League One Betting Preview – 17/04/17
League One Betting Preview
In our League One betting preview we look at the best bets for two selected matches in the third tier.
Sheffield United v Bradford City – 12.15 KO
On Monday afternoon the early kick off in League One we see Stuart McCall take his Bradford City side on the short trip over to Bramall Lane to face Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United. This is a huge Yorkshire rivalry between two of the strongest sides in the division. They met in the reverse fixture back in October when they played out a six goal thriller at Valley Parade which was split 3-3-3. It was 1-1 at half-time after Billy Sharp had put the Blades ahead only for Billy Clarke to pull the Bantams level. Sharp was on hand again to put the visitors ahead only for Jordy Hiwula to equalise on the hour mark. The hosts took the lead for the first time through Timothee Dieng but Chris Basham earned the Blades a point four minutes later.
The champions will want triple figures
The home side Sheffield United head into the visit of Bradford City to play their first game as champions of League One. The Blades have had a torrid six years in the third, being heavily tipped for promotion each time. But they’ll be relieved now they’ve managed to do it and will be competing in the Championship. They’ve gone from visiting teams like Fleetwood Town to what looks likely to be Sunderland. So the Bramall Lane faithful will be delighted about that. With three games left to play, they are on 91 points, 12 clear of Bolton. Meaning if they win their remaining fixtures they will finish on a seriously impressive 100 points. On Friday they brushed Port Vale aside 3-0 thanks to goals from Jay O’shea, Leon Clarke and Matt Done.
Can Bradford sneak second?
The away side Bradford City go into the trip to Sheffield United hoping that their opponents will still be in party mode from being crowned league winners just two days before this game. Meaning it will open the door up for the Bantams to earn what would be a huge three points. They’ve spent pretty much all of the season inside the play-offs, but automatic promotion has now become potentially achievable. They currently sit in fourth place in the table, level with Fleetwood Town in third and four behind Bolton Wanderers in second. Bolton have lost their last two and Bradford will be praying they are hitting a poor run at the wrong time. With just three matches left to play the chances are slim, but there is definitely a chance. On Friday the Bantams beat Oxford United 1-0 thanks to a Nicky Law goal.
Both teams to score (Best Priced on 188bet at 16/19) – BET HERE
Leon Clarke to score anytime (Best Priced on betfair at 19/10) – BET HERE
Fleetwood Town v Millwall – 3.00 KO
On Monday afternoon the early kick off in League One we see Neil Harris take his Millwall side on the trip to Highbury Stadium to face Uwe Rosley’s Fleetwood Town. These two promotion contenders will be desperate to come away with what would be a huge three points. They met in the reverse fixture back in October when Fleetwood travelled to The Den. The lively Fred Onyedinma burst into the box and was pulled down by Ashley Eastham, and Gregory stepped up to send Neal the wrong way on the half hour mark. Three minutes into the second half it was the same script, Gregory doubled their lead from the spot. Ash Hunter pulled one back for Fleetwood on 65 mins but the hosts held on for all three points.
Can they get second spot?
The home side Fleetwood Town head into the visit of Millwall knowing that a win here could bring them seriously close to reclaiming their automatic promotion spot. The Cod Army have been the surprise package of the season, nobody expected them to be doing as well as they are. Uwe Rosler is doing a ridiculously good job and they have a good chance of being promoted to the Championship for the first time ever. They currently sit in third place, four points behind Bolton (who’ve lost back to back) games and level with Bradford (who play at Bramall Lane). So if results go the right way it could be a great weekend for Fleetwood. On Friday they beat Peterborough United away 2-1 thanks to goals from Bobby Grant and Ashley Eastham.
Will Millwall make the play-offs?
The away side Millwall go into the trip to Fleetwood Town knowing that it’s vital they come away with something from this one. The Lions currently occupy the bottom spot of the play-offs in sixth place, they are three points behind Scunthorpe United in fifth and just one point above Southend United in seventh. So if they don’t win here and Southend beat MK Dons at home then Millwall will drop out. With just two games left after this one that would be a disaster for Neil Harris’ side. With just one win in their last six away league fixtures, it doesn’t look brilliant for them here. On Friday afternoon they brushed Northampton Town aside with a comfortable 3-0 victory. A brace from Jed Wallace and one from Aiden O’Brien all in the first half handed them the points.
Both teams to score & draw (Best Priced on 188bet at 37/10) – BET HERE
David Ball to score anytime (Best Priced on bet365 at 7/4) – BET HERE
Watch the highlights from the last time Bradford City played Sheffield United here: