League Two Round-Up – 03/05/2019

League Two Round-Up – 03/05/2019

Yeovil vs Carlisle

Carlisle United are still in the hunt for the League Two play-offs, but they will need to win here and they will also need a few favors elsewhere. United are currently two places and three points outside the play-offs heading into this one, meaning they will need to win here and hope Newport and Exeter lose, and Colchester fail to win. It’s looking pretty unlikely in truth but Carlisle’s 4-2 win over Crawley suggest they will, at least, do their part here against a Yeovil side who will be playing National League football next year. Yeovil’s plummet through the divisions has been completed with relegation from League Two, which has been confirmed with a game to spare following last weekend’s draw with Northampton Town. They are a long-shot 11/4 to win here with Bet365, while Carlisle are at 10/11 and a draw is at 13/5.

Recommended Bet: Carlisle -2 handicap at 8/1 BetVictor – BET HERE

MK Dons vs Mansfield Town

The most exciting clash of the weekend in League Two pits two promotion hopefuls against each other. These two are either side of the promotion dotted line with MK Dons in fourth and Mansfield in the final promotion spot, one position and eight goals in front. That means a draw here will guarantee Mansfield promotion, but the home side can wrestle automatic promotion from their grasp with a win. Both teams will have been hoping to avoid it coming down to a final like this, but both teams, at least, have their fate in their own hands going into the final day. MK Dons come into this one following defeat against Colchester, handing the chance to all-but seal promotion over to the Stags, but they also lost, slipping up to Stevenage at home. Neither side have won either of their last two games. MK Dons, with home advantage, are favourites to win here and to win the race to third place at 6/5 with Sky Bet, while Mansfield are 21/10. A draw is priced at 9/4.

Recommended Bet: One-goal winning margin at 13/10 Betway – BET HERE

Morecambe vs Newport

Newport County are in with a big chance of reaching the play-offs after battling their way back up the table against the odds. Their win during the week over Oldham meant they kept control of their own destiny, moving into seventh place with just one game to go. With a number of teams waiting to pounce, they will need to win here to secure their spot in the play-offs, any other result will likely see them miss out. A win here and a defeat for Tranmere could even see them into fifth place, avoiding either MK Dons or Mansfield in the semi-finals. County come into this one having not lost in nine games, and they even managed to beat champions Lincoln City last weekend to keep their play-off bid alive. Morecambe come into this one placed 18th, safe from relegation and just looking to spoil Newport’s party. They beat Cambridge last time out, adding to a thrashing of Cheltenham and making it back-to-back wins. Newport are favourites at 11/10 with most bookmakers. Morecambe are at 9/4 with Bet365 and you can get 13/5 on a draw.

Recommended Bet: Newport to win by one at 11/4 Bet365 – BET HERE

Grimsby vs Crewe

Two teams with little to play for go head-to-head in Lincolnshire as Grimsby Town welcome Crewe for their final day encounter. Grimsby are currently placed 17th after another disappointing season, but they are safe from relegation. Town head into this one following a 2-1 defeat to relegation-fighting Notts County. Crewe head into this one in 12th place having missed out on the play-off race. Alexandra head to Grimsby on the back of a dramatic 4-3 win over play-off chasing Forest Green Rovers. That made it four straight wins, but it proved too little, too late as far as the top seven is concerned. They have beaten Notts County, Yeovil, Swindon and Forest Green during their winning run. Grimsby are at 11/8 to win with Bet365, while Crewe are at a tempting 7/4 with Betfair given their recent form. A draw is at 13/5 with Bet365.

Recommended Bet: Crewe to win at 7/4 Betfair– BET HERE

Bury vs Port Vale

Bury have saved themselves from any final day drama, winning during the week to secure promotion to League One with a game to spare. The Shakers are assured of second place and can’t catch champions Lincoln City, so this is very much a promotion parade. Port Vale have dodged relegation and they head to Bury looking to end the season on a high. Bury beat Northampton and Tranmere during their last two games, and those back-to-back games have seen them get over the line. Port Vale head to Bury sitting in 20th place but having secured safety despite three defeats in their last four games. They are at 11/10 with Bet Victor to lose again here and 16/5 to grab a draw. Vale are a big 5/1 with Sky Bet to win.

Recommended Bet: Bury to win 2-0 at 13/2 BetVictor – BET HERE

Oldham vs Northampton

Another two teams whose seasons are already decided are Oldham Athletic and Northampton Town – they meet here. Oldham have come up short in their bid for a play-off spot, and they come into this one looking to secure a top half spot following another disruptive season off the pitch. Last time out, they were beaten by play-off chasing Newport County. Northampton are in the bottom half, sitting in 14th to be precise. They are only two places behind Oldham but are unable to catch them. The Cobblers head into this one following an underwhelming draw with now relegated Yeovil Town. That made it two without a win following defeat to Bury. Oldham are favourites here are 11/10 with Sky Bet. A draw is at 5/2 with Bet365, while Northampton are at 13/5.

