League One Betting Tips & Predictions Saturday 3 November
AFC Wimbledon – Shrewsbury
We start off our League One betting tips with the Wombles taking on the Shrews. This is a meeting of two struggling sides at Kingsmeadow and the form so far tells us both will spend the majority of this campaign battling against the drop. Neal Ardley’s troops narrowly avoided relegation last season thanks to an 18th place finish. However, they won’t have the same luck this time unless they can arrest a slump that has seen them lose 11 of their first 16, conceding 24 goals and scoring just 10 of their own. The pressure is well and truly on.
The Wombles were last seen ending on the wrong side of a 2-0 defeat at this venue when inviting Luton Town to south west London. Expected to lose by most followers of the division before kick-off, they lived up to expectations and were undone by goals from Mpanzu on 61 minutes and Lee on 80. Credit must be given for holding firm for an hour, but they were never in danger of winning the points and finished up with just three shots on target. On that showing alone it’s sure to get worse before it gets better.
Shrews Have Lost Three of Four
Times are hard in the home dressing room, but opponents Shrewsbury haven’t had things too much better to date. They make the trip from New Meadow with their season stats reading 3-6-7, three defeats in their last four settling them down in 19th, just a point above the relegation zone and four more than Saturday’s opponents. Shrews were beaten last time and carry -5 in their goal difference tally after conceding 19 in 16.
John Askey’s men suffered that familiar sting of defeat last time out when suffering a 3-0 reverse away to Oxford United and, like Wimbledon, it was a match they never looked capable of turning around. Ruffels set the pace for the afternoon with an opening goal inside three minutes and that opened the floodgates, Whyte doubling up on 14 before Browne added icing to the cake late in the day. Shrewsbury left with no points and could take little encouragement from their performance, having put just two shots on target.
Two Poor Defences Will Lead to Goals
It’s difficult to get excited about the chances of either side bagging a much-needed three points on Saturday and bookmakers struggle to part the pair in the pre-match betting. 2/1 with Ladbrokes.
There’s plenty to get involved with if you’d prefer to avoid the match betting; if that was your approach we certainly wouldn’t blame you. Trusting your stake money to either side involved is asking a lot. Stick with the trends and back both teams to score at 3/4 (Coral).
Blackpool – Bristol Rovers
Blackpool have been distinctively average in their first 14 starts; that’s why you’ll find them stuck down in midtable. A run of seven draws and two defeats is to blame; however, there’s hope for all connected to the Bloomfield Road brigade if they can begin to turn some of those shares into wins. The locals have lost just one of their last five league outings, but that spare did come in their most recent start, meaning a response is needed from the squad on Saturday.
The Seasiders went to Fleetwood searching for a hat-trick of wins following victory over AFC Wimbledon and Scunthorpe United, both achieved without conceding a goal. That defence was shot to pieces by Town who took the lead inside four minutes with Burns breaking the deadlock. Wallace added another on 11 before Madden made sure of the points close to the hour. The beaten side make a push for the comeback and scored through Thompson and Delfouneso but they couldn’t get level. Frustrations led to Gnanduillet being sent off in stoppage-time, but it changed nothing.
Rovers Flirting with Relegation
Bristol Rovers start the weekend down in 20th, sitting level on points with Oxford United and the relegation zone. They’ve managed just three wins all season. However, one did come on their penultimate start when getting the better of AFC Wimbledon at home, thanks to a 2-0 scoreline. Upson got the opener that day and Nightingale added a second when knocking the ball into his own net early in the second-half. A rare positive, but they’ll take what they can get their hands on heading towards winter.
The Gas fell back into old habits last weekend when slumping to defeat against Barnsley on the road. Despite being written off by most before kick-off, Darrell Clarke’s side held their own for much of the contest; however, they were eventually undone by a single goal from Alex Mowatt. The clincher came very early in the match, but Rovers couldn’t find a way back, despite having half of the overall possession. The blame can be placed at the feet of attackers who put one of 11 shots on target.
Stick with Home Comforts
Both sides are capable of winning the points here and there shouldn’t be an awful lot in it. However, confidence will be key to success and Blackpool have that working in their favour. The home side, as well as the backing the support, take heart from scoring 17 goals in 14 games. Having said that, it’s worth remembering they’ve conceded 12 at the other end and that leads us to a bet. Both teams to score is our play and followers will get a useful 10/11 when betting with 888sport.
Prefer to take your chances and pick sides? The match betting makes for interesting reading with traders keen to support Blackpool. If a home win is your thing you’d be advised to invest your stake at 7/2 – top at Coral.
Bradford – Portsmouth
After missing out on promotion last season, Bradford can now be found down at the wrong end of the table, battling desperately against relegation. The Bantams posted what was, in the end, a disappointing 11th last term. However, they are currently stuck 24th in the pile, holding the rest up. That will come as no surprise to football fans when learning they have lost 12 of their first 16. Just 10 points on the board means they are already four off Bristol Rovers and the current benchmark for safety.
David Hopkin left Livingston and took on what appears to be a thankless – and pretty close to impossible – task at Valley Parade where he’s unable to bring in reinforcements. The Scotsman, formerly of Chelsea, is still getting to know his players, but he’ll have to make do with what he has, at least in the meantime. That’s resulted in a dreadful start, but hopefully the board and fans remain patient with the boss and don’t blame him for faults made way above his pay grade.
They lost last time, of course, hammered 4-0 by Gillingham on the road. Bradford have been written off by the odds-makers – which comes as no surprise – 12/5 at the same firm. Neither appeal to us.
Pompey Flying High
Bradford don’t have their problems to seek at the minute, but it has all been going to plan for their opponents who start top of the league and looking every inch a title favourite if judging on results so far. Portsmouth finished eighth last season, but have exploded out of the traps this term, winning 10 and drawing five of their first 16. The spare defeat came when hosting Gillingham early last month in a real coupon destroyer, Eaves and Lacey banking goal bonuses.
Kenny Jackett’s men have drawn each of their last two, following an entertaining 2-2 vs Burton Albion at Fratton Park with a hard-fought 1-1 away to Accrington Stanley last week. Hawkins scored for Portsmouth on 62 minutes but that lead lasted less than two minutes, Ihiekwe levelling in what was a rapid response, taking advantage of a lapse in concentration.
Portsmouth are favourites to get back on track with an overdue three points but there’s enough of a price to merit a place in your weekend accumulators. William Hill’s 3/4 appears to be the norm in the industry at the time of checking and that is better than we expected to find. Remember, this is bottom vs top of the league.
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