League Two Round-Up: 08/09/2018

League Two Round-Up: 08/09/2018

With the Premier League and Championship both in international exodus, there are still 10 League Two games to sink your teeth into this weekend. Read on to see our preview of each contest, as well as our recommended bet for each fixture.

Bury vs Grimsby

Saturday sees a meeting of two teams currently locked in the bottom half of the League Two table, as Bury take on Grimsby Town in an important fixture for both sides. The hosts ended a four-match wait for a win in League Two last weekend when they overcame Morecambe with a 3-2 win at Gigg Lane. A brace from Dominic Telford helped them on their way to winning their second league game in six attempts, though they are still performing below par in 15th. Likewise, Grimsby also ended a four-game wait for a win when beating Notts County 2-1 in the EFL Trophy at the weekend, although they still haven’t won in their last four in the league, failing to score in their last two. With home advantage on their side, Bury should have too much for their opponents in this one.

Recommended bet: Bury win at 4/5 with Bet365 – BET HERE

Cambridge United vs Carlisle

17th-placed Cambridge United ended their three-match winless run last weekend after securing an impressive 1-0 win away to Stevenage. Prior to that result, the team had taken just a point from their previous three outings and have really struggled, particularly at home. They return to Abbey Stadium this weekend looking to put an end to their two-match losing run, from which they have failed to score in both games. They run into a Carlisle team that have won four of their last five games in all competitions, but did lose their previous league outing away to Mansfield Town. The Cumbrians have been grinding out results of late, with all four of their recent wins coming by just a single goal. Carlisle will be feeling confident ahead of this latest away trip and we’re backing them to get a result.

Recommended bet: Carlisle to win by one goal at 4/1 with Bet365 – BET HERE

Exeter City vs Notts County

After a terrific start to the new League Two season, Exeter have really dropped off the pace in recent weeks, as they now look to find the back of the net for the first time in four games. In midweek, they relied on penalties to defeat Yeovil Town in the EFL Trophy and their troubles in front of goal have been a real concern. They will look to Jayden Stockley in particular to help them out of their current predicament. The Grecians face a Notts County side now under the management of Harry Kewell, who takes charge from Kevin Nolan. The Magpies have endured a woeful opening to this campaign and enter this game off the back of seven successive defeats in all competitions. Kewell has a huge job on his hands to transform the fortunes of a club that last season were finishing in the play-off places.

Recommended bet: Jayden Stockley to score anytime at 11/8 with Bet365 – BET HERE

Forest Green vs Port Vale

Forest Green Rovers will be looking to make it three wins within the space of a week against Port Vale this weekend following a positive run of form for the team. Last weekend, they were 3-1 winners away to lowly Notts County and followed that up with an emphatic 4-0 win over Cheltenham Town. They remain unbeaten at home this term, but have drawn each of their three matches at The New Lawn in frustrating circumstances. However, they will be confident that they can bring that run to an end this weekend against a Port Vale team that have lost each of their last three games in League Two. Opening with two wins in their first three league outings, it’s been a real struggle for the club since, who now sit 19th in the table. They have scored just six goals this term, half of which have come from experienced striker Tom Pope and the hosts are deserved favourites in this one.

Recommended bet: Forest Green win to nil at 11/5 with Bet365 – BET HERE

Lincoln City vs Crawley Town

High-flyers Lincoln will be hoping to extend their lead at the top of the League Two table when they face Crawley Town at Sincil Bank this weekend. Danny Cowley’s side have been in tremendous form since the opening day of the campaign, winning five of their first six matches and drawing the other in an unbeaten start. Such form has seen them open up a three-point lead at the top and will be confident of getting another three points in front of their home supporters. Crawley had made a decent start to the season but have been rocked by the news that Harry Kewell has now taken over at League Two rivals Notts County. His successor was announced on Friday in Gabriele Coffi, who was most recently a member of Gianfranco Zola’s backroom staff at Birmingham City. It remains to be seen whether the risk pays off for Crawley, as the team look to improve on a run of just one win in five league games.

