League One Betting Preview – 14/04/17
League One Betting Preview
In our League One betting preview we look at the best bets for two selected matches in the third tier.
Chesterfield v Southend United
On Friday afternoon this week in League One we see Phil Brown take his Sheffield United side on the trip to the Proact Stadium to face Gary Caldwell’s Chesterfield. These two met in the reverse fixture back in October when the Spireites made the journey to Roots Hall. At this time the Shrimpers were seriously struggling and nobody expected them to be where they are now. The only goal of the affair came on the half hour mark curtesy of Adam Thompson. Chesterfield failed to clear a corner and Thompson was on hand to fire home from inside the area. Ricky German nearly snatched a point a point at the death but his effort was cleared off the line.
Chesterfield can be relegated here
The home side Chesterfield head into the visit of Southend United knowing that this is the weekend where they can finally be put out of their misery. After narrowly avoiding relegation last season, the Spireites are set for a return to the fourth tier of English football after three seasons in League One. They currently find themselves sat second bottom of the table in 23rd place, two points ahead of Coventry but nine points adrift of safety. So if Gillingham better their result, Chesterfield will be down. They actually won their first game in seven on Saturday when they beat Port Vale 1-0. So they’ll be desperate to make it back to back wins, however it looks very unlikely.
Southend look to secure a play-off finish
The away side Southend United go into the trip to Chesterfield knowing these are the sort of matches where they cannot afford anything other than three points. After a shocking start to their season, they picked right up and are now in with a shot of a play-off finish. The current situation sees them sat just one place outside of the play-offs in seventh, one point behind Millwall in sixth and four behind Scunthorpe in fifth. The Shrimpers have quite a nice run-in for the remaining fixtures and they will definitely fancy a top six finish. They’ll be looking to bounce back after back to back defeats to Bolton and then Charlton Athletic.
Southend to win (Best Priced on bet365 at 4/5) – BET HERE
Nile Ranger to score anytime (Best Priced on PaddyPower at 15/8) – BET HERE
Port Vale v Sheffield United
On Friday afternoon this week in League One we see Chris Wilder take his already promoted Sheffield United side on the trip to Vale Park to face Michael Brown’s Port Vale. These two met in the reverse fixture back in October when Vale made the journey to Bramall Lane. As expected it was a dominant performance from the Blades who ran away with a comfortable 4-0 victory. Central defender Ethan Ebanks-Landell chipped in with a first half brace. While both Mark Duffy and Stefan Scougall got themselves on the scoresheet in the second half.
Can Vale stay up?
The home side Port Vale head into the visit of Sheffield United hoping that their opponents are still suffering from a hangover after confirming automatic promotion last weekend. If Vale manage to come away with at least a point here then it will be a good result for them. The current situation sees them sat in the top spot of the drop zone in 21st place, one point behind Gillingham and two clear of Swindon Town. One positive is that Vale have a game in hand over the teams around them, which is vital that they win. After losing to a direct relegation rival last week, they missed out on a huge opportunity to boost their survival bid.
Could the Blades be champions by Saturday?
The away side Sheffield United go into the trip to Port Vale still buzzing after finally confirming their return to the Championship. The Blades have had a torrid six years in League One, being tipped for promotion each time. But they’ll be relieved now they’ve managed to do it. What’s vital for them is that they top it off by being crowned champions. They look set to do just that and after the season they’ve had, it would be a massive shame for them not to win it. They are currently nine points clear of Bolton, meaning as long as the Blades better Bolton’s result (they play Saturday at Oldham), then they’ll have won it.
Sheffield United to win & btts (Best Priced on bet365 at 5/2) – BET HERE
Leon Clarke to score anytime (Best Priced on betfair at 17/10) – BET HERE
Watch highlights of Sheffield United’s 2-1 victory over Northampton which got them promoted: