Town travel to Somerset on SaturdayBarnsley v Colchester United
Barnsley are fancied to build on their impressive 1-0 win at Sheffield United last time out as they welcome Colchester to Oakwell on Friday night. The Tykes are 5/4 for the win with the U’s 2/1 for all three points, or 5/2 to draw. The visitors have conceded exactly two in each of their last two outings in Sky Bet League 1, and that trend is 5/2 to continue. The last time the two met was in the Championship in January 2008 at Oakwell, with the hosts edging it 1-0 on that occasion. A repeat of that scoreline is 8/1, but the most likely scoreline in Sky Bet’s ‘Correct Score’ market is actually 1-1 at 11/2.
Top tip: Draw and under 2.5 goals at 7/2
Oldham Athletic v Crawley Town
Oldham are expected to maintain their solid home record as they are 4/7 favourites to win at home to Crawley on Saturday. The Latics have lost just one of their eight home games in League 1 this season, winning five, and you can get 5/2 for Oldham to win and both teams to score. John Gregory’s Crawley are 5/1 underdogs for what would be only a second away victory of the season. They have, however, registered three draws on the road and a fourth can be backed at 14/5. Indeed, their last two league outings have been 1-1 draws and that outcome is 6/1 in Sky Bet’s Correct Score market for the game.
Top tip: Under 2.5 goals at 4/5
Coventry City v Notts County
Notts County are 4/6 to maintain their unbeaten record away from home in Sky Bet League 1 this season with either a win or a draw at Coventry on Saturday. The Magpies have four wins and three draws on their travels, while the Sky Blues have four wins, two draws and two defeats from their eight home games. Home advantage sees Coventry as the 11/10 favourites for the win, with the visitors rated 23/10 to claim victory or 5/2 to draw. Before their 2-1 defeat to Walsall last time out, Notts County had won five games on the bounce, three of which came via a winning margin of one goal. They’re 4/1 to pick up that habit once again this weekend.
Top tip: Both teams to score at 8/13
Crewe Alexandra v Chesterfield
Chesterfield are strong favourites to take the three points at bottom club Crewe this weekend. Without a win in six, Paul Cook’s side have dropped to 11th in Sky Bet League 1 but a convincing win in the FA Cup will give them some confidence. Scoring just one more goal than they have conceded has affected their league position this term and both teams have scored in eight of their last 10 league games. It’s 4/6 for both Crewe and Chesterfield to score this weekend and with the league top scorer Eoin Doyle leading the line for the Spireites, he might be a good bet to break the deadlock at 7/2. Nevertheless, the hosts are improving, losing just once in their last five games and one win away from moving out of the drop zone.
Top Tip: Crewe and Under 2.5 Goals in the match at 13/2
Doncaster Rovers v Sheffield United
Doncaster will be looking for a second successive Yorkshire scalp when they host rivals Sheffield United on Saturday. Rovers scored a 2-1 win at Bradford last time out but need a marked improvement in their home form if they are to topple a Sheffield United side who are 9/4 shots with the league sponsor to be promoted this term. Rovers have won only once in seven Sky Bet League 1 matches at the Keepmoat Stadium and go into the game as slight underdogs. The Blades are 7/5 for the win but make the short trip on the back of successive 1-0 league defeats. Doncaster have been priced up at 9/5 to bag the victory. Two of the last three meetings between the sides at the Keepmoat have ended in draws, a 12/5 shot this time. With the Blades having failed to score in their last three matches in all competitions and Doncaster having scored only five times at home, don't expect a feast of goals, so it’s no surprise to see under 2.5 goals available at odds-on.
Top Tip: Draw and under 2.5 goals in the match at 3/1
Gillingham v Leyton Orient
Two sides desperate for three points go head-to-head when Gillingham host Leyton Orient. Both teams head into the match after runs of indifferent form - the Gills are without a win in their nine Sky Bet League 1 matches while the O's have won only once in eight. The visitors are the favourites, though, as they’re 6/5 to claim all three points, while the hosts can be backed at 11/5. Alternatively, a draw is 12/5. As for the first goalscorer market, Danny Kedwell of Gillingham and Orient’s Darius Henderson are inseparable in the betting at 11/2 apiece, while it’s 6/1 for both men to find the net at any stage.
Top tip: Draw and both teams to score at 3/1
Port Vale v Rochdale
Port Vale are very slight favourites at 7/5 to beat Rochdale, who are priced at 7/4 for the win. The draw can be backed at 5/2. Free-scoring Rochdale have scored three in each of their last three games, taking a maximum nine points in the process, and will fancy their chances of goals again this weekend against a Vale defence who have only kept one clean sheet all season. Rochdale to win 3-0, 3-1 or 3-2 is 17/2 at Sky Bet or you can get over 2.5 goals in the match at 4/5.
Top Tip: Over 2.5 goals at 4/5
Preston North End v Bradford City
At 8/13 Preston are hot favourites to maintain their unbeaten home record when they welcome a Bradford side that have picked up just one point from their last five games and are the rank outsiders at 9/2 to take the win. However, Bradford have picked up almost two-thirds of their points this season away from home and you can get 14/5 for the draw with Sky Bet. Preston have scored in every home game this season, with Bradford scoring in 75 per cent of their away contests. You can back both teams to score at 5/6 with Sky Bet.
Top Tip: Preston to win and both teams to score at 5/2
Swindon Town v Bristol City
Bristol City haven’t beaten Swindon since October 2003 and are narrow outsiders to take the three points this weekend. The Sky Bet League 1 leaders are unbeaten since August, however, and currently sit five points clear at the summit. They are 7/4 to win the game at the County Ground – something they haven’t managed since January 2002. Swindon can be supported at 7/5 for the victory and the draw is 5/2. Bristol City do have one of the competition’s in-form strikers too with Aaron Wilbraham bagging 11 in 17 in all competitions. He is the 5/1 joint-favourite to open the scoring this weekend alongside Robins forward Michael Smith.
Top Tip: Both Michael Smith and Aaron Wilbraham to score at 11/2
Walsall v Peterborough United
Fresh from a midweek win in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, Walsall find themselves favourites to beat Peterborough this week. Lying nine places below them in the league table, the hosts have form on their side having won their last three games. All three of those victories have been by a solitary goal, which they are 3/1 to replicate against the Posh. Darren Ferguson’s men, on the other hand, have seen their form slip, having lost their last three league games. The win market sees Walsall at 6/4, Peterborough at 7/4 and the draw at 23/10. Both teams have a 5/1 shot to open the scoring in Tom Bradshaw for Walsall and Kyle Vassell for Peterborough, with the former netting more times than his striking rival this term.
Top Tip: Half-Time/Full-Time – Draw/Draw at 4/1
Yeovil Town v Fleetwood Town
Struggling Yeovil will be looking for their first Sky Bet League 1 win since September when they entertain a Fleetwood side that beat Gillingham last time out. Despite being second bottom of the league, Yeovil are the 11/8 favourites in this clash, given Fleetwood haven’t won away since back-to-back victories in August. For those who fancy them to buck that trend the Cod Army are 19/10 with Sky Bet or you can get the draw at 12/5. Yeovil have kept only one clean sheet at home all season and are the lowest scoring team in the division without a goal in their last three league games.
Top tip: Draw and Under 2.5 goals at 3/1
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