AFC Wimbledon v Burton
The first of our Feb 9 League One betting tips is AFC Wimbledon v Burton. AFC Wimbledon embarks on game 31 of their season stuck to the foot of League One with stats reading six wins and five draws against an alarming 19 defeats, leaving them on 23 points. The fact they are already seven behind second-bottom Shrewsbury and nine behind Bristol Rovers and safety suggests they are a team destined for the drop and merely playing out their remaining fixtures before being added back onto the League Two fixture list. A sad state of affairs for all concerned; however, there’s plenty of football still to be played and supporters will be reluctant to throw in the towel until relegation has been confirmed.
The locals set-up for this match on the back of a painful three-game losing streak and they were spotted ending on the wrong side of a narrow 1-0 result at the Stadium of Light last Saturday afternoon, starting February the same way they ended January. McGeady scored the winning goal for Sunderland that day, bulging the net on 67 minutes to break a stubborn opponent and that was enough to separate the teams after 90 minutes of play that threw up a combined four shots on target. One to forget and the paying public had every right to feel hard done by at the whistle. Fancy Wimbledon to bounce back? It’s not a bet for us, but supporters can help themselves to the 2/1 offered up by Bet365.
Albion Our Ace
Burton Albion rank as the shrewd investment in this match with the away side boarding the team bus showing stats of 10-8-12, leaving them in 13th. Much work is to be done if they are to gate crash the promotion party this season with Peterborough in sixth currently 11 points off in the distance. At least another season spent mixing it in the third-tier of English football looks Albion’s fate. They are winless in four, following a loss with three draws on the bounce.
That trio started with a 2-2 away to Doncaster – not a bad point to pick-up – and was followed with a 1-1 when hosting Bradford City in their final match of January. February started in a similar fashion, finishing goalless with Oxford United in a match they had the chances to win. A red card shown to Brayford inside the first dozen minutes ruined their chances of picking up three points and the share meant Oxford’s search for an away win this season continues. Another draw appeals at 12/5 – top price with Bet365; however, we’re backing Burton for the win at 13/10 with Unibet.
Gillingham v Barnsley
Gillingham have won just one of their last five league starts and only nine of their first 30. That has them a point and two places better than the relegation zone with pressure building. They followed a defeat with back-to-back draws and played out a 1-1 at the Ricoh Arena last weekend. Another share of the spoils can be added to your bets at 3/1 – market best price with Bet365 – and that’s judged to be more likely than the home win which goes as big as 4/1 in places.
Neither bet catches our eye and we’d much rather trust our stake money to an in-form Barnsley side who have catapulted themselves into contention for the league title on the back of an impressive run of wins. 13 points from the last 15 available to them has Barnsley second in the table, six points behind leaders Luton. The pace-setters are showing no signs of slowing down, but Barnsley remains on their tail, poised to punish any mistakes between now and spring. Back the away win at Coral’s 4/6. That’ll do a job in your accumulators.
Our Tip: Barnsley to win – 4/6 at Coral
Plymouth v Portsmouth
This rates as one of the standout fixtures from the lower leagues of English football as Plymouth aim to collect the three points needed to distance themselves from relegation, while Pompey needs a maximum if they are to rescue their chances of gaining automatic promotion back to the Championship. Argyle may sit down in 16th but they have won four of their last five, including a 1-0 away to Peterborough last time. More of the same? Traders at Bet365 don’t fancy it and offer the home win at a market best price 16/5, the draw going 13/5 with the same bookie.
One point gained from the last dozen available to them has seriously derailed Portsmouth’s season and they have dropped from top of the league to third, seven points behind Luton who have had no trouble taking full advantage of that slip. They lost three games on the bounce before eventually steadying the ship with a draw at Fratton Park vs Doncaster Rovers last time. Wilks broke the deadlock for the visitors on 30 minutes, but Bogle fired the equaliser on his home debut to rescue a point. Serious improvement is needed, but we’re taking a chance on the away day at 4/5 (888sport).
Luton v Wycombe
The last of our Feb 9 League One betting tips is Luton v Wycombe. Luton looks to claim another three points and move a step closer to what would be a stunning title win. The Hatters have won each of their last four and enjoy a comfortable six-point cushion over nearest rivals Barnsley, although the latter does have the luxury of a game in hand. Luton added to their tally with an impressive 3-0 away day win over Shrewsbury last time, a result achieved thanks to goals from Pearson and a Collins double. It doesn’t pay to oppose Luton at the minute, and we wouldn’t dream of it. Coral’s 4/7 will do a job in our weekend accumulators.
Wycombe sits ninth and enjoy the benefit of a recent unbeaten run, showing three wins followed by a couple of draws. They have six points to find to match Peterborough and the promotion play-off places but are heading in the right direction. We expect the blockers to be put on their progress; however, but those who fancy a nice price upset can try their luck on Wanders at Unibet’s 5/1.