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Betting Preview: Port Vale vs. Swindon Town

13 March 2015

Fancy A Flutter On The Valiants On Saturday?

to beat Swindon Town this weekend. Sky BetPort Vale are 5/2 underdogs with 

The Valiants host Mark Cooper’s side on Saturday, kick-off 3pm, at Vale Park in Sky Bet League One action.

Rob Page’s outfit have won four of their last five games in the division, triumphing over Coventry City 3-2 in their previous match.

Vale are 40/1 to do exactly the same when the Robins come to town and finish a high-scoring encounter as 3-2 winners.

Midfield maestro Michael O’Connor has received praise from Vale boss Page and his team-mates in recent weeks. He scored the winner against Coventry at the Ricoh Arena with an expertly placed free kick.

The 27-year-old is 12/1 to open the scoring at Vale Park this weekend or 9/2 to net inside 90 minutes.

Swindon beat Vale earlier in the season at the County Ground with Andy Williams bagging the all-important lone goal.

The Robins are evens at 1/1 to come away from Vale Park with all three points this weekend, completing a double over the Valiants. Williams is also just 4/1 to repeat his scoring heroics for the visitors by netting the opening goal.

Please note: Odds are subject to change. For more odds go to www.skybet.com.

Odds From Around The League

Bristol City vs. Gillingham
Sky Bet League 1 leaders Bristol City continue their march towards promotion with a clash against Gillingham on Saturday. The Robins have been priced up by Sky Bet as the 1/2 favourites for a sixth win in a row. Visitors Gillingham are on offer at a massive 5/1 and the draw can be supported at 100/30. The Gills won 3-0 at promotion contenders Swindon in their last away game so aren’t to be discounted. John Marquis has scored in four of Gillingham’s previous six contests and is available at 8/1 in the first goalscorer betting. Bristol City striker Aaron Wilbraham is the 7/2 favourite.
Top tip: Jon Marquis to score first at 8/1

Chesterfield vs. Coventry City
New Coventry manager Tony Mowbray is hoping for his first win in charge of the Sky Blues at Chesterfield on Saturday. Coventry have been made the 14/5 outsiders with Sky Bet for victory and hosts Chesterfield are the odds-on favourites at 19/20. The draw can be backed at 5/2. The Sky Blues have only won one of their previous 11 games and a return to form is vital if they are to pull clear of trouble. Chesterfield sit just two points outside the play-offs and won 2-1 at MK Dons last time out. Both teams have scored in five of Coventry’s last six matches and 5/6 is on offer for that run to extend to six out of seven.
Top tip: Both teams to score at 5/6

Colchester United vs. Crawley Town
This is a vital clash at the bottom of Sky Bet League 1 with both teams sitting in the relegation zone. Colchester sit above Crawley in 22nd only on goal difference with a three-point gap to safety for both clubs. Hosts Colchester have been priced up as the 21/20 favourites for victory, Crawley can be backed at 5/2 and the draw is on offer at 12/5. Both Colchester and Crawley are on three-match winless run so the stakes are high. The table shows there isn’t a lot in this game so get with the draw.
Top tip: The draw at 12/5

Doncaster Rovers vs. Peterborough United
Doncaster and Peterborough are separated by just two goals in the Sky Bet League 1 table! Rovers are the side with the narrow advantage and sit two places higher than Posh in the final play-off place. Doncaster are Sky Bet’s 23/20 favourites to win Saturday’s clash between the sides, Peterborough can be backed at 11/5 and the draw is a 5/2 chance. Posh are bidding for a fourth win in a row but Rovers enter this clash on the back of a couple of draws. Harry Forrester has netted in both of Doncaster’s last two games and can be supported at 8/1 in the first goalscorer betting. Nathan Tyson of the hosts is the 5/1 favourite in that market and Peterborough’s top contenders are Kyle Vassell and Connor Washington at 6/1.
Top tip: Harry Forrester to score first at 8/1

