League Two Round-Up: 27/10/2018

League Two Round-Up: 27/10/2018

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Cheltenham vs Stevenage

Two out of form teams meet as Cheltenham Town welcome Stevenage this weekend. Cheltenham go into this one desperate for a win after suffering defeat to Oldham last time out. That left them seven without a win and that run has seen them drop to 23rd in the table, two points from safety. Stevenage are faring much better in the table, sitting in 10th and just two points away from the play-offs. However, their recent form isn’t much better following a run of four without a win in all competitions. Last time out, the Boro had to settle for a home draw with Port Vale and that followed a home defeat to Crewe on the weekend. Cheltenham are actually favourites to win this one, despite their lowly league position. The home side are 31/20 with Bet365, though it may be more worthwhile backing Stevenage at a slightly improved 8/5.

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Northampton vs Oldham

Northampton welcome Oldham on cloud nine after thrashing bottom club Macclesfield Town 5-0 last time out, gaining some much-needed confidence. The Cobblers moved up to 18th after that win, three points from the relegation zone and they will be looking to extend that gap this weekend. Having said that, if Oldham have anything to say about it, they may return to losing ways. Oldham also come into this one on the back of an encouraging win, beating strugglers Cheltenham 2-0. The victory was the first in five league games, helping the Latics to move into 12th, four points from the top seven. Oldham are the strongest of the two teams on paper, but the home side are tipped as favourites with most bookmakers. Northampton are at 7/5 with Sky Bet. Oldham are at 9/5, though this one has draw written all over it.

Recommended bet: Draw at 23/10 with Bet365 – BET HERE

Newport vs Morecambe

High flyers Newport County welcome Morecambe as they continue to limp their way through an injury crisis. Injuries meant even manager Mike Flynn had to name himself as a substitute on the weekend, but he could concentrate on his usual job during mid-week after getting a few players back. Newport managed a 1-1 draw at Bury on Tuesday, which is an impressive result given their restraints through injury at the moment. The Exiles slipped to fourth with that result, but they are within a point of the automatic promotion places. Morecambe come into this one on the back of two 1-0 defeats, most recently against Mansfield. Colchester also pipped the Shrimps by the same scoreline on the weekend. Morecambe head to South Wales placed 20th in the table, nervously looking over their shoulder with just a three-point cushion over the bottom three. Unsurprisingly, Newport are favourites to win here at 10/11 with William Hill. Morecambe are at a long 15/5 with Sky Bet.

Recommended bet: Newport to win and both teams to score at 11/4 with Betfair – BET HERE

Colchester vs Lincoln

Two teams desperate to get back to winning ways face off in Essex as Colchester welcome leaders Lincoln City in the game of the weekend in League Two. Lincoln have taken the league by storm this season, topping the pile with a three-point gap over nearest challenger MK Dons. Though, that’s a lead that has been cut in recent weeks following two consecutive draws. Danny Cowley’s men drew with Carlisle during the week after a draw with Cambridge, which was a respectable one following a first-half sending off. Colchester join Lincoln in seeking a return to winning ways after slipping up against Grimsby last time out, losing 1-0. That result follows an away win over Morecambe on the weekend. The U’s head into this tough challenge in fifth place, four points behind the top three. Leaders Lincoln are favourites at 8/5 with Ladbrokes this weekend. Colchester are at 7/4.

Recommended bet: Draw and both teams to score at 7/2 with Bet365 – BET HERE

Exeter vs Forest Green

Two teams in the top seven go head-to-head as Exeter City welcome Forest Green Rovers this weekend. Exeter slipped into third last time out following a draw with Crawley. That result made it two draws on the bounce, allowing MK Dons to leap into second place. The Grecians remain four points off leaders Lincoln who have also faltered of late. Forest Green head to St James’ Park on the back of a big home win over club Tranmere Rovers. It’s a win that strengthens their play-off bid, taking them above Tranmere into sixth. Rovers will be full of confidence heading into a tough challenge this weekend, but they will have to defy the odds to come away with three points. The home side are favourites at 6/5 with Sky Bet. Forest Green could be worth backing at 11/5 given their recent form.

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Port Vale vs Bury

Bury head to Port Vale as they look to extend their good run of form and move into the top seven. The Manchester club are currently eighth, just one point outside the play-offs after drawing against Newport County last time out. Given Newport’s start to the season, it will be seen as a decent result, but a missed opportunity given the Exiles’ injury problems and the fact that Bury took the lead at home. That result followed a 4-0 thrashing of Notts County on the weekend. Port Vale welcome Bury on the back of a decent run of form. Vale have beaten Oldham and then drawn with Stevenage in recent outings. Those results have helped them move up to 16th in the table, eight points clear of the drop. Both teams come into this one in decent form, but it’s the visitors who are favourites. Bury are at 21/20 with Bet 365, while Port Vale are at 9/4.

