League Two Betting Preview – 14/03/17
League Two Betting Preview
In our League Two betting preview we look at the best bets for two selected matches in the fourth tier.
Carlisle United v Luton Town
There’s a massive clash in League Two on Tuesday night, as Keith Curle’s Carlisle United host Nathan Jones’ Luton Town at Brunton Park. Carlisle United looked likely of finishing in the top three before they ran out of steam, experiencing poor results since they welcomed in the new year. They’re still enjoying life in the top seven though and will be expecting to move back into the top three before the season reaches its finale. Luton Town have improved massively as the season has rolled on, looking increasingly move consistent to stay at sixth, with hopes of a finish in the play-offs or higher.
Carlisle have been one of many worthy contenders in League Two
After finishing twentieth in League Two last season, Keith Curle has been going through his first full campaign in charge of Carlisle United, where they’ve been mostly impressive, moving up to the top three for a large portion of their fixtures, with fans hailing their manager for his incredible efforts for the club. The end of December still had them solidly at third, clear from fourth place by a decisive three points. Since they’ve moved into 2017, there’s been a devastating drop in intensity throughout their performances, as they’ve since moved down into fifth, now behind third place by four points, with many fans of the club understandably scratching their heads.
A factor that certainly hasn’t helped The Cumbrians has been that Charlie Wyke, who had scored fourteen goals for the club, left to League One side Bradford City in the dying minutes of the January transfer window. Without his attacking threat, they’ve had to rely on goals from Jason Kennedy and Jabo Ibehre, who have seventeen goals combined this season. Getting back to form has been a clear struggle for The Cumbrians, as they’ve only been able to take three wins from their last three match. Recent performances have seen their worst slump, as Keith Curle’s side have lost their last four successive fixtures.
Luton’s consistency has shown their intent of a high finish
It’s been an impressive third successive season in League Two for Luton Town, as they’ve spent the entirety of it in and around the top seven places of the table. Despite not being capable of returning to the top three, after previously spending moments there, they are five points away from third place Portsmouth and certainly look likely to push for that before the season is done and dusted. The two key players in The Hatters’ squad have been striker Danny Hylton and midfielder Cameron McGeehan, who’ve presented a real chemistry in the squad, scoring a combined twenty-seven goals.
Now coming into the closing months of League Two, Nathan Jones’ side have taken fifteen wins and twelve draws from thirty-five games, showing real intent for success this season. There were worries that things were about to change at the start of January, as they fell to a double defeat away to Portsmouth and Accrington Stanley. It didn’t take long for them to get back to winning ways though, going unbeaten over eleven of the next fourteen games. The Hatters’ most recent fixture ended in defeat at home to Stevenage, so they’ll be looking to respond here.
Luton Town to win (Best priced at 29/20 on BetVictor) – BET HERE
Both teams to score (Best priced at 8/11 on Bet365) – BET HERE
Blackpool v Stevenage
Gary Bowyer will aim to see his Blackpool side’s impressive form continuing on Tuesday night, as they welcome Darren Sarrl’s Stevenage to Bloomfield Road. Blackpool are ninth after going through a far more promising season with Bowyer in charge, after the last few seasons have seen masses of upset for everyone involved in the club. Stevenage are fourth after going through a spectacular run of form, showing signs of improvement in every game they’ve played. A win here would be massive for them, but it’s difficult to back one as Blackpool will be looking to give nothing away on their home turf.
Stability looks to be back on the cards at Bloomfield Road
When Blackpool made it to the Premier League back in 2010, nobody imagined that six years later, they’d be taking positives from a stable season in League Two, but it’s been the best possible outcome with all things considered, as they’ve experienced an emotional few years at Bloomfield Road. Gary Bowyer has had a lot of pressure on his shoulders in charge of the club, but he’s certainly capitalised, winning twelve and drawing fifteen of thirty-six games played this season. Their next objective will be to finish in the play-offs, as three points stand in their way.
A masterstroke by Bowyer has been how he’s found his key striker. Kyle Vassell has the most goals for the club, with an important ten goals to his name already, but he only joined the club after they gave him a lifeline when he was released by Peterborough United in the summer. Blackpool have lost once in their last ten games, going through their last six games unbeaten. Most recently, they held Wycombe Wanderers to a draw at Adams Park.
Stevenage have moved up sixteen places since November
There were worries over the situation of Stevenage back in November as they sat twentieth in League Two, achieving just five wins and three draws from fifteen games. Some even called for the sacking of manager Darren Sarrl, but the club stood strong on his situation. It turns out they were right to do so, as since then, they’ve moved up an incredible sixteen places in the table to now position themselves at fourth, with just four points holding them back from an even more desirable third place finish in League Two.
The Boro’s transformation since November is so strong that if the season started for them back then, they’d currently be second in the division with just two points keeping them from moving into the top spot. Their current form has definitely seen the best of Darren Sarrl’s side, as they’ve been undefeated over their last nine games in which they were able to take eight wins. Top scorer for Stevenage by a country mile has been Matt Godden, who has stood out massively for his nineteen goals in the fourth tier alone.
Blackpool to score (Best priced at 23/20 on SkyBet) – BET HERE
Both teams to score (Best priced at 3/4 on Betfair) – BET HERE
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