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 13, including yet another strong showing by third tier giants Portsmouth.
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The Railwaymen had the rare luxury this season of not having a midweek game, but still have played at least two more than most clubs around them. Sitting just three points outside the play-off sports, they take on a Portsmouth side that have recovered well from the wind being taken out of their sails by successive defeats at home to other promotion contenders, picking up seven points from their last three outings.
Attacking midfielder Callum Ainley remains a long-term absentee for Alex, and right-back Billy Jones has slotted in nicely on his temporary return to the club he started off his career at in the 2003/2004 campaign, nullifying the immediate damage the loss of Perry Ng to Cardiff City could’ve otherwise caused.
Jack Whatmough is still suspended for Pompey’s trip up north, but if anything, the defence has been tighter without him, and Kenny Jackett’s squad is well stocked in that department. Clever wing-play will be the key to victory for the visitors, and early crosses to the duo of John Marquis and Ryan Williams will be the order of the day.
The Imps managed to come away from their top of the table clash with Hull City sharing the spoils on Tuesday, thereby maintaining a three-point lead over their nearest rivals and also the potential advantage of having a game in hand. Most of their recent fixtures have been keenly fought, low-scoring victories, but their rearguard will be put to the test by fellow Championship hopefuls Accrington Stanley.
The late January permanent capture of Welsh defender Regan Poole from MK Dons looks to be a very shrewd move in the transfer market by boss Michael Appleton, but he will most likely remain on the bench for the time being, called upon as and when needed to preserve the Imps’ slender winning margins.
Stanley suffered a setback at home to a resurgent Plymouth Argyle in midweek, but have demonstrated over the course of the campaign that they have the tools to compete on the pitch in ways they simply cannot off it with bigger clubs. This could be a match decided by a single moment in a set piece – the ingenuity of devising an attacking one, and whether the resolve shown in nullifying it will be sufficient.
Oxford United picked up their fifth win in six matches from their ‘derby’ with Bristol Rovers, comfortably brushing aside the Pirates on their own turf. That triumph has been one of many since mid-December that has completely turned around their fortunes, and credit must go to the board for sticking with Karl Robinson during that difficult early period.
They will host on Saturday a Wigan Athletic side still in flux off the field, and one on it that will be hoping to avoid the same fate as fellow local side Bolton Wanderers, i.e. two successive relegations. The Latics’ precious victory at Northampton Town courtesy of Callum Lang’s effort hauled them to be within breathing distance of safety, but the Kassam Stadium is unlikely to prove to be another happy hunting ground.
Striker Matty Taylor has bagged 11 league goals thus far, and tends to be a streaky player when it comes to amassing them. He hasn’t found the net in five matches, but he’s still more than capable of turning on the style and putting Wigan to the sword.