Friday, December 30th
Cheltenham Town (2nd) v Rotherham United (11th) (7.45pm)
Home: 9/10 Draw: 23/10 Away: 53/20
The Robins are unbeaten in five league games as they find themselves within touching distance of the top of League Two going in to this clash. The Millers arrive in good form having only lost once in their last nine games. Mark Yates’ side haven’t conceded a goal at home in three league games and Rotherham fired a blank in their last outing at Macclesfield. Andy Scott’s men are 37/20 to fail to score here.
Crawley Town (1st) v Barnet (20th) (7.45pm)
Home: 3/10 Draw: 18/5 Away: 31/4
Crawley boss Steve Evans will be looking for his side to bounce back from a surprise home defeat to Gillingham in their last league match when Barnet visit the Broadfield Stadium. The Bees haven’t won in three games and you fear they could be in for a tough time here. Odds of 3/2 on there being over 3.5 goals are well worth consideration.
Dagenham and Redbridge (22nd) v Gillingham (6th) (7.45pm)
Home: 11/5 Draw: 11/5 Away: 11/10
The Daggers go in to this clash on the back of a morale-boosting 3-0 win over Barnet on Boxing Day. The Gills haven’t lost in six league games and are favourites to come away with the three points in this meeting. The Daggers’ victory in their last home game was their first in eight games in front of their own fans and it could be another tough afternoon for them here. I predict a comfortable away win and will be backing Gillingham to be winning at half-time and full-time at 12/5.
Hereford United (21st) v Accrington Stanley (12th) (7.45pm)
Home: 2/1 Draw: 21/10 Away: 5/4
Two sides in contrasting form meet at Edgar Street and Hereford fans will be hoping for an improvement on their side’s last performance – a 2-1 home defeat to Port Vale. Stanley haven’t lost in seven and find themselves within striking distance of a playoff place. The Bulls have been hurt late on in games this season and expect that trend to continue here. I’m going to go for draw/Accrington in the half-time/full-time market at 9/2.
Saturday, December 31st
Aldershot Town (16th) v Plymouth Argyle (24th) (1.00pm)
Home: 3/4 Draw: 12/5 Away: 13/4
The Shots didn’t play over Christmas so should go into this clash fresher than their opponents. Argyle arrive at the Rec unbeaten in four games and can move off the foot of the table with victory here. This should be a close game and I fancy a score draw. In the run of play market, odds of 17/5 on the lead-draw selection are well worth consideration.
Macclesfield Town (14th) v Port Vale (9th) (1.00pm)
Home: 9/5 Draw: 21/10 Away: 7/5
The Silkmen are struggling for form of late having failed to win in their last seven outings in League Two. Their visitors are unbeaten in four, inlcuding three wins on the spin, and will be confident of picking up another victory here as they find themselves in the playoff picture. The Valiants have averaged two goals a game in their last four while Gary Simpson’s men have fired blanks in three of their previous four outings. With that in mind, consider backing Port Vale in the 1-0 handicap market at 4/1.
Morecambe (13th) v Burton Albion (5th) (1.00pm)
Home: 5/4 Draw: 11/5 Away: 19/10
The Shrimps’ early-season form has deserted them of late as they have failed to win in their last seven games in all competitions and find themselves in mid-table going into this clash. The Brewers have only lost once in their last six and will arrive at Christie Park full of confidence as they look to close the gap on the league leaders. Both sides have conceded, on average, almost two goals a game in recent weeks so we could see a goalfest here. Odds of 21/10 on there being over 3.5 goals here are well worth a punt.
Torquay United (10th) v Oxford United (8th) (1.00pm)
Home: 7/5 Draw: 11/5 Away: 17/10
Two inconsistent sides face up to each other at Plainmoor with both knowing that a good run of form at the turn of the year could see them in the playoffs come May. The Us haven’t conceded a goal in their last three games and the Gulls will have to play well to break them down. This clash has draw written all over it for me and I suggest backing this outcome at 11/5.
AFC Wimbledon (17th) v Southend (3rd) (3.00pm)
Home: 21/10 Draw: 23/10 Away: 11/10
Southend haven’t won in six games in all competitions and boss Paul Sturrock will know his side must return to winning ways here if they are to continue their automatic promotion challenge. The Dons are on a even more horrible run, having lost their last five games in league and cup. Both sides are without a goal in their last three games so don’t expect to see a thriller here. You can get 11/4 on there being under 1.5 goals at Kingsmeadow, which looks to be a decent play.
Bradford City (19th) v Shrewsbury (4th) (3.00pm)
Home: 37/20 Draw: 21/10 Away: 27/20
The Shrews have won the last three meetings between these two and go in to this clash as favourites to pick up all three points. The Bantams have improved of late having not lost in their last four and will need to be on their game here against an in-form Shrewsbury side. Graham Turner’s men have only lost once in their last 11 games in all competitions and I expect them to win here too. The Shrews are 29/10 to be winning at half-time and full-time, which could offer better returns than simply backing them in the 3Way football betting market.
Bristol Rovers (18th) v Crewe Alexandra (15th) (3.00pm)
Home: 21/20 Draw: 9/4 Away: 23/10
Two sides looking for some league form meet at the Memorial Stadium this weekend and both will be looking to bounce back from defeats – Rovers went down 3-2 at home to Plymouth last time out, while Crewe were trounced 3-0 at Bradford. The Pirates haven’t recorded a league win in six attempts and find themselves dangerously close to the relegation zone in League Two. Rovers have averaged almost twice as many goals as their opponents in their last ten matches and I am going to back them in the 0-1 handicap market at 14/5.
Northampton Town (23rd) v Swindon Town (7th) (3.00pm)
Home: 31/10 Draw: 23/10 Away: 4/5
Aidy Boothroyd is still looking for his first win as Northampton boss and he knows his side will have to improve dramatically if they are to stand any chance against Swindon. Paolo Di Canio’s men suffered their first defeat in 15 on Boxing Day – going down 1-0 at Torquay – and I suspect the Cobblers may face a backlash here. Northampton have conceded a whopping 21 goals in their last six matches and this trend should continue. Take odds of 11/5 on over 3.5 goals being scored at Sixfields.
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