League One Betting: Remember to back the Wombles this weekend

Neal Ardley's Wimbledon are bidding for another home success this Saturday
Neal Ardley's Wimbledon are bidding for another home success this Saturday
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Alan Dudman picked out three winners from four selections last week in League One, and he heads to Wimbledon this Saturday hoping to serve up another ace of a bet with the Wombles....

"Wimbledon's run of three home straight victories makes them the bet here at around [2.0], as earlier in the season they were struggling for goals."

Back AFC Wimbledon to beat Northampton 0.5pt @ [2.0]

Doncaster Rovers [2.50] v Charlton Athletic [2.90], the draw [3.30]

Neither side really appeals as an outright bet here, but that's not to say the game is devoid of an opportunity for a profit.

The angle of attack has got to be Doncaster scoring, as they have netted in every single one of their last ten matches - finding the back of the net a total of 15 times. In the same amount of games they have collected only three clean sheets, and at times they look quite open.

With Rovers you get the good and the bad. They can play some really attractive pass-and-move football, but likewise they can be cut to pieces easily at the back. Their recent 20-minute spell against Portsmouth was described as outstanding by their boss Darren Ferguson. However, they conceded three against Bristol Rovers at the Keepmoat, showing their inability to stay focused.

There are signs of a good team somewhere in Donny, as not many go to Portsmouth and score twice, and I think they are better than their position of 14th.

Charlton have been in and around the playoffs for much of the campaign, but their away form is far from spectacular. They recently ended a run of four games without a victory on the road following their 0-1 success at Bury, which was their 15th goal in 13 away matches.

I am not convinced that either team will be able to keep a clean sheet here, especially as the Londoners lacked a bit of discipline in their recent 2-3 defeat to Oxford. Both might be prised open at either end, which makes the play the Both Teams To Score bet.

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Back Both Teams To Score 'Yes' Doncaster v Charlton 0.5pt @ [1.91]

Gillingham [2.92] v Peterborough United [2.48], the draw [3.50]

There are two teams at the moment that have been steadily moving up the table after shocking starts. My old favourites Plymouth are one, and the other is Gillingham - who are now in the relatively calm waters of 12th in League One; and that never looked likely in the early months of the season.

The Gills are only nine points behind genuine playoff contenders Rotherham, and whilst it is pushing it to say the Kent club can sneak into the promotion hunt, they look a bit more solid than Peterborough these days.

In fact, I have to hold my hands up in getting that Posh FA Cup shellacking at the hands of Leicester totally wrong, and Grant McCann's side are slipping back into bad ways.

McCann was very critical of his team's defending in the recent 0-1 home loss to Southend, and he wasn't particularly happy with his midfield players either. The consistency is lacking for the Blues, and I wouldn't be too confident about putting them up as a bet at the moment - especially as the favourites.

The hosts lost to Wigan last weekend 2-0, but there was no shame in a defeat to the best that League One can offer at the moment. Wigan simply pressed the life out of Gillingham in the first 20 minutes, although Steve Lovell would have been disappointed that his team played with fear.

Before last weekend's loss, Gillingham were flying with four wins on the spin, and they have now sorted out their home form with recent victories against Bristol Rovers (4-1), Rochdale (2-1) and Fleetwood (2-1).

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Back Gillingham Draw No Bet v Peterborough 0.5pt @ [2.10]

AFC Wimbledon [2.10] v Northampton Town [4.0], the draw [3.50]

Northampton manager Jimmy Floyd-Hasselbaink might make changes ahead of his team's trip to Kingsmeadow this Saturday, as he felt the performance was "flat" in a recent 1-0 loss to Rochdale.

That is probably the word to describe Hasselbaink's away record as a manager from his last 30 matches. Opta stats have unearthed quite a damning verdict for his results on the road; winning six games with a win percentage of just 20% (D12 L12).

The Cobblers don't have a particularly good record in terms of keeping clean sheets either, with their last shutout recorded back in September 2017. Also with a goal conceded in each of their last ten away matches, we have some sorry stats and reasons to oppose. With all that, Wimbledon have got to fancy their chances of picking up the maximum here.

Neal Ardley's side will be happy to return to home soil after losing on Tuesday night at Bury, which was hot on the heels of a road defeat at Rotherham. Those were tough games as the Shakers have improved since the managerial switch, whilst Rotherham are hard to beat on their own patch - and they look a shout for the playoffs.

Wimbledon's run of three home straight victories makes them the bet here at around [2.0], as earlier in the season they were struggling for goals. With 2-0 successes against both Southend and Blackpool, the [2.0] looks a fair price. The Londoners also hit two past Bradford - so it's a good turnaround to address the imbalance of the "for and against" column.

The hosts could have skipper Barry Fuller back to full fitness this Saturday, and we'll take the price on the Wombles for a home win.

Recommended Bet
Back AFC Wimbledon to beat Northampton 0.5pt @ [2.0]

Alan Dudman's P&L, 2017/18

League One: +17.37
FA Cup: -1.89

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