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Midweek Sky Bet League One Preview

24 February 2015

Fancy A Flutter On The Games Around The Division This Evening?

Port Vale may not have a game tonight but there are plenty of fixtures in Sky Bet League One to keep you interested.

Table toppers Bristol City travel to Vale’s last opponents Doncaster Rovers and both sides will be looking to get back to winning ways after losses at the weekend.

Play-off hopefuls and FA Cup quarter finalists Bradford City will make the trip to third placed Swindon Town, who suffered a surprising loss to Crawley on Saturday.

It’s a rematch of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy semi-final at Deepdale this evening as Preston North End host Walsall, while Sheffield United and Rochdale go head-to-head at Spotland Stadium.

Last but not least, Scunthorpe United take on Barnsley at home as both clubs look to pull further away from the pack and catapult themselves into the play-off race.

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Doncaster Rovers vs. Bristol City
Sky Bet League 1 leaders Bristol City are set for a Tuesday night trip to seventh-placed Doncaster, who could climb in to a play-off spot if results go in their favour. The hosts are 7/4 to claim the three points with Bristol City priced at 11/8 by Sky Bet. The draw is available at 23/10. Bristol City have stuttered of late and were beaten at the weekend by Colchester. The Robins have won three of their last six away matches and Donny have an identical home record in their last six at the Keepmoat. When these sides met in September it was a comfortable 3-0 win for Bristol City and you can get 22/1 for a repeat scoreline on Tuesday night. Aden Flint has scored two in two for Bristol City while Doncaster’s Dean Furman has netted two in three since returning from the Africa Cup of Nations.
Top Tip: Aden Flint to score first at 14/1

Preston North End vs. Walsall
Promotion contenders Preston have won three on the bounce without conceding and come into this match with Walsall as the favourites for victory at 7/10. The Saddlers are 4/1for the win and the draw can be backed at 125. Walsall need to start winning to keep up their hunt for a play-off place while they will also have an eye on Wembley for the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Final in a couple of weeks.  Preston are unbeaten in six home matches (winning three and drawing three) while Walsall’s away form is better than their recent record at home as they are now eight away matches unbeaten (winning five and drawing three). Preston have drawn six matches, four of them 1-1, at home and the Saddlers have drawn six away matches, three of them 1-1.No doubt what the best bet is for correct scoreline.
Top Tip:  A 1-1 draw at 11/2

Rochdale vs. Sheffield United
Sheffield United are the 7/5 favourites for victory on the road at Rochdale on Tuesday night. Hosts Rochdale can be backed at 19/10 and the draw is on offer at 23/10. Mid-table Dale got back to winning ways at the weekend as they beat Chesterfield 1-0, while Sheffield United fought back from 2-0 down with 10 men to draw 2-2 at home to Coventry. Nigel Clough’s men have won their last two away games including the scalp of Sky Bet League 1 leaders Bristol City. Blades forward Jamie Murphy has been in fine form of late scoring seven in eight and he’s 8/1 to open the scoring in this contest.
Top Tip: Jamie Murphy to score first at 8/1

Scunthorpe United vs. Barnsley
Scunthorpe are 11/10 favourites with Sky Bet to make it three wins from three at home while Barnsley are 9/4 to record their first away win since November. The draw is available at 12/5. Scunthorpe sit five points off the play-off places and could well make a late run for the top-six. Iron boss Mark Robins has a striker in Paddy Madden who knows where the net is, he has scored two in his last three, and has 15 in total this season. The Tykes aren’t the most regular goalscorers away from Oakwell having only scored once in their last five on the road. Looking at recent games involving these sides it is the second half where most of the goals are scored so expect quite a bit of late action.
Top Tip: Paddy Madden to score first at 11/2

Swindon Town vs. Bradford City
Swindon are the even-money favourites for victory at home to FA Cup quarter-finalists Bradford on Tuesday night. The visiting Bantams can be backed at 13/5 and the draw is priced up at 5/2. Swindon have lost their last three matches in a row, including the very disappointing 2-1 home defeat to struggling Crawley on Saturday. Bradford are in better form as they enjoy a seven-game unbeaten run. There have been exactly two goals in all of Bradford’s last three games and you can get 5/2 for exactly that total in this encounter.
Top Tip: Exactly two goals to be scored at 5/2

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