There’s a lot of action in League One this weekend, with teams who are fighting to play in the Championship – and others desperate to avoid the drop. Here are our top April 27 League One betting tips.
Burton v Luton
Defeat in each of their last two ended any slim hopes Burton had of making the play-offs and they know they only have themselves to blame with the race for an extended season looking wide-open at the start of the month. The locals now have nothing to play for and we should see that in their performances, as they roll to a finish. Burton have been written off by bookies to beat the league leaders and we can’t touch them at 3/1 with Unibet, the draw priced 5/2 (Bet365).
Looking Good for Luton
Luton started the week two points ahead of nearest rivals Barnsley and this will be their second outing of the week, but time is on their side and if they win their remaining fixtures, they will go up to the Championship as favourites. Four points from the last nine has made things interesting down the home-straight but the visitors should know enough to get over the line and we have Luton backed to do the business here at 10/11 with Bet365.
Barnsley v Blackpool
Barnsley have enjoyed themselves so far this year and are in a position to ask questions of leaders Luton, which is all fans can ask at this stage of the campaign. The locals set-up in front of their own fans having won each of their last three and that places them two behind Luton following last weekend’s win and two ahead of Portsmouth in third. There’s still all to play for and we’re set for a thrilling finale. Take the home side to strengthen their cause with three points, a bet that can be added to your accumulators at 2/5 (Bet365).
Playing for a Play-Off
Blackpool are another side who had every chance of pushing for a play-off finish but they lost their bottle when things got serious and just one win managed in five means they are seven off Doncaster and the top-six and that should be too much of a gap to cover at this stage. The Seasiders have won one, drawn three and lost one of their last five and another share is 7/2 at Bet365, the same place you’ll find Blackpool priced at 7/1.
Sunderland v Portsmouth
What a game we have in store here and it’s a shame this won’t be shown live on TV as we think it deserves to be beamed out to the masses. It was a Premier League fixture not too long ago but now both teams meet desperate to secure their place in the Championship, having tumbled down to the third-tier of English football. Sunderland have home advantage and bookies think that’ll make all the difference, offering a home win as 23/20 favourite at Unibet.
Portsmouth went into the week on a fantastic run of form with five wins in their last five moving them to within touching distance of the top-two and automatic promotion. A wobble during the winter put paid to their hopes of winning the league as Luton raced off into the distance but the travelling support will feel their boys deserve to bypass the play-offs. To have any chance of that they must continue their form and leave the Stadium of Light with all three points. The away win is 12/5 at Bet365 and we’ll take a pop at that.
Gillingham v Charlton
One win, two draws and a couple of defeats has Gillingham down in midtable and they won’t be troubling the prize places or relegation spots between now and the finish. They have nothing to play for and that could see them respond in one of two ways – rolling to a finish or playing with the freedom that comes with having no pressure on their shoulders. Bookies have The Gills marked up at 12/5 – top price at Bet365 – and that makes them second favourites on their own patch.
Place in the Play Offs
Four wins in their last five following victory last weekend has cemented Charlton’s place in the play-offs but they still have it all to play for as the higher they finish up the table the better chance they will have of getting through the extended season untouched. Their recent form makes them an easy pick here and we’re on the away win at a decent 23/20 with Ladbrokes.
Oxford v Doncaster
The home side set-up with the unenviable task of trying to stop a side determined to land a play-off place this season but they do so on the back of a fantastic run of form that has seen the hosts win four and draw one of their last five. Oxford have cut through the deadwood late in the season but won’t get near the prizes and that’s a shame. Too little, too late for them. Bookies have the home win as a 21/10 second fav – top price at Unibet – and that will attract attention.
Looking for a Rise
Doncaster Rovers remain in with a chance of going up to the Championship through the play-offs, but they won’t look that far ahead just yet and will, instead, take each game at a time and aim to secure a top-six spot. They dropped a winning run when losing last weekend, but the money men expect them to get back on track here, and we do too. Back Donny in your accumulators at 13/10 (Bet365). The draw goes 12/5 with the same bookie.
Walsall v Peterborough
Walsall are second bottom of the division and have lost four of their last five, including defeat last weekend, but they are not down and out yet, needing four points to match Plymouth and safety. Walsall are up against it and their form makes them a team best avoided, so we won’t snap at the 15/8 offered by Bet365. There’s not enough value in that for us.
In With a Chance
Peterborough have half a chance of breaking into the play-offs and start the week three points behind Doncaster, although the visitors have drawn each of their last two. Bookmakers have the away win as favourite and we agree, taking our chances on the 11/8 offered up by Bet365.