Wigan Athletic 1.9110/11 v Burton Albion 4.03/1, the draw 3.65
With only a point separating the two teams, and Burton holding a game in hand, the Brewers should appeal as a bit of value at 3/1 in this game. However, the way Wigan are moving through the gears at the moment, I'd rather be a backer of the home side on Tuesday night.
I'll deal with Burton first, as their manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink continues to be linked with Q.P.R. Their early season form has slightly slipped, and they went down 1-0 at the weekend to Bury.
Their lack of a finisher was once again apparent, and for all Stuart Beavon's hard work up front, Albion have only scored four times from their last eight games. In fact, they have only scored 16 times all season - one more than bottom clubs Crewe and Blackpool.
And that's the way they play, they stay in games. In all competitions this term, there have been 14 matches returning a scoreline with a single goal difference either way.
Wigan are purring nicely, unbeaten in 11 and three wins on the spin, and they moved up to fourth on Saturday courtesy of a 1-0 victory against Shrewsbury. Wide man Yanic Wildschut starred again, flying down the left to assist with the winning goal, this is a game that could really suit Wigan.
They tend to hit teams on the counter-attack well, and their backline continues to soak up pressure comfortably - conceding once in their previous four games.
Burton just cannot compete with the calibre of player at the DW, but I do think this will be a tight game. I would certainly look to the Under 2.5 Goals, and Wigan to win 1-0 on the correct score would be of interest.
Back Wigan Athletic to win @ 1.9110/11 (half point)
Peterborough United 2.0811/10 v Barnsley 3.65, the draw 4.03/1
Peterborough are fast becoming my trusty steed. And Graham Westley deserves an awful lot of praise for what is happening at the ABAX since he took over from Dave Robertson.
The hosts are currently 42.041/1 for the title on the exchange, but a few more wins will shift that a fair bit. Under Westley's reign, they have hit 30 goals from 11 games, and the last eight matches for 'goals scored' reads 52242125. All of their previous five outings have hit the Over 2.5 Goals target, and they are League One top scorers with 39.
What is attractive about the Posh has been their changing tactics and the freshness of the side. They perform with tremendous speed, and the ball players in midfield are given the go-ahead to attack and pass, whilst the full-backs are allowed to bomb forward at will.
On Saturday, United hit bottom side Crewe 5-1, it could have been 20. Posh had 27 shots and 17 corners. It was the game in which promising midfielder Jermaine Anderson scored twice to add to his reputation, as he is a very smart player technically.
I wouldn't be in a rush to oppose the hosts as I think they are playing with a bit of swagger at the moment. They are also producing some fearless youngsters, who can destroy teams - as was the case at the weekend. And I think they should really be around 1.8810/11 for a home team taking on a Barnsley side that have gained just one victory from their previous nine.
Back Peterborough United to win @ 2.0811/10 (half point)
Bury 2.6613/8 v Scunthorpe United 2.9015/8, the draw 3.505/2
The market is quite close, and maybe wrong. Scunthorpe have been well beaten in their previous two matches, and yet 2.9015/8 to back is on offer.
Bury meanwhile are still to recapture their form of the golden September; winning five on the spin. But their record at Gigg Lane is pretty good, with just one defeat on home soil all season.
The Shakers produced a solid and professional display on Saturday, winning 1-0 against Burton. They were good in possession and looked nice and organised in the second-half when they were under a bit of pressure. On-loan Leicester winger Joe Dodoo had a terrific game, he was a real threat in the final third and stormed down the left on several occasions. His work off the ball is good too, and he is a certainly a game-changer.
Bury tend to get the ball out wide for their full-backs and can hit teams at speed, and their front two of Leon Clarke and Tom Pope are a excellent at this level.
Scunthorpe have suffered with two recent poor displays, losing at Bradford and Swindon. Their problem could be the loss of striker Tom Hopper, who excelled in the lone front man role. Manager Mark Robins has used Darius Henderson in that position, and he's a player I have seen a fair bit of from his season at Leyton Orient - and he isn't a goalscorer. Plus he drops too deep, which leaves the Iron with very little up front.
Back Bury to win draw no bet @ 1.758/11 (half point)