League One Round-Up – 03/05/2019

League One Round-Up – 03/05/2019

Charlton vs Rochdale

Charlton head into their final game already assured of a League One play-off spot, sitting in fifth and a huge 19 points clear of Peterborough United in seventh. They are also three points behind Sunderland and with a worse goal difference, so they will almost certainly finish fifth, which will likely see them face Sunderland in the semi-finals. The Addicks head into this one following a 2-0 win over Gillingham, adding to a 4-0 win over Scunthorpe. They have won nine of their last 12, though they may opt to rest some players here ahead of the play-offs. Rochdale head to The Valley placed 14th in the table and safe from relegation. They are four points behind the top half, so they will have to make do with a bottom half finish this season. Dale come into this one following a 1-0 win over Southend, making it three on the bounce after wins over Bristol Rovers and Wycombe. They are 4/1 to cause an upset here with Bet365, while Charlton are at 8/11. A draw is priced at 3/1 with Unibet, which may be a good option given Dale’s form and that Charlton may rest key men.

Recommended Bet: Draw at 3/1 Unibet – BET HERE

Plymouth Argyle vs Scunthorpe United

This relegation six-pointer is one of the games of the weekend in League One. These two teams are separated by just one point and both are in the relegation zone. Argyle are on 47 points, just goal difference from safety in 21st, while Scunthorpe are 23rd, one point behind both this week’s opponents and indeed safety. The winner in this one is likely to climb to safety, barring surprise results elsewhere, while a draw could doom them both. Argyle come into this one having lost 5-1 to Accrington Stanley, a result that saw them sack Derek Adams just one game before the end of the season, and assistant Paul Wotton has also been fired. Kevin Nancekivell is charged with breaking Plymouth’s five-game losing streak. Scunthorpe come into this most important of games on the back of a 3-2 defeat to bottom club Bradford City, making it back-to-back defeats and no win in eight. Plymouth are favourites here at 13/10 with Ladbrokes, while Scunthorpe are 2/1 and a draw is 13/5. Argyle may be the ones to back given their home advantage and change of boss.

Recommended Bet: Plymouth to win at 13/10 SkyBet – BET HERE

Southend United vs Sunderland

They key game affecting the one above is Southend United’s home clash with promotion-chasing Sunderland at Roots Hall. Southend sit one spot above the relegation zone, goal difference ahead of Plymouth and with the toughest of the final games. They do, at least, go into this one knowing a win guarantees them safety due to their far superior goal difference. Though, against a Sunderland side who have been outstanding all season, a victory looks unlikely. Southend also come into this one on the back of a defeat to Rochdale, following on from a win over Burton Albion. Sunderland head into this one having moved to within three points of second placed Barnsley with a win during the week. They are already confirmed as being in the play-offs, but will want to secure either third or fourth to ensure their home leg is second. Sunderland are strong favourites here at 6/5 with Bet365, while Southend are 9/4 with Unibet. A draw is at 13/5 with Bet365.

Recommended Bet: Sunderland to win and BTTS at 18/5 SkyBet – BET HERE

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Blackpool Vs Gillingham

There’s nothing riding on this final day clash between Blackpool and Gillingham. The Tangerines have just missed out on the play-offs, sitting in 10th and eight points off the top six going into the final day. Meanwhile, Gillingham are in 15th and safe from relegation. Blackpool are guaranteed a top -half finish, heading into this one following a defeat to Barnsley and a win over Fleetwood. The Gills are guaranteed to finish in the bottom half, losing to Charlton last time out, following on from a draw with bottom club Bradford City. The home side are favourites here at 5/4 with Bet365, while Gillingham are at 5/2 with marathon. 12/5 with Bet365 is the best price you’ll get for a draw at the moment.

Recommended Bet: Blackpool to win by one at 11/4 SkyBet – BET HERE

Wycombe Wanderers vs Fleetwood Town

Wycombe Wanderers are all-but safe, but only thanks to their goal difference. They currently sit three places above the drop zone and three points ahead of Plymouth in the last drop spot, but they do have a far superior goal difference which protects them from any possible relegation on the final day. There would need to be a 12-goal swing. Wanderers head into this one following a defeat to Wimbledon and a win over Walsall.  Fleetwood are in 12th place and they have a top-half finish wrapped up heading into the final day. Town drew with Bristol Rovers last time out, following on from a defeat to Blackpool. They are now five games without a win. Wycombe are favourites here at 11/10 with Ladbrokes, while Fleetwood are at 13/5 with Bet365. A draw is at 23/10 which is the attractive option here with neither team have anything to play for.

Recommended Bet: Draw at 23/10 Bet365 – BET HERE

Portsmouth vs Accrington Stanley

Portsmouth will be in the play-offs, but will want to finish the regular season on a high as they go into the end of campaign showpiece. Pompey beat Peterborough in the week to put themselves within one point of the two leaders. That result followed a stalemate with fellow promotion-chasers Sunderland. Portsmouth’s inferior goal difference means they have to win here to stand any chance. Stanley come into this one already guaranteed to finish in 13th place, assured of a bottom-half finish. They thrashed Plymouth 5-1 last timer out, adding to a win over play-off chasing Doncaster Rovers. Pompey are strong favourites at 4/11 here with Sky Bet, while Stanley are a long 8/1 with Betfair. A draw is at 17/4 with Bet365.

