Grimsby v Chesterfield Betting Tips & Odds – 07/04/18

Grimsby v Chesterfield Betting Tips & Odds – 07/04/18

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Grimsby v Chesterfield Betting Tips & Odds

In our Grimsby v Chesterfield betting preview we look at the best possible bets between the two sides.

Overview

Arguably the game of the weekend in League Two comes at Blundell Park this Saturday, with Grimsby Town and Chesterfield facing off in a massive potential relegation decider. The hosts come into it in absolutely shocking form with them currently on a terrible run of 20 games without registering a single league victory – the worst throughout the top four tiers of English football. That’s dragged them into real trouble at the wrong end of the table, leaving them just four points above 23rd placed Chesterfield. The visitors make the trip to Cleethorpes knowing that their destiny is in their own hands as they bid to avoid crushing back-to-back relegations. The Spireites have been in the bottom two for the majority of the campaign but the appointment of club legend Jack Lester as manager has given them hope of turning things around, with three games in hand on the Mariners.

Ben Davies

These two sides last met on the opening day of the season when The Mariners rolled out 3-1 winners, with Ben Davies rounding off the victory late on

20 without a win for sorry Mariners

It’s been a pretty disastrous season for everyone involved with Grimsby Town Football Club, with the Mariners in real trouble of dropping out of the Football League for just the second time in their proud 140 year history. It was a campaign that started with such promise against their very opponents here back in August, winning 3-1 on a sun soaked day at the Proact Stadium to get the fans dreaming of future success and in the months that followed it looked like they could possibly compete for a spot in the play-offs. But since mid-December the club have gone on an absolutely shocking run of form which has seen them fall from within touching distance of the top seven to 22nd position. Russell Slade paid the price of the Mariners’ failure with his job and rookie Michael Jolley is the man tasked with somehow getting this side back on track and more importantly retaining their place in the Football League – something which could be decided on Saturday afternoon.

Jolley was something of a surprise appointment by the Mariners’ board but it appears to be one that has started to slowly re-build the severed relationship between the club and it’s supporters. At 41 years-old he’s one of the younger managers in the EFL and he has one of the toughest jobs in England on his hands, as results have shown. After five games in charge of the Mariners he’s still looking for that elusive first win, losing on three occasions. There has been some slight improvements in performances but ultimately they’re just lacking the quality to win games, with their total of 33 goals scored the worst in League Two by some distance. But this game represents a real opportunity to make a statement and put some real pressure on the sides around them, with three points ensuring that they’ll end the weekend seven clear of the drop zone with just four games to go – so the pressure on them here is absolutely colossal. No side has picked up fewer home points than the Mariners in L2 but they’ll still have memories of their 3-1 win over the Spireites back in August which they can draw confidence from.

Michael Jolley

Grimsby Town boss Michael Jolley has one of the toughest jobs in English football on his hands trying to turn around the Mariners’ fortunes

Lester returns to Blundell Park looking to claim huge three points

In the opposing dugout to Jolley will be former Grimsby Town striker Jack Lester, a man who’s still fondly remembered by Mariners supporters. The 42 year-old is in a similar situation to that of Jolley in which it’s his first EFL managerial job but he has an excellent career behind him from his time as a player which has stood him in good stead since taking the Proact Stadium hot seat. He’s slowly started to turn around results for the Spireites and they’re now in the driving seat regarding their future in the Football League. They come into the weekend four points behind their opponents here but with three games in hand, they know that they’re in control of their own destiny. A win here would give them a huge advantage going into the home straight of the campaign but they could also get away with a point, so all the pressure is on the hosts despite them already having points on the board.

Chesterfield come into this one with a few extra days of preparation behind them after their game against Newport County was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. The Mariners failed to take advantage of their rivals game being off, losing 2-1 to promotion chasing Wycombe which could be crucial come May. The Spireites haven’t been in action since their defeat to fellow strugglers Port Vale back on Good Friday, where they suffered what could prove to be a rather costly 2-1 defeat, so Lester will be demanding a big response. They’re more than capable of picking up a victory on Humberside and someone who really gives them an advantage is Kristian Dennis, who’s absolutely crucial to Lester’s plans. The 28 year-old has netted 16 league goals this season which is 39% of Chesterfield’s total, underlining just how important he is and we can see him causing Grimsby’s nervous backline plenty of problems.

Jack Lester

Jack Lester will be out to upset the club he began his career at back in 1994

Recommended Bets:

Under 2.5 goals: (Best Priced at 8/11 at betfair) BET HERE

Highest scoring half – second half: (Best Priced at 6/5 at Paddy Power) BET HERE

Kristian Dennis to score anytime: (Best Priced at 15/8 at betfair) BET HERE

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