Southend v Barnsley
The first of our March 2 League One betting tips is for Southend v Barnsley. A live match from League One as the Sky Sports cameras bring us this tussle from 12.30pm and both sides will be determined to put on a show and prove the skill and ambition in the division. Southend enjoy home advantage but set-up on a winless run with three draws and two defeats making up their last five. They started the week in 13th and are looking like a side who won’t stray too far from their current position, Doncaster and the promotion play-off places already 13 points better off. A level finish in each of their last two shows what Southend are about and another draw at 13/5 with Bet365 makes more sense than backing 10/3 with the same firm about a home win.
A Good Run
Barnsley have also drawn each of their last two but are on an extended unbeaten run that has lifted them to within touching distance of top spot and they can pour pressure on leaders Luton with a win in the early kick-off. The visitors have Sunderland and Portsmouth snapping away at their heels in a bid to wrestle automatic promotion away from them, so they may see holding their ground as a more important task than shooting for the title. Barnsley are much the better team of the two and should be backed for a return to winning ways at 5/6 (Unibet).
Accrington v Coventry
Just one defeat in five has lifted Accrington to 15th in League One, easing the pressure they have placed themselves under earlier in the season. It’s now highly unlikely they’ll be dragged back into the relegation mix but fans shouldn’t expect them to climb too much higher before the end of the season. It will go down as a wasted opportunity by a Stanley side capable of much better. They are unbeaten in three but have drawn twice in that run. Another draw is 12/5, top price at Unibet, the home win marked as 6/4 favourite by Bet365 traders.
On the Rise
Coventry are on the rise and a four-match unbeaten run shows they are clinging on to hopes of an extended season through the play-offs. The Sky Blues drew last weekend to take their recent tally to two wins and a couple of shares, although there’s still much work to be done if they are to force their way into the top-six. Have they left it too late? They’ll certainly ask questions and ensure they finish on the front foot. Coventry are 9/5 second favourites with Bet365 and that’s value. Back the away win in your accumulators.
Luton v Rochdale
Luton are out in front of League One and looking good value for a place in the Championship next season, probably as champions. Lifting the title will be their main aim while in the hunt, but promotion without the need for the play-offs is much more important to the board who will hopefully invest in the squad over the summer with the increased income that comes with a jump up to the second tier. The Hatters suffered a draw last weekend but remain on an unbeaten run, that share coming on the back of a run of impressive wins. Take the locals in your accumulators at 4/9 with Coral. Another draw is 10/3 through the same bookmaker.
Rochdale are in the bottom four with three defeats in their last three dragging them down to 22nd. They still have something to fight for with Oxford and safety just two points better off at the time of writing but they must get a move on if they are to avoid the pressure that comes with sitting in the relegation zone in spring. A draw on the road against the league leaders would rate as a fantastic result, but we don’t fancy their chances. The upset win can be backed at 13/2, top price with bet365, but that isn’t a bet we’re interested in.
Portsmouth v Bradford
As time ticks away it’s becoming obvious Pompey have ruined their chances of winning the league title due to a drop in form during winter. The locals were looking every inch a promoted side during the festive period but now find themselves sitting fourth, 10 points behind Luton. They’ll want to avoid the play-offs and grab a top-two finish but five draws in-a-row has done little to boost their chances. Another level finish appeals at 11/4, best when betting with Bet365, although we’re going for the home win at a decent 4/6 with Ladbrokes.
Bradford lost their manager recently and look to be in all kinds of trouble, both on and off the park. They are second bottom of the league, winless in four and well on their way to League Two. Astonishing, given they were pushing for the play-offs this time last year. Bradford lost last weekend, meaning they claimed just one point from nine available. Traders at Bet365 have the home win at 19/4, but even that isn’t enough to catch our eye.
Sunderland v Plymouth
The last of our March 2 League One betting tips is for Sunderland v Plymouth. Sunderland look to have missed their chance at a title win but remain in the hunt for second behind Luton, collecting the automatic promotion back to the Championship that comes with it. They won 17 and drew 14 of their first 33, losing just two. That’s incredible and if they don’t go up, they can lay the blame on too many draws as they’ve lost the fewest number of games in the division. The Black Cats won last weekend and we’ll take them to do the same again at 8/15 with Coral.
Too Little Too Late
Argyle are unbeaten in four – two wins and a couple of draws – but it’s all too little too late and they will finish in midtable. The visitors started the week in 14th, showing stats of 11-8-15, and although they are certainly capable of taking something from the Stadium of Light, we wouldn’t have our cash on it. Sunderland have much more to play for and that’ll show when this game gets started. Plymouth are available at 6/1 with Bet365.