Football League Betting Tips – 19th November
After a break for the FA Cup and the International Break, we are back to a full fixture list from the Football League and there are plenty of great bets to choose from.
Reading v Burton Albion
The Royals are on a nice run at the moment coming into this game with three consecutive wins.. Not only have they collected three points in each of those games, but they’ve also kept clean sheets against Rotherham, Nottingham Forest & Wigan. They’re also looking lively up front and Gareth McCleary back to his best in recent weeks. Burton have yet to triumph away from home in the Championship and they were beaten by Leeds in their last away outing. The Brewers have scored just twice in five games and against a stingy Reading defence, it’s hard to make a case for them.
Verdict: Take Reading at 1.95 for the home win with Marathon Bet. Only Villa have won here this season with Huddersfield, Preston and Ipswich all leaving Berkshire with nothing. Burton aren’t strong enough at the moment and don’t have enough goals in their side.
AFC Wimbledon v Bury
These two will be familiar with one another after meeting in an FA Cup replay in midweek. Wimbledon triumphed 5-0 on Tuesday evening and heaped more misery on under pressure Bury manager David Flitcroft. The Shakers haven’t been helped by injuries and suspensions this season which have hit hard, but they are on a terrible run of form. In 11 matches in all competitions, they’ve lost 10 of them while in the league, they’ve lost seven consecutive games with an aggregate score 18-6. They were beaten at Gigg Lane by AFC Wimbledon in that run and are unlikely to turn the tables here.
Verdict: Take AFC Wimbledon to win at 2.04 with MarathonBet. They should be able to beat the Beleaguered Shakers for the third time this season and continue their push for an unlikely play-off place. Bury can’t buy a win at the moment and would be happy just to stop the rot.
Doncaster v Hartlepool
Doncaster sit third in League Two and can boast the best home record in the league, but they’ve had a bad case of leaky defence recently. Two goalkeeping errors let Wycombe back into the game at the Keepmoat recently, and they ended up sharing the points. They conceded four at Blackpool before having to come from behind to beat Exeter at St James’ Park. They host Hartlepool who have been treading water for most of the season in the middle of the table. They are missing their top scorer Nathan Thomas, but Craig Hignett’s side are always entertaining and offer their fair share of defensive gaffes too.
Verdict: Back Over 2.5 Goals in this one at 1.75 with MarathonBet. Two of the most prolific sides for goals in League Two this season. 11 of Doncaster’s 16 games have featured three or more goals whilst 10 of Hartlepool’s have also gone over that mark. Defending is the priority for neither of these sides and this should be a very entertaining affair.
Mansfield v Crawley Town
One of the stories of the week in the Football League has to be the appointment of Steve Evans at Mansfield. The larger than life boss says he turned down offers from Championship clubs so he must have liked what he’s seen. Or he’s shamelessly buttering up the fans. Love him or loathe him, Evans gets results and got Rotherham into the Championship. He is the kind of boss who is likely to have an instant impact, and this is a pretty decent fixture, to begin with. Crawley have the 2nd worst form in the league and lost 3-1 at home to Cambridge last weekend. Mansfield are capable; they showed it at home against Notts County, and Evans will be hoping for a winning start.
Verdict: Take Mansfield win at 1.89 with MarathonBet. They haven’t been awful at home this season, but Evans should rattle a few cages and they’ll be players desperate to impress here. On current form, there is no case to be made for Crawley, who are leaking far too many goals.
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