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17 February 2015

Tuesday:

Cardiff City v Blackburn Rovers

The Bluebirds are struggling to find their best form at the moment and have now gone six games without a win – four losses and two draws. Sky Bet can’t split the prospects of the two sides in this encounter and make both the home side and the visitors 13/8 chances to take away three points. Rovers will be in upbeat mood after an impressive FA Cup victory over Premier League Stoke, as they look to make a push towards the play-off places. The stalemate is priced up at 9/4 but the most eye-catching punt looks both sides to find the target with some decent strikers set to be on view from both sides in this game. Kenwyne Jones has been Cardiff’s top contributor this season with 11 League goals and he is considered the most likely from among the home team to be first goalscorer at 11/2, with Blackburn’s Rudy Gestede favourite at 9/2.

Top Tip: Both teams to score at 4/5.

Rotherham United v Derby County

The Millers sprung a surprise at home two games ago against high-flying Ipswich with a 2-0 success and they are 16/1 chances to repeat that result against the third-placed Rams. Rotherham will have to bounce back from a defeat to Blackburn, however Derby need to also recover after an FA Cup exit at home to Reading. That was their first defeat in six games and they are even-money to regain the winning thread. The draw is 12/5 and that might be worth a bet with the home side more than capable of lifting their game on their own patch. Derby beat Rotherham 1-0 on the opening day of the season, with Jeff Hendrick scoring the only goal. He’s a 50/1 chance to score the only goal of the game again here.

Top Tip: The draw at 12/5.

Reading v Wigan Athletic

It is no surprise to see the hosts priced at even-money favourites with Sky Bet after a fine win at the weekend over Derby in the FA Cup. After a mid-season lull, Steve Clarke’s side have now lost just twice in their last 11 fixtures, while the visitors have yet to claim a victory in 2015 and are 14/5 chances to put that record straight here. The draw is a 9/4 chance but an potentially interesting bet is for the vastly-experienced Yakubu to open the scoring for the Royals having grabbed the winner to book their place in the last eight of the FA Cup. He’s an 8/1 chance to net twice in the match.

Top Tip: Back Yakubu to score first at 5/1.

Wednesday:

Birmingham City v Middlesbrough

The away side were ousted by Arsenal in the FA Cup at the weekend, but Sky Bet make them favourites here back in Championship action at 11/10. The Teessiders had won six on the spin in all competitions previously and are well on track for an automatic promotion spot. The hosts are 13/5 for three points and have cooled off a little of late under Gary Rowett with no wins in six games but four of those were draws with another stalemate priced at 23/10 here. Since scoring three in three consecutive games around the turn of the year, goals have been much harder to come by for Birmingham, but David Cotterill netted most recently for them at Fulham and he’s a 14/1 chance to get the first goal of the game here. Kike, Jelle Vossen and the much-touted Patrick Bamford all the head the betting at 6/1 in that market for the visitors.

Top tip: The draw at 11/5.

Sky Bet League 1:

Bristol City v Peterborough United

Sky Bet League 1 leaders Bristol City are the odds-on favourites at 17/20 to win at home to Peterborough on Tuesday night. The Robins enter this match on the back of a 3-1 defeat to Sheffield United, which was just their second loss in 13 games. Peterborough can be backed for the three points at 3/1 and they are on a high after a 2-1 victory over Rochdale. The draw is on offer at 5/2. There have been exactly three goals in four of the Posh’s last six games and you can get 3/1 for that mark to be reached once again.

Top tip: Exactly three goals to be scored at 3/1.

Colchester United v MK Dons

Promotion chasers MK Dons are the 4/5 favourites to claim victory at Colchester on Tuesday night. Hosts Colchester can be backed for the win at 16/5 and the draw is on offer at 13/5. MK Dons are hoping to avoid three defeats in a row on the road after losing to Gillingham and Bradford in their last two outings. Colchester enjoyed a 1-0 win at Oldham on Saturday to end a three-match run without a victory. Sammie Szmodics netted the only goal of the game in the weekend win and he’s looking to make it three contests in a row on the scoresheet. Szmodics can be backed at 9/2 to net in this match, with Devante Cole priced up as the most likely MK Dons player to strike at 5/4 in the ‘anytime’ market.

