What more do you need from your weekend but a dose of lower league action to keep you entertained? We return from the dizzy heights of midweek Champions League games and instead hit the heart of English football. Here’s my best bets for the weekend from League’s One and Two:
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Yeovil vs Scunthorpe
If you were to look at the League One form table the name that you’d find at the top is Yeovil. They’re on a 7 game win streak in the league which includes impressive victories over many of the teams around them such as Coventry, Leyton Orient and MK Dons.
In the week they came back from 1-0 down against Preston and scored 3 in the last 20 minutes to seal another 3 points. They currently sit on the brink of the playoffs and a win today could see them potentially move 2nd in the league if all results went their way.
But the deceiving thing about a form table is that it doesn’t reveal the quality of the teams involved, or where the games were played. And that sort of trickery may lead you to believe that Scunthorpe are on a great run at the minute with 3 successive wins as they currently sit 4th when it comes to form.
When we consider that all 3 of these games were home games and all 3 games were against opposition who sit 15th or lower in the league, I don’t think we can read too much into this. Sure they were must win games for Scunny who have managed to open up a 5 point gap between them and the relegation zone, but today against Yeovil they face a different kind of quality.
The previous fixture at Scunthorpe back in August 2012 resulted in a 0-4 thrashing handed out by Yeovil and I wouldn’t be surprised to see the same kind of result today. And with a price of 11/10 this is my bet of the weekend.
BET: Yeovil win @ 11/10 (Bet365)
Bristol Rovers vs Wycombe
In my eyes, Bristol Rovers have always had the players and the set-up to easily survive in League Two and even possibly push for promotion.
Although they’ve had a terrible season, that class has finally started to develop. They’ve lost just 1 of their last 7 games in the league which was to then league leaders Gillingham; Amazing if you consider that in the 7 games before this run, they picked up just 2 points.
This run is even more impressive when you consider their opposition. They’ve picked up victories against 4th place Fleetwood and 7th place Rotherham as well as managing a draw with 3rd place Cheltenham in recent weeks.
Wycombe have also been in great form as of late, but they came back to earth with a bang in midweek losing 0-3 at home to out of sorts Bradford.
While their last away game saw them walk away with a 0-1 victory at 2nd place Gillingham they may struggle today against a team who are fighting for their lives and consistently putting in performances and being rewarded with results.
I think the 0-3 loss at home in the week won’t exactly do wonders for confidence for a team who’s season is fast developing into just settling for mid-table obscurity.
Their previous meeting may have gone the way of Wycombe who had home advantage, but I fancy Rovers to level the score today.
BET: Bristol Rovers win @ 6/5 (Bet365)
Plymouth Argyle vs Oxford United
As with Bristol Rovers, Plymouth are another team in the wrong half of the table but making a move in the right direction. They’re undefeated in 4 games in the league and today they welcome an Oxford side who are rapidly moving the other way.
Plymouth’s 1-2 win over Aldershot last weekend was a much needed victory as they leapfrogged their opponents and moved slightly closer to safety. There’s still work to do for the Green Army as only 2 points separate them and a place in the relegation zone, but all of the teams below them have very difficult fixtures this weekend.
Accrington travel to play-off chasing Exeter, Aldershot travel to 3rd place Cheltenham and Barnet host Capital One Cup finalists Bradford. This could be their chance to move clear of the chasing pack with a win over Oxford.
Not so long ago Oxford were a force to be reckoned with in the league but their recent form has been terrible to say the least. In their last 5 games they’ve collected just 1 point from a possible 15. Compare this to the 5 games prior where they collected 13 points from a possible 15 and you can see how quickly their form has taken a turn for the worse.
Plymouth lost the return leg 2-1 back in August 2012, but they’ve hosted Oxford on 3 occasions in the league and have never been beaten. I expect that to continue today.
BET: Plymouth win @ 8/5 Bet365
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