League One Betting: Unders The Way For Friday's Live Sky TV Encounter

Tranmere Rovers boss Ronnie Moore

With a live Sky encounter on Friday night, Alan Dudman expects another low scoring game involving the MK Dons at table-toppers Tranmere Rovers, plus the rest of the weekend's best bets. 

Rovers have a decent defensive record this season, having conceded just 14 in all games and just seven at Prenton Park. And on home soil the Merseysiders have lost just the once. Earlier in the season I liked their pace and counter-attacking style, and they may have to use that to break down the MK Dons. 

Tranmere Rovers 2.8615/8 v MK Dons 2.707/4, the draw 3.45

Friday night, Sky Sports 2, 19:45 BST 

Tranmere Rovers might be struggling with injuries at the moment, but the table-toppers sit five points clear at the League One summit, and also engineered a safe passage through to the next round of the FA Cup in midweek. 

The Cup replay victory over Braintree (3-0) was hardly sparkling on Tuesday, but showed again their ability to grind out a result. 

Rovers have a decent defensive record this season, having conceded just 14 in all games and just seven at Prenton Park. And on home soil the Merseysiders have lost just the once. Earlier in the season I liked their pace and counter-attacking style, and they may have to use that to break down the MK Dons. 

The visitors also secured a midweek FA Cup victory over Cambridge City, but their Saturday 1-0 success over in-form Sheffield United was a huge victory. Their last minute penalty was baffling, but the three points were deserved, as Karl Robinson's side had plenty of the ball as usual and enjoyed the majority of the possession. 

Both teams here are good defensively, as the MK Dons have conceded just seven goals on their travels. 
Robinson sets up a 4-2-3-1 and will pass the ball nicely. I was reading somewhere an article that described the Buckinghamshire side as 'unadventurous'. A totally inaccurate comment, as the team are great to watch and play lovely flowing football, it's just a pity they have no striker to kill teams off

Tranmere might have to accept they won't see a lot of the ball, but with two good defences the unders markets are the ones to be with for Friday's live Sky game. 

Recommendations: 
Back under 2.5 goals @ 1.855/6

Scunthorpe United 2.982/1 v Notts County 2.568/5, the draw 3.505/2

I have been waiting for Notts County away from home. Recently dubbed 'the Invincibles', the Magpies are
looking to extend a staggering run on their travels to 18 games unbeaten - having not lost a game under Keith Curle's leadership since last season. 

This season the Midlanders have won five and drawn three, conceding just the six goals and playing with a 
lot of style. Saturday's match at Meadow Lane saw them play some scintilating football at times, yet only managed a 1-1 draw with Crawley. For 20 minutes in the first-half, Crawley were ripped to shreds with a dazzling display of attacking play. 

Curle's side have plenty of goal threats, with Alan Judge (thankfully) back in the side, as well as leading scorer Yoann Arquin plus tricky winger Jamal Campbell-Ryce (who had a great match last weekend). 

Scunthorpe meanwhile are two from two under new boss Brian Laws, following away wins against Coventry (1-2) and Walsall (1-4). The returning Laws outlined the improved form was down to a more compact line-up, with the back four less exposed and the midfield more protected as width has been sacrificed. 

The Iron have a thin squad, and this will be the first home match for Laws since taking over from Alan Knill. However, County will see this as a winnable game and I would be staggered if they didn't score at Glandford Park. 

Recommended bets: 
Back over 2.5 goals @ 2.001/1
Lay Scunthorpe @ 2.982/1

Crawley Town 1.674/6 v Walsall 5.805/1, the draw 4.003/1

Poor old Walsall, following their FA Cup exit recently at the hands of Lincoln, manager Dean Smith has issued an 'improve or else' warning following a wretched run. I say poor old Walsall, as this side looked terrific early in the season. I purred at their first-half display live on Sky TV last month, as Flo Cuvelier masterminded a wonderful spell of football - rarely seen at this level. 

However, they amazingly lost that game against Shrewsbury, and are now 11 matches without victory. No doubt Smith will be under a bit of pressure, but I hope not as he is a highly promising coach with a good ethic. 

The visitors are clearly fragile in the confidence department, and perhaps Smith's 'young guns' are just running out of steam. They are missing the creative spark of Cuvelier, and Saturday's 0-2 defeat to Swindon was poor as they hardly created a chance having conceded a goal in the opening 57 seconds. 

Crawley play some decent stuff too under Richie Barker, and managed a 1-1 draw with Notts County at the weekend despite that amazing 20 minute spell from the Magpies. However, that was like basketball match and could have ended 5-5. The Hertfordshire team have hit 15 goals at home this season, and enjoyed a sparkling October with a clutch of victories. 

The hosts can dominate games for long spells, and I just cannot go with Walsall at the moment (as much as it pains me). 

Recommended bets: 
Back over 2.5 goals @ 1.9010/11
Back Crawley Town to win @ 1.674/6

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