League One Betting: Under 2.5 Goals makes appeal at Blackpool

Blackpool boss Neil McDonald hasn't seen his side score since October
Blackpool boss Neil McDonald hasn't seen his side score since October

The first ever meeting between Blackpool and Fleetwood Town takes place this Saturday, and Alan Dudman is on hand with a wager on few goals in the north west....


"McDonald has urged his players to be nasty, but he needs goals. Almost as alarming as the run of seven consecutive losses is the 'goals for' column. Pool haven't netted in six games. So new signing Elliot Lee from West Ham needs to be a miracle man."

Back Under 2.5 Goals @ 1.9010/11

Scunthorpe United 2.6213/8 v Peterborough United 2.9015/8, the draw 3.6013/5

There isn't an awful lot to add from Tuesday's column, in which Peterborough once again churned out another success. I still think their price is very much on the large side for Saturday, so I'm happy to go in again with Graham Westley's outfit.

Having outlined Peterborough's title winner price at 42.041/1, their odds were cut to 28.027/1 following their midweek 3-2 success against Barnsley - which now takes their goal tally for this term to an astonishing 42, more than any other club in the top four divisions in England. So why are they nearly 2/1 this weekend?

Westley might make changes, and certainly hinted at switching things following their latest success. On the plus side, central defenders Jack Baldwin and Ricardo Santos are both available from suspension, but captain Michael Bostwick played exceptionally well in the heart of defence a few days ago.

The Posh have won seven times now under Westley from 11 games, and they now carry the biggest attacking threat in the division.

Their price for a layer is not in tune with the United scoring record, and you will do well to get around 1.758/11 in the Over 2.5 Goals market, but there is no reason why we shouldn't back the away team in the Draw No Bet market again.

Recommended Bets
Back Peterborough United in Draw No Bet @ 2.1011/10 (half point)
Back Scunthorpe to keep a clean sheet 'no' @ 1.454/9


Crewe Alexandra 4.10 v Oldham Athletic 2.01/1, the draw 3.7511/4

Billed as an early season relegation clash, and Crewe trade at 1.251/4 for relegation, with Oldham at 2.727/4 for the same fate. Only three points separate these two teams, which makes the visitors a terrible price for this Saturday.

The Latics where thumped at home (I'll go with Boundary Park) on Tuesday, and suffered a humiliating 2-5 loss to Southend. Manager David Dunn criticised his players for only starting to roll their sleeves up once they were 3-0 down. Dunn's appointment has not been a revelation, with only 12 points from 12 games, and perhaps they need an older hand for a League One scrap?

Their major problem is drawing too many games (10 and the most in the third tier), and they have only scored 22 goals this season. All this doesn't make them a bet at evens. But we are left with Crewe.

However, with only three places and three points the difference, I would rather back the hosts here, and certainly would consider them on the Draw No Bet market.

The Alex collected a priceless victory on Tuesday against Colchester, and the added know-how of veteran Ryan Lowe made a huge difference. The match itself was short on quality, and the goals perhaps masked a poor encounter.

Crewe have netted 11 Under 2.5 Goals matches so far this term, but this is not a predictable side. The loss of George Ray to injury is a blow, but manager Steve Davis has moved in the transfer market to snap up Cardiff's Semi Ajayi.

Recommended Bet
Back Crewe Alexandra to win @ 4.10 (half point)


Blackpool 3.259/4 v Fleetwood Town 2.407/5, the draw 3.55

This will be the first meeting between the two teams, and Fleetwood should feel they can take something from the game. This of course is a fairly obvious statement given the away side are strong favourites here.

Fleetwood have beaten Millwall 2-1 (who were previously unbeaten in nine) and Swindon 5-1 in their previous two games, and are in far better shape than their near-neighbours - who are embroiled in a horror run of results.

The Tangerines, after a brief revival, have slumped back into the bottom four and have lost seven games in a row in all competitions. Boss Neil McDonald made a mistake in resting players for cup games, and they haven't won since they turned over Bury in October. Defeat on Saturday will equal the club's worst ever run of results.

McDonald has urged his players to be nasty, but he needs goals. Almost as alarming as the run of seven consecutive losses is the 'goals for' column. Pool haven't netted in six games. So new signing Elliot Lee from West Ham needs to be a miracle man.

Fleetwood's boss Steven Pressley took over when the Cod Army were second bottom, so the fact they are 17th now is a big improvement. Yes, they are inconsistent, but that is League One football. They have added a bit of pace and bite up front recently, and they are better when they are quick in their tempo.

Blackpool were defeated 2-0 on Tuesday, but played OK, and they will feel the need to keep this game as tight as possible, which is why the Under 2.5 Goals will be the bet.

Recommended Bet
Back Under 2.5 Goals @ 1.9010/11 (half point)


*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.


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