Recommended bet: Draw and both teams to score at 3/1 with William Hill – BET HERE

Notts County vs Swindon

Notts County welcome Swindon Town to the East Midlands this weekend and both teams head into this game in poor form. County look to be in for another long season after starting badly. The Magpies are now in 22nd place, just two points clear of the drop zone. That’s partly down to two defeats in their last two games. Bury thrashed County 4-0 before MK Dons claimed a 2-1 win in mid-week. The Magpies have the worst defence in the league having conceded 32 goals in their first 14 games. Swindon head to the Midlands on the back of a defeat of their own after coming out second best against Cambridge. On the weekend they were left frustrated, drawing 0-0 with 10-man Mansfield. Swindon are currently 15th in the league, but they are only six points off the play-offs. Notts County are actually favourites to win this one despite their recent form, priced at 13/10 by Sky Bet. Swindon are 2/1 with most bookmakers.

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Carlisle vs Yeovil

This weekend’s mid-table battle sees Carlisle and Yeovil go head-to-head. The two teams sit side-by-side in the league heading into this one. Carlisle are currently the team better off, sitting in 13th, four points off the top seven. Last time out, they claimed a respectable 2-2 draw with leaders Lincoln to bounce back from embarrassment on the weekend when they became the first team to lose to Macclesfield this season. Yeovil are just one position and two points below Carlisle and they have the opportunity to leapfrog them this weekend. Yeovil make the long trip North on the back of three consecutive draws, including the 1-1 stalemate at home to Crewe last time out. Carlisle are favourites at 6/5 with Sky Bet, while Yeovil are an appealing 14/5 with Unibet. 

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Crewe vs Grimsby

Two strugglers meet at Gresty Road as Crewe Alexandra welcome Grimsby Town. Grimsby currently sit in 19th position after a poor start to the season, just five points above the dotted line. Though, they helped their own cause during the week with an impressive 1-0 win over play-off contenders Colchester. That win followed a draw with automatic promotion candidates Exeter on the weekend, pointing to an upturn in form for Town. Crewe welcome Grimsby on the back of a decent run of their own. They drew with Yeovil last time out, but on the weekend,  they did manage to win, beating Stevenage away from home. Alexandra are now unbeaten in three games and that’s been enough to see them into 17th, a point above this weekend’s opponents Grimsby. It is, perhaps, for that reason they are the favourites this weekend at 13/10 with Ladbrokes. Grimsby are 2/1 with most bookmakers, while a draw is priced at 5/2 with Bet365.

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Tranmere vs Crawley

Tranmere welcome Crawley after suffering a disappointing defeat to play-off rivals Forest Green last time out. The result saw Tranmere slip below Forest Green in the table and into 7th, just one point inside the play-offs. That was the first defeat in five league games for Rovers. Though, Tranmere are still very much on course to make it a first season back in the league to remember. Crawley also hold ambitions of reaching the top seven and they aren’t far off, currently in ninth, just one point off the pace. Last time out, they picked up an encouraging point against automatic promotion candidates Exeter. That result followed a superb 4-1 home win over 10-man Newport County on the weekend. Tranmere are favourites to win what is likely to be a close encounter at 11/10 with William Hill. Crawley are at 13/5 with Sky Bet, but a draw is more likely at 5/2.

Recommended bet: Draw and both teams to score at 19/5 with Bet Victor – BET HERE

Cambridge vs Macclesfield

Cambridge United look to continue their upturn in form against a Macclesfield side who already look destined for a return to the National League. The Silkmen have picked up just seven points from their 15 games this season, leaving them almost cut adrift at the bottom of League Two already. They find themselves five points from safety and having picked up just one win all season. That win came against Carlisle on the weekend, but it was quickly followed by a 5-0 drubbing at the hands of Northampton in mid-week, at home. Cambridge have picked up of late, claiming a draw away to leaders Lincoln on the weekend before beating Swindon during the week. The U’s are slowly moving away from the drop zone, now with a two-point cushion. Cambridge are favourites to win this relegation six-pointer – if they exist at this stage in the season – at 10/11 with Bet365. Macclesfield are 3/1 with most to claim only their second win.

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Mansfield vs MK Dons

One of the most intriguing games of the weekend in League Two sees MK Dons travel to Mansfield Town. The Dons have now won three in a row after beating Notts County at home last time out thanks to Rhys Healey’s stunning winner. That result followed wins over Northampton and Cambridge and it has taken MK Dons into second place, just three points behind the leaders. Mansfield have had no such joy, but they are still within sight of the play-offs in 11th place, four points off the pace. The Stags come into this one on the back of a win of their own having beaten Morecambe last time out. Mansfield are actually unbeaten in seven games in all competitions coming into this one, but they have only won three of those. That run, and their home advantage makes them favourites for this one at 13/10 with Sky Bet. MK Dons are at 2/1, but this fixture could well end up a draw.

Recommended bet: Draw and both teams to score at 10/3 with Bet365 – BET HERE

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