Bournemouth v Tranmere Rovers
Home win: 17/20 Draw: 23/10 Away win: 29/10
Betting tip: The Cherries’ 2-1 victory over Notts County last weekend means Lee Bradbury’s side have only lost once in their last 11 League One outings and they are favourites to pick up three points against Tranmere. Rovers have lost their last six games on the road and could find it tough to stop that trend when they visit the Fitness First Stadium on Saturday. Incidentally, Tranmere have lost their last three away games 2-1 and are 7/1 to lose by the same scoreline here.
Bury v Yeovil Town
Home win: 19/20 Draw: 9/4 Away win: 13/5
Betting tip: Fans of the Shakers will be hoping for a better performance from their side after last weekend’s 3-0 defeat at home to Sheffield United. Meanwhile, the Glovers’ victory over Tranmere last weekend stopped a run of five league games without victory in the league and Gary Johnson will hope to carry that form into this clash. Neither side has been prolific in front of goal of late so consider odds of 23/10 on there being under 1.5 goals.
Carlisle United v Walsall
Home win: 31/50 Draw: 27/10 Away win: 15/4
Betting tip: The Cumbrians stretched their unbeaten run to seven league games following their 4-1 thumping of Leyton Orient last weekend. The Saddlers are draw specialists having drawn eight of their last ten games and it’s hard not to back the draw at 27/10 with that in mind.
Charlton Athletic v Sheffield United
Home win: 11/10 Draw: 11/5 Away: 11/5
Betting tip: The Addicks ended Sheffield Wednesday’s unbeaten home record last weekend and will be looking to maintain their own unbeaten home run as they entertain second-placed Sheffield United this weekend. The Blades have won 11 out of their last 12 in all competitions and will certainly prove a tough test for Chris Powell’s side. With both sides in good form, take odds of 2/1 on there being over 3.5 goals in this clash.
Colchester United v Chesterfield
Home win: 3/4 Draw: 12/5 Away win: 13/4
Betting tip: The Us will be expecting to pick up maximum points in this one as they entertain rock bottom Chesterfield on Saturday. Safety is getting further and further away from the Spireites and fans know they have to pick up points soon if they are to save their League One status. Back a comfortable home win by betting on Colchester in the one-goal handicap market at 2/1.
Notts County v Milton Keynes Dons
Home win: 7/4 Draw: 11/5 Away win: 27/20
Betting tip: The Magpies haven’t had the best of times in front of their home fans of late having not won in their last two games at Meadow Lane. The Dons return to league action following their recent clashes with QPR in the FA Cup and hope to continue their good form which has seen them lose just once in their last nine games in League One. But after their midweek exertions against the Premier League strugglers I see this one ending without a winner. Consider odds of 29/10 on the lead-draw in the run of play market.
Oldham Athletic v Exeter City
Home win: 91/100 Draw: 11/5 Away win: 14/5
Betting tip: Seventeenth meets 18th at Boundary Park this weekend as both sides look to find the form that will push them away from the relegation dogfight. The Latics have only won once in their last six games in all competitions while the visitors have only won once in their last seven league outings. So don’t expect a game of attacking flair here and back odds of 5/1 for the 1-1 draw.
Preston North End v Leyton Orient
Home win: Evens Draw: 23/10 Away win: 12/5
Betting tip: PNE have only lost once in their last seven league games and new manager Graham Westley will be hoping for more of the same as he looks to take his new side up towards the play-offs with victory over Leyton Orient this weekend. The Os were held to a disappointing 1-1 draw at home to bottom club Chesterfield in their last match and will be hoping for a return to the kind of form that saw them defeat leaders Charlton at the beginning of the month. With a close game in prospect but with the home side more likely to come out on top, back the draw/PNE in the halftime/fulltime market at 17/4.
Scunthorpe United v Stevenage
Home win: 7/4 Draw: 21/10 Away win: 7/5
Betting tip: The Iron have found a little form in recent weeks as they are currently enjoying a three game unbeaten run, although it is worth noting Alan Knill’s side have only won once in their last 11 games in all competitions. Stevenage will be hoping the loss of Graham Westley will not derail what has been a fine season so far. The side from Broadhall Way have only lost once in their last 16 games in all competitions and I am going to back them in the one-goal handicap market to win here at 15/4.
Sheffield Wednesday v Hartlepool United
Home win: 53/100 Draw: 27/10 Away win: 19/4
Betting tip: The Owls’ fine form came to an end last weekend when Charlton walked out of Hillsborough with all three points and you have to fear for Neale Cooper’s side as they might face a backlash this weekend. Pools failed to find a way past struggling Exeter last Saturday but Cooper will happily take a goalless draw here. However I can’t see that happening as I expect Wednesday to dominate this clash. Gary Megson’s side are 13/10 to be winning at halftime and fulltime – well worth a punt.
Wycombe Wanderers v Rochdale
Home win: 5/4 Draw: 11/5 Away win: 39/20
Betting tip: Two sides desperately seeking form meet at Adams Park as both sets of fans begin to fear the worst for their sides as we near the home run of the league campaign. The Chairboys have lost their last four while Dale haven’t won in eight league games. Expect a very nervy encounter here and I fancy this to be a stalemate and will be backing the draw/draw in the halftime/fulltime market at 17/4.
Huddersfield Town v Brentford
Home win: 31/50 Draw: 13/5 Away win: 4/1
Betting tip: With the top two meeting this weekend Lee Clark will know his team have a great chance of closing the gap on at least one of them with victory over Uwe Rosler’s side. The good news for the Terriers is that with the league’s leading scorer Jordan Rhodes in their side they are always good for a goal or two. The Bees haven’t won in six and have drawn five of those six games. I can’t see anything but a comfortable home win and suggest backing Huddersfield in the one-goal handicap market at 7/4.
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