Fleetwood Town vs. Rochdale
Fleetwood are bottom of the top half and Rochdale are top of the bottom half ahead of Saturday’s clash between the sides sitting 12th and 13th in Sky Bet League 1. The Cod Army are one point higher than Dale in the standings and have been priced up as the 6/4 favourites for victory on Saturday. Visitors Rochdale are on offer at 7/4 and the draw is an option at 23/10. Fleetwood claimed an impressive 2-1 win at Sheffield United last weekend with Josh Morris one of the players on target. He’s a decent 14/1 chance in the first goalscorer betting after netting in both of his last two appearances. Jamie Proctor of Fleetwood and Rochdale’s Ian Henderson can’t be split as the 11/2 favourites to strike first.
Top tip: Josh Morris to score first at 14/1

Leyton Orient vs. Yeovil Town
This is one of two games on Saturday between sides sitting in the Sky Bet League 1 relegation zone. Leyton Orient, who are in the final relegation place, are the even-money favourites for a win that would put serious pressure on the sides above them. Bottom-of-the-table Yeovil badly need three points and can be supported at 13/5 to get them. The draw is a 5/2 chance. Both teams have been struggling to pick up victories with Yeovil claiming one win in eight games and Orient three wins in 11 outings. There has been exactly three goals in both of the Glovers’ previous two outings and 3/1 is the price for that tally once again.
Top tip: Exactly three goals to be scored at 3/1

Notts County vs. Bradford City
Bradford have been priced up as 5/4 favourites by Sky Bet for victory at Notts County on Saturday. The Bantams have an FA Cup replay at Reading ahead but still retain serious promotion ambitions in Sky Bet League 1 with a play-off place within their grasp. Notts County can be backed at 2/1 for the win and the draw is on offer at 23/10. Bradford drew 1-1 at Coventry in midweek and that made it seven of their last eight games containing under 2.5 goals. Notts County lost 1-0 to Port Vale in their previous home match so going low on goals look the way to go.
Top tip: Under 2.5 goals at 4/6

Oldham Athletic vs. Barnsley
Barnsley boss Lee Johnson makes a quick return to SportsDirect.com Park on Saturday to face Oldham, the club he managed for the majority of this season before taking charge at Oakwell. Oldham are the 11/10 favourites to defeat their former manager, Barnsley can be backed at 12/5 and the draw is on offer at 23/10. The Latics have won just one of their last five games to dent their play-off aspirations but the visiting Tykes are right in the promotion race after winning five matches on the bounce. All of those wins for Barnsley have come to nil so it makes sense to look at the 5/4 for the away side to opening the scoring in this contest.
Top tip: Barnsley to score first at 5/4

Preston North End vs. Crewe Alexandra
Preston are the odds-on favourites at 4/11 to consolidate their place in the automatic promotion places with victory at home to Crewe on Saturday. North End sit second in Sky Bet League 1 with a two-point advantage over third-placed Swindon. Crewe have been made the big outsiders at 15/2 for the win with the draw priced up at 100/30. Preston are a side in form with seven victories from their previous nine games and the only defeat in that run came against Manchester United in the FA Cup. Crewe ended a four-match losing run by beating Scunthorpe last time out but the trip to Deepdale provides a really tough test. Preston have scored first in all eight of their last eight contests and can be backed at 1/3 to strike first again.
Top tip: Preston to score first at 1/3

Scunthorpe United vs. Sheffield United
Sheffield United have been made the 5/4 favourites by Sky Bet to pick up three points when they make the short trip to Scunthorpe on Saturday. The Iron are priced up at 2/1 for the win and the draw is a 23/10 shot. Sheffield United have lost both of their last two games 2-1 so it’s vital for the Blades to bounce back if they are to consolidate their spot in the play-offs. Scunthorpe still have hopes of a top-six finish but a five-match winless run has badly hit those aspirations. Both teams have scored in all eight of the Blades’ previous eight outings and you can get 4/5 for nine in a row in that market.
Top tip: Both teams to score at 4/5

Walsall vs. MK Dons
MK Dons are the 11/8 favourites to bounce back from three defeats in a row with victory at Walsall on Saturday. The fourth-placed Dons have seen their promotion charge stutter and really need the three points to put the pressure on the sides around them. Walsall are one of many mid-table teams still holding play-off ambitions and can be supported at 9/5 to win this weekend. The draw is priced up at 23/10. The Saddlers are also not in the best of form with just one victory in their previous six games and they lost 3-0 at Barnsley last time out. That is the only one of Walsall’s last six contests that has seen over 2.5 goals and you can gets evens for below that mark in this match.
Top tip: Under 2.5 goals at evens

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