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L1 & L2 Predictions > Mar 30th - Apr 3rd


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It's a bumper weekend of action with the Easter fixtures coming up! There are no Scottish Premiership games because all the players are undoubtedly stuffing their faces with chocolate eggs! Check out the odds and ratings for the matches coming up in League 1 and League 2 right here then share your tips with us! :ok

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Carlisle vs Crawley Town

The midweek action gives us a single League Two fixture on Tuesday night with Carlisle hosting Crawley Town in a 7pm BST kick-off at Brunton Park. The home side are currently enduring an awful run of form and they will look to get back to winning ways against a mid-table side who are also starting to see their results go down the pan over recent games.

Carlisle were looking like potential title challengers earlier this season but a run of just 1 win in 13 league games has seen the club drop to 14th in the table. OK, so Chris Beech's team do boast a number of games in hand over the teams around them but the points aren't guaranteed. The Cumbrians are 9 points off the pace of the play-offs and haven't tasted victory in their last 4 league matches. It's also now been back-to-back defeats at home in games that their fans would have hoped they could have picked up some points in given the club had previously won 10 of their 16 home games over the season before those two home fixtures.

Crawley Town have enjoyed their time in the sun with their FA Cup run and victory over Premier League club Leeds but it's back to the grim reality of fourth tier football. John Yems has led the team to 11th in the table and with the club just 6 points off the play-offs there will be a feeling that if they can get a run of positive results over Easter then gatecrashing the play-offs is a realistic possibility. The Reds do need to improve their current form of 3 league games without a win. It's only 5 wins from 17 away league games this season though so this will be a challenge.

If there was a game for Carlisle to get back to winning habits then this could be it. Crawley Town are sinking into a bit of a poor spell and with home advantage Carlisle should be looking to take all 3 points. Failure to do so could indicate that their season and hopes of promotion are effectively dying a slow death. Both teams are in dire form and I think the game will reflect such mentalities. I wouldn't be surprised if this is a bore draw.

Draw @ 3.50 with BetVictor

Total Goals Scored Under 2.5 @ 1.88 with SBK

 

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Gillingham vs Wigan

There is a solitary game in League One in midweek as Gillingham take on Wigan in a 5:30pm BST kick-off at the Priestfield Stadium. As the home team continue in their pursuit of battling their way into the play-off positions they face an away side that are in a fight for their lives to stay up this season. Both teams are picking up results recently so this outcome hangs more in the balance than the league table might suggest.

Gillingham are currently in a comfortable mid-table position of 12th place and just 5 points off the pace of the play-offs with a couple of games in hand on the team occupying that last play-off spot. Manager Steve Evans has led his team to just 1 defeat in their last 9 league games. The Gills are also undefeated in their last 4 league matches including winning 3 of those games. It's also interesting to see that striker Vadaine Oliver has bagged 8 goals in the club's last 9 league games so he could certainly be worth considering as an anytime scorer.

Wigan were looking in deep trouble at the turn of the year but an upturn in form has seen the Latics move up outside of the relegation zone. Leam Richardson is the caretaker manager since the departure of John Sheridan and he has managed to steer the team to just 1 loss in their last 5 league games but they have failed to win any of their last 3 league encounters. This has seen the team move up to 20th in the table and 1 point outside the relegation places. Away form has been inconsistent recently for Wigan with just 1 win coming in their last 4 away league matches.

The ELO ratings aren't giving me enough belief that Gillingham will win this one. Wigan have been grinding out some results lately but they're still lingering at the wrong end of the table. They are struggling to put a run of wins together and until that happens they'll be considered underdogs for their league games. I'm swaying between a draw and a home win but given Gillingham's price I think I'll back them for a win.

Gillingham to Win @ 2.16 with SBK

BTTS @ 2.00 with SportNation

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Doncaster Rovers vs Charlton Athletic

 

 

Doncaster Rovers

Doubtful: Joe Wright (30/2 d)

Out (injuries/other): Josh Sims (20/1 m), Jon Taylor (25/4 m), Tyreece John-Jules (11/3 f)

Suspended: -

 

Charlton Athletic

Doubtful: Alex Gilbey (14/0 m), Ryan Inniss (5/0 d)

Out (injuries/other): Conor Washington (32/11 f, 2nd top scorer), Adam Matthews (19/0 d)

Suspended: -

 

Win/Draw/Lose
Doncaster Rovers
18 home games
Charlton Athletic
19 away games
61% Win 47%
22% Draw 32%
17% Lose 21%
50% Win and over 1.5 goals 26%
6% Lose and over 1.5 goals 21%
44% Team won first half 42%
33% Draw at half-time 42%
22% Team lost first half 16%

