League Two Betting Tips: Our Top 3 bets for January 23
Our Football League expert Peter Taylor takes us through his top three betting tips for January 23, including what could be a feisty derby clash at Glanford Park.
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Whilst probably not one of the ‘biggest’ derbies in English football, there is very little love lost between the two fierce Humber/Lincolnshire rivals. This season, they’re also locked in a battle to avoid relegation out of the EFL altogether. Demotion to the National League would be a deeply unwanted first for The Iron, having been a member for 71 years and counting.
Chairman Peter Swann has given embattled manager Neil Cox his backing in recent days but will doubtlessly be at least hoping for a gutsy showing against similarly forlorn adversaries. The Mariners will be without target man James Hanson for the short hop to Glanford Park, and the visible desperation in both XIs augurs well for plenty of meaty tackles and mistimed ones in equal measure.
Paul Hurst has taken the side back to basics, but this yet to yield anything transformative on the pitch. The fans will give him time to turn things around after his previous big success in getting them back to the EFL in 2016, but are unlikely to be treated to a match full of quality from the relative comfort of their own homes on a cold late January afternoon.
Current pacesetters Cambridge United are arguably in a slightly false position, having played at least a couple more games than all their nearest competitors at the summit of League Two. That said, they are top for a reason, and Mark Bonner will have to make do without Luke Hannant for Saturday’s game. That might necessitate a tactical reshuffle, but he’ll be wary of reverting to a back three, given that Bradford City tend to line up with four expressly attack-minded players.
Strike duo Paul Mullin and Joe Ironside have crashed in 27 goals between them in the fourth tier this campaign and are well supplied from several areas of the pitch. Veteran Wes Hoolahan is still pulling the strings with no shortage of silk at the tender age of 38, whilst Kyle Knoylehas been a reliable outlet from right-back.
Interim managers Mark Trueman and Conor Sellars won the gig until the end of 2020/2021 on the back of an impressive start as joint caretakers and have turned the Bantams’ defence into a much more miserly one. Couple that with the acquisition of hitman Danny Rowe, and the two factors ought totip the balance away from the hosts to more of an even keel than their lowly place in the current standings would suggest.
Fourth tier surprise package Morecambe will be determined to ensure that the last two games where they haven’t tasted victory doesn’t develop into a longer run, in order to keep pace with the top seven and in turn, make the most of the game in hand they have over all the current sides ensconced in the play-off positions.
Even so, they ‘boast’ a goal difference of minus five despite being 8th, making the most of converting their relatively poor goal return into victories. The performances of versatile attacking midfielder/forward Carlos Mendes Gomes have helped propel the Shrimps far away from their oft-predicted relegation battle and has been much more influential in front of goal.
Steve Ball’s Colchester United will be desperate to shut down a six-game winless streak of their own, and Ben Stevenson will be key in stifling the forays through the middle by the Lancashire outfit and then progressing the ball on the transition to sole strikerJevani Brown, who possesses the ability to beat his marker on the dribble. It all adds up to a feast of goals at the Mazuma Stadium.