League One Betting Preview – 24/03/18

League One Betting Preview – 24/03/18

League One Betting Preview – 24/04/18

The international breaks in full effect meaning there’s no Premier League or Championship football this weekend but League One football continues and the Championship promotion hunt continues.  Here’s our preview for this weekends League One fixtures.

Bury vs Wigan

Wigan look to go top of the table with a win away to struggling Bury. Paul Cook’s sides FA Cup run came to an end at Southampton last weekend but the Latics are still in the hunt for the title and can leapfrog Blackburn with a win at Gigg Lane on Saturday. With two games in hand on the top two and just two points to make up Wigan will be looking to cement their place back in the Championship for next season. The Latics have won nine of their last twelve on the road, and are massive favourites to extend that impressive record.  Wigan have the second best attack in the League spearheaded by Will Grigg and Nick Powell who have a combined 23 goals between them around a third of Wigan’s tally for the season.

As for Bury they remain bottom and are currently ten points off safety having played more than most of the other relegation candidates.  They face the impossible task in facing potential Champions Wigan and despite a recent run of improved results looked destined for the drop. The Shakers have struggled for goals this season and find themselves the lowest scoring team in the league with just 31 league goals. Former Everton and Leeds striker Jermaine Beckford has struggled to replace James Vaughan and has only scored 8 goals all season. That doesn’t look set to improve this weekend either as they take on the best defence in the League in Wigan who are looking for a 3rd consecutive clean sheet.

Recommended bets

Wigan and over 2.5 goals: (priced 19/20 at Betway)

Nick Powell to score: (Best priced 9/2 at Betfair)

Shrewsbury vs Wimbledon

Shrewsbury know that a win this weekend and they will be top of League One with just eight games to go. Shrewsbury come into the game unbeaten in their last five league matches and are set to mount a serious challenge to both Wigan and Blackburn for the title. Paul Hirst’s side come into the game just a point off the leaders Blackburn and with them not in action this weekend it gives Salop the chance to move into top spot. After guiding them to survival last season Hirst now has a real chance to get Shrewsbury into the Championship for the first time in their history. However, there home form has dropped off recently with just one win in their last five at Montgomery Waters Meadow allowing Wigan and Blackburn to take advantage. They also missed out on the chance to jump Rovers into top spot with a disappointing 1-1 draw away at Northampton in midweek and will be making sure that they don’t make that mistake again this weekend.

Wimbledon come into this one knowing they’re in a serious relegation battle. Neal Ardley’s side now sit just two points above the drop zone and that doesn’t look likely to improve this weekend. They weren’t in action in midweek so have had longer to prepare for this game than Shrewsbury have but they come into this game on a worrying run on their travels. Ardley’s side have won just one in their last ten away from home and coming into a game against one of the top three won’t fill the side with anymore confidence. Ardley’s side will be looking to cause a major upset this weekend but it doesn’t look likely as Shrewsbury should be too strong for Wimbledon to handle.

Recommended bets

Shrewsbury to win: (17/20 at SkyBet)

Over 2.5 goals: (6/4 at PaddyPower)

Peterborough vs Bristol Rovers

Peterborough have begun to pick up form when they need it most. Steve Evans has took over from Grant McCann and their playoff push looks alive once again. Three wins out of four in the league for Evans has seen Peterborough rise to 7th and are now just one point off Plymouth in the final playoff spot. The Posh also boast the League’s top scorer in Jack Marriot who has 23 for the season so far and looks like a man who has the ability to fire Peterborough in to the playoff spots. Peterborough also boast a very good record against Bristol Rovers. The Posh are unbeaten in their last seven games against Rovers, a run that extends all the way back to 2007 and that run should continue this weekend.

Bristol Rovers come into this one off a bad run of form winning just one of their last five matches meaning their playoff hopes are near enough over. They now sit seven points off the playoff places and a loss here would certainly end their Wembley dreams. Bristol are on a decent run away from home however with three wins in their last five on their travels. Rovers have conceded the most goals in the top half and have only had two clean sheets since the start of 2018 so they’ll need to tighten up at the back if they want to have any chance of stopping Marriott.

Recommended bets

Jack Marriott to score first: (Best priced 9/2 with Betfair)

BTTS: (Priced 4/7 with Coral)

Charlton vs Plymouth

Plymouth are the inform side in League One. After a dreadful start to the season seeing them win just one in their first 14 League matches they’ve managed to turn it round and are now right in the playoff hunt. Plymouth have lost just once since the December and are flying up the table. Coach Daniel Adams has brought a sense of hope back to Home Park and have a run in which involves playing a lot of the teams around them so will be desperate for a win here to try cement their place in the playoffs. If they can get through them they’ll be the form team going into the playoffs which will serve them well if they can make it to Wembley.

Charlton’s playoff hopes have taken a major hit in recent weeks. They’v won just one in their last five matches (2-1 win at MK Dons last month) and now sit five points off the playoff and are set to take on one of the Leagues inform side in Plymouth. Last time these sides met back in August Plymouth came out 2-0 winners and joint caretaker managers Lee Bowyer and Johnnie Jackson have a lot of work to do in order to keep Charlton’s playoff hopes alive. The sacking of Karl Robinson means Charlton are looking for their 10th manager since 2014. Robinson resigned after a poor run of form and discontent at the lack of transfer funds has left to more discontent around the club and a loss on Saturday would only add to those worries.

Recommended bets

Plymouth to win: (Priced 23/10 with SkyBet)

Under 2.5 goals: (Priced 17/20 with Coral)