bury (11th)
Home: 6/5 Draw: 21/10 Away: 21/10
Rovers have lost their last four league games and are currently sliding down the table, having not won in six. Bury have enjoyed their away days so far this campaign, with six of their nine League One victories coming away from Gigg Lane. Les Parry’s side have failed to win any of their last three games in front of their home fans while Bury have won four of their last five on the road. I fancy the visitors here and odds of 21/10 in the 3Way football betting market are hard to ignore.
Saturday, December 31st
Colchester United (13th) v Exeter City (19th)
Home: 4/5 Draw: 12/5 Away: 3/1
The Us will be looking to bounce back from their Boxing Day thrashing by Stevenage when the Exeter visit the Weston Homes Community Stadium. Paul Tisdale’s side have struggled of late, having only won once in the last seven league outings. I predict a comfortable home win for John Ward’s men in this one and suggest backing Colchester to be leading at half-time/full-time at 9/5.
Preston North End (10th) v Sheffield Wednesday (3rd)
Home: 7/4 Draw: 11/5 Away: 27/20
PNE extended their unbeaten run to four games following their dramatic 3-3 draw with Carlisle on Monday. Gary Megson’s side suffered their first defeat in six games in their last outing – conceding two injury-time goals in a 2-1 defeat at Walsall – and will face another tricky match-up here. Four of the last five games between these two at Prenton Park have finished level and I predict another draw here. Take odds of 11/5 on an even clash.
Scunthorpe United (22nd) v Chesterfield (24th)
Home: 17/20 Draw: 12/5 Away: 11/4
This is a real six-pointer as two of League One’s bottom three square up to each other at Glanford Park on Saturday. Both sides have only picked up one win in their last ten league matches, so don’t expect a game full of flowing football here. I fancy a score draw in a scrappy clash and will be backing the lead-draw selection at 16/5 in the run of play market.
Sheffield United (2nd) v Hartlepool United (12th)
Home: 53/100 Draw: 12/5 Away: 9/2
The Blades picked up their fifth straight League One victory on Tuesday as they saw off Notts County 2-1 and are strong favourites to beat Hartlepool when they visit Bramall Lane this weekend. Pools re-appointed Neale Cooper as manager in the week and he will be hoping for a positive result in his first game back in charge. Unfortunately for Cooper, I can’t see anything but a comfortable home win so consider backing Sheffield United in the 0-1 handicap market at 29/20.
Walsall (18th) v Rochdale (23rd)
Home: 6/5 Draw: 21/10 Away: 21/10
Walsall have drawn five of their last six games in all competitions and will be hoping to pick up a big three points to move them away from the relegation zone. Dale visit the Bescot Stadium having only won once in their last ten league matches and are languishing at the bottom end of League One. Rochdale have conceded three goals in three of their last four away games and I see another defeat on the road for them here. Consider backing Walsall to dominate in the half-time/full-time market at 13/5.
Yeovil Town (21st) v Bournemouth (15th)
Home: 31/20 Draw: 21/10 Away: 8/5
Two sides who conceded late goals on Boxing Day to cost them points meet at Huish Park this weekend. Yeovil will surely take heart from their performance against top-of-the-table Charlton in their last game, despite the leaders’ late winner. The Cherries are unbeaten in their last nine away days and will prove a tough test for Terry Skiverton’s side. Bournemouth have won 1-0 in their last three away games and odds of 29/4 on a fourth successive 1-0 victory are well worth a punt.
Brentford (7th) v Milton Keynes Dons (4th)
Home: 33/20 Draw: 21/10 Away: 3/2
The Bees have struggled at home so far this season and host a MK Dons side looking to close the gap on the teams in the automatic promotion places in League One. Karl Robinson’s men have won their last four on the road and go in to this clash on the back of a 3-0 win at Leyton Orient on Boxing Day. Late goals have been a regular occurrence in games involving Brentford this season and I wouldn’t be surprised if that trend continued here. I fancy MK Dons to win, but to do it late, so take draw/MK Dons at 21/4 in the half-time/full-time market.
Oldham Athletic (14th) v Notts County (9th)
Home: 3/2 Draw: 11/5 Away: 8/5
Oldham have lost three of their last four league clashes on home soil but their fans will be confident of a victory when a stuttering Notts County visit Boundary Park this weekend. The Magpies have only won once in their last nine league games and are in danger of falling away from the promotion challenge in League One. Both sides have only scored six goals in their last five games so don’t expect a goalfest here. I will be backing odds of 5/2 on there being under 1.5 goals in this game.
Wycombe Wanderers (20th) v Stevenage (6th)
Home: 2/1 Draw: 21/10 Away: 5/4
Stevenage will be looking to continue their promotion charge when they visit Adams Park this weekend to face a Wycombe side who are unbeaten in their last three. Stevenage boast the second-best defensive record in the division and will look to strangle the life out of the game in search of a point or better. Two of the visitors’ last three away matches have finished 0-0 and another low-scoring affair could be in store here. Odds of 3/4 on there being under 2.5 goals offer a decent short-priced punt.
Leyton Orient (17th) v Charlton Athletic (1st)
Home: 27/10 Draw: 23/10 Away: 91/100
The Addicks seem relentless in their mission to achieve promotion from League One this season and next up they travel to an Orient side who suffered a heavy home defeat against another high-flying team, MK Dons, last time out. I see this one being a close game and Charlton have shown in recent weeks they can come from behind to win games late. With that in mind I suggest backing the lead-lose in the run of play market at 25/4.
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