Coventry v Peterborough United
Domestic football is back and not a moment too soon for fans who have spent the best part of a fortnight trying to make sense of UEFA Nations League matches and friendlies. Let’s take a look at the League One betting tips this weekend. We get started at the Ricoh Arena on Friday evening where local side Coventry City set out the red carpet for rivals Peterborough United in a 7.45pm start that’s sure to grab your attention. The Sky Blues sit ninth in the pile and would move into the top-six promotion play-off places with a win.
Coventry have held their own in the opening weeks of the campaign and set-up with a record reading 8-4-6; however, they are winless in their two most recent outings, following a draw with defeat last time. That slip-up ended what was an eye-catching winning run, knocking them out of the prize places in the process. A 1-1 with Accrington when last at this venue wasn’t the worst result, but they followed it with a painful 1-0 defeat at Burton Albion last time. A Bayliss own-goal on 66 minutes made all the difference.
Two Points Dropped Last Time
Peterborough makes this trip sitting five places higher in the current rankings than their opponents with a half-dozen more points on the board. They could move above Sunderland into second and the automatic promotion places with three points; however, like their opponents, their recent form doesn’t do an awful lot to inspire punters to rush out and part with their hard-earned cash. The Posh’s last five results show two wins, two defeats and a draw.
The spare share came last time out when battling to a 1-1 at home to lowly Bradford last weekend. Given just how poor The Bantams have been this season that has to go down as two points dropped, especially in front of their own fans, and everyone in the dressing room will know that. O’Connor gave Bradford a surprise lead inside 10 minutes, but Peterborough hacked their way back into the contest and had Toney to thank for a share of the spoils, the equaliser coming just after the hour mark when things were beginning to get desperate.
Form Suggest We’ll Get Goals
Neither side have been what you would call convincing of late and both managers will be eager to settle the ship and put together the consistency needed to be genuine challengers at this level. It’s an unforgiving business and the division waits for no side to find their feet. Both teams have scored in each of the visitor’s last three in all competitions, as well as in half of their opponent’s last four. Both to find the net again here is worth a place in your accumulators at 4/6 (Bet365).
That’s our bet and it looks a safe approach, given the form of both, but if you’d prefer to take sides, you’ll find Coventry have been marked up as 13/10 favourites – top price with Bet365, against the 21/10 of their opponents, a quote you’ll get at Ladbrokes. Can’t part the pair? The draw could be for you, 12/5 trading at Coral. We wouldn’t be in a rush to put anyone off the latter.
Blackpool v Burton
Two wins in-a-row have reignited Blackpool’s promotion push and they can now be found perched seventh going into the weekend, carrying stats of 7-7-3. As always in the lower leagues, The Seasiders have been a model of inconsistency so far, their last four alone showing two defeats followed by a pair of wins. That turnaround started with a maximum over Gillingham on the road, nicking the result thanks to a 1-0 win, achieved through Delfouneso’s goal early in the second period. It was his fourth goal of the season and he timed it to perfection.
Blackpool doubled-up last weekend courtesy of a 2-1 achieved at the home of Southend United in what was an engrossing contest. Turton and Gnanduillet were on target for the victors but they had nothing easy, Demetrious hitting a response to ensure a nervy finish. With the tie evenly balanced heading into the latter stages, Southend shot themselves in the foot when seeing Turner sent off on 86, ending any chances they had at securing a draw. A close match, but Blackpool were fully deserving of the points and a few lessons were learnt.
Don’t Take Burton Lightly
Burton may start down in the unlucky 13th position but they shouldn’t be taken lightly by anyone, least of all punters. Albion have won seven and drawn three of their first 17 outings and that has to go down as a disappointing start, given their pre-season ambitions. They have lost only one of their last five however and make this trip on the back of two wins on the bounce. The club collected the first three points of six with a win over Walsall away from home, Allen, Cole and Fraser scoring the goals that mattered.
They doubled-up with a win over Coventry last weekend in front of their own fans. The Sky Blues were fancied by many to get the desired result, but it was Burton who came out on top, Bayliss knocking the ball into his own net on 66 minutes to split the pair. That ended Coventry’s six-game unbeaten run, but the stats tell us it was a fair result, Burton finishing with 62% of the match possession, forcing 13 shots at goal. If they can match that effort here, they will be in with a shout.
Bookies Back Blackpool
Bookmakers have had their say and are keen to stick with Blackpool, pricing the away win up as favourite at the start of the week. Backers happy to follow the thinking of traders will have to make do with the 6/5 offered by Unibet as that’s the general idea at the time of asking. The draw can be had at 12/5 – top price with Unibet – a Burton win worth a second look at 11/5 (Ladbrokes).
It’s interesting to know that these sides have met only twice before in competitive action and Burton have won on each occasion. That started with a 2-1 at this venue back in 2015, followed by a 1-0 in the reverse leg the same season. That pushes us towards the away win at a nice price and that goes as our best bet.
Charlton v Bristol Rovers
Two wins on the bounce has catapulted Charlton into the promotion play-off picture and they start the round in sixth. 28 points on the board has them level with Accrington Stanley down in 10th, five behind Luton in fifth, so they are a team constantly looking over their shoulder. They beat Walsall 2-0 when last in league action, Taylor and Beilik scoring the goals to see them across the line.
Bristol Rovers haven’t had things anywhere near as good as their opponents and a tally of 4-5-9 has them stuck down in the relegation zone with tensions already running high. They have lost two of their last three and were beaten on their most recent start, sinking to a 2-1 at home to Scunthorpe United, conceding a late goal in the process, Lund knocking in the winner on 78 minutes.
Stick with Home Comforts
Bookies have Charlton as favourites and we find it difficult to argue against that viewpoint, certainly if judging this one on the recent form of both teams. The locals are pushing for the prizes and the 3/4 you’ll get at 888Sport on the home win makes perfect sense. It is actually better than we expected to find, making it a worthwhile play.
Those preferring to go against the weight of the bookies will notice Bristol Rovers have been chalked up at 19/5 which is best at Unibet. The draw is deemed a more likely outcome, 14/5 going at Bet365. Those who would rather avoid the 1X2 betting can take no in the both teams to score market at 5/6 with 888Sport. We are happy to oppose Rovers at the minute, making Charlton our pick.
Walsall v Sunderland
Walsall have managed just one win in their last five league starts and they go in on the back of two defeats and a draw. They have slid to 11th in the table as a result and we think things are going to get worse before we see them get any better. Bookies have the home win as outsider of three in the match betting, 13/5 at Coral.
That’s a nice-looking offer but it’s not for us and we’d much rather have our stake money down on a Sunderland cheer at 11/10. Ladbrokes are offering market best on that one and that will do for us. The Black Cats sit second in the league and enjoy a recent unbeaten run that has made headlines. Are they on their way back through the ranks of English football? Only time will tell, but they do appear to be heading in the right direction after a few tough years spent in freefall.