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SkyBet League Two betting preview

17 April 2015

AFC Wimbledon v Wycombe Wanderers
 
Wycombe continue their bid for automatic promotion out of Sky Bet League 2 when they travel to AFC Wimbledon. Wanderers are in third with a four-point advantage over fourth-placed Bury, who do have a game in hand. The Chairboys are 13/10 favourites with Sky Bet to win on the road this weekend, AFC Wimbledon can be backed at 21/10 and the draw is available at 23/10. The Dons are without a win in five matches but have drawn four of those games, including their last two home contests. Wycombe are strong on the road but the Dons could once again prove hard to beat.
 
Top Tip: The draw at 23/10.
 
Accrington Stanley v Stevenage
 
Stevenage go in search of a fourth win in a row when they travel to Accrington on Saturday. Graham Westley’s side are set to be part of the play-offs and are priced up as 5/4 favourites by Sky Bet for another three points. Accrington have done enough to stay in Sky Bet League 2 and are on offer at 21/10 for a home victory. The draw is a 12/5 chance. Stanley are unbeaten in four games and all of those matches have seen both teams score. You can get 4/6 for both teams to net this weekend.
 
Top Tip: Both teams to score at 4/6
 
Cambridge United v Mansfield Town
 
Cambridge and Mansfield are separated by just goal difference in the Sky Bet League 2 table ahead of Saturday’s clash between the sides. Both clubs are nearly safe from relegation with second-bottom Cheltenham eight points behind the duo with only nine points available from their final three matches of the season. Cambridge are Sky Bet’s 5/4 favourites for the win, Mansfield can be supported at 11/5 and the draw is on offer at 23/10. The standings show how closely these teams are matched so don’t be surprised to see the match finish all-square.
 
Top Tip: The draw at 23/10
 
Carlisle United v Plymouth Argyle
 
Plymouth are the 5/4 favourites with Sky Bet to claim victory on their very, very long trip to Carlisle. The Pilgrims are three points clear of Luton and Newport in the final play-off place so there’s work to do in order to keep their dreams of Sky Bet League 1 alive. A win could confirm Carlisle’s Sky Bet League 2 status for next season and they are 21/10 for the victory. The draw can be found at 12/5. Plymouth have only lost one of their previous six games but Carlisle have enjoyed a good week with victory over Dagenham and a draw at leaders Burton. Plymouth striker Reuben Reid heads the first goalscorer prices at 4/1, while Charlie Wyke is the top Carlisle contender at 11/2.
 
Top Tip: Charlie Wyke and Reuben Reid both to score at 5/1
 
Exeter City v Southend United
 
Exeter and Southend both need three points to keep their respective hopes of a play-off place and automatic promotion alive. The Grecians sit four points outside the top-seven with three matches left to play and Southend are five points behind third-placed Wycombe but do have a game in hand. The Shrimpers are 6/4 favourites with Sky Bet for three points on the road, hosts Exeter are on offer at 9/5 and the draw is a 23/10 chance. Exeter forward Tom Nichols and Southend striker Barry Corr can’t be split as 5/1 favourites in the first goalscorer betting. You can back both players to net in the encounter at 11/2.
 
Top Tip: Tom Nichols and Barry Corr both to score at 11/2
 
Luton Town v Hartlepool United
 
Luton and Hartlepool still have plenty to play for in the remainder of the season. The Hatters sit three points outside of the final play-off place and Hartlepool only have a one-point gap to the relegation zone. Luton are odds-on favourites with Sky Bet at 8/11 for the three points, Hartlepool are outsiders at 4/1 and the draw can be found at 5/2. John Still’s Hatters have only won one of their last 10 matches and Hartlepool are on a winless run of four matches after claiming four victories in a row. There have only been two goals in Luton’s last three matches and four in Hartlepool’s previous three outings so don’t expect too much goalmouth action.
 
