League One Betting Preview – 22/04/17
League One Betting Preview
In our League One betting preview we look at the best bets for two selected matches in the third tier.
Oldham Athletic v Rochdale
On Saturday afternoon this weekend in League One we see Keith Hill take his Rochdale side on the short trip over to Boundary Park to face John Sheridan’s Oldham Athletic in the ‘El Flat Capico’. These two met in the reverse fixture back in October when the Latics made the journey to Spotland Stadium. Dale dominated the first half but it looked as if they were going to go into the break with nothing to show for it. Conor Ripley pulled off a superb save from Joe Bunney’s free-kick and then Cameron Burgess blocked a goal-bound strike. However five minutes before half-time they breakthrough game, Matt Lund was unmarked in the area and he swept the ball home. Roles reversed in the second half with Oldham doing all the pressing, but they couldn’t find the leveller as Dale held on for all three points.
Sheridan has done it again
The home side Oldham Athletic head into the visit of Rochdale hoping that they can be the team coming away with the bragging rights. The longest serving side in the division looked destined for their time in League One to come to an end this season with relegation. However yet again it looks like John Sheridan has somehow managed to keep them safe. He’s into his fifth separate stint at the club, and looks like he’s going to perform an even greater escape than last year. A win here over their rivals would confirm their safety, but you’d imagine even if they lost their remaining two matches they’d still be okay. The main reason for this is due to their form at Boundary Park, they are undefeated in their last four games there.
Will they make top six?
The away side Rochdale go into the trip to Oldham Athletic knowing that they need to win here to keep their play-off hopes alive. It’s been a decent season for Dale, but with just two matches left to play it’s now or never. The current situation sees them sat in 8th place in the table, three points adrift of the top six. So they are relying on other teams slipping up, so all they can do is try and win their remaining games and hope for the best. With three wins in their last four, they’ll definitely fancy their chances of two wins. Their man to watch this season has been young midfielder Callum Camps, he’s chipped in with seven goals this term and will be attracting a lot of interest in the summer.
Oldham to win (Best Priced on bet365 at 12/5) – BET HERE
Lee Erwin to score anytime (Best Priced on bet365 at 9/4) – BET HERE
Port Vale v Bolton Wanderers
On Saturday afternoon this weekend in League One we see Phil Parkinson take his Bolton Wanderers side on the trip to Vale Park to face Michael Brown’s Port Vale. These two teams who are at the opposite end of the table met in the reverse fixture back in October when Vale made the journey to the Macron Stadium. The game was wrapped up inside the first sixteen minutes. The visiting side hadn’t even come out of the changing rooms before they were three goals down. Zach Clough opened the scoring on seven minutes, while Josh Vela doubled their advantage on eleven and Lawrie Wilson secured the points five minutes later with a third. Vale pulled one back in the second half but they were never really in it.
Will Vale survive?
The home side Port Vale head into the visit of Bolton Wanderers knowing if they are to survive then they need to come away with at least a point from this one. It’s been a disappointing season for Vale, but they still have a huge chance of retaining their League One status. The current situation sees them sat in the top spot of the drop zone in 21st place, one point above Swindon Town and two points below Bury. The one thing they do have in their favour is that they have a game in hand over everybody around them. Meaning they’ve got nine points to play for whereas everyone else has just six. That game in hand is away at Walsall, which will be tough but is definitely winnable. However they’ve lost their last four on the bounce so confidence will be at an all time low.
Automatics or play-offs?
The away side Bolton Wanderers go into the trip to Port Vale knowing that if they continue with this form then they are going to bottle automatic promotion. Wanderers have spent pretty much all the season in the top four or so, but they are at serious risk of having to go through the play-offs in order to try get promoted. They currently find themselves sat in 2nd place in the table, two points above Fleetwood Town. However they’ve picked up just one point in their last three matches, which was in a goalless draw at home to relegation threatened Bury. Fleetwood have two very winnable games left to play, so Bolton seriously need a win here.
Under 2.5 goals (Best Priced on 188bet at 6/7) – BET HERE
A goal in both halves – NO (Best Priced on betfair at 20/21) – BET HERE
Watch the highlights from the last El Flat Capico here: