English League One Preview and Betting Tips
Saturday 16th – Sunday 17th September
Match Previews and Betting Tips
With two of their main rivals dropping points on Tuesday night, Shrewsbury Town have established a three point lead at the top of the League One table and there is every chance that could be extended this weekend as the table-toppers have a very winnable game at Oldham while the other top clubs have some tricky games to contend with.
Saturday 16th September
Oldham Athletic v Shrewsbury Town. Oldham Athletic registered their first win of the season in last Tuesday’s 3-2 victory over mid-table Bristol Rovers but more will be required for Saturday’s meeting with table-topping Shrewsbury Town. Unbeaten this season, with an impressive record of six wins and a draw, Shrewsbury have won the last three games in a row and that winning run should continue this weekend at nice odds of 13/10 despite playing away from home.
Walsall v Peterborough United. A draw and a defeat in successive games cost Peterborough United top spot in League One. Back to something approaching top form in last Tuesday’s 2-0 victory over MK Dons, Peterborough have a very winnable away game this weekend against a Walsall side that has lost the last two matches and dropped to fourteenth in the table. The bookies fancy a Walsall home win at 6/4 but an away win for Peterborough is a better betting proposition at 17/10.
Gillingham v Charlton Athletic. Cruising towards the top of the table after four successive victories, the wheels came off the Charlton Athletic bandwagon last Tuesday when the in-form side were surprisingly beaten 3-0 at home by Wigan Athletic. Still third in the table, Charlton should be reasonably confident of taking maximum points at bottom of the table Gillingham this Saturday. Gillingham have yet to win a game this season with four defeats in seven games and a fifth defeat is highly likely this weekend with an away win for Charlton a banker bet at even money.
Bradford City v Rotherham United. A close game can be expected when in-form Bradford City host Rotherham United. Bradford are fourth in the table, five places and two points clear of their opponents with a good record of two draws and two wins in the last four games. Rotherham’s recent form is even better with three wins in the last three games including last Tuesday’s 5-1 hammering of mid-table Walsall. At odds of 12/5, a draw is a tempting bet but the momentum is with Rotherham and could be enough to secure a fourth successive victory at tasty odds of 12/5 or better.
Blackpool v Oxford United. Both Blackpool and Oxford United are unbeaten in their last four league games with four of those eight matches ending in draws. Home advantage might do the trick for Blackpool but Oxford are proving hard to beat this season and can hold out for a fourth draw in five games at odds of 9/4.
Blackburn Rovers v AFC Wimbledon. There is no need to look any further than Blackburn Rovers’ record of four wins in the last four games to determine the outcome of Saturday’s home game against AFC Wimbledon who have won just once this season and lost on four occasions. Short odds of just 8/13 for a Blackburn victory are hardly surprising but still quite generous for what is a banker bet.
Wigan Athletic v Bristol Rovers. Following two disappointing results, Wigan Athletic bounced back in style with a resounding 3-0 victory at third-placed Charlton Athletic in midweek. That victory pushed Wigan back into the top six and the club will be hoping to build on that result with another win in Saturday’s home game against a Bristol Rovers side that has lost two of their last three games. It may be by the narrowest of margins but a home win for Wigan looks good value at around the 5/6 mark.
Southend United v Northampton Town. Southend United are dropping rapidly down the League One table and their descent into the relegation zone shows no signs of stopping. Three draws followed by two defeats in the last five fixtures sees the club down in nineteenth and just two points clear of the drop zone. This Saturday, Southend have a home game with Northampton Town who are level on points with the home side but moving up the table having won their last two matches. Those were Northampton’s only victories of the season following four defeats and, while it may be too early to talk of a revival, a third consecutive win for Northampton this weekend looks a good bet at 12/5.
Bury v Plymouth Argyle. Two clubs in the bottom three and with identical records of a win, a draw and five defeats face off on Saturday afternoon when Bury play hosts to Plymouth Argyle. A thrilling game can hardly be expected between two teams desperate for points and a drawn game (quite possibly scoreless) looks the logical bet at odds of 23/10.
Sunday 17th September
Doncaster Rovers v Scunthorpe United. The only League One game on Sunday is the meeting of mid-table sides Doncaster Rovers and Scunthorpe United. After three straight wins, Scunthorpe have lost their way in recent weeks with a defeat and a draw in the last two outings. Hardly inspiring form but a lot better than Doncaster’s record of three defeats and two draws in the last five matches. Playing away from home will not aid Scunthorpe’s chances but an away win still look the most likely outcome at 9/5.