Luton v Blackpool
The first of our top April 6 League One betting tips and predictions is for Luton v Blackpool. League One leaders Luton can start planning for life in the Championship and they will end this campaign fully deserving of the title that is coming their way. The Hatters have been impressive for the majority of this campaign but really hit top-speed since the turn of the year and have shown their rivals the way home, picking up wins, being consistent and showing the kind of form you would expect from a champion. The second-tier will provide a much sterner test but many in the home dressing room will believe they deserve to hold onto their place next season. We are more than happy to stick with the locals and will back them to beat Blackpool at 8/15 (Bet365).
Blackpool turned things around in 2019 and are now within touching distance of the play-offs, but to smash their way into the top-six they will need to go on a run of wins, starting here. Draws will, most likely, cost The Seasiders an extended season but while it’s possible you can expect them to keep plugging away. The visitors know the size of the job at hand when visiting the league leaders, as do bookmakers who have the away win written off as an 11/2 (Unibet) outsider. That price tells exactly how traders expect this one to go, and we agree.
Burton v Barnsley
Burton started the week 10 points behind Doncaster and the play-offs and that’s a bridge too far, but the home side is closing the gap all the time and has won three of their last four, including each of their two most recent starts. They were last seen handing out a stunning 5-2 hammering to Accrington at this venue a week ago and that’s a result that can’t be easily ignored. The victors oozed confidence that day and made light work of a capable opponent, impressing their support in the process. The home win is 9/4 second-favourite at Coral.
Barnsley sits second in the pecking order but has seven points to find to catch Luton and, at this stage of the season, that looks too much. They will happily settle for second and the automatic promotion to the Championship that comes with it. Portsmouth in third is five behind at last count and that cushion will see them safely through. On an unbeaten run, the visitors have won two and drawn three of their last five and that has forced bookies to price Barnsley as 6/5 (Coral) favourites. We fancy the draw at a value 5/2 (Bet365).
Wycombe v Portsmouth
Wycombe have lost each of their last three and that miserable run has dragged them down to 17th in the table. They have enough about them to keep the relegation at arm’s length, but fans are becoming frustrated as the side roll to a finish, seemingly having one eye on their summer holiday. Wanderers were beaten 2-1 by Oxford on the road last weekend, an El-Abd opener on 21 minutes eclipsed by goals from Sinclair and Ruffels, the latter coming with 94 minutes on the clock. The home win doesn’t do anything to impress us, even at 12/5 (Bet365).
Pompey won three-in-a-row to move within five points of Barnsley and automatic promotion but it’s looking like a case of too little, too late. The damage done by a woeful run of form early in the year can’t be fixed at this stage and it’s likely to result in them finishing in the play-offs, having to roll up their sleeves and battle for a spot in the Championships through a gruelling extended season. Fans celebrated an EFL Trophy win at a packed Wembley last weekend, beating Sunderland 5-4 on penalties, following a 2-2 draw after extra-time. It was a glorious day for long-suffering support, and they’d love to double it with promotion. The feel-good factor is back, let’s take the away win at 23/20 with Ladbrokes.
Rochdale v Sunderland
Rochdale is second bottom of the league and looking likely to be relegated to League Two come the conclusion of the season, but they have thrown themselves a lifeline with two wins and a pair of draws in their last four. Going into the week we see Bristol Rovers in 16th are only three points better off and that will fill followers of the home team with confidence. They are not down yet, and their recent form suggests they won’t go without a fight. Traders have the locals at 15/4 – top price at Bet365 – the draw chalked up at 29/10, Unibet the most generous firm for that one.
Need to Refocus
Sunderland suffered the agony of losing on penalties at Wembley on a day they deserved more. That’s the cruelty of a penalty shoot-out. They must dust themselves down, refocus and remember Sunday’s trip to the national stadium was a bonus in their season, the main focus being promotion back to the Championship. If they can beat Portsmouth in that race, they’ll have the last laugh. Sunderland is favourites to win this road trip and we’ll add them to our accumulators at 3/4 with Ladbrokes. Tight, but fair when remembering this is a promotion contender against a relegation-threatened opponent.
Plymouth v Charlton
The last of our April 6 League One betting tips is for Plymouth v Charlton. Plymouth has managed just one win in their last five and set-up for this game on the back of a three-game drought, that run showing a defeat and pair of draws. The locals played out a cracking 2-2 away to Blackpool last weekend and that was their second four-goal draw on the bounce, ending 2-2 with Bristol Rovers the start before. That makes another share difficult to ignore at 12/5 (Bet365), the home win 2/1 with the same shop.
Charlton has already secured a spot in the play-offs and their aim is now to finish as high up the table as possible, giving themselves the best chance of going up. The Londoners are unbeaten in five, showing three wins and a couple of draws and they battled their way to a 1-0 win over lowly Bradford at home last time. They’ll help boost your accumulator returns at 13/10 with Bet365.