Top Tip: Under 1.5 goals at 7/4
 
Morecambe v Burton Albion
 
Burton will celebrate promotion to Sky Bet League 1 on Saturday if they beat Morecambe and Bury fail to defeat Portsmouth. The League 2 leaders are 21/20 favourites for victory on the road this weekend, Morecambe can be backed at 13/5 and the draw is a 23/10 chance. Burton are unbeaten in nine games and the last five of those matches have all contained under 2.5 goals. Morecambe lost 2-1 at York in midweek but won last time out at the Globe Arena with a 3-1 victory over Portsmouth.
 
Top Tip: Under 2.5 goals at 8/13
 
Newport County v Dagenham and Redbridge
 
Newport are the odds-on favourites at 8/11 for a vital victory over Dagenham to reignite their play-off push. The Exiles sit three points outside the top-seven after suffering three defeats on the spin. Dagenham are safely in a mid-table slot and can be supported at 15/4 for the away win. The draw is priced up at 13/5. Six of Dagenham’s previous seven games have contained under 2.5 goals and you can get 8/11 for below that mark this weekend. Newport’s Aaron O’Connor heads the first goalscorer betting at 5/1 and the top Dagenham contender is Jamie Cureton at 6/1.
 
Top Tip: Under 2.5 goals at 8/11
 
Northampton Town v Cheltenham Town
 
Cheltenham ended their nine-match winless run with a vital 3-1 victory over Cambridge in midweek to move off the bottom of the Sky Bet League 2 table. The Robins are now just one point from safety in the relegation zone and know victory at Northampton would provide their survival hopes with a massive boost. Cheltenham have been made the 100/30 outsiders with Sky Bet for the three points, while Northampton are on offer as the 3/4 favourites. The draw is an 11/4 chance. Northampton’s play-off aspirations are now all but over after a 1-1 draw at Oxford on Tuesday night. The Cobblers have led at the break in their last two outings – failing to win both – and are 11/8 for the half-time advantage in this encounter.
 
Top Tip: Northampton to lead at half-time at 11/8
 
Portsmouth v Bury
 
Bury are still chasing automatic promotion in Sky Bet League 2 as they prepare for Saturday’s trip to Portsmouth. The Shakers are four points behind third-placed Wycombe but do have a game in hand to look forward to on Tuesday night at home to Southend. Bury are the 6/5 favourites with Sky Bet for victory at Fratton Park, Pompey are on offer at 11/5 and the draw is a 12/5 shot. Portsmouth have only won one of their last seven games but still have one of the division’s most feared strikers in Matt Tubbs. The former Bournemouth striker is Pompey’s top prospect in the first goalscorer betting at 11/2. That market is led by Bury’s Danny Nardiello at 5/1.
 
Top Tip: Matt Tubbs and Danny Nardiello both to score at 11/2
 
Shrewsbury Town v York City
 
Shrewsbury are hoping their promotion out of Sky Bet League 2 will be confirmed on Saturday. The Shrews need three points at home to York and also for Bury to lose against Portsmouth if a top-three finish is to be confirmed. Micky Mellon’s Shrews are the 8/15 favourites for the three points, York are out at 11/2 and the draw is an option at 14/5. Shrewsbury’s six-match winning run was halted by a 1-0 defeat at Bury in midweek but York’s revival is still going as a five-game unbeaten sequence has seen them climb to safety. The Minstermen are a side in form so take a look at the 11/8 for York/Draw in the double chance market.
 
Top Tip: York/Draw in double chance market at 11/8
 
Tranmere Rovers v Oxford United
 
Time is running out for Tranmere to secure their Sky Bet League 2 status ahead of Saturday’s clash against Oxford. Rovers now sit at the foot of the standings and have a two-point deficit to third-bottom Hartlepool. They have been made the 6/4 favourites for victory with Oxford outsiders at 9/5. The draw is a 23/10 chance. Oxford have drawn their last three matches and that’s a better record than Tranmere, who have been disappointed with three 1-0 defats on the bounce. A draw won’t help Rovers too much but it looks the best bet.
 
Top Tip: The draw at 23/10
 
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