League Two Round-Up: 17/08/2018

League Two Round-Up: 17/08/2018

The next instalment of League Two fixtures begin on Friday evening, with all 24 teams in action across the weekend and we’ve put together a roundup of all 12 matches below.

Notts County vs Yeovil Town

This weekend’s fourth-tier action begins at Meadow Lane on Friday night, as Notts County face off against Yeovil in an already important tie this early in the season. Both sides have failed to take three points from their initial two games and both sit just outside the relegation zone with one point. County recently lost a close encounter against Middlesbrough in the EFL Cup first-round and Kevin Nolan’s will be hoping his side can show a similar performance on Saturday. Nolan’s team did draw their opener at home to Colchester, but will be hoping to earn a victory on Friday evening. Yeovil also lost their first-round EFL Cup game to a Championship team, losing 1-0 at home to Aston Villa. Darren Way’s Yeovil drew their last outing at home to Mansfield, but were edged out 1-0 by Bury in their League Two opener. Both sides will be keen to push the pace in pursuit of victory and therefore we are expecting goals galore.

Recommended Bet: Over 2.5 goals at 5/6 with Sky Bet – BET HERE

Grimsby Town vs Lincoln City

Mid-table Grimsby face off against top of the table Lincoln on Saturday lunchtime at Blundell Park. The home side sit in 12th position in the League Two table, yet have scored at least one goal in their last eight league matches since last season. Town manager Michael Jolley saw his side lose 2-0 at home to Rochdale in the EFL Cup on Tuesday night, but Town looked to be in decent form in the league in their last outing away to Macclesfield, where they won 2-0. Midfielder Jordan Cook looks to be the threat to the away side’s back-line, but Jolley’s side will have to tighten up defensively if they hope to come away from their own patch with any points. In contrast to Grimsby, travellers Lincoln City have begun the new season in emphatic fashion, scoring nine goals in their three opening games. City hammered Port Vale 4-0 in the Cup on Tuesday, and prior to that cruised past Swindon Town. The travellers are flying high at the moment and therefore we are backing the away side to pick up another three points.

Recommended Bet: Lincoln City win at 10/11 with Bet365 – BET HERE

Bury vs Forest Green Rovers

Mid-table Bury are the hosts for this clash between two sides at the right end of the League Two table. The travelling Forest Green Rovers head into Saturday’s game off the back of an unbeaten start to the 2018/19 campaign. Rovers won their fourth-tier opener in style, hammering Grimsby 4-1 on their own patch. Mark Cooper’s side then drew 1-1 at home with Oldham, but conjured up a 1-0 win away from home against Swindon in the EFL Cup. Forward Christian Doidge was linked with a move to several clubs this summer and after two goals in two appearances for Forest Green it is clear to see why. Bury have made a slightly less impressive start to the new campaign, but have picked up three points with a win at home to Yeovil on the opening day. Lee Clark’s side were edged out on penalties in their recent cup match against Championship promotion hopefuls Nottingham Forest. Both sides will be hoping to emulate some of the form already shown this season, but we think the away side will continue their unbeaten start with a win at Gigg Lane on Saturday afternoon.

Recommended Bet: Forest Green Rovers win at 13/5 with Betfair – BET HERE

Cheltenham Town vs Carlisle United

Cheltenham Town host Carlisle United at Whaddon Road on Saturday afternoon, as both sides hope to put their dismal form behind them. The home side currently sit one place above the relegation zone having not picked up a point, whilst United have earnt just one point and sit one place above Saturday’s opponents. Cheltenham have lost both of their opening league games 1-0, but put in an impressive performance against Colchester United on Tuesday evening to win on penalties in the Cup. Keith Curle’s Carlisle team were one of the team’s fans were tipping for a chance at promotion this season, but after a 3-1 hammering to Exeter on the opening day and a 5-1 beating against Blackburn on Tuesday, things are looking bleak for the travelling side. We think Saturday’s game could be reflective of both sides’ seasons so far with a dull stalemate at Whaddon Road.

Recommended Bet: Draw at 23/10 with Sky Bet – BET HERE

Crewe vs Milton Keynes Dons

Crewe host MK Dons on Saturday afternoon at the Alexandra Stadium, as the travelling side look to put an early winning streak together. Paul Tisdale’s side have won all three of their games this season and travel to Crewe in fine form, with striker Kieran Agard spearheading their attacks. Crewe made an excellent start with a 6-0 win over Morecambe, but failed to follow that up and have lost both of their recent fixtures. David Artell’s men sit just outside the League Two playoffs in ninth position and could soar up the league table with a win, but the task will not be easy against an in-form team. We feel the travelling side may have too much for Crewe and therefore we’re backing MK Dons to win the game.

