League Two Betting Tips: Our Top 3 Tips for Friday January 29 & Saturday 30
Our Football League expert Peter Taylor takes us through his top three betting tips for January 29 and 30, including a Gloucestershire derby that could be found wanting on goals.
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Colchester United vs Scunthorpe United betting tip (Friday 29)
A rare Friday evening kick-off in League Two pits two midtable sides in poor and mixed form respectively against each other. Colchester United have completely fallen out of the play-off reckoning, and are on an eight-game winless streak since the first fixture at Glanford Park in early December.
Influential defensive midfielder Harry Pell’s suspension necessitates a reshuffling of the pack in the middle, with Ben Stevenson partnering Noah Chilvers in the double pivot. Jevani Brown will be the focal point in attack, and brings with him all the technical skills normally associated with a #10 to the role.
Visitors Scunthorpe United, who have lost the joint most in the fourth tier at the time of writing despite being well clear of the two relegation places, will probably line up in the traditional 4-4-2 favoured by manager Paul Hurst. This means they’ll be a man lighter in midfield, but in Jem Karacan, the former Reading anchor who had been a free agent for a year, they have someone who can make that disadvantage less apparent, and he has made an impressive start to life in blue and claret.
Abo Eisa will be asked to be one of the two strikers, having normally operated on the left-wing in 2020/2021. The versatile 25 year old will look to get in between the opposing right-back and nearest centre-back with his pace and dribbling, where he will hopefully have runners from midfield to support him for a possible cut-back.
Lancashire-based shock troops Morecambe continue to defy the pundits and bookmakers with their lofty position, and thanks to returning back up north from their arduous trip to Exeter City with all three points, they now found themselves in the automatic promotion places, despite having one of the smallest budgets in the EFL.
That win put clear daylight between them and the Grecians, but another very tough game on paper awaits them on Saturday afternoon. Loanee right-back Ryan Cooney has looked more and more at home during his second spell with the Shrimps, and he is one of many players still several years off their peak but performing superbly. Carlos Mendes-Gomes and Adam Phillips have racked up 16 goals between them from midfield, more than making up for the lack of a potent goalscorer up top.
Visitors Tranmere Rovers continue their ascent up the league, and in the process have developed a knack of drawing red cards from their opponents. The prolific James Vaughan is assisted brilliantly by his supporting cast in midfield, with Jay Spearing pulling the strings from behind the bank of four at the base. Keith Hill has settled into the job well, and firmly emphasises taking the game to the opposition.
Walsall face off against another well-fancied, resurgent side in League Two in the guise of Mansfield Town at the Bescot Stadium on Saturday. The Saddlers picked up their first win in six at Port Vale last weekend, and as a consequence of their overall run, they have lost touch with the top seven whilst not having the potential ‘benefit’ of several games in hand.
In manager Darrell Clarke, they have someone with plenty of experience and nous in getting the most out of a functional side with a star striker. Elijah Adebayo broke his own barren spell with a double in Burslem, and in playing style, he’s more of a technically gifted forward than a conventional target man. Behind him on the right wing could be Tyreik Wright. The 19 year old, on loan from Premier League neighbours Aston Villa, looked electric on his debut, and more of the same will be required against the Stags.
In his 17 matches to date, manager Nigel Clough has only tasted defeat three times in all competitions, and Mansfield are now an outside shout for the play-offs if the trend continues. Centre back partnership Farrend Rawson and Ryan Sweeney are the envy of almost every side in the division, and are a supremely solid base that affords the Nottinghamshire side the luxury of three outright forwards on the field. Jordan Bowery and Harry Charsley are excellent suppliers for main striker Jamie Reid, who shares gametime with veteran Nicky Maynard.