AFC Wimbledon v Blackpool Betting Tips
So, the new year approaches fast. Let’s take a look at the final fixtures – our Dec 29 League One betting tips, starting with Wimbledon v Blackpool. On paper this isn’t a fixture that’ll automatically leap off the page and grab the attention of most followers of English football’s third-tier; however, the pressure is mounting on both teams following a less than convincing start to the season. Both clubs will be desperate to sign off for 2018 on a win. Anything less than three points would increase the pressure already building on both managers. Luckily for followers of the clubs involved, this is a very winnable tie; ultimately, it will be taken by the team who plays to the best of their ability.
Wimbledon fans may have been mapping out a promotion push after seeing the 2018/19 fixture list released back in the summer; however, their team have failed to live up to expectations. A woeful start to the campaign meant they were always playing catch-up on the front runners. It didn’t take long for those loyal to AFC to realise a season spent fighting against the threat of relegation to League Two is much more likely. The club stood, after 22 games, bottom of the charts with just four wins on the board against no less than 15 defeats, -18 in the goal difference tally.
Seasiders Capable of Better
Blackpool is another outfit who went into the season with high hopes of getting out of League One through the top-two automatic promotion places or via the play-offs granted to the sides finishing between third and sixth. An extended season isn’t ideal for those with ambitions of playing Championship matches as it becomes a real lottery when moving into two-legged knockout football; however, it now appears a top-six finish is the best Blackpool fans could hope for. They failed to win 12 of their first 21 games and that left them sitting in eighth with much work to do.
The Seasiders started December with a useful 2-1 win over a spirited Charlton at home before ending on the wrong side of a surprise 2-0 result away to Oxford United as the team continued to blow hot and cold. There’s no doubt they have the talent in the dressing room to contest promotion, especially with a few January recruits; however, the team must find the level of consistency needed to apply pressure to the prize places. Blackpool huffed and puffed their way past Solihull Moors in the FA Cup second round, needing a replay and home advantage to get themselves in the hat for the next round.
Ignore The Draw
Interestingly, this will be only the fourth recorded meeting of these sides and we’ve yet to have a draw with Blackpool leading the head-to-head scores 2-1. That puts us off a share and we’re happy to take the draw out; having said that, past meetings have been very evenly matched and there shouldn’t be too much in this one either. The second meeting of the teams this season, Blackpool blasted their way to a 2-0 home win back in October, a result achieved thanks to goals from Tilt and Bola.
We expect this renewal to follow a similar path to that match with Blackpool leaving clutching the points at odds of 21/10 at Coral; however, those who would prefer to avoid the unpredictability of the winner market can take a strong clue from the stats. One team has failed to score in each of the previous three games and that leaves you with an option. Add no from the both to score coupon at odds of 13/15 at Unibet as part of your accumulator of the day or shoot for a super-single and back Blackpool to win to nil. We’d prefer an interest play on the latter at a nice price.
Walsall v Luton Betting Tips
Let’s look at the second of our Dec 29 League One betting tips – Walsall v Luton. Walsall can be found kicking their heels in mid-table; to be fair, it’s nothing better than their inconsistent start to the season deserves. The club has threatened a push at the promotion play-off places but lacked the edge needed to apply any real pressure. There’s no doubt they have the quality in the dressing room to be mixing it in the top six to eight places; however if they are to be considered genuine contenders for the playoffs, they must start turning draws into wins after taking a point from games where three looked more likely. Everyone connected to the club will be clear on what needs improving during the January transfer market.
A fine example of how Walsall’s season has gone so far can be found in their December results. They started the month with a cracking 2-1 win over Coventry at this venue before losing heavily to Bradford on the road in a match they were expected to win, given The Bantams on-going off-field troubles. The victors got their noses in front through a goal from Caddis on 34 minutes and had Doyle and a double from Ball to thank for the ease of the win. This was a much-needed three points for Bradford; however, it was a result that left Walsall fans scratching their heads.
Hatters Aiming High
Luton has been far more consistent than their hosts so far this season. As a result, they can be found driving at the prize places in League One. Promotion to the Championship looks a big ask as this is one of the most competitive divisions in the country this year; however, it would come as no surprise, judging on the start they have made, to see The Hatters move up a level or, at the very least, book a place in the play-offs where an extended season serves as a level playing field between the teams involved.
After 22 games, Luton sat second in the table and had just four points to find to match leaders Portsmouth who had wobbled during December. A run of victories threw them right into the mix and there will be no side taking Luton lightly between now and the end of the season. They were thoroughly impressive when dealing out a 2-1 defeat to Coventry at the Ricoh and we’re backing them to win again here.