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L1, L2, and Scottish Predictions > May 7th - 12th

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The League 1 and League 2 Play-Offs as well as the full Scottish League Play-Offs begin this week. There are also still SPL matches to finish. Apologies to Scotland but I'll be putting all the focus into the Football League Play-Offs over the next couple of weeks. Take a look at the odds and ratings available then share your predictions and tips with us! :ok

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Newport County vs Mansfield

Right, here we go! The real drama begins now for the Football League teams with the League Two Play-Offs kicking off tonight with Newport County facing Mansfield in a 7:45pm kick-off at Rodney Parade. Can the visitors put their last day disappointment of missing out on automatic promotion behind them?

Newport County continue to thrive under Michael Flynn. Their cup success of days gone by is now being matched by progress in the league. The club secured their spot in the play-offs on the last day with just a number of minutes to go. Their fans will see this as a nothing to lose scenario. The team will receive a boost with Joss Labadie likely to return from injury.

Mansfield missed out on automatic promotion on the last day of the season. It'll be a big ask for David Flitcroft to pick his players up from this gut punch. If they can focus on the positives then there's hope. The fact is that the Stags finished 5 points ahead of County in the league so should feel confident they can win this tie. One big blow for them is the absence of centre back Matt Preston through concussion.

This isn't a fixture that Newport will have wanted in the play-offs. Don't get me wrong, they'll take it. However, when you see that Newport have only won 2 of their last 14 meetings with Mansfield it does seem daunting. What also doesn't help is that Mansfield striker Danny Rose has scored in all four of his league starts against County including scoring twice at Rodney Parade.

It isn't all bad news for County though. The side that has finished 7th in League Two has gained promotion via the play-offs in 5 of the last 9 seasons. County are also the in-form side entering the play-offs having gone undefeated for their last 10 league matches. Mansfield have also failed to gain promotion in all three of their previous Football League play-off attempts.

The play-offs are always tough to call. I think Mansfield have a bit of a hoodoo over Newport but Newport come into this game with better morale and more self-belief. It'll be interesting to see how this game goes. I wouldn't be surprised to see County snatch a win in this first leg but that'll depend on if they can keep Rose quiet and sneak a goal against a very solid Mansfield defence.

Newport County to Win @ 2.55 with Bet365

Total Goals Scored Under 2.5 @ 1.62 with MarathonBet

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Football Facts and Streaks regarding Premiership

Aberdeen conceded at least 1 goal in 72% of their home matches in Premiership.
Hearts conceded at least 1 goal in each of their last 7 matches in Premiership.
62% of Aberdeen’s conceded goals were conceded at home in Premiership.

You can find interesting 36 Football Betting Streaks for 10.05.2019 on this link ... https://eurofootballrumours.com/football-facts-and-streaks-10-05-2019-14288

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Tranmere Rovers vs Forest Green

Tranmere Rovers

Doubtful: Jake Caprice (41/0 d)

Out (injuries/other): Luke McCullough (36/0 d), Mark Ellis (25/0 d), Evan Gumbs (1/0 d), Ishmael Miller (2/1 f)

Suspended: -


Forest Green

Doubtful: George Williams (38/7 m, probably in)

Out (injuries/other): -

Suspended: -


Daily updated injuries and suspensions information from more then 100 football leagues and competitions worldwide at: www.injuriesandsuspensions.com

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Tranmere vs Forest Green Rovers

The Football League Play-Offs continue tonight when Tranmere and Forest Green Rovers face-off in a 7:45pm kick-off at Prenton Park. We will have a better idea of which club will have the advantage heading into the second leg of this League Two Play-Off game.

Just one point separated these two sides in the League Two table come the final day of the season. Tranmere are continuing to progress well under the ownership of former FA Chief Executive Mark Palios. The club finished 6th and were 3 points inside the play-off positions.

Forest Green Rovers are another side defying the odds. The club has a stadium that holds 5,032 people and it’s located in the parish town of Nailsworth that only has a population of 5,794 as of the 2011 census. Yet here they are in the League Two play-offs after finishing in 5th place and just 5 points off the automatic promotion spots.

Both sides come into this game with fully fit squads. Tranmere are aiming to pull off back-to-back promotions. Forest Green Rovers are targeting a spot in the third tier of English football for the first time in their history.

Interestingly, these two sides did meet in the 2016/17 National League Play-Off Final when Forest Green Rovers won 3-1. It was also Forest Green Rovers that won both of the previous two meetings between the sides this season winning 3-1 at home and 1-0 away.

Don’t go expecting too many goals here. Tranmere kept more clean sheets than any other team in League Two this season. The omens don’t bode well for Tranmere. The team finishing 6th in League Two has only been promoted via the play-offs twice in the past 11 seasons. Tranmere have also only succeeded in once of their 7 Football League Play-Offs. I’m thinking we could see a draw here with Forest Green Rovers snatching the win over two legs.

Draw @ 3.10 with Ladbrokes

Total Goals Scored Under 2.5 @ 1.63 with MarathonBet

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Sunderland vs Portsmouth

The fourth meeting between these two sides this season takes place in the first of the two League One Play-Off Semi-Finals taking place this weekend with this match kicking off on Saturday evening at 7:30pm from the Stadium of Light. It seems a shame that one of these two sides won't be playing in the Championship next season.