 

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Crewe Alexandra vs Hull City

 

 

Crewe Alexandra

Doubtful: Daniel Powell (24/1 f), Luke Offord (23/1 m)

Out (injuries/other): Oli Finney (25/7 m, 2nd top scorer), Josh Lundstram (3/0 m)

Suspended: -

 

Hull City

Doubtful: Brandon Fleming (3/0 d), Sean McLoughlin (1/0 d), Jordan Flores (2/0 m)

Out (injuries/other): Reece Burke (33/4 d), Thomas Mayer (6/0 f), Richie Smallwood (23/0 m, captain), Festus Arthur (0/0 d), Max Clark (0/0 d)

Suspended: -

 

Interesting facts based only on statistics
Hull City scored at least one goal in 89% of away games.
Hull City scored at least two goals in 63% of away games.
89% chance that there will be more than 1 goal in this game.
78% chance that there will be at least 1 goal in the first-half.
57% chance that there will be at least 2 goals in the first-half.
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Doncaster vs Charlton

The hectic League One schedule this Easter weekend begins with a full selection of games taking place on Good Friday. The one I have chosen to preview is the 12:30pm BST kick-off between Doncaster and Charlton at the Keepmoat Stadium. Both of these two sides are eyeing up a potential promotion push this season but as the campaign goes on it's looking likely that the play-offs are their only hope of achieving that aim.

Doncaster are in danger of seeing their season fall apart. The departure of manager Darren Moore to Sheffield Wednesday has clearly impacted the team. Rovers have won just 2 of their last 12 league games and haven't tasted victory in their last 5 league matches now. This poor spell of form has seen the club drop to 8th in the table. They are just 1 point outside the play-offs and do possess a number of games in hand on the clubs around them so all is not yet lost. Andy Butler is the man who is in charge now and he'll be keen to see the team win matches like this at home against rival play-off chasers. The team has lost just 3 of their 18 home league games so it's something to build on.

Charlton come into this game as another team experiencing change due to the departure of their manager to a Championship side with Lee Bowyer recently leaving for Birmingham. The Addicks are in 10th place and 2 points outside the play-offs. Bowyer has been replaced by former Southampton and Scunthorpe gaffer Nigel Adkins. Strangely, it seems that Charlton have actually improved since Bowyer's exit. The club are unbeaten in their last 6 league games and even though that run started with Bowyer still in charge it feels like him leaving hasn't exactly had a negative impact on the club.

These teams have only met a small number of times before but it's Doncaster who have the psychological advantage coming into this game having lost just 1 of the previous 5 encounters. Charlton are looking very solid now though and if I had to back one of these teams to have a better chance of reaching the play-offs then right now I'd go for Charlton. I do feel that with Doncaster playing at home this could end in a stalemate.

Draw @ 3.35 with SBK

BTTS @ 1.90 with RedZone

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Cheltenham vs Tranmere

The League Two games are spread over the next couple of days with a busy schedule coming up over the Easter break but we are focusing our attention on the 3pm BST clash of Cheltenham versus Tranmere at Whaddon Road. To put it quite simply, this is the battle between 2nd and 3rd with automatic promotion firmly at stake. It's no surprise that Sky Sports have chosen to screen this game on Good Friday afternoon.

Cheltenham have been looking like solid promotion candidates all season but over recent games there has been an edge of inconsistency about the team. Michael Duff's men remain in 2nd in the table and just 2 points behind league leaders Cambridge United with a game in hand but they are also just 2 points within the automatic promotion places with the likes of Bolton, Forest Green Rovers, and Morecambe chasing them down. The Robins know that 3 losses in their last 5 league games simply isn't good enough if they want to keep hold of one of these top three spots.

Tranmere come into this game just behind their opponents in 3rd place and 2 points behind. Keith Hill has been a superb appointment since his arrival back in November and the team are inside the automatic promotion spots on goal difference. Rovers have lost just 2 of their last 18 league matches including being unbeaten in their last 5 league games. Away form has been a surprising joy for Tranmere this season with the club losing just 3 of their 18 away games in the league including being undefeated in their last 9 league games away from home.

It's that time of the season when tensions can rise and the nerves can jangle. Matches like this only add to the suspense. Cheltenham and Tranmere both know that avoiding defeat here is crucial. Cheltenham have won 5 of the last 7 meetings but Tranmere have won 2 of the last 3 encounters. I think the fact neither team will want to lose will see this game end in a draw.

Draw @ 3.40 with Unibet

Total Goals Scored Under 2.5 @ 1.65 with SBK

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