Recommended Bet: Oldham to win and BTTS at 10/3 BetVictor – BET HERE

Stevenage vs Cheltenham

A Stevenage side with a very outside chance of making the play-offs welcome Cheltenham Town on the final day. Boro need to win and hope two of the teams above them lose, and another two fail to win, meaning they are extremely unlikely to be playing play-off football this season. Though, they can be pleased with what has been a very decent season, one that will give them a great platform to build upon for next term. Stevenage come into this one having beaten promotion hopefuls Mansfield last time out to keep their thin hope alive, adding to a draw with play-off rivals Exeter. Cheltenham come into this one in 16th place and the best they can hope for is an improvement of one position to 15th. The Robins beat Swindon last time out, bouncing back from a thrashing at the hands of Morecambe. The home side are favourites here at 8/13 with Bet365, while Cheltenham are at 9/2 with Sky Bet. Marathon are offering 16/5 for a draw.

Recommended Bet: Stevenage to win by two at 7/2 Bet365 – BET HERE

Lincoln City vs Colchester United

Colchester United are still very much in the running for a play-off spot, but they have the worst of the final fixtures, facing champions Lincoln City away from home on the final day. Colchester are three points behind Newport in seventh going into the final day, but their superior goal difference means they can make the top seven should they win and both Newport and Exeter lose. Colchester come into this one on the back of a huge win over promotion-chasing MK Dons to stay in the frame, but this will be an even tougher test. Lincoln are champions and by some way, sitting pretty at the top of the table. Though, they slipped up last time out, losing to Newport last weekend. The home side are favourites here at 5/4 with Betfred, while Colchester are at 12/5. Bet Victor are offering 5/2 for a draw, which may be worth considering.

Recommended Bet: Draw at 5/2 BetVictor– BET HERE

Crawley Town vs Tranmere Rovers

Tranmere Rovers have looked strong candidates for the play-offs all season and they will indeed continue their season beyond this weekend, barring a crazy goal swing. They are sixth as things stand following defeat to now promoted Bury in the week, but with a win here and a Forest Green slip-up elsewhere, they could move into fourth, ensuring a home second leg against Forest Green. They can only miss out on the play-offs should they lose and Exeter and Newport win with a four-goal swing for the former. Crawley welcome Tranmere on the back of 4-2 defeat to Carlisle and a draw with Notts County, leaving them 19th in the table. They are safe, however. Tranmere are strong favourites here at 1s with Ladbrokes. Crawley are at 3/1 and a draw is priced at 13/5 with Bet365.

Recommended Bet: Tranmere -1 handicap at 16/5 Paddy Power – BET HERE

James Norwood Tranmere Rovers striker

Macclesfield vs Cambridge

Macclesfield Town have their destiny in their own hands and that’s something they would have bitten your hand off for earlier in the season when they couldn’t buy a point. Sol Campbell has turned things around for the Silkmen and they now sit one place and two points above the drop zone. Macclesfield, with a better goal difference, need just one point here to secure their spot in League Two for a second successive year. The Silkmen head into this one following a 1-0 win over Port Vale, making it two without defeat following a draw with promotion-chasing Newport. Cambridge are only one place above Macclesfield, but they are already safe. Defeat here, however, would mean United finish below their opponents this weekend with both teams on the same goal difference. Cambridge lost 2-1 to Morecambe and Forest Green in their last two outings and are five without a win. Macclesfield are favourites at 29/20 with Ladbrokes, while Cambridge are at 15/8 with Sky Bet. A draw is at 11/5.

Recommended Bet: Macclesfield to win 2-1 at 19/2 BetVictor – BET HERE

Swindon Town vs Notts County

The EFL’s oldest club are on the verge of dropping out of the league all together. Notts County sit two points from safety behind Macclesfield Town heading into the last game, meaning they have to win and hope the Silkmen lose due to their inferior goal difference. As mentioned above, Macclesfield only need a draw while Notts need an away win and for the other result to go their way. Notts could yet finish bottom, too, adding insult to injury with already relegated Yeovil two points behind heading into the final day. Notts won 2-1 against Grimsby last time out to stay in the race going into the last week. Swindon are 14th in the table they will finish in the bottom half this season. They slipped up to the tune of a 3-2 defeat to Cheltenham last time out, making it back-to-back defeats and six without a win, featuring four draws. They are at 11/5 with Bet365 to make it five draws in seven games here and 6/4 to win. Notts County are priced at 9/5 to win and to give themselves a chance of survival.

Recommended Bet: Draw at 11/5 Bet365 – BET HERE

Forest Green vs Exeter

Two teams who could yet meet in the play-offs, but while Forest Green are already assured of a spot in the top seven, Exeter are not. They now find themselves chasing Newport County, who won in the week to keep control of seventh spot, moving above Exeter in the process. Exeter now need to better Newport’s result on the final day against an impressive Forest Green to win promotion. A win and a Newport defeat will be enough. Exeter come into this one following a win over Oldham to keep their top seven hopes alive. Missing out on the play-offs would be a bitter blow given their terrific start to the season and the fact they have been in the top seven for the majority of the campaign. Forest Green head into this one in fifth place, and they could yet move above MK Dons to claim an ‘easier’ tie in the play-off semi-finals. They would need to win, and hope MK Dons draw or lose for that eventuality. Forest Green are favourites here at 7/5 with Bet Victor, while Exeter are at 15/8 with Bet365 to keep their play-off hopes alive. A draw is priced at 12/5.

Recommended Bet: Draw and both teams to score at 4/1 Bet365 – BET HERE

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