Aldershot Town (17th) v Macclesfield Town (16th)
Betting tip: Both sides are currently sitting in the lower half of the table and will be keen to pick up points in this contest at the Rec. The Silkmen have not won on the road since August and Dean Holdsworth’s boys have not won at home in three league games. I am not sensing a goalfest here and considering the three league meetings on the Shots’ home turf have finished level I am going for the draw at 11/5.
Bradford City (22nd) v Torquay United (13th)
Betting tip: The Bantams come into this game on the back of a morale-boosting midweek win over local rivals Huddersfield in the JPT. The Gulls set flight for Valley Parade in desperate search of a victory, having failed to register a maximum in five games. Phil Parkinson’s men have taken the lead in their last four games and have failed to win any of them. I fancy another draw here but am going to spice it up a little by betting on the run of play market that a team will take the lead and the game will end level at 29/10.
Cheltenham Town (11th) v Dagenham and Redbridge (20th)
Betting tip: There isn’t much on the Daggers’ side as they head to Whaddon Road this weekend. John Still’s side have never beaten the Robins, have not won on the road since August and face a side who have only conceded three goals at home all season. Mark Yates’ outfit have picked up two away wins in recent weeks and will come into this clash in form and I can’t see anything other than a home win. Give the Daggers a 1-0 head start and back Cheltenham to still win at 7/2.
Crewe Alexandra (19th) v Southend United (1st)
Betting tips: The Shrimpers are in a rich vein of form, winning their last five games in all competitions and conceding only one goal in the process. Dario Gradi has struggled to get his side into any kind of form and could face a real tough time here. With the boys from Roots Hall averaging three goals a game in their last four I expect goals at Gresty Road and will be backing there to be over 3.5 goals at 9/5.
Gillingham (9th) v Port Vale (7th)
Betting tip: Both sides find themselves in the hunt for those coveted playoff positions and this could be a real close contest. The Valiants haven’t enjoyed their recent match-ups with the Gills, having not beaten them since March 2008. Andy Hessenthaler will be expecting an improved performance from his side following two straight 3-1 defeats. With only one clean sheet between them in eight games I am going for a score draw – 2-2 is at 40/1 and hard to ignore.
Morecambe (3rd) v AFC Wimbledon (4th)
Betting tip: This could be the game of the weekend in League Two in a clash that could see either side go top if results go their way. The Shrimps have enjoyed life on the road more than the comfort of their own home this season but they do average over two goals a game at Christie Park. The Dons continue to impress in their first season of league football and while at home they have been free scoring they are a little more reserved away from Kingsmeadow. I’m predicting a real goal fest and my money is on there being over 3.5 goals at 31/20.
Oxford United (6th) v Bristol Rovers (15th)
Betting tip: The U’s enjoy this fixture, having won their last three meetings against the Pirates at the Kassam Stadium. Last season Oxford thrashed Rovers 6-1 in the Carling Cup and while that outcome is highly unlikely here I do expect Chris Wilder’s side to come out on top again. I fancy the U’s to dominate from start to finish and suggest backing them to be leading at both half-time and full-time at 7/4.
Plymouth Argyle (24th) v Accrington Stanley (18th)
Betting tip: The Pilgrims finally recorded their first win in the league two weeks ago and I have to say I fancy them to pick up another one here. Stanley have yet to win on their travels this season and have only found the net three times in their five away games. Games involving Carl Fletcher’s side have finished 2-0 in the last five straight games and it’s hard to ignore a pattern like that. 2-0 to Plymouth is at 13/1 and a 2-0 win for Stanley is at 10/1. For me, my money is with the boys from Home Park.
Rotherham United (8th) v Burton Albion (10th)
Betting tip: The Millers’ early-season form has deserted them in recent weeks with Andy Scott’s men failing to win in their last four league games, conceding ten goals in that time. The Brewers are unbeaten at home so far this season but have only picked up one victory in their five matches away from the Pirelli Stadium. This one has stalemate written all over it and I am going for draw/draw in the half-time/full-time market at 19/4.
Shrewsbury Town (5th) v Barnet (21st)
Betting tip: You have to go back to December 2006 for the Bees’ last victory at Shrewsbury and I can’t see them changing that stat this weekend given the 11-point difference between the two sides at present. Lawrie Sanchez’s side have shipped 13 goals on their travels in League Two and with the Shrews winning their last four league games at New Meadow I fear for the boys from Underhill here. Graham Turner’s men are obviously heavy favourites here so bet on the handicap market to get value for your money and give Barnet a 1-0 start and back the Shrews at 29/20.
Swindon Town (12th) v Hereford United (23rd)
Betting tip: The Bulls have the second-worst defence in League Two this season, shipping 21 goals in their 11 games, and given that the Robins hit four in their last home game you can forgive United fans travelling to the County Ground fearing the worst. Jamie Pitman has only seen his side find the net twice in their last six games and I can’t see their stuttering strike force troubling Paolo di Canio’s men here. Back Hereford not to score at 11/10 or take Swindon to be winning at half-time and full-time at 21/20.
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