League Two Betting Tips and Odds – 08/05/17

League Two Betting Tips and Odds – 08/05/17

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Chesterfield v Grimsby

Gary Caldwell’s Chesterfield begin life back in the fourth tier with a home tie against Grimsby Town.

Chesterfield looking to bounce back from relegation

It’s been a tough twelve months for Chesterfield supporters. There’s been unrest both on the pitch and board level which has led to changes in chairmen, management and ultimately underperformance from the first team. Last season was one of the worst in the clubs history which saw them finish at the foot of third tier and relegated after picking up just 37 points from 46 games. Gary Caldwell ended the campaign as the clubs manager and he has a huge job on his hands guiding The Spireites back into the third tier. He’s won just two of his nineteen games at the Proact Stadium and he has no experience of managing in League Two, so he has a bit of a point to prove.

But the signs going into the new season have been promising, they’ve had a positive pre-season schedule which ended with them thrashing League One Doncaster last Saturday which will give them a big confidence boost going into this one. They’ve also made some very positive movements in the transfer window with the likes of Joe Anyon, Scott Wiseman and Chris O’Grady all dropping down to the fourth tier. O’Grady in particular looks like a fantastic signing, despite going through a poor goal drought in recent seasons. He’s spent the last four years in the Championship so he should be a real handful for League Two level defenders. His side come into the weekend as favourites to win but it won’t be easy against a robust Grimsby side.

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Gary Caldwell has a huge job on his hands at Chesterfield

Mariners aiming to build on strong return to the Football League

Last season marked the return of Grimsby Town to the Football League after six years in the wilderness of non-league. The Mariners more than held their own in the fourth tier and if they had a little bit more luck they could’ve been involved in the play-offs. But like their opponents here, changes in management disrupted their rhythm with Paul Hurst, Marcus Bignot and Russell Slade coming in over the course of the campaign. The latter returned to the club for a second time back in April and his appointment was a real statement of intent from chairman John Fenty. The 56 year-old knows the Football League inside out and his experience could prove to be key over the season as they look to build on their 14th placed finish.

Grimsby have had a very busy pre-season schedule but a productive one, winning eight of their eleven friendlies. You obviously can’t read too much into those results, but they more than held their own against the likes of Barnsley (W2-1), Wigan (D1-1) & Blackburn (L1-0) who’re all at least a division higher. There’s been a lot of change over the summer with fans’ favourites such as Craig Disley and Shaun Pearson departing, but some of the new additions have settled in well. The likes of Nathan Clarke, Mitch Rose and Siriki Dembele have made a big impression in pre-season, providing a good mix of youth and experience. Dembele looks like an exciting prospect and his link-up play with Sam Jones was a big threat in pre-season. Jones was a revelation after joining the club from Gateshead in January and with a full-time pre-season under his belt he could take his game up another level.

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Siriki Dembele has really impressed in pre-season for The Mariners since signing a one year deal from the Nike Academy

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Crewe v Mansfield

David Artell begins his first full season in charge of Crewe with a home clash against title favourites Mansfield.

 Crewe looking to build on disappointing return to League Two

It’s been a tough couple of years for Crewe Alexandra supporters which almost resulted in back-to-back relegations. The Railwaymen finished bottom of League One during the 15/16 campaign and they then followed it up with a seventeenth placed finish last term. For large periods it looked like they could be relegated but the arrival of David Artell as the clubs new manager in January inspired them to survival. The former Crewe player made a big impression at Gresty Road and he’ll be hoping to carry that through into the new season. This is his first full season in management and his side have had decent preparation in the build up the campaign, losing just one of their seven pre-season fixtures.

The Railwaymen are starting to look like a settled side and despite losing a couple of players they’d like to keep, they’ve had a positive summer. The signings of Michael Raynes, Jordan Bowery, Brad Walker and Chris Porter are particularly good additions, adding some much needed depth and quality to their squad. They’ve all impressed over the last couple of months and they’ll need to be on top form if they’re to get three points against the title favourites. Something they can draw confidence from is their home record under Artell where they’ve lost just four times. They’ve beaten the likes of Grimsby, Colchester and Wycombe at Gresty Road under the 36 year-old and if they play at their best they could add Mansfield to that list – but it won’t be easy.

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The signing of Chris Porter could prove to be a masterstroke by Artell, the 33 year-old netted 16 league goals for Colchester last season

New look Mansfield favourites for the title

This is Mansfield’s fifth successive season in League Two but they haven’t come into a campaign under this much pressure for some time. The Stags are big favourites not just to win promotion but to win the League Two title this season and it comes on the back of a fantastic end to the year under Steve Evans. The 54 year-old joined the club last November with them struggling at the wrong end of the table and in big trouble. But he managed to completely transform the mood at the club to take them to within four points of a spot in the play-offs. Evans is very much a love or hate character, but even his biggest critics can’t doubt his success. He has five promotions on his CV and the early signs are that Mansfield fans can prepare themselves for the jump into League One.

Wealthy chairman John Radford has provided plenty of funds for him in the transfer window and he’s wasted no time in making several new additions to his squad. He’s added some serious quality and experience to his squad in the form of David Mirfin, Paul Anderson, Zander Diamond and Jacob Mellis along with nine others. Eleven players have departed too which has resulted in a ridiculous level of player turnover and there’s always a risk when any manager does this. But almost all of Evans’ signings were complete at the start of the window, so they’ve had lots of time to bed in and they’ve really impressed in pre-season winning five of their eight games & scoring 23 goals. They’re favourites to win the league for a reason and we fully expect them to get off to a flyer here.

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Jacob Mellis dropped down from League One to join The Stags and he has the ability to be a top player at this level

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