Brentford v Chesterfield
Home win: 4/5 Draw: 47/20 Away win: 3/1
Key stats: Although hosts Brentford have lost four of their last six home games, visitors Chesterfield have likewise lost four of their last six away trips, leaving Saturday’s fixture at Griffin Park prospectively in the balance. Furthermore, both sides have scored just 18 goals in their 15 League One games and are each without a win in their last four games.
Betting tip: Two goals to be scored @ 5/2
Bury v Stevenage
Home win: 8/5 Draw: 21/10 Away win: 31/20
Key stats: Saturday’s hosts Bury, who will leapfrog opponents Stevenage with a win at Gigg Lane, are in decent form of late with just one defeat in their last six encounters. Borough, though, hold a two-point advantage on top of a much superior goal difference ahead of the contest.
Betting tip: Both teams to score @ 7/10
Carlisle v Oldham
Home win: Evens Draw: 11/5 Away win: 5/2
Key stats: With just one defeat in their last six outings, Carlisle are within reach of the play-off positions, but defeat to Saturday’s visitors Oldham would see the Latics leapfrog the Blues on goal difference. The last five meetings between these sides have conjured up 18 goals, and the hosts have only failed to score in three of their 15 league games, while Oldham have drawn a blank on just four occasions in the same number of outings.
Betting tip: Correct score 2-2 @ 12/1
Colchester v Notts County
Home win: 7/5 Draw: 11/5 Away win: 17/10
Key stats: Promotion hopefuls Notts County sit pretty in fifth position and are hot on the tails of the frontrunners as they travel to Colchester in ever-improving form. Having lost just once in their last eight encounters, the Magpies will be confident of heaping further misery on John Ward’s struggling Us, who are without a win in their last four.
Betting tip: Notts County half-time/Notts County full-time @ 7/2
Hartlepool v Charlton
Home win: 23/10 Draw: 11/5 Away win: 21/20
Key stats: Manager Mick Wadsworth will be dreading the prospect of league-leaders Charlton visiting Victoria Park, where Hartlepool have lost each of their last three home games. The Addicts boast a handsome goal difference of plus seven on the road this season, and will be expected to add to that tally on Saturday to continue their recent average of two goals per game, based on their last five games.
Betting tip: Charlton to win 2-0
Preston v Bournemouth
Home win: 3/4 Draw: 13/5 Away: 3/1
Key stats: In the last two games at Deepdale, fans have been treated to a six goal thriller, although on both occasions hosts Preston failed to win. And Saturday’s visitors Bournemouth will be in no mood to halt their own vein of goalscoring form, the Cherries having netted in each of their last five outings despite languishing in the relegation zone.
Betting tip: Over 3.5 goals to be scored @ 29/20
Rochdale v Leyton Orient
Home win: 5/4 Draw: 11/5 Away win: 19/10
Key stats: Just two goals separate the sides when Rochdale welcome Leyton Orient to Spotland on Saturday, with the hosts struggling for home form this season. Just two wins from eight home games has contributed to Dale’s lowly position, while visitors Orient have been stronger on the road with just two defeats in seven. With Steve Eyre’s men registering only two clean sheets so far, I’m backing the visitors to get on the scoresheet.
Betting tip: Yes on Leyton Orient to score @ 7/25
Scunthorpe v Tranmere
Home win: 11/10 Draw: 21/10 Away: 23/10
Key stats: Les Perry’s in-form Tranmere travel to Glanford Park in search of a fourth consecutive win or, at the very least, to stretch their unbeaten run to six games. In contrast, Saturday’s opponents Scunthorpe are without a win in their last four and hold vague hopes of stopping the rot as well as halting Rovers’ charge. The Merseysiders boast the best defensive record in the division, with 8 clean sheets in 18 games.
Betting tip: No on Scunthorpe to score a goal @11/4
Sheffield Utd v Exeter
Home win: 9/20 Draw: 3/1 Away win: 21/4
Key stats: Even as one of the most unpredictable teams in League One, Sheffield United are justifiably odds-on for a home win over Exeter this weekend. Only city rivals Wednesday have scored more home goals than the Blades, and Exeter look set to have their unwanted tally of 11 goals conceded on the road extended, having picked up just four away points this season.
Betting tip: Sheff Utd to be winning 2-0 at HT @ 11/2
Walsall v MK Dons
Home win: 11/5 Draw: 21/10 Away win: 23/20
Key stats: Wobbling MK Dons are expected to return to winning ways at Walsall on Saturday, and the hosts will have to improve their attack if they’re to prove the punters wrong. Only lowly Bournemouth have scored fewer home goals than Dean Smith’s men, who have hit the back of the Bescot Stadium net on just seven occasions this term.
Betting tip: No on Walsall to score @ 39/20
Wycombe v Sheffield Wed
Home win: 39/20 Draw: 12/5 Away win: 23/20
Key stats: A draw looks like Wycombe’s most likely means of a result when promotion hopefuls Sheffield Wednesday travel to Adams Park. Gary Megson’s side will be eager to bounce back from last week’s disappointing defeat to Carlisle, but they nonetheless have three wins in their last five games. Sixteen goals have been scored in the last five games involving the Owls, while Wanderers have witnessed 15 in the same number of recent games. Despite Wednesday’s top scorer Gary Madine being suspended, back this recent average of three goals per game to continue.
Betting tip: Exactly three goals @ 31/10
Yeovil v Huddersfield
Home win: 333/100 Draw: 5/2 Away win: 18/25
Key stats: Twenty points separate the sides at Huish Park on Saturday as second-placed Huddersfield hope to continue their promotion push with a win. Terriers fans expect boss Lee Clark to be unfazed by media speculation linking him with the Leicester job, and he will look to 11-goal talisman Jordan Rhodes to continue his hot streak and move top of the scoring charts in the process.
Betting tip: Huddersfield to be winning at half time and full time @ 33/20
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