Recommended Bet: Portsmouth -2 handicap at 11/4 Bet365 – BET HERE

Luton Town vs Oxford United

Luton Town confirmed their promotion mid-week without needing to play, but the title is still on the line for Mick Harford’s side. The London club are currently top of the league and they will win it by beating Oxford at home this weekend, barring a freak swing in goal difference. The Hatters should have got the job done some time ago, but one win in five games has left them battling until the final day. A defeat or even a draw could put them at risk of missing out here, a fate they will be desperately trying to avoid. Oxford are assured of a top-half finish, currently in 11th and up on 60 points. They come in to this one following a draw with Doncaster and an entertaining win over Shrewsbury, scoring five in their last two games. Luton are favourites at 3/10 with Bet365. A draw is priced at 9/2 and Oxford are at a long 9/1 with Ladbrokes.

Recommended Bet: Luton to win and BTTS at 5/2 Bet365 – BET HERE

Bristol Rovers vs Barnsley

Like Luton, Barnsley also secured automatic promotion mid-week after Portsmouth and Sunderland both failed to win. That means that they end their one-year exile from the second tier and a win over Bristol Rovers would be the icing on the cake. The Tykes currently sit in second, and just four goals behind Luton, they could yet stake a claim for the title, so they will be desperate to get the three points. They come into this one having beaten Blackpool last time out, winning four of their last five. Bristol Rovers are 16th in the table and safe from relegation despite their poo start to the season. They come into this one having drawn with Fleetwood last time out, bouncing back from a defeat to Rochdale. Rovers are at 5/1 to cause an upset with Unibet here, while Barnsley are at a much shorter 8/13. A draw is priced at 31/10 with Marathon.

Recommended Bet: Barnsley to win 2-0 at 7/2 Bet365 – BET HERE

Doncaster Rovers vs Coventry City

Attention turns to the final play-off spot. Donny currently sit in sixth place and results during the week meant they are assured of sixth place and a spot in the play-offs despite being as many as 15 points behind sixth-fifth-place Charlton. Doncaster come into this one following a draw with Oxford last time out, which made it three games without a win following defeats to Sunderland and Accrington Stanley. They will be looking to rediscover momentum here ahead of a play-off clash with one of the top four, either of which could finish in third. Coventry fell short of the play-offs this season, and they sit in eighth spot coming into this one. The Sky Blues drew with Shrewsbury last time out, following on from that heartbreaking defeat to Portsmouth that ended their promotion dream. Doncaster are favourites here at 1s with Bet365, while a draw is at 23/10. Coventry are priced at 11/4 with Bet365.

Recommended Bet: Draw at 23/10 Bet365 – BET HERE

Bradford City vs Wimbledon

Bradford City already know they will be playing League Two football next season, finishing bottom of the table. The Bantams have just 40 points and are seven points from safety despite winning last time out, beating relegation candidates Scunthorpe. They also drew with Gillingham before that, making it two games without defeat. Wimbledon have also endured a frustrating season, sitting 19th in the table and they are actually still at risk of relegation. They are two points clear of the drop and are one of two teams currently in safety positions that could be caught, along with Southend. A draw here is likely to be enough and they are at 13/5 with marathon to achieve that. Despite being away, they are favourites at 6/5 with BlackType, while Bradford are at 29/10 with Bet365.

Recommended Bet: Draw and BTTS at 15/4 BetVictor – BET HERE

Peterborough United vs Burton Albion

Peterborough United’s play-off hopes came crashing down during the week when they failed to beat promotion-chasing Portsmouth. A shock 3-0 defeat to Walsall last weekend left them with a lot to do and it’s proved to be too much. Their play-off dream has come to an end for another season and they will once again miss out late on in the season. Meanwhile, Burton have hit form a little too late, beating Luton and Barnsley in recent weeks, as well as drawing with Sunderland. Though, they have lost to Southend and Portsmouth in recent weeks. Burton are now in ninth place and they could finish above Peterborough with a win. Peterborough are favourites here at 1s with bet365, while a draw is at 13/5 with Unibet. Burton have every chance of upsetting the odds again here against a disappointed Posh side – they are at a generous 11/4 with Bet365.

Recommended Bet: Burton to win at 11/4 Bet365  – BET HERE

Shrewsbury Town vs Walsall

Walsall have taken the fight to the last day, heading into the finale of League One as one of three teams in the relegation zone who could yet survive. They are one point from safety and two places behind the last safe position. The Saddlers’ goal difference means they will likely need to win here to stand any chance of beating the drop. They come into this one in good form having won each of their last two to give themselves a chance of survival. Shrewsbury are 17th and their fate is already sealed. They are safe from relegation and assured of a place in the bottom half. The Shrews drew 1-1 with Coventry last time out, losing to Oxford before that. They are three without a win. With a lot more to play for, Walsall are favourites here at 13/8 with Black Type. Unibet are offering 2/1 on a draw while Marathon are pricing a Shrewsbury win at 47/20.

Recommended Bet: Walsall to win and BTTS at 21/5 SkyBet – BET HERE

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