Top tip: Sammie Szmodics to score at 9/2.

Doncaster Rovers v Crewe Alexandra

Doncaster have been made the odds-on favourites at 3/4 to defeat Crewe on Tuesday night. Victory could move Rovers into the play-off places after convincing 5-0 and 3-0 victories in their last two matches. Howeve, Crewe are also in coming into this clash in great form with three victories claimed on the spin. The Alex are 7/2 to make it a fourth win in a row and the draw is on offer at 5/2. Two of Crewe’s last four games have seen exactly five goals scored and Doncaster beat Crawley 5-0 a week ago. You can get 11/1 for exactly five goals to be scored in this match.

Top tip: Exactly five goals to be scored at 11/1.

Notts County v Sheffield United

Sheffield United are the odds-on favourites at 17/20 to make it three wins in a row with victory at Notts County on Tuesday night. Hosts County are on offer at 16/5 with Sky Bet and the draw can be found at 12/5. The visiting Blades claimed a hugely impressive 3-1 win at leaders Bristol City on Saturday and that success followed on from a 4-1 victory over Colchester. The Magpies didn’t play at the weekend but won 1-0 at Leyton Orient last time out to end a three-game losing run. Sheffield United’s Matt Done has netted three goals in his last two appearances and he’s the 9/2 favourite to score first in this match. Ronan Murray, Kaiyne Woolery and Balint Bajner are the top Notts County contenders in the same market at 8/1.

Top tip: Matt Done to score first at 9/2.

Scunthorpe United v Chesterfield

Chesterfield know that victory over Scunthorpe on Tuesday night will see them return to the Sky Bet League 1 play-off places. The visiting Spireites are the 7/5 favourites for the win, Scunthorpe can be supported at 9/5 and the draw is on offer at 23/10. Chesterfield enter this match on the back of two defeats in a row at home, while Scunthorpe are in much better spirits after beating promotion contenders Swindon 3-1 on Saturday. Paddy Madden scored in the Iron’s weekend win and he’s the favourite in the first goalscorer betting at 11/2. The top Chesterfield contender is Caolan Lavery at 5/1 and you can get 11/2 for both Madden and Lavery to find the back of the net.

Top tip: Paddy Madden and Caolan Lavery both to score during the match at 11/2.

Wednesday:

Leyton Orient v Bradford City

FA Cup heroes Bradford are the 13/8 favourites to claim victory at Leyton Orient on Wednesday night. The Bantams reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup on Sunday with a 2-0 victory over Barclays Premier League side Sunderland but now the focus returns to Sky Bet League 1 action. Hosts Orient can be backed for the victory at 17/10 and the draw is a 23/10 shout. Bradford are on a five-match unbeaten run, but Orient will also be in decent spirits after a 3-2 win at Chesterfield on Saturday. Three of Orient’s last five games have contained over 3.5 goals and its 5/2 for over that mark to be reached again in this encounter.

Top tip: Over 3.5 goals at 5/2.

Sky Bet League 2:

Tuesday:

Mansfield Town v Luton Town

The Stags were undone by a late penalty at the weekend in the 1-1 draw against 10-man Northampton and are 2/1 at Sky Bet to bounce back with three points here. They host a Luton side that is pushing for automatic promotion and the Hatters are 7/5 to follow up their weekend win over Carlisle. The draw is 11/5. A punt is taken here on classy Luton midfielder Andy Drury to bag a third league goal of the campaign at 4/1 with Sky Bet. He came close with a fine effort from distance which rattled off the woodwork in their latest game and the visitors’ top player in terms of assists this season could get his name on the scoresheet here.

Top tip: Back Andy Drury to score anytime at 4/1.
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