League One Betting Tips: Our Top 3 Tips for Saturday
Our Football League expert Peter Taylor takes us through his top three betting tips for February 6, including another dismal weekend in prospect for fans of Burton Albion.
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It’s bottom versus top at the Pirelli Stadium on Saturday, and hapless Burton Albion will need to raise their mettle substantially to even lay a glove on leaders Hull City. Returning boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has inherited one of a mess at the Derbyshire outfit. Sandwiched in between several heavy defeats, he did manage to grab their only away win to date this season at Gillingham, and many more results will be needed of that nature if they’re to have any hope of survival.
The Brewers’ last action came a fortnight ago, where they perhaps a tad unfortunate not to glean anything from their narrow home loss to Ipswich Town. Since then, they have naturally been very active in the transfer market, and the loan capture of Ryan Broom from Peterborough United looks like a real coup. Still only 24, the versatile wing-back turned attacking midfielder provides plenty of food for thought, and ought to do well in a formation that emphasises width and getting crosses in to Kane Hemmings and the runners from midfield.
Meanwhile, Grant McCann’s men missed out by the narrowest of margins from progressing to the semi-final stage of the EFL Trophy, losing 4-3 on penalties to fellow promotion hopefuls Lincoln City after a keenly contested match. He will turn to his right flank to do the damage at the weekend; George Honeyman and Mallik Wilks have a great understanding, and have been directly responsible for more than half of the Tigers’ goals in the league combined. Equally, their mean defence has conceded fewer than a goal a game on average, and it’s difficult to see how their adversaries can breach it.
Posh host Crewe Alexandra on Saturday at London Road, and few would’ve expected just three points to be separating the sides in February, and this is mainly down to the Cheshire side’s uncanny ability to win matches they fall behind in first.
Darren Ferguson will be calling on star striker Jonson Clarke-Harris to get amongst the goals again in the league, having uncharacteristically gone several matches without seeing the net ripple in League One. His penalty miss at Ipswich Town didn’t prove costly, but he might’ve played himself back into confidence by bagging in the EFL Trophy against Tranmere Rovers in midweek. The whole team will need to put in a far better performance than last time out in the league, with Sammie Szmodics particularly poor.
Railwaymen boss David Artell thankfully didn’t lose the services of both of his full-backs just yet; although Perry Ng sealed a move to Cardiff City, Harry Pickering remains in situ, joining Blackburn Rovers on a permanent basis at the end of the campaign. As is customary for any modern Crewe side, they’re rarely reliant on any one particular individual in any case, and the burden of scoring and creating goals is shared staggeringly equally in the squad. Tellingly, they got the better of Shrewsbury Town on Tuesday, just where their opponents at the weekend failed badly at the end of January. A lot of pressure will be put down the flanks to spread the hosts as wide as possible, and there ought to be some joy in that strategy.
Currently just three points better off than the highest team in the drop zone, and having played a game more, Rochdale haven’t won at Spotland in the third tier for four months, and even then, that has been their only triumph on home soil in any competition. They have their away form to thank for the bulk of their goals and points; indeed, despite their lowly position in the table, Brian Barry-Murphy’s men are only a single strike shy of Hull City when it comes to bagging the most in the division as a whole. Their problem has been turning draws into wins, particularly because of a sieve-like defence. No-one was recruited in the window who operates somewhere in the back line, but pivot Conor Shaughnessy has joined permanently from Leeds United, and the services of exciting winger Kwadwo Baah have been retained for the remainder of 2020/2021 as part of a transfer arrangement with neighbouring giants Manchester City.
They will welcome Charlton Athletic north to Lancashire, and Lee Bowyer will be ruing the fact that four of his key players could all remain out for the trip. Marcus Maddison has simply not had time to establish himself at The Valley because of his injury problems, and forward Conor Washington’s presence will be missed against an extremely accommodating back four. The Addicks’ collective confidence will be damaged after being soundly beaten whilst hosting Portsmouth in midweek, and this might be the opportunity Dale need to rid themselves of their figurative albatross.