League Two Betting Preview – 06/01/18

League Two Betting Preview – 06/01/18

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League Two Betting Preview – 6th January 2018

In our League Two betting preview we look at the best possible bets between the two sides.

Grimsby v Morecambe

Russell Slade’s Grimsby hope to get back on track against relegation threatened Morecambe

Mariners looking to recover from back-to-back defeats

It’s been a tough few weeks for Grimsby Town and their boss Russell Slade, with the Mariners plummeting down the table over the busy festive period. No win in five and back-to-back defeats have seen them fall away from the top seven and drop down into 14th position. They’re now eight points away from the play-offs and it’s put Slade under a bit of pressure to get his side get back on track, which he’ll be hoping to do here. He’s yet to really find the consistent winning formula since returning to the club in April which is the main reason why their play-off hopes look a bit of a long shot, but he still has time on his side and we’re expecting them to be busy in the transfer market. Jake Kean has already arrived on loan from Sheffield Wednesday this week to bolster the goalkeeping ranks and it’ll be interesting to see who else arrives.

If Grimsby are to get out the situation that they currently find themselves in then they need to improve at Blundell Park, where they’ve struggled to put games to bed this season. They’ve won just four of their thirteen games in Cleethorpes and it’s something that needs to change, but they have a great opportunity to get three points on the board here against a Morecambe side that are really struggling. But if the Mariners are to do it then they’ll need to improve significantly from their first game of 2018 against Crewe on Monday, when they went down 2-0. They showed some promise particularly going forward but they conceded two poor goals to ensure the afternoon ended in disappointment. Now back at home the fans will be demanding a response and they certainly have personnel capable of winning this game, with the likes of Sam Jones and Siriki Dembele capable match winners at this level.

Russell Slade Grimsby Town

It’s been a tough few weeks for Russell Slade & Grimsby

Three defeats in four for struggling Shrimps

Making the long trip to Lincolnshire are Jim Bentley’s Morecambe who’re in big trouble at the wrong end of the table. The Shrimps are one of the most inconsistent sides in the fourth tier and they have been for some years now, with them regularly battling against the drop. But many of their supporters are fearing that this could be the year that their luck runs out, with them in a very tricky situation. They’re currently down in 21st position and just five points above the drop zone and with things so tight down there the picture can change very quickly, so they need to start delivering positives results and soon if they want to climb away from there.

That’s exactly what they did in their last outing when they overcame Yeovil in a 4-3 thriller at the Globe Arena. It was the Shrimps’ final game of 2017 and they showed remarkable team spirit and battling qualities to fight back from 2-0 down to steal the three points. Goals from Vadaine Oliver, Callum Lang (2) and Kevin Ellison – which included two in the last five minutes – ensured they picked up a massive victory and it will give them confidence coming into this one. But one thing that doesn’t make great reading is their away record, with them winning just one of their twelve games away from the Globe Arena this season. They’re playing Grimsby at a good time with them in poor form but the Mariners have the advantage when it comes to head-to-heads, losing just one of the previous five meetings.

Kevin Ellison

Veteran forward Kevin Ellison will be one Morecambe’s biggest threats at Blundell Park

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Grimsby to win & BTTS: (Best Priced at 17/5 at Coral) BET HERE

Siriki Dembele to score anytime: (Best Priced at 11/4 at SkyBet) BET HERE

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Accrington v Chesterfield

Play-off contenders Accrington take on relegation threatened Chesterfield at the Wham Stadium

Stanley eyeing up back-to-back wins

It’s been a magnificent season so far for Accrington Stanley with them making great strides from last term, but recently they’ve come slightly unstuck. A run of four straight defeats throughout November & December saw them surrender their spot in the top three and fall all the way down to tenth. But with how tight the fourth tier is they’re still only four points behind third placed Coventry City, so all is certainly not lost just yet. Should results go their way over the weekend they come climb as high as sixth so there’s plenty to play for against the Spireites for John Coleman’s men. They’ll be confident that they can pick up a result with their home form being pretty impressive, losing just three of their eleven games in front of their own supporters this season.

They ended their dismal losing streak last weekend when they picked up a huge 3-0 victory over Grimsby Town at Blundell Park. It was a much tougher game than the scoreline suggested in Cleethorpes and Stanley were made to work hard, before getting a bit of luck for them to get off the mark. They were awarded a slightly controversial penalty which Billy Kee tucked home on 55 minutes before efforts from the fantastic Sean McConville and former Mariners man Kayden Jackson. They were in action on New Year’s Day too only for it to get abandoned, despite leading through Kee after 27 minutes. That disrupted their rhythm slightly but they will be ready to go again here and they’ll fancy their chances of achieving back-to-back wins for the first time since October.

Sean McConville

Sean McConville impressed in Accrington’s win at Grimsby last time out

No win in five for relegation threatened Chesterfield

It’s been a miserable 18 months for everyone involved with Chesterfield and it looks like things could continue to go from bad to worse. The Spireites were relegated from League One back in May which was a real low point for the club and they were expected to at least challenge for an instant return this season, but the reality has been so much worse. They’ve spent all of the campaign lingering in and around the relegation zone which resulted in Gary Caldwell being sacked and replaced by club legend Jack Lester, who has managed to improve them but they’re still in a dire situation. As it stands they’re currently down in 22nd position with just a sole point keeping them off the foot of the division, so it’s imperative that they start picking up points soon.

Their hopes of remaining in the Football League weren’t really helped during the festive period when they went on a five game winless run, which also included four defeats. They’ve failed to score in each of their previous three league games and their lack of firepower is very concerning. Last time out they took on high-flying Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena in a game they were expected to lose, which they ended up doing. A sole Marc McNulty effort was enough for the Sky Blues to come out on top in a game that also saw Scott Wiseman given his marching orders for two bookable offences, meaning he’ll be unavailable here. It’s a big ask for them to get anything here and quite frankly we can only see one winner, with Accrington well placed to claim the three points.

Jack Lester

Jack Lester has a huge job on his hands with Chesterfield

Recommended Bets:

Accrington to win: (Best Priced at 8/11 at Ladbrokes) – BET HERE

Goal in both halves: (Best Priced at 8/11 at Ladbrokes) BET HERE

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