League Two Play-Off Betting Preview 17/05/18 – 18/05/18

League Two Play-Off Betting Preview 17/05/18 – 18/05/18

Exeter City v Lincoln City – 17/05/18

After a goalless first leg at Sincil Bank on Saturday, there’s everything to play for in the second leg of this League Two play-off match at St James’ Park. Despite the valiant efforts of both sides last weekend, the deadlock couldn’t be broken and it’s now all down to this clash to decide who will make it through to that elusive Wembley final at the end of this month.


Exeter will be favourites here considering they’re on home soil and finished the campaign three spaces higher than their opponents, who entered the play-offs as the lowest ranked side in 7th. Paul Tisdale’s side have been impressive on home soil this time out, winning 15 of their 23 home games so will feel confident in their chances of winning this pivotal clash.

The hosts have only lost one league game at St James’ Park since mid-October, and picked up 15 points from a potential 21 throughout their last seven home games of the campaign so will take some strong momentum into this fixture with Lincoln.

24-year-old front man Jayden Stockley will be Exeter’s biggest threat in this fixture: the former Bournemouth striker has registered 22 goals this season and won’t think twice about adding to that impressive tally in this highly anticipated clash. Stockley is priced at odds of 9/2 to score first with Bet365, and that would be our suggestion here.


The visitors will be disappointed they didn’t get a foothold in this fixture with a win in the first leg, but will head into this clash knowing they’ve got a fantastic chance of making it through to the final with a strong performance here. They were the better side for much of the game at Sincil Bank, but couldn’t break through an extremely resilient Exeter back-line.

Danny Cowley’s men were unlucky not to get anything out of Saturday’s game; they had some good opportunities to take the lead when front man Matt Rhead hit the crossbar with a bullet header, then his strike partner Matt Green found himself denied twice by Exeter keeper Christy Pym. They’ll have to make sure they take full advantage of their chances in this second leg tie though, or face losing their golden opportunity to play League One football next season.

The Imps have been inconsistent away from home this term; they’ve won just 8 of their 23 matches on the road, with their last victory away from Sincil Bank coming almost a month ago against Coventry. There’s no doubting the visitors are the underdogs in this one but will they upset the odds once more, just like they did in the Checkatrade Trophy final against Shrewsbury last month?

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Notts County v Coventry City – 18/05/18

This game is firmly in the balance following a 1-1 draw in the first leg on Saturday evening. Notts County striker Jonathan Forte opened the scoring five minutes after half-time in that clash at the Ricoh Arena, before prolific Coventry front man Marc McNulty bagged his 27th goal of the campaign to draw his side level with a well taken penalty in the dying stages.

Notts County

Kevin Nolan’s side head into this match with the slight advantage of playing on home soil, they’ve already beaten the Sky Blues at Meadow Lane this season so will take some good confidence into this clash in the East Midlands. Two goals from County’s saviour in the first leg, Jonathan Forte sealed the win for the Magpies in that game at the start of April; will they repeat themselves here?

Notts County have an extremely impressive home record this season, they’ve lost just two of their 23 matches at New Meadow, with their last defeat coming all the way back in January when they were beaten 2-1 by Harry Kewell’s Crawley. Since that loss, they’ve gone on to win five and draw three of their proceeding eight games, making them a force to be reckoned with on home soil.

With 71 goals scored in 46 league matches this term, the hosts have had no problems with finding the net. 23-year-old Nottingham Forest loanee Jorge Grant has been their stand out performer, netting 18 goals in all competitions for his adopted side. Grant is always such a threat on that left hand side and can create chances from nothing so will definitely be one of their key players in this clash. If he can link up with Jonathan Forte well enough in this match, County will be a very difficult side to contain here.


Coventry did their chances of promotion the world of good after coming from a goal behind to draw the first leg of this fixture 1-1. The Sky Blues were relegated to the fourth tier for the first time in their history after a disastrous campaign last time out, but now look as though they could be reinstated into League One providing they put in a stellar performance in this encounter.

Leading goalscorer Marc McNulty yet again stepped up for his side on Saturday evening, cooly converting a penalty on the 87th minute after Jonathan Forte had initially put Notts County a goal to the good five minutes into the first half. That goal was vital as it means the two sides can go into this match-up on a level playing field, but the challenge they face here away to a Notts County side who have performed so solidly at home this term is still a daunting prospect.

Both sides have to go for it in this second leg encounter, the game is completely even as things stand so there’s no point in being subdued and setting out defensively. We can envisage both teams scoring, with Notts County just edging it late on. Marc McNulty is always a huge threat for Coventry going forward, but will he step up when it matters most?

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Marc McNulty to score anytime (5/4 with SkyBet) – BET HERE