Recommended Bet: MK Dons win at 11/8 with Bet365 – BET HERE

Exeter City vs Newport County

Table toppers Exeter currently sit joint-top of the league, alongside Lincoln after a wonderful start to the new season. Saturday’s home team have won two league games from two, scoring five goals and conceding just one along the way. However, Exeter welcome Newport to St James Park on Saturday afternoon, a side who look to be in good form with back-to-back wins in both League Two and the Carabao Cup. However, after Matt Taylor’s monumental start to the 2018/19 campaign and with a surprise win at home to Championship Ipswich Town in the cup recently, we’re backing the home side to do the business in Saturday’s intriguing tie.

Recommended Bet: Exeter to win at 11/10 with Ladbrokes – BET HERE

Mansfield Town vs Colchester United

Field Mill is the venue as Mansfield play at home to Colchester on Saturday afternoon in what could be the game of the weekend. Both sides are unbeaten in their opening League Two games, having won and drawn a fixture. Mansfield are undefeated in their last seven matches, whilst Colchester have been solid defensively, with their four recent fixtures having ended with under three goals. The home side are arguably the more in-form side, having smashed Accrington Stanley 6-1 in the EFL Cup, whilst Colchester were knocked out on penalties away to Cheltenham. The game is likely to be an interesting tie and despite Colchester having went undefeated in their last five matches against the home side, we are backing the in-form Mansfield to have the edge over their opponents at the weekend.

Recommended Bet: Mansfield -1 handicap at 7/2 with Betfair – BET HERE

Northampton Town vs Cambridge United

One of the less eye-catching clashes of the weekend comes in the form of Northampton vs Cambridge United at Sixfields Stadium. The sides who sit two places within each other in the bottom half of the fourth-tier will be looking to take all three points in order to find their way back into the top-half of the table. The home team nicked an unexpected point away to Carlisle in their last league game, but haven’t lived up to expectations of being one of the promotion candidates as of yet. United finished 12th in the fourth-tier last term and their form certainly doesn’t suggest that the side could surpass that feat this time round. The away side have gone four consecutive matches without drawing a game, but we think that statistic will be put to a halt when the sides meet on Saturday, with the draw being the result we are backing here.

Recommended Bet: Draw at 23/10 with Sky Bet – BET HERE

Oldham vs Macclesfield

Oldham host Macclesfield at Boundary Park in a tie which looks to be an important one, despite it being such an early stage in the season. The home side haven’t made the best of starts, only picking up one point in their opening two games and also find themselves out of the EFL Cup after a 2-0 loss to Championship side Derby County. Frankie Bunn’s side earned a hard-fought point against Forest Green Rovers in their recent league game, but are yet to pick a point up at home after losing to MK Dons on the opening day. Macclesfield have been in dismal form in the league, but seemed to have found some form when they advanced into the second stage of the EFL Cup with a penalty win over Bradford City on Tuesday night. However, Mark Yates’ side currently sit one place above the bottom of the league and we are picking the home team to ensure it stays that way with a win over their opponents.

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

Port Vale vs Crawley Town

Port Vale host Crawley Town at Vale Park in an intriguing mid-table clash on Saturday. Both teams have managed three points from their initial two games and will be hopeful of emulating their only win in League Two this season. Vale started their season off well with a 3-0 win over Cambridge, but have failed to catch the eye since with back-to-back losses in league and cup competitions. The away side also won their opening game with a win away to Cheltenham, but like their weekend opponents have struggled to show similar form since. We think the only thing to separate the sides this weekend will be home advantage and therefore we are backing Neil Aspin’s side to snatch all three points in this tie.

Recommended Bet: Port Vale win to nil at 23/10 with Ladbrokes – BET HERE

Stevenage vs Morecambe

Broadhall Way Stadium is the venue for Stevenage to host bottom of the table Morecambe, with both sides looking to win the game for different reasons. The home side are unbeaten in the league this season and even held their own in the EFL Cup against Norwich City, before fading late in the game. Travellers Morecambe are in dismal form and have failed to win any of their last 12 league matches, whilst failing to find the back of the net in the last six. Stevenage forward Alex Revell looks like the player who will cause problems to the Morecambe defence, having scored two goals in two games. We are backing the side sat in sixth position to continue their good form with a comfortable win over strugglers Morecambe.

Recommended Bet: Stevenage to win at 4/6 with Sky Bet – BET HERE

Swindon Town vs Tranmere Rovers

The last fixture in round three of the League Two fixtures sees eighth place Tranmere take on mid-table Swindon Town at the County Ground. The home side started their season in style, with a dramatic 3-2 victory over Mansfield. However, manager Phil Brown has seen his side lose three games since, one in the league and two in domestic cup competitions. The travellers come into the game against Town off the back of two unbeaten games in the league, but Tranmere did find themselves on the end of a 3-1 loss in Tuesday’s EFL Cup tie against Walsall. Swindon are well ahead on the head-to-head statistics, having won all five of their last five games between the pair. And with home advantage, Swindon fans will be hoping to take three points, but we think the honours will be even in this one, with this match ending in a draw between two sides of similar stature.

Recommended Bet: 2-2 draw at 11/1 with Betfair – BET HERE