League One Betting: All's well with Caldwell's Wigan

Gary Caldwell's Wigan have only lost once from their last 10 matches
Gary Caldwell's Wigan have only lost once from their last 10 matches
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Alan Dudman gained a clean sweep of successive tips from his FA Cup games last Saturday, and he's hoping that continues with some superb third tier action this weekend - including a live Sky TV encounter...


"The Latics however are in great shape in League One after a slow start - and are currently in a run of one defeat in 10, with October proving to be somewhat of a fruitful month, collecting three victories and three draws."

Back Wigan Athletic in draw no bet market @ 1.855/6

Rochdale 3.02/1 v Wigan Athletic 2.546/4, the draw 3.54

Live on Sky Sports 1, Saturday 12:30

This is the first league meeting between the two teams since 1997, and both suffered mixed fortunes from their respective FA Cup matches last weekend.

Rochdale comfortably beat Swindon 3-1, whilst Wigan were hammered away at Bury. The Latics however are in great shape in League One after a slow start - and are currently in a run of one defeat in 10, with October proving to be somewhat of a fruitful month, collecting three victories and three draws.

Manager Gary Caldwell opts for a 4-4-1-1, although the front players can sometimes shape like an attacking trio. The high press has definitely been employed, and they are one of the better teams at this level at defending set-pieces.

Rochdale's manager Keith Hill hasn't been totally happy with one or two of his team's performances of late. He described the 2-2 draw with Southend as 'rancid', and there's been the criticism of a lack of work.

Saturday's victory masked a run of three successive 0-0 draws in the league. But that might be down to Hill ditching their cavalier and gung-ho attitude - as they were too wide. They are happiest in a direct game with high energy.

Key Opta Stat: The Latics have scored a league-high seven times in the opening 15 minutes.

Recommended Bet
Back Wigan Athletic in draw no bet market @ 1.855/6 (half point)


Peterborough United 2.1011/10 v Fleetwood Town 3.8014/5, the draw 3.55

The Posh have scored in every League One game this season bar their opener against Rochdale, with nine of their last 12 matches in all competitions hitting the Over 2.5 Goals target. And they are in form.

Yes there's the expansive new Graham Westley brand of football, but some of the players have remarked on how fit they are at the moment. They might be the third tier's top scorers, but they would lay claim to also being the fittest.

Westley might have an issue at the back, as Jack Baldwin is suspended and Gaby Zakauni is away on international duty. Expect captain Michael Bostwick to drop back to fill at centre-half, whilst forward Souleyman Coulibaly is also absent.

Fleetwood's away from is far from impressive. Their sole victory after five straight losses on the road came at Barnsley (and they are hopeless at the moment).

Posh have a swagger about them, whilst winger Jon Taylor has been described as unstoppable by Westley. Added to the fact they have a decent record against teams in the bottom four, the hosts should continue their improved form at the ABAX.

Key Opta Stat: Posh league games this season have seen 59 goals scored, no team has beaten that tally in their matches this term.

Recommended Bet
Back Peterborough United to win @ 2.1011/10


Blackpool 2.727/4 v Doncaster Rovers 2.809/5, the draw 3.4012/5

Blackpool boss Neil McDonald has been on the wrong end of some stinging criticism after fielding successive weakened teams in the FA Cup and the JPT Trophy defeats recently. The Pool boss has outlined where his priorities lay by stating: "Doncaster is a massive game now, and our home form is excellent."

Unfortunately these are the times now, a glorious FA Cup run is just not on the agenda.

Regarding their League One survival, things were looking bleak four weeks into the season, and Blackpool were always quoted at silly odds either home or away. But credit to McDonald, he's sorted a few things out, and they are certainly harder to beat - which has moved the team out of the bottom four.

Doncaster will be anxiously looking over their shoulder and are one of the poorest teams on their travels in League One - with just one victory on the road all season.

The Tangerines have picked up 11 points from their last 15 available and have only conceded two goals in five games at Bloomfield Road - and they've really tightened up since Walsall mauled them 4-0.

This will be quite a close game, and Blackpool's record of nine Under 2.5 Goals out of 11 since the start of September will persuade me to use that market again.

Key Opta Stat: Rovers have failed to score in six of their last eight away league games. Doncaster are the lowest scorers in the division (13), though Blackpool have only scored two more.

Recommended Bet
Back under 2.5 goals @ 1.9010/11 (half point)


2015 P/L

League One - 4.95

FA Cup +4.60

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