League Two 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 a battle of the new attackers at Rodney Parade.
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Leyton Orient vs. Colchester United betting tip
The O’s somehow escaped their clash with Crawley Town in midweek with 10 men and a clean sheet. Debutant Adam Thompson could’ve preceded young Cypriot teammate Hector Kyprianou in the stands by a minute after a poorly timed challenge somehow only resulted in a yellow card being shown. Nevertheless, Ross Embleton’s men stood firm under pressure despite that disadvantage, and are now one of the most difficult teams to score against in the whole of the fourth tier.
Striker Tristan Abrahams also made his bow in the stalemate, having found himself out in the cold at parent club Newport County. He will add to his manager’s attacking options, and should suit the 4-3-3 shape employed.
Colchester will still be without the suspended Harry Pell, and their midweek game with Salford City was postponed, inadvertently giving them longer to prepare for Saturday’s short trip to London. Like their opponents, they have also drafted in more firepower, bringing Frank Nouble back to Layer Road on a temporary basis. He’ll provide direct competition for Jevani Brown in the single berth up top, although manager John McGreal might consider a switch of formation to accommodate both. The U’s have been desperate in front of goal in recent games, and it might take a little while to make the necessary tactical changes to provide more of a threat.
Mansfield Town vs. Forest Green Rovers betting tip
Stags supremo Nigel Clough has arguably strengthened his roster even further during the January transfer window, and the signing of Charlton Athletic centre midfielder George Lapslie on a permanent basis is a real statement of his intent. The postponement of their home game against Bolton Wanderers wasn’t ideal, but more time on the training ground to reinforce the good work that’s been made during their upward trajectory under his auspices should translate onto the pitch at the weekend. Stephen McLaughlin has provided excellent competition for Mal Benning on the left side of defence, and the strike partnership of Jordan Bowery and Jamie Reid have good chemistry.
Visitors Forest Green bagged an excellent result on their travels on Tuesday, leapfrogging promotion rivals Carlisle United with a 2-1 win at Brunton Park. Target man Jamille Matt missed that triumph through injury, but Josh Davison showed he is another good option for Mark Cooper to consider starting in the giant’s absence. Jake Young might get the nod to continue being his partner, but the two might have to be satisfied with forays forward mostly being confined to hitting Mansfield on the counter.
Both sides brought in almost entire new XIs last month, so the game at Rodney Parade will feature lineups vastly different to those that started the 2020/2021 season, especially up top, and will be tasked with very different remits as the clubs seek promotion and avoiding relegation respectively.
Strikers Dom Telford and Nicky Maynard will be reunited, but this time in the colours of the Exiles. In 2018/2019, their partnership up top for now-defunct Bury fired the Shakers to a pyrrhic promotion, and both will be keen to repeat that feat for new boss Michael Flynn. The duo will have to hit the ground running – the south Wales outfit haven’t won for nearly two months, and although they have a couple of games in hand over some of the sides ahead of them, they’re perilously close to slipping out of the top seven altogether.
Despite the number of additions made to the Mariners squad, manager Paul Hurst is still on the lookout for free agents who could bolster their effort to escape the bottom two, and with it, a return to non-league football. He too has sought to strengthen his forward line, although the recruitment of Lennell John-Lewis from Hereford back to Cleethorpes is a risky move. Physically speaking, he and Stefan Payne can live with the most roughhouse of defences, and the latter is adept at making space for the midfielders to run beyond the ball. Brentford B loanee Joe Adams, also formerly of Bury, is an exciting winger who can use both feet well, and though he lacks recent senior experience, he knows where the goal is, having accrued a ratio better than one in two for the Bees’ development side this term.