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BETTING PREVIEW: BACK THE TOWN WITH SKY BET

16 September 2014

Sky Bet fancy the draw...but what do you think?


York City v Luton Town

York are the 11/10 favourites to bounce back from their first defeat of the Sky Bet League 2 season with victory at home to the Town on Tuesday night. The Minstermen lost 2-0 against leaders Burton at the weekend so will be out to quickly put things right. The Hatters can be backed at 12/5 to net three points and the draw is available at the same price. The Town ended a six-match run without a win by beating Cheltenham 1-0 on Saturday and John Still’s side will now be looking to move up the table. York’s first five matches of the campaign all finished as draws and there shouldn’t be much to choose between the two teams in this clash.

Top tip: The draw at 12/5

AFC Wimbledon v Burton Albion
Sky Bet League 2 leaders Burton will be hoping for another victory when they travel to AFC Wimbledon on Tuesday night. The Brewers are the 5/4 favourites to return north with an extra three points, while the hosts can be backed at 21/10 for the win. The draw is available at 12/5. Burton have scored the final goal in all nine of their league and cup matches so far this season. Gary Rowett’s men are 5/6 to net last at Kingsmeadow.

Top tip: Burton to score last at 5/6.

Bury v Stevenage

Bury are looking for a fourth Sky Bet League 2 win in five games as they host Stevenage on Tuesday night. The Shakers sit third in the early standings and are odds-on favourites at 17/20 in their latest match. Stevenage are out at 16/5 for the victory and the draw can be backed at 5/2.  Bury haven’t conceded a goal in their previous two matches but Stevenage will clearly pose a threat after claiming a 3-2 win at AFC Wimbledon in their last away game. You can get 9/2 for both teams to score in the first half and that could be an interesting option if the away side make a fast start.

Top tip: Both teams to score in the first half at 9/2.

Cambridge United v Exeter City

Exeter City are still searching for a first win of the season when they make the long trip east to Cambridge United. The Grecians did produce an improved performance on Saturday as they drew 1-1 at home to Oxford but more is needed to climb the table. Paul Tisdale’s outfit are 9/2 to claim their first three-point haul of the campaign at the R Costings Abbey Stadium. Cambridge are odds-on favourites at 4/6 for the victory and the draw can be backed at 13/5. The U’s beat Carlisle 5-0 in their last home games so spirits should be high ahead of this match. There is 5/4 available for Cambridge to be leading at half-time.

Top tip: Cambridge to lead at half-time at 5/4.

Cheltenham Town v Southend United

Cheltenham hope to bounce back after losing their first Sky Bet League 2 game of the season on Saturday. Luton beat the Robins 1-0 at Kenilworth Road and now Mark Yates’ outfit look to recover with three points at home to Southend. League sponsors Sky Bet can’t split the two sides. Both Cheltenham and Southend can be backed at 13/8 for the win, while the draw is available at 23/10. There have been under 2.5 goals in seven of Cheltenham’s nine matches so far this season and Southend have exactly the same record. Expect it to be close in Gloucestershire.

Top tip: Under 2.5 goals at 4/6.

Mansfield Town v Morecambe

Morecambe climbed up to second in Sky Bet League 2 with a 2-1 victory over Plymouth at the weekend and now they look for another three points against Mansfield. However, the Shrimps are the outsiders at 23/10 to claim the win with Mansfield made the 6/5 favourites by Sky Bet. The draw is available at 23/10 too. Morecambe striker Kevin Ellison has five goals to his name already this season and can be backed at 6/1 to score the opening goal of the match. That’s the same price as his team-mate Paul Mullin. Mansfield forward Matt Rhead is the 11/2 favourite to net first after bagging the opener in the Stags’ 2-1 defeat at Wycombe on Saturday.           

