EFL League One & League Two

Good Friday League One & League Two Tips: Side with 10/1 and 30/1 accas

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Nathan Jones' Charlton travel to Exeter on Good Friday

Alan Dudman previews Friday's Easter games and has a big priced treble with the Sky live match at the Racecourse...

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League One

Leg 1: Lincoln City v Leyton Orient, Friday 15:00: Back Lincoln

Lincoln have been a revelation of late and have surged upto 8th in the table on 61 points and are only two points behind Oxford.

The Imps are now 13 unbeaten which dates back to middle January and have scored a whopping 16 goals in their last three games. For good measure they've kept six clean sheets in seven, and there's part of me that is thinking they really should be shorter than the 19/201.95 on offer for Friday.

Head coach Michael Skubala has produced marvels in getting them in touch with the play-off places, and their front-foot and aggressive style might be too much for the O's.

Lincolnhave lost just one of their last ten Football League games against Leyton Orient (W3 D6) with the Imps scoring at least once in all but one of those matches, so they have history on their side.

KEY OPTA STAT: Lincoln City are unbeaten across their last 13 league games (W8 D5) and last time out became the first Football league team to score 5+ goals in three straight wins since Fulham in January 2022; the Imps could become just the second EFL side ever to win and score 5+ goals in four consecutive matches after Bradford City in 1929.

Back Lincoln @ 19/201.95

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Leg 2: Exeter City v Charlton Athletic, Friday 15:00: Back the draw

Exeter and Charlton are side by side in 15th and 16th on 47 and 45 points, although the Addicks have had some momentum under Nathan Jones, who are just about pulling clear and staving off the threat of the relegation places.

The Londoners are unbeaten in eight and are harder to beat these days, but they've drawn too many in that run.

Exeter don't score many at home with just 14 all season, and that makes me avoid the BTTS bet which looks short enough at 4/61.67, although Charlton are 7/8 on that score.

The visitors have drawn five in eight and the 12/53.40 does appeal, which in turn boosts our treble and the Addicks have won just two of their last 21 away league games played on Good Friday (D6 L13), failing to score in 11 of those matches.

KEY OPTA STAT: Exeter City have lost each of their last five league games against Charlton Athletic, conceding 2+ goals in four of those matches.

Back the draw @ 12/53.40

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Leg 3: Peterborough United v Carlisle, Friday 15:00: Back Peterborough -1

Posh boss Darren Ferguson was left fuming after last week's top-of-the-table 0-1 loss at home to Portsmouth last Saturday. It was a terrific game and real end-to-end stuff, but Fergie was adamant his team were far superior. "They're lucky, they're lucky to come away with a win. If anyone from Portsmouth says otherwise then they are kidding themselves," he said.

Pompey were pretty direct and while it was a blip in Peterborough's promotion charge, Friday looks a good game to get back on track.

Carlisle have failed to win any of their last four away league games against Peterborough United (D1 L3), failing to score in two of those matches and look there for the taking.

KEY OPTA STAT: Peterborough United have won each of their last three league games played on Good Friday, as many as across their 17 prior such matches combined (D5 L9)

Back Peterborough -1 @ 8/111.73

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Back the League One treble @ 10/111.00

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League Two

Leg 1: Wrexham v Mansfield Town, Friday live on Sky 15:00: Back Mansfield

A tremendous game to look forward to on Good Friday in front of the Sky cameras and two of the heavy-hitters go head-to-head. This could go some way to deciding the title.

Nigel Clough's Mansfield somehow couldn't win at home last weekend with a 1-1 draw to Colchester. No one would have fancied Col U to get a result there.

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The Stags possess the best away record in the league with 10 wins and six draws and they've scored plenty too with 42. With their big game mentality too (having stunned Notts County earlier in the season), Mansfield at the bigger price has got to be the play here although they have failed to win any of their last four away Football League games against Wrexham (D2 L2), conceding eight goals across that run.

KEY OPTA STAT: Wrexham have failed to win any of their last six Football League games against Mansfield Town (D4 L2), scoring just twice across the last five of those meetings.

Back Mansfield @ 17/102.70

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Leg 2: Bradford City v Tranmere Rovers, Friday 15:00: Back Tranmere

The demise of Bradford this season has been startling. Indeed, following last week's dire performance at Harrogate (losing 3-0) there is plenty of unrest at the club.

Manager Graham Alexander looks on borrowed time as he is overseeing a team in danger of equalling their worst Football League finish in modern times.

They lost three on the spin at home previously and while the pitch is not up to standard, the price on the hosts of Evens is shocking.

Tranmere have lost just one of their last four away league games against Bradford City (W2 D1), winning two of those matches 1-0 and have lost a massive 13 away, but this won't be pretty.

KEY OPTA STAT: Bradford City have never lost a home league game played on Good Friday (W7 D3), scoring at least one goal in each of those matches. The Bantams last such match saw them draw 1-1 against Tranmere Rovers in 2022.

Back Tranmere @ 23/103.30

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Leg 3: Crawley Town v Doncaster Rovers, Friday 15:00: Back the draw

Doncaster Rovers are unbeaten across their four away Football League games against Crawley Town (W1 D3); they haven't faced any other side more than once away from home in the EFL without ever suffering defeat, and tapping into those three draws leads me to backing the stalemate.

Crawley Town have lost just one of their 11 Football League games played on Good Friday (W3 D7) with each of their five home matches during that stint seeing them concede one or fewer goals (W1 D4), so are fast becoming draw specialists themselves.

The hosts have lost just once in nine and are doing well in 7th, and after winning their first Football League game against Doncaster Rovers in August 2012, Town have since failed to beat Rovers in their last eight EFL meetings (D5 L3).

KEY OPTA STAT: Doncaster Rovers have won just one of their last 19 Football League games played on Good Friday (D4 L14), though that sole victory did come on the road in a 2-1 success over Blackpool in 2018.

Back the draw @ 5/23.50

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Back the League Two treble @ 30/131.00

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