Saturday, January 28th
Hereford United v Shrewsbury Town
Home 23/10 Draw 21/10 Away 11/10
Hereford have lost just once in their last five games and John Pitman knows his side must continue this form if they are to save their League Two status. The Shrews arrive unbeaten in three, having won their last two, and sit just four points from the top of the league. I fancy Graham Turner’s side to come out on top here, but expect it to be a close game. Take odds of 9/2 on draw/Shrewsbury in the halftime/fulltime market.
Accrington Stanley v Gillingham
Home 5/4 Draw 11/5 Away 19/10
Stanley fans are coming to terms with losing their manager to League One Rochdale and hope that doesn’t derail their side’s season as they are within touching distance of a playoff place. The Gills arrive having lost three of their last four games and shipped four goals at home to AFC Wimbledon in their last outing. It is worth noting that Stanley have kept three clean sheets in their last four games and you can get 11/5 on them keeping the Gills out here.
AFC Wimbledon v Aldershot Town
Home 6/5 Draw 11/5 Away 2/1
Terry Brown’s AFC Wimbledon side recorded their third straight league win in the week to move themselves away from the relegation dogfight at the foot of the league ladder and the Dons will fancy their chances when they entertain Aldershot this weekend. The Shots haven’t won in six games, but more worryingly for their fans is that they have failed to score in those six. Dean Holdsworth’s side are 21/10 to not score here and I suggest taking that bet and backing the Dons to pick up three points at 6/5.
Barnet v Crewe Alexandra
Home 27/20 Draw 11/5 Away 7/4
Lawrie Sanchez has seen his Barnet side win their last three league games but he knows they are still very much in the relegation battle and will have to be on top form to pick up the three points when Crewe visit Underhill this weekend. Crewe have also won their last three – also tasting victory in four of their last five league outings – and sit comfortably in mid-table. I see this one ending in a score draw and with odds of 29/10 on the lead-draw in the run of play market I’d say that’s certainly well worth a punt.
Bristol Rovers v Bradford City
Home 11/10 Draw 11/5 Away 11/5
Two teams scrapping for their league status clash at the Memorial Stadium this weekend and it’s the home side who go into this clash in a confident mood. The Pirates picked up an impressive 2-0 away win over Cheltenham in Mark McGhee’s first game in charge while the Bantams haven’t won in three games. I am going to predict a home win here and back odds of 12/5 on Rovers winning at halftime and fulltime.
Dagenham & Redbridge v Rotherham United
Home 9/5 Draw 9/4 Away 13/10
The Daggers’ League Two stay is looking increasingly under threat as they have lost their last three games and only scored once in that time. Rotherham arrive at Victoria Road struggling for form themselves as they have only picked up one win in their last five games, but they sit safely in mid-table going into the latter stages of the campaign. I see this one being a nervy encounter and not one with many goals. Odds of 14/5 on there being under 1.5 goals here are hard to ignore.
Macclesfield Town v Cheltenham Town
Home 21/10 Draw 21/10 Away 6/5
Gary Simpson’s Macclesfield have now lost their last four straight league games and sit just four points above the relegation places. Their task doesn’t get any easier this weekend as joint leaders Cheltenham visit Moss Rose. Mark Yates will be demanding a response from his side following their surprise 2-0 home defeat to struggling Bristol Rovers last weekend and you have to fear for Macclesfield here. I see this ending in a comfortable win for the Robins and will back them in the 1-0 handicap market at 3/1.
Port Vale v Plymouth Argyle
Home 4/5 Draw 23/10 Away 31/10
Port Vale picked up their first win in five last weekend and their fans will be hoping that victory will start a run of form that could see them gatecrash the playoff party come May. The Pilgrims, on the other hand, are desperate for a turn in fortunes as they continue to occupy a relegation place, as they have for most of the season. I don’t see this one being a classic but like last week, there’s value in backing Vale winning this one after the break. Consider odds of 15/4 on draw/Port Vale in the halftime/fulltime market.
Torquay United v Northampton Town
Home 7/10 Draw 5/2 Away 17/5
Martin Ling’s Torquay side are one of the form teams in League Two and are currently on a four-game winning streak which has put them just five points behind the league leaders going into this clash. The Cobblers, meanwhile, are looking doomed at the foot of the league ladder and have conceded seven goals in their last two outings. I can’t see anything other than a big home win and suggest backing the Gulls in the 0-1 handicap market at 19/10.
Sunday, January 29th
Burton Albion v Oxford United
Home 17/10 Draw 21/10 Away 29/20
Two sides hoping to force themselves into a playoff place at the end of the campaign meet at the Pirelli Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Burton’s form has deserted them in recent weeks as they have gone five games without a win and slipped behind their visitors in the league. The U’s haven’t been in the greatest of form themselves, having only won once in their last five, but they have only conceded four goals in that run. This should be a tight game and I fancy a draw between these two. I do expect goals, though, so take the lead-draw selection in the run of play market at 3/1.
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