Recommended bet: Lincoln -1 handicap at 13/8 with BetVictor – BET HERE

Morecambe vs Swindon Town

Losing five of their first six matches in League Two, Morecambe could have hardly got off to a worse start in the fourth tier of English football and this campaign looks set to be another slog fight against relegation. Losing 6-0 to Crewe on the opening day well and truly set the tone for what has followed in recent weeks, and the team have really struggled in front of goal, scoring just three goals in six games. Their only win came against another struggling side in Northampton and they face a Swindon team with aspirations of achieving a play-off place. If the Robins are to accomplish their goal, these are the kind of fixtures and grounds they will have to go to and win at. They have lost just one of their six games at the start of the season, but sit 12th with three draws stunting their progression so far.

Recommended bet: Swindon Town win at 31/20 with BetVictor – BET HERE

Northampton vs Cheltenham

Three points will be vital for both teams competing at Sixfields on Saturday afternoon, as Northampton Town host Cheltenham Town in League Two. The home team are currently 18th in the table after winning just one of their first six fixtures in the fourth tier, though they have shown signs of turning things around after taking four points from their last two games. As for Cheltenham, they sit three places beneath their opponents in 21st and have just four points from their first six games. Cheltenham have taken last term’s form into this season with them, after finishing 2017/18 with four defeats, conceding 13 goals in that time. With both teams having leaky defences, we expect goals in this one.

Recommended bet: Over 2.5 goals at 4/5 with BetVictor – BET HERE

Oldham vs Newport County

Oldham have bounced back emphatically from an opening day defeat to fellow-relegated MK Dons by going five games without a defeat in League Two. Frankie Bunn’s team will be looking to win promotion back to League One at the first time of asking and are currently going the right way about it, finding themselves sat 6th in the table. With wins in three of their last four outings, they now face arguably their toughest test of the season so far in Newport County. Michael Flynn has helped transform his team this year, who have gone from finishing 11th last term to finding themselves sat pretty in second after six games. It’s been a fantastic turnaround for County, who also lost on the opening day, but have since won four out of five matches and have won three in a row coming into this game. This is one of the games of the weekend in the Football League and promises to be a thrilling encounter.

Recommended bet: Both teams to score YES at 3/4 with BetVictor – BET HERE

Stevenage vs Macclesfield

Mid-table Stevenage have had the most middle of the road start to the new League Two season possible, after winning, drawing and losing two games apiece from their opening six fixtures. After taking seven points from their first three games, Stevenage have since gone three without a win in the fourth tier, failing to score in any of those games as they have picked up just a point in that time. Despite that barron run of form, they will fancy their chances of turning their current run of form around against a Macclesfield team that currently occupy one of the league’s two relegation places. That has come as a result of their failure to win any of their opening six matches, having two draws and four defeats to show for their efforts so far. Including the season in which they were relegated back in 2011/12, Macclesfield have just one win in 37 matches in League Two, which came all the way back on December 31, 2011, in a 2-1 win over Port Vale.

Recommended bet: Stevenage win at 21/20 with SkyBet – BET HERE

Tranmere vs Colchester

The final game of our round-up pairs together two sides who will be more than content with their openings to the new League Two sides. Tranmere have lost just one of their first six games in League Two since winning promotion from the National League last year, also winning two and drawing three. They have a forward in James Norwood who has been in exceptional form since the start of the campaign, scoring six goals in as many appearances, though there has been a real reliance on him thus far, with Johnny Smith being their only other player to score so far. Colchester meanwhile currently find themselves sat 4th in table, after securing three wins from their first six matches. Like Tranmere, they have tasted defeat just once thus far this season and also kept three clean sheets in their first four games. However, they have conceded in back-to-back matches since and Norwood will be looking to take advantage of that.

Recommended bet: James Norwood to score and Tranmere to win at 11/4 with SkyBet – BET HERE