League One and League Two take centre stage once more this weekend as another International week takes the Premier League and Championship out of action.
So, with one league taking a week off, the usual Ben’s Bets treble will have to be altered. I’ve picked two teams from each of the two active divisions – four teams in all, feel free to bet on the trebles and the accumulator or eliminate one of the sides that you may disagree with.
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Firstly then, in League One, I’m backing the other Johnson gaffer in the family, Lee.
Oldham host Crawley Town and lie just outside of the play off places, I think that the Latics are a decent bet at home.
They’ve lost just once home soil this season and have won four of their last six, only losing to high flying Bristol City.
Crawley Town on the other hand have crashed out of two cup competitions in the past seven days and have only clocked up one win in the same six match period.
When we take into account that the last two meetings of this fixture have both gone Oldham’s way combined with Crawley’s leaky defence (they’ve already conceded 25 this season) I’m happy to suggest this one is a home banker.
Oldham to beat Crawley @ 4/7
Secondly, we are picking an away side who are also knocking on the door of the play off places.
Peterborough United travel to Walsall with a shaky run of form, but one I think they are through.
A cup win over Carlisle last time out will have done the confidence the world of good and travelling to a Walsall side already in the lower mid table they could prove value and bigger than expected odds.
Walsall have struggled for goals at home this season and have lost to both the bottom two on home soil so far this campaign.
Peterborough games have always seen goals, 63% of Posh games see three or more goals, so I’m hoping that the goals fire for Ferguson’s men and Walsall’s goal shy season continues.
Peterborough to beat Walsall @ 6/4
Two selections from League Two now and we start with another home side in great form.
Shrewsbury Town are flying, third in the table, unbeaten at home with seven wins from eight will be too much to handle for Mansfield.
The Stags have only troubled the scorers five times away from home this season winning just the once, they may be the draw specialists this season with four draws in their last five, but the Shrews have too much momentum and fire power.
Easy home win here, maybe two or three goals scored in the process.
Shrewsbury to beat Mansfield @ 4/7
Finally, we are going for an Oxford side who are on the road at York on Saturday.
Oxford progressed through a potentially tricky FA Cup tie at Grimsby last week while York need a replay against AFC Wimbledon.
In the league, York have had a tough time and home fans haven’t actually seen a win yet.
Six draws and six goals on their own patch isn’t good enough and I feel that the travelling U’s may heap more misery on the Minstermen.
Oxford’s only win on the road this season came a few weeks back at Northampton and that removes that particular monkey from their back.
I’m going for an away win here especially as York city lost one of their leading marksmen Diego De Girolamo when he was recalled by parent club Sheffield United.
Oxford to beat York @ 21/10
In total then, these four will return a whopping £95 which isn’t bad at all, but as I mentioned above, covering yourself with the trebles in case one of those tricky away selections lets us down wouldn’t hurt at all.
The £5 suggested stake is just that, suggested. Please feel free to bet to the level you want to.
Yeovil Town go into the Fleetwood match as slight favourites and that comes off the back of a positive FA Cup win and a clean sheet away at Chesterfield.
During midweek, Yeovil notched up a whopping 13-0 win in the Somerset Premier Cup.
The standard of opponent may not have been of League One standard but the confidence given to hat trick heroes James Hayter and Jordy Hiwula will do no harm.
So, if we take the high goal ratio from that midweek game and the run of victories we can combine the Yeovil win with over 2.5 goals.
That takes odds from a less than tempting 11/8 to a more than appetising 11/4.
Not bad at all, if Hayter and Hiwula lead the line, let’s hope they’re both fighting for match ball again!
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