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Betting Preview: Walsall vs. Port Vale

13 February 2015

Fancy A Flutter On The Valiants This Weekend?

Port Vale are 16/5 underdogs with Sky Bet to return from Walsall with all three points this weekend.

The last time the Valiants visited Banks’s Stadium they came away with a 2-0 victory and you can get odds of 20/1 for Rob Page’s side to repeat that feat.

In that 2013/14 win, Vale striker Tom Pope bagged the opener and the 29-year-old is 13/2 with Sky Bet to do the same this time around.

Fellow forward Ben Williamson could play some part in the fixture and he is 12/5 to score inside 90 minutes for the visitors.

Walsall are currently enjoying some good form and go into Saturday’s match as 10/11 favourites with the Football League’s main sponsors.

They managed to get a point from their trip to Vale Park on the opening day of the season and you can get odds of 12/5 for a draw this weekend.

For more odds, please visit www.skybet.com.

Around Sky Bet League One

Bristol City vs. Sheffield United
Table-toppers Bristol City are 23/20 to take another stride towards the Sky Bet Championship with victory over cup specialists Sheffield United on Saturday. The Blades – who are still very much in the play-off equation despite other distraction and priced at just 4/1 for promotion this season – are 12/5 to make a real statement of intent with victory here, while the draw is 23/10. The Robins have won their last five home Sky Bet League 1 games, while Sheffield United have lost their last three on the road although they have won 3-0 at QPR, drawn at Preston and gone down just 1-0 at Spurs in cup games. That said, the Blades have one goal in their last four away from Bramall Lane and need to find their scoring boots now.
Top tip: One or both teams not to score at 5/6.

Chesterfield vs. Leyton Orient
Chesterfield are still eyeing promotion and go into the weekend outside the play-off spots only on goal difference, while Leyton Orient need to pick up points and fast if they are to secure their future in League 1. The Spireites are 10/11 to win, Orient 3/1 and the draw 12/5. Chesterfield’s recent home games have been a mixed bag, with three wins, two draws and two defeats. Those defeats book-end that run, yet in the five games in between Chesterfield plundered an imprsssive 13 goals. Orient have won only one of their last seven on the road, but have scored five goals in their last three and there could be goalmouth action to enjoy in this.
Top tip: Over 2.5 goals at 5/6.

Crawley Town vs. Barnsley
Barnsley embark upon life after Danny Wilson with a trip to Crawley. The hosts, who boast a fair home record of five wins, five draws and five defeats are 2/1 chances for victory, with Barnsley 13/10 and the draw 23/10. Crawley come into this having lost four of their last six, but have only played twice at home in that run, picking up a win over Preston and losing badly to Doncaster in midweek. Barnsley have lost six straight Sky Bet League 1 away games since beating South Yorkshire rivals Sheffield United in November. The Tykes haven’t scored in their last four away from home, while Crawley have been shut out in three of their last five. This would be a good time for both to get some goals on the board, because both sides have shown flashes of quality on occasions this season.
Top tip: No goalscorer at 17/2.

Crewe Alexandra vs. Fleetwood Town
Crewe are 2/1 to pick up three points when they host Fleetwood on Saturday afternoon, with the visitors 13/10 and the draw 23/10. Fleetwood have won both of these sides’ previous encounters – 4-0 in the JP Trophy last season and 2-1 in the reverse league fixture in August – but this is their first meeting at Gresty Road. Crewe have eased clear of the relegation zone with a run of four wins in their last six, a run in which a bet on ‘over 2.5 goals’ would also have come in four times.
Top tip: Over 2.5 goals at evens

Doncaster Rovers vs. Yeovil Town
Doncaster should come into this one full of confidence after putting five past Crawley in midweek and they face a side they beat 3-0 earlier in the campaign. Promotion back to the Sky Bet Championship remains a realistic goal for Doncaster, who sit three points outside the play-offs but have games in hand on many of the teams above them. They’re 14/1 to go up, and 19/20 to win here. Yeovil are 3/1, the draw 23/10. Rovers’ last two home wins have come to nil, while the Glovers have failed to score in three of their last four on the road, but a change of management could well produce an upturn in form.
Top tip: One or both teams not to score at 4/5.

Gillingham vs. MK Dons
15th-placed Gillingham are priced at 7/2 with Sky Bet yet go into this clash against third-placed MK Dons, who are 3/4 favourites, on the back of five unbeaten matches, of which they have won four and drew one. MK Dons were themselves unbeaten in their last six prior to Monday night’s defeat at Valley Parade to Bradford. The draw is priced at 11/4. This will be Justin Edinburgh’s first home match in charge at the Priestfield stadium since taking over after leaving Newport County. Edinburgh won his first game in charge away to Peterborough and his record at Newport was impeccable. Gillingham’s last five home matches have seen 20 goals so they can usually be relied upon to serve up some goals, as did the reverse fixture at Stadium:MK where Karl Robinson’s Dons triumphed 4-2. John Marquis has scored four goals in his last five games and that goalscoring record could cause MK Dons a few problems, despite the visitors’ obvious quality.
Top Tip: John Marquis to score first at 7/1

Oldham Athletic vs. Colchester United
This match sees a meeting of teams enduring contrasting fortunes. Oldham sit comfortably in fifth while Colchester are nervously in 21st, helping to explain why the Latics are 7/10 for victory here with Colchester priced at 4/1 with the draw 13/5. Oldham have won four of their last six. Lee Johnson’s men are 10 points off fourth-placed Preston so their aim will be to build upon the play-off place they currently occupy. However Tony Humes will be hoping to pick up some points, with his side’s away form most respectable - they were beaten for the first time in four away matches by Sheffield United at Bramall Lane in midweek. Oldham have only kept three clean sheets at Boundary Park so far this season which should mean that whatever the final outcome, a bet on both teams to score could pay dividends.
Top Tip: Both teams to score at 5/6

Peterborough United vs. Rochdale
London Road hosts a battle of two mid-table teams that sit four points outside the play-off places. 12th-placed Peterborough are 5/4 to win, with Rochdale at 21/10 and the draw 12/5 with Sky Bet. Keith Hill will be hoping to avenge the Posh’s opening-day victory at Spotland and there’s a strong possibility that Dale will leave London Road with something as their away record has been good this season.  Both sides need to bounce back having lost in midweek to sides below them in the league table. The Posh slipped to a 2-1 home defeat to Gillingham while Rochdale lost 3-2 at Walsall, despite a spirited fightback. After Rochdale lost Matty Done on deadline day they will be hoping that Peter Vincenti can oblige with more goals here - he has scored in four of Dale’s last six away matches.
Top Tip: Peter Vincenti to score in 90 minutes at 12/5.

Scunthorpe United vs. Swindon Town
Down in a lowly league position that probably doesn’t accurately reflect their recent form, Scunthorpe are 5/2 to beat second-placed Swindon who are 11/10 favourites. The draw is at 12/5. The hosts have only won twice in their last five home fixtures - both wins were 2-1 victories. Swindon have won four in seven on the road but have lost their last two which will be a slight concern to boss Mark Cooper who will be looking better here as his side bid to cement an automatic promotion spot. Both teams look like they are better in the second half when the game opens up and liberties are taken. Two-thirds of Scunthorpe’s home goals this season have come in the second half with 55% of the goals they have conceded coming in the same period. It is a similar story for Swindon, who have scored 59% of goals in the second half while conceding 62% of goals in that time frame when on their travels. It’s even-money that more goals come in the second half than the first.
Top Tip: Half time score 0-0 at 7/4

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