League One Betting Tips & Predictions Nov 17
Accrington v Barnsley
With the Premier League and Championship taking a backseat to make way for the latest round of International fixtures, there will be increased interest on League One betting tips this weekend. Lovers of domestic football can sift through the fixtures hoping to build a nice priced accumulator. Some will back blind, others follow the league standings. Whatever, our team of English football experts are here to help lead you through the wilderness towards profit.
Accrington set-up looking to drive themselves back into the promotion play-off places; they are level on points with Charlton in sixth going in. However, Accy are winless in three, following defeat with a pair of draws in their last two. They were seen scrapping their way to a share of the spoils vs Coventry when last in league action, a Zanzala opener cut-out by Doyle on 87 minutes. That was a bitter pill for fans to swallow; however, their team had chances to put the game to bed and should’ve taken them before being forced to drop two points.
Barnsley on the Rise
Barnsley appear to have found their feet and settled into their stride early this season. They board the team bus sitting in fourth place with 31 points on the board, carrying stats of nine wins, four draws and three defeats. That leaves them seven off the pace set by Portsmouth. They did lose two on the bounce recently, but have a game in hand over the leaders and that’ll ensure they are competitive during winter.
Those two losses threatened to derail their progress; however, a quick-fire double put them firmly back in the right track. They edged Bristol Rovers 1-0 at home before dealing out the same punishment to Southend United when last in league action. Moore scored on 87 minutes to bag a maximum in the latter and although that’s as tight as many fans would hope to see, seasons are won and lost on such narrow margins. They’d surely take another late 1-0 again on Saturday.
This Will Be Tight
Given Barnsley’s recent scores you’ve got to expect this match to be tight, with the visitors happy to sit in, frustrate and look to capitalise on any mistakes at the other end, hitting hard on the break. Those tactics will ensure a low scoring contest and under 2.5 goals appeals at 10/11 (Ladbrokes). That’s our main bet and will surely pull its weight in your accumulators.
Those looking to take sides can have their say in the match winner market where there’s 5/2 sent out by Bet365. We’re sure plenty will view that as a risk worth taking.
Burton v Coventry
Burton fans have suffered a mixed bag of emotions so far this season, with their side showing six wins against seven defeats and three draws. That has them down in 14th and mid-table looks to be their best hope this term unless they can turn things around and plug up a leaky defence that has already conceded as many as the team has scored – 22 goals. They do appear to be moving in the right direction, however, and have won three of their last five, including last time out.
Albion helped steady the ship with a fantastic 3-1 win over Walsall away from home earlier this month. It was expected to be a tough slog, but the victors ended up making light work of the task; they banked a maximum thanks to goals from Allen, Cole and Fraser, more than enough to deny the fightback Cook tried to kickstart. Burton were eventually able to carry their cup form into the league, and if we see a few similar performances from them between now and Christmas they’ll surely be fighting for the major places come the New Year.
Coventry Pushing for Promotion
Coventry are currently six places higher in the pecking order than their opponents with seven more points on the board. They have made a decent start to the season and are going from strength to strength as we head into winter and take confidence from a recent unbeaten run; their last five results have handed over 13 of 15 points. That includes four wins in-a-row; however, they were forced to share last time, held by Accrington Stanley at home on the opening weekend of the month.
That was a match they should’ve won, and were certainly expected to heading towards kick-off. However, few teams at this level can take Stanley lightly and those who do are usually punished. The Sky Blues found themselves one goal down heading towards the final whistle, but Doyle ensured a late twist in the tale when scoring on 87 to delight fans. Some moaned Coventry didn’t deserve it, but fans were in no mood to hand the point back.
Back Both Teams to Score
Both teams have scored in each of Coventry’s last five matches in all competitions and that’s worth knowing as both have also found the net in two of their opponents three goes this month. With both fancying themselves good enough for the win we’re going to stick with that trend and back both teams to score in our betting tips. Follow our thinking at William Hill for a market best price 4/5.
There’s more to shout about if picking the match winner and you’ll find traders across the board have come down in support of Burton who are pre-match favourites, despite their inconsistent form. Lovers of the locals will notice them marked at 21/10 at Bet365. Either deserve the attention of acca backers.
Luton v Plymouth
A four-game unbeaten run has shifted Luton to fifth in the table and they are now six points off Sunderland and a place in the top-two. Three wins on the bounce had them flying, but they were made to hand over a share last time when ending goalless on their travels; Rochdale did just enough to keep the form side at bay. It was a game they were lucky to get anything from as they played the last 15 minutes with 10 men, Hylton sent off on 75. The remainder of the contest was spent with their backs to the wall.
Surprisingly, you have to cast your eye down to 22nd to find Plymouth after 17 games played. That leaves them in the thick of a relegation battle. Just three points above bottom club Bradford, they have four to find to match Bristol Rovers and safety. However, they don’t appear to be in a hurry, losing three of their last five, including last time out. Sunderland were the latest club to stick the boot in, inflicting a 2-0 defeat on November 3.
Hatters’ Form to Pay-Off
This will be tighter than the league standings suggest; however, we do expect the form side to get the result they are after, especially with the backing of a loyal home support. Luton are playing with confidence, but they’ll get nothing for free against an opponent already fighting for their future at this level. That should result in a low-scoring match and under 2.5 goals is 23/20 with Ladbrokes.
Traders appear to be reading this fixture the same way we are and have priced Luton as red-hot favourites. 16/5 (Ladbrokes).
Sunderland v Wycombe
Sunderland rate as one of the form sides of English football at the minute and they’ll be eager to prove their worth as the nation catches up on how their comeback is going. The Black Cats enjoy a winning run of form that has elevated them to second in the pile; they could go top with the right set of results this weekend. They took their win tally into double figures when beating Plymouth 2-0 before knocking Port Vale out of the FA Cup.
Those loyal to the Wycombe cause haven’t had things as good this term and the team can be found down in 15th, showing stats of 5-6-6. They have bagged three of those five in their last four, however, and got the result they wanted last time when beating Peterborough 1-0. They’ll fancy a go at the points, but Sunderland look a higher class and should be backed at 14/5 with Bet365. We expect to see Sunderland marked on most coupons.
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