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Sky Bet's weekend betting preview

10 October 2014

Match Previews

Sky Bet's weekend betting preview

10 October 2014

This weekend's betting preview from league sponsors, Sky Bet.

The Sky Bet League Two weekend starts in front of the Sky Sports cameras on Saturday lunchtime when Cambridge United host Oxford United at 12.15pm.

Cambridge bounced back from three defeats in a row with a surprise 3-1 victory at Burton Albion last Friday night and Oxford claimed only their second league win of the season when they beat Newport County 1-0 the following day.

Spirits should be pretty high in both camps, but don’t expect a glut of goals.

Two of Cambridge’s last three games have seen only one goal scored and there have only been three goals in Oxford’s previous three matches.

Cambridge are 13/10 for the win and Oxford have been priced up at 2/1 but getting with Sky Bet’s 9/4 for under 1.5 goals could be the way to go.

Sky Bet League Two leaders Bury travel south to AFC Wimbledon later on Saturday.

The Shakers beat Tranmere Rovers 2-0 last weekend to move to the summit and are 7/5 with Sky Bet to return home with three points this weekend.

AFC Wimbledon can be backed at 15/8 and the draw is a 12/5 shot.

Wycombe Wanderers and Burton, the sides in the other two automatic promotion places, also face away games on Saturday.

Gareth Ainsworth’s Wycombe are 6/4 to win at Morecambe, who can be supported at 15/8

Northampton Town provide the opposition for Burton. The hosts are 13/10 for the victory and the visiting Brewers are 2/1.

Luton Town and Southend United, who both sit in the play-off places, meet at Kenilworth Road.

The Hatters have been made the 7/5 favourites by Sky Bet to pick up the win, Southend can be backed at 19/10 and the draw is available at 23/10.

Bottom-of-the-table Hartlepool United face a long trip down to Exeter City.

Hartlepool are 3/1 to take three points back north, but Exeter are the odds-on favourites at 10/11. Ollie Watkins, who scored for the Grecians in their Johnston’s Paint Trophy defeat at Coventry City in midweek, is 8/1 to break the deadlock in this match, but it’s Tom Nichols who tops the betting at 9/2. Charlie Wyke (13/2) and Marlon Harewood (7/1) are rated the likeliest to find the net first for the visitors.

Carlisle United also remain in the relegation zone despite an impressive 3-0 win at Hartlepool last weekend.

The Cumbrians are 7/5 to win on Saturday when they host Stevenage, who can be backed at 19/10 for the three points.

Tranmere and York City both sit just above the relegation zone – although it’s clearly still early days in that respect.

Tranmere, in need of a return to form after a recent quiet spell are 7/5 for the win as they host Plymouth Argyle (2/1), while York (2/1) travel to Newport (13/10).

Portsmouth (21/20), who can’t stop drawing games in the League of late, face Mansfield Town (13/5) as they bid to return to winning form.

Shrewsbury Town (19/20) host Cheltenham Town (3/1), with the home side’s top scorers James Collins and Andrew Mangan heading the first goalscorer betting at 5/1. It’s 10/11 that both sides score during the 90 minutes.

Finally, Accrington Stanley (11/10), who moved into the top half of the table when beating Mansfield 1-0 last weekend, tackle Dagenham and Redbridge (12/5). Jamie Cureton, who has spearheaded the visitors’ attacking threat this season, is 13/2 to net the first goal of the match and 2/1 to score at any point in the match. Stanley’s Sean Maguire heads the first scorer betting at 5/1.

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