Sunderland had appeared to have automatic promotion on the cards earlier in the season but drawing 6 of their 7 league games in January and February severely dented those aspirations. It's now the play-offs for the Black Cats and Jack Ross will have close to a full fit squad available. Disappointment still remains from the club's EFL Trophy Final defeat against Portsmouth still lingers but they'll need to put that result in the past to progress here.

Portsmouth will come into this game brimming with confidence. Kenny Jackett's men only lost 1 of their last 10 league matches and have not only gone unbeaten against Sunderland in their previous three meetings this season but have also not lost to the Black Cats since 13th January, 2008.

Ominous statistic for Sunderland is that the team placed in 5th place entering the play-offs has the lowest success rate in the League One play-offs. The last team to finish 5th and earn promotion through the play-offs in this division was Barnsley back in 2006. On the flip side, the encouraging news for Portsmouth is that the team finishing the season in 4th has gained promotion via the play-offs in League One on 5 of the last 8 seasons.

I get the feeling that Sunderland might have run out of the gas. The side that had appeared to put all their woes behind them only managed 1 win in their last 7 league matches. Portsmouth appear to be a modern day bogey side for them. If they can take a win here they might be able to buck that trend but Portsmouth had the best away record in the division this season. Combine that with Sunderland drawing 10 games at home in the league and my feeling is a draw offers the best value.

Draw @ 3.25 with Bet365

BTTS @ 2.05 with RedZone

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Football Facts and Streaks regarding Premiership

Dundee FC have lost their last 10 matches in Premiership.
67% of Kilmarnock’s conceded goals occured in the first half in Premiership.
64% of Hibernian’s conceded goals occured in the first half in Premiership.
Livingston have scored 35% of their goals after the 75th minute in Premiership.

You can find interesting 96 Football Betting Streaks for 11.05.2019 on this link ... https://eurofootballrumours.com/football-facts-and-streaks-11-05-2019-14291

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Doncaster vs Charlton

All the attention in the League One Play-Offs was on yesterday's crunch game between Sunderland and Portsmouth. However, it's easily forgotten that Charlton are the team that finished 3rd ahead of both those sides and Doncaster are a side not to be ignored. Both of those teams meet today in a 12:15pm kick-off at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Doncaster come into these play-offs as the underdogs. Grant McCann's side finished 1 point inside the play-off positions and they wouldn't have qualified had they not won their final league game of the season. The players will be buzzing to have made it and it's often these sides that sneak into the play-offs that cause the most damage.

Charlton secured their play-off spot weeks ago and Lee Bowyer's side only ended up missing out on automatic promotion by 3 points. It was a late charge that saw them lose just 1 of their last 15 league games in a run that included winning 7 of their final 8 league matches. Have they peaked too soon though?

Both sides have strong squads to pick from. Doncaster boast the strike partnership of John Marquis and Mallik Wilks who have scored 35 league goals between them. Charlton also have their own lethal pairing up front in Lyle Taylor and Karlan Grant who have also bagged 35 goals between them in the league this season. Unfortunately, Grant has returned to Huddersfield and his replacement Igor Vetokele is an injury concern.

I actually think Doncaster could spring a surprise win here. The worst ranked side in the play-offs notoriously cause problems more often than not. Charlton haven't conceded in three league games so their defence will be tough to break down. I don't know why but I just have a feeling Rovers could spring a surprise in this one.

Doncaster to Win @ 2.60 with Betfred

Total Goals Scored Over 2.5 @ 2.39 with MarathonBet


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Mansfield vs Newport County

The Football League Play-Offs are a bit all over the place so I'm having to throw the preview for this game into this thread because it falls under this period. It's Mansfield versus Newport County in a 6pm kick-off at the One Call Stadium. The scores are level from the first leg so anything can happen!

A big blow for Mansfield is that they remain without centre back Matt Preston due to concussion. David Flitcroft's side will be disappointed at conceding late on in the first leg at Rodney Parade but will certainly feel they are now in a position to go on and win this tie on aggregate.

Newport County will feel momentum is with them after Padraig Amond's equaliser in the 83rd minute of the first leg. The Exiles will need to pull off a bit of a shock here if they are to win. Joss Labadie could be in line to start after impressing off the bench and it gives manager Mike Flynn food for thought.

The Exiles were fortunate to snatch a draw in the first leg. Mansfield have generally been the better side in this fixture this season. I think it could well have been too little, too late for County but you can never tell in these play-off games. Often playing at home in the second leg can be a handicap with the nerves and pressure from the home crowd being a negative more than a positive. I think the issue here will be Newport's terrible away record where they only won 6 of their 23 away matches. I'd be surprised if Mansfield didn't wrap this tie up.

Mansfield to Win @ 1.95 with Boylesports

Total Goals Under 2.5 @ 1.60 with Sportingbet

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Football Facts and Streaks regarding Premiership

St Mirren conceded at least 1 goal in each of their last 8 matches in Premiership.
St Mirren have failed to score in 44% of their home matches in Premiership.

You can find interesting 33 Football Betting Streaks for 13.05.2019 on this link ... https://eurofootballrumours.com/football-facts-and-streaks-13-05-2019-14316

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