It’s an International break like no other. The 2022 World Cup is almost upon us. While the pause button has been pressed on the Premier League and the Championship, it’s business as usual for the other English leagues. League One and League Two – the floor is yours!
In League One, leaders Plymouth Argyle face Dino Maamria’s entertainers, Burton Albion. Meanwhile, Ipswich Town travel to Devon to take on Exeter City and Portsmouth welcome Derby County to Fratton Park on Friday night.
In League Two, Leyton Orient will be in for a real test when they take on an in-form Stockport County, Stevenage face Grimsby Town and it’s 4th v 3rd at Valley Parade as Bradford City play Northampton Town.
Here are our picks from this weekend’s games in Leagues One and Two:
TNP says: We fancy Newport to beat Gillingham and Oxford to beat Forest Green – largely because we’re eager to get against both of the away sides! Oxford’s 4-0 victory over Port Vale last weekend should also have given them a significant boost and, while Newport aren’t exactly pulling up any trees under Graham Coughlan, a visit from Gillingham presents them with an excellent opportunity to get their third home league win of the season.
If you’re looking for a bit more value then we’d recommend taking a look at Lewis Young’s resurgent Crawley to beat Walsall and Carlisle to beat Salford. The Ammies have struggled at home for some time now (no league win since 27th August) and Carlisle are a very capable outfit who have won three of their last five league games on the road.
This weekend, our quest to land one of our goalscorer picks takes us to Bristol and Harrogate. No player in League One has more direct goal involvements than Aaron Collins and, with a potentially fragile Peterborough United coming to town, we fancy Aaron to bag on Saturday. Elsewhere, Mansfield take on a Harrogate side who have taken just six points from their last 14 league games. After his goal last weekend, we’re tipping up George Maris to get on the scoresheet once again.
We fancy Barnsley’s game against MK Dons to go under 2.5 goals. The Tykes last six league games have seen just seven goals scored (with seven clean sheets kept) and we would be surprised if this MK Dons side suddenly went goal crazy. Finally, we’re backing Port Vale v Charlton to go over 2.5 goals. Vale leaked four goals at Oxford last weekend and four of their last six home games have gone over 2.5 goals. As for Charlton, their crazy 4-4 draw with Ipswich sticks in the memory and their last away game was a 3-3 draw at Burton.
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(Photo Creds – Alex Taylor)