Top tip: Matt Rhead and Kevin Ellison both to score at 13/2

Northampton Town v Hartlepool United

Hartlepool United will look to inflict a first home defeat of the season on Northampton Town when they travel to Sixfields on Saturday. Pools drew 0-0 with Tranmere on Saturday and you can get 15/2 for another goalless encounter on Tuesday night. Northampton are odds-on favourites at 10/11 to snaffle the three points, Hartlepool can be backed at 3/1 for the win and the draw is available at 12/5. Cobblers striker Marc Richards has netted four goals in his last three games so it’s no surprise to see him as the 4/1 favourite to score first. Marlon Harewood and Charlie Wyke are both priced up at 7/1 as the top Hartlepool contenders.

Top tip: Marc Richards to score a brace at 5/1

Oxford United v Accrington Stanley

Oxford United are still waiting for their first win of the new Sky Bet League 2 campaign after drawing 1-1 at Exeter on Saturday. The U’s have drawn their last three matches in the league and it’s 12/5 for that to be the outcome once again against Accrington Stanley at the Kassam Stadium on Tuesday night. Oxford are even-money favourites for the three points and Accrington can be backed at 11/4. Stanley have won their last two matches, both at home, but are without a victory on their travels this term. All four of their away defeats have seen over 2.5 goals scored and Oxford’s last home match ended in a 3-3 draw against Dagenham. Going for goals could be the way to go here.

Top tip: Over 2.5 goals at 11/10

Plymouth Argyle v Wycombe Wanderers

Wycombe Wanderers moved up to fourth in Sky Bet League 2 by beating Mansfield 2-1 on Saturday but the Chairboys are the 12/5 outsiders for victory at Plymouth Argyle. The draw can be backed at the same price and Plymouth are the 11/10 favourites to win. Argyle striker Reuben Reid is the 5/1 favourite to open the scoring, while Matt McClure and Paul Hayes are rated as the two most likely Wycombe players to net first at 13/2. Wycombe’s two league matches prior to defeating Mansfield finished 0-0 and you can get 8/1 for that to be the outcome on Tuesday night.

Top tip: 0-0 draw at 8/1

Portsmouth v Dagenham and Redbridge

Portsmouth are odds-on favourites at 3/4 to bounce back from three Sky Bet League 2 defeats in a row with victory over Dagenham and Redbridge on Tuesday night. The Daggers are outsiders at 18/5 to pick up three points and the draw can be backed at 13/5. Dagenham are without a win in their last three games, losing twice and drawing once, so both teams will be looking to get back on track. Portsmouth striker Craig Westcarr is the 9/2 favourite to open the scoring, while veteran forward Jamie Cureton is rated as the most likely Dagenham contender at 8/1. The Daggers have scored first in five of their last six matches and Luke Howell netted the opener in three of those contests. He’s a very interesting 12/1 to strike first at Fratton Park.

Top tip: Luke Howell to score first at 12/1

Shrewsbury Town v Carlisle United

Carlisle United dropped to the bottom of Sky Bet League 2 after losing 3-0 at home to Bury on Saturday. Now the Cumbrians face a tough trip to Shrewsbury and are rated as a 15/4 chance for victory. Shrewsbury go off as odds-on favourites to win at 8/11 and the draw can be backed at 15/4. The Shrews have lost three matches in a row though so have plenty of pressure on them to claim the three points. Micky Mellon’s men haven’t scored a goal in those three defeats and Carlisle could take advantage if they find the goalscoring boots they had on before facing Bury. The Brunton Park outfit drew 4-4 at home to AFC Wimbledon in League 2 and beat Accrington 3-1 in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy. Backing Carlisle at 11/4 to score two or more goals might give you a run for your money.

Top tip: Carlisle to score two or more goals at 11/4

Tranmere Rovers v Newport County

Tranmere Rovers are narrow 6/4 favourites to beat Newport County on Tuesday night. The Welsh side are available at 7/4 for the win and the draw can be backed at 12/5. Tranmere drew 0-0 at home to Hartlepool on Saturday but Newport were celebrating with a 3-2 win at home to Northampton. County also won 1-0 at Portsmouth in their previous away game so will fancy their chances of returning  south with three points. The win over Northampton was the only one of Newport’s previous five games in which there has been more than 2.5 goals, so don’t expect too much goalmouth action.

Top tip: Under 2.5 goals at 4/5

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