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 27, including Sunderland hitting the goal trail again.
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David Artell’s Railwaymen banished their losing run in some style during midweek, halting fellow play-off hopefuls Accrington Stanley 2-0 in what might have been the result of the night in League One. Granted, their adversaries were a man light, but the hosts were already a goal to the good before Harvey Rodgers’ untimely dismissal early in the second half. On Saturday, they face a very different kettle of fish; fallen giants Sunderland look revitalised in recent games under boss Lee Johnson, and fans have been given renewed hope on and off the pitch after the takeover by billionaire chairman Kyril Louis-Dreyfus. The Black Cats have won their last three in the league, taking them up to fifth place. Granted, the teams directly below them have games in hand, but the perception of having the momentum is very important in football. For once, Charlie Wyke didn’t score, but it just goes to show the strength in depth Johnson has at his disposal when Chris Maguire can come off the bench to set up Max Power to seal their victory over Fleetwood Town. Gresty Road is a difficult place for teams to come to however, and they can expect more resistance than they’ve experienced lately.
Suffolk outfit Ipswich Town breathed life back into a season that had previously threatened to peter out in February with their unexpected win away at third-placed Hull City on Tuesday. Striker James Norwood, who has only featured sporadically in 2020/2021, got the decisive goal to stretch Paul Lambert’s unbeaten run to three. The Tractor Boys are going to need a glut more of those to have any hopes of a late charge for the play-offs, and Saturday’s opponents Doncaster Rovers currently occupy the last spot. Darren Moore’s men have only contested 27 games (for context, Hull have played 31), but their last four have only yielded a single point, which came against the aforementioned Tigers last week – their clash with Blackpool was postponed. Perhaps of greater concern than that barren run is the sheer amount of goals they’ve conceded – 12 in their last five is a sharp contrast to boasting one of the meanest defences previously. The likes of Mallik Wilks and Josh Magennis can only do so much on their own at the other end, and Donny will find the back four in blue a tough unit to crack.
Just when it looked as though Portsmouth were going to finally turn up the heat on the top two, they then collapsed to a couple of desperately disappointing defeats earlier in February; a 3-1 reverse at then-managerless Bristol Rovers was swiftly followed up by a 1-0 loss at home to Blackpool. Kenny Jackett did manage to rally his troops to inflict the same scoreline on an upwardly mobile Oxford United, but long suffering Pompey fans might be left wondering what could’ve been, had they garnered two positive results instead. Lincoln City and Peterborough United are now six and seven points ahead of them respectively, and they must now overcome an erratic Gillingham side at Fratton Park on Saturday. Steve Evans has seen his own outfit’s play-off hopes crumble in recent games, and they currently sit in a disappointing 15th position after falling to relegation strugglers AFC Wimbledon in midweek. Gills target man John Akinde has been in better scoring form of late however, and could easily bring yet more grief to the south coast if left to his own devices.