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A bit of an odd one this week in this section. The SPL has gone on a winter break after that feisty Old Firm game. The New Year's Day fixtures are included but because it's the FA Cup 3rd Round this weekend we have a reduced schedule in the Football League so I've thrown those matches in to add some extra bang for your buck. Not all the odds are available yet but Punters Lounge is ahead of the game with the reliable ELO ratings. Tell us what you're backing for these games over the next 7 days! :ok

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Football Facts and Streaks regarding League One

Wycombe have scored in each of their last 12 home matches in League One.
Ipswich Town have failed to win in their last 7 matches in League One.
Southend Utd have failed to win in their last 14 matches in League One.
Burton Albion conceded at least 1 goal in each of their last 9 matches in League One.
67% of Fleetwood’s matches had over 2.5 goals scored in League One.
AFC Wimbledon conceded at least 1 goal in 73% of their home matches in League One.

You can find interesting 86 Football Betting Streaks for 01.01.2020 on this link ... https://eurofootballrumours.com/football-facts-and-streaks-01-01-2020-17260

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AFC Wimbledon vs Southend Utd

AFC Wimbledon

Doubtful: Terell Thomas (19/1 d), Michael Folivi (10/0 f), Adam Roscrow (4/0 m)

Out (injuries/other): Scott Wagstaff (17/1 d), Paul Kalambayi (16/0 d), Anthony Wordsworth (7/1 m), Kwesi Appiah (14/3 f), Will Nightingale (9/0 d, captain), Reuben Collins (0/0 d)

Suspended: -


Southend Utd

Doubtful: -

Out (injuries/other): Harry Lennon (16/1 d), Nathan Ralph (17/0 d), Harry Kyprianou (0/0 m), Joe Shaughnessy (12/0 d), Luke Hyam (5/0 m), Sam Barratt (0/0 f), Liam Ridgewell (1/0 d)

Suspended: -



Doncaster Rovers vs Oxford United

Doncaster Rovers

Doubtful: -

Out (injuries/other): Alex Kiwomya (1/0 f), Kazaiah Sterling (3/0 f), Matt Blair (5/0 m), Alex Baptiste (2/0 d)

Suspended: -


Oxford United

Doubtful: -

Out (injuries/other): Anthony Forde (13/1 m), Jamie Hanson (5/0 m), George Thorne (1/0 m), Simon Eastwood (17/0 first goalkeeper), Ben Woodburn (11/1 m), Malachi Napa (0/0 m)

Suspended: -


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Sunderland vs Lincoln

OK, so we're on a heavily reduced schedule in this section with the FA Cup 3rd Round taking place this weekend. The first game I'm going to cover is the League One clash between Sunderland and Lincoln that is set to take place at 3pm GMT on Saturday afternoon at the Stadium of Light. Both of these sides will be keen to add a win to their record in these early days of 2020.

Sunderland continue to toil in the third tier of English football. It had seemed that Jack Ross was the answer but his dismissal earlier this season saw Phil Parkinson come in as the new manager. Results appear to be worsening under Parkinson with the club now in 13th place and 4 points off the play-off positions. The Black Cats are on an unbeaten run of 4 league games but it's also just 1 win in their last 7 league matches. Turning those draws into wins will be key if they want to move into the top six.

Lincoln have undergone a teething process after the departure of Danny Cowley to Huddersfield. New manager Michael Appleton struggled to get going when he first came into the role but the Imps are now undefeated in back-to-back league games and have won 4 of their last 6 games in the league. This has seen them rise to 16th in the table and move 9 points clear of the relegation zone.

As impressive as Lincoln's recent upturn in fortune has been, their form away has continued to be a problem. Just 1 win from their last 12 away league matches suggests that is still a problem that needs addressing. Sunderland might not have the best home record in the division but given they are playing a side that have been that poor on their travels it's certainly worth backing them here despite their inconsistency.

Sunderland to Win @ 1.89 with Marathonbet

Total Goals Scored Under 2.5 @ 1.67 with William Hill

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Salford City vs Walsall FC

Salford City

Doubtful: Joey Jones (19/0 d)

Out (injuries/other): Nathan Pond (14/0 d)

Suspended: -

Walsall FC

Doubtful: Stuart Sinclair (20/2 m), Shay Facey (9/0 d), Danny Guthrie (17/0 m), James Hardy (11/1 m), Elijah Adebayo (20/4 f, top scorer)

Out (injuries/other): Rory Gaffney (15/1 f, loan from Salford)

Suspended: Cameron Pring (13/0 d)



Stevenage FC vs Colchester Utd

Stevenage FC

Doubtful: Scott Cuthbert (18/2 d), Luther Wildin (14/1 d), Tyler Denton (12/0 d), Kelland Watts (15/0 m)

Out (injuries/other): -

Suspended: -

Colchester Utd

Doubtful: Cohen Bramall (16/1 d), Ryan Clampin (8/0 d), Omar Sowunmi (5/0 d), Courtney Senior (20/2 m)

Out (injuries/other): Paris Cowan-Hall (5/0 f)

Suspended: -


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Swindon vs Bradford

League Two delivers a highly-anticipated clash this weekend when two teams vying for automatic promotion meet. It's Swindon versus Bradford in a 3pm GMT kick-off this Saturday afternoon at the County Ground. These two teams are currently experiencing some decent form and it'll be interesting to see if either of them can find a way to get all 3 points.

Swindon sit proudly on top of the league table with 49 points from 25 games. Richie Wellens is doing some fine work with the Robins and the club is currently 6 points ahead of the play-off spots. 9 wins from their last 11 league games have seen them charge up the table and it's been a run of results that has been defined by solid defensive displays with 6 clean sheets being kept during that period. Wellens will be confident his team can get the win here with the club winning their last 5 league games on the bounce at home.

Bradford come into this game feeling they can upset that home form of their hosts. Manager Gary Bowyer has led his team to 4th in the table and they're now just 1 point behind 3rd placed Crewe. An unbeaten run of 7 league games has propelled them up the table but they have drawn 4 of those matches. Their away form is also not the best having only won 3 of their 11 away league games. On the plus side, they have only lost 1 of their last 6 away league matches.

My initial feeling was that the best bet was a home win but I just can't help but feel that Bradford might sneak something from this. Swindon appear to just be coming out of their best spell of results this season and in a game like this I don't think either side will begrudge a draw. The Bantams will come to shut up shop and it simply depends if Swindon have enough creativity and impetus in attack to break down Bradford's back-line that has only conceded 1 goal in their last 6 league games. I can see a 0-0 or 1-1 draw here.

Draw @ 3.62 with Marathonbet

Total Goals Scored Under 2.5 @ 1.86 with Betfair

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