League One Betting Preview – 14/03/17
League One Betting Preview
In our League One betting preview we look at the best bets for two selected matches in the third tier.
Swindon Town v Sheffield United
On Tuesday evening this week in League One we see Chris Wilder take his Sheffield United side on the trip to the County Ground to face Luke Williams’ Swindon Town. These two met in the reverse fixture back in December when Swindon made the journey up to Bramall Lane. It was a dominant performance from the Blades which included an eight minute cameo where they scored three goals. They actually didn’t open the scoring until the 52 minute curtesy of a howler from visiting keeper Lawrence Vigouroux who couldn’t keep out Mark Duffy’s effort. That opened the floodgates and within the next 8 minutes the hosts were three goals to the good. Paul Coutts doubled their advantage and Duffy got his brace from close range. The performance as rounded off with thirteen minutes left to play through Caolan Lavery.
Swindon are well and truly in a relegation scrap
The Robins head into the visit of the Blades knowing that if they manage to come away with anything at all from this one then it would be a good result for them. Last month they won back to back league games and it looked as if they may have turned it around, but they’ve followed those up with two defeats and are back in the mix of the relegation zone. They currently find themselves sat third bottom, four points adrift of safety. With just one win in their last nine at the County Ground it doesn’t look too great for the Robins. If they don’t begin to pick up points soon then they’ll be playing in the fourth tier of English football come next term. On Saturday they were beaten by fellow strugglers Port Vale 3-2 with Nicky Ajose and Luke Norris getting their goals.
The title is the Blades’ to lose
Sheffield United go into the trip to Swindon Town knowing that unless something seriously goes wrong then they will finally be making a return to the second tier after seven years in League One. It’s been long overdue for a club of their size and all being well they should be crowned Champions. The current situation sees them sat in to spot, eight points clear of Fleetwood Town in second place. Bolton Wanderers are nine behind with a game in hand, so could go six behind with a win. The Blades are unbeaten in their last seven, winning four and drawing three. Wilder has made them a difficult side to beat, they always seem to grind out draws when in previous years they would have rolled over and been beaten. They didn’t play this weekend so will be fresh and raring to go here.
Sheffield United to win (Best Priced on WillianHill at 13/20) – BET HERE
Over 2.5 goals (Best Priced on betway at 17/20) – BET HERE
Walsall v Fleetwood Town
On Tuesday evening this week in League One we see Uwe Rosler take his Fleetwood Town side on the trip to the Bescot Stadium to face Jon Whitney’s Walsall. These two met in the reverse fixture back in December when Walsall made the journey to Highbury Stadium in what turned out to be Fleetwood’s first ever win over Walsall at home. The deadlock was broken thanks to a superb solo goal from Ash Hunter. Just three minutes before the break he picked up the ball, drove towards goal and curved the ball home from the edge of the area. The hosts doubled their lead on 67 minutes when Bobby Grant drilled his shot into the far corner. The Saddlers pulled one back out of nowhere ten minutes later from long range but the hosts held on for all three points.
Walsall have been superb at the Bescot Stadium
The home side Walsall head into the visit of Fleetwood Town looking to continue with their much improved form and come away with what would be a superb win. The current situation sees them sat in 9th place in the table, five points adrift of the top six. So if they were able to reduce that gap to two points here then they will be in with a real shout of a play-off finish. With just two defeats in their last twelve League One fixtures, there is no reason why they shouldn’t fancy themselves to creep into the top six. They’ve won their last six home matches on the bounce, without conceding a single goal in their last three. On Saturday they were held to a 1-1 draw away to Charlton Athletic thanks to a Simeon Jackson goal.
Can Fleetwood actually do the unthinkable?
The Cod Army go into the trip to Walsall just looking to continue with the fantastic season they are having so far. They’ve been undoubtedly the surprise package of the year, nobody expected them to be even challenging for the play-offs never mind being in serious contention for automatic promotion. They currently find themselves sat in second place in the table, eight points behind the runaway leaders Sheffield United and one point ahead of Bolton who have a game in hand over them. They actually hosts Wanderers on Saturday and were beaten 4-2, which put an end to their 18-game unbeaten run. It’s vital that Rosler’s boys bounce back with a win in what will be a seriously tough game here.
Walsall to win & btts (Best Priced on Coral at 5/1) – BET HERE
Correct score 2-1 (Best Priced on betfair at 10/1) – BET HERE
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