Midweek League One Betting: Call for McCall's draw specialists (again)

Will Stuart McCall's Bradford earn another draw on Tuesday evening?
Will Stuart McCall's Bradford earn another draw on Tuesday evening?

League One fans are in for a busy night on Tuesday with a full set of fixtures to look forward to, and Alan Dudman returns for a midweek take on three of the big matches...


"However, this game has low-scoring draw written all over it. Town are unbeaten in 14, so are worthy favourites, but Bradford have nine 1-1 correct scorelines under their belts this season, with a further four 0-0 for the 2016/17 collection."

Back the draw Fleetwood Town v Bradford City @ 3.45

Fleetwood Town 2.206/5 v Bradford City 2.9015/8, the draw 3.7511/4


If you think this column has been a bit 'Fleetwood-heavy' these days, I am sorry to disappoint for Tuesday night. I went with the Cod Army on Draw No Bet on Saturday, but once again Town missed a one-on-one. That's now four of those in two games. End result; two draws for me.

And if it's stalemates you're after, Bradford are your team. I've often stated the case here that Stuart McCall's side are a draw backers' dream, and following a 1-1 with Bristol Rovers just gone, it could be time to row in with the Yorkshire club every single weekend for that outright - as they now have 15 this season. A truly astonishing stat.

Their game against the Gas was typical Bradford. They looked good and popped the ball around, but they don't score enough goals, and this was yet again evident. Away from home, McCall's men have netted just 15 times (they have only conceded 15 too).

Fleetwood's firm grip on fourth means that Tuesday's fixture against the fifth-placed Bantams could take on extra meaning, and with three draws on the spin, a full maximum is very much needed. They also need to take some of these one-on-one chances.

However, this has low-scoring draw written all over it. Town are unbeaten in 14, so are worthy favourites, but Bradford have nine 1-1 correct scorelines under their belts this season, with a further four 0-0 results for the 2016/17 collection.

The draw is the obvious trade here at around 3.65, whilst the 0-0 and 1-1 scorelines can be used to attempt a green book.

Recommended Bets
Back the draw 0.5pt @ 3.7511/4
Back under 2.5 goals 0.5pt @ 1.804/5


Millwall 1.705/7 v Port Vale 5.609/2, the draw 4.03/1

Lions' manager Neil Harris hit a club record 138 goals for Millwall, and yet he seems to be enjoying his side's propensity to keep a clean sheet. In that sense, Millwall are the form team in League One at the moment. Also perfect timing for their upcoming FA Cup clash versus Leicester City.

The Londoners have now recorded five clean sheets from their last six matches and earned a tough victory against a big, strong Southend side at the Den on Saturday. That was a bruising encounter, but Harris insisted his men played with "flair and pace". The idea of using Fred Onyedinma in a more advanced role worked, and his strike was the only goal of the game.

Millwall are now in the top six, which pleases me, as I put them up to finish there in my ante-post column. The Lions are very much in the groove defensively, and with just 12 goals conceded on their own patch this term, Tuesday looks bleak for Port Vale.

On reading the local Sentinel from the weekend, the report from Saturday commented that Vale looked a better team without the ball rather than with it. Which is hardly glowing praise. In fact, quite cutting.

The Burslem team played reasonably well at Gillingham, with the formation described as a 4-2-2-2. If Michael Brown attempts to go that defensive way, Millwall should be good enough in the To Win To Nil market. Their Under 2.5 record from their last five games is a perfect five too.

I have one tiny doubt concerning the minds of the players on the Leicester game, but I cannot ignore Millwall's impressive run of keeping clean sheets, especially as Vale have netted just nine times on their travels this term.

Recommended Bet
Back Millwall Clean Sheet 'Yes' 0.5pt @ 2.01/1


Bolton Wanderers 1.855/6 v Rochdale 4.03/1, the draw 3.65

I am a fan of Rochdale boss Keith Hill, and the quotes from him after Saturday's 0-0 draw at Fleetwood were good fun. "I'm mending a leaking bucket," said the veteran manager. He added: "I'm spinning plates and I'm juggling balls to make sure we can attack the last twelves games of the season."

That point at Highbury was a super result considering Fleetwood are unbeaten (as outlined above) in 14 matches. In fact, the performance was described as Rochdale "doing a number on them". I'm sure Hill will take that.

The visitors here do look overpriced, after all, they had won ten games on the spin at Spotland earlier in the season before the wheels spectacularly fell off in the 0-4 drubbing against Oxford.

The worry in terms of an attacking force is that Rochdale have managed just four shots on target from their previous two games - which have both finished 0-0. With Hill juggling plates and mending buckets, he might just be able to do a number on Bolton too.

The Trotters gained a crucial 4-1 victory against Walsall, but they are by no means world beaters at the moment. Of course they are good side as they sit third in the table with 51 points, but they were turned over by Swindon and Charlton at the Macron last month (both finished 1-2), and Rochdale could be a nasty opponent on Tuesday night.

Considering the recent pair of 0-0 scorelines for the visitors, that could be worth looking into for the trade.

Recommended Bet
Back Rochdale Draw No Bet 0.5pt @ 3.02/1


*You can read more League One tips as well as Ian Lamont's thoughts on the week's League Two action by visiting our dedicated English Football League section here on Betting.Betfair.


Alan Dudman's P&L 2016/17

League One: -3.03

FA Cup: +8.05

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