The convoluted winter break continues in English football but that doesn’t mean there’s not plenty of action from which to select our weekend betting tips. Find out why table-topping Liverpool, resurgent Cheltenham and promotion-chasing Peterborough have our blessing.
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Town value to prevail in battle of basement boys going in different directions
Cheltenham have affected a serious turnaround in fortunes since looking nailed on for relegation humiliation after losing 10 of their first 11 League Two games.
They’ve now won four of their last six home outings in the division, with the victory over table-topping Portsmouth last time out a sign of just how far things have come.
That the Robins are now three points ahead of Carlisle after such an awful start is further testament to how well they’ve bounced back since Darrell Clarke took over from Wade Elliot in the Completely-Suzuki Stadium dugout. It’s also testament to Carlisle’s continued poor form.
The Cumbrians have the worst away record in the division and have now lost six of their last seven third-tier road games, failing to net in four of those. Given such travelling travails 23/20 about a win for their resurgent hosts represents good value.
Posh can claim shutout success against near non-existent Salop away attack
Even for Football League betting anoraks like news.betzone.co.uk eyebrow-raising, betting-relevant form stats can sometimes get lost amidst the noise. Up until this week, Shrewsbury’s miserable away scoring record in League One had been one such example. No more.
Miraculously Salop have claimed two wins and two draws from 13 road trips in the division despite mustering just three away goals. They’ve also lost nine times on their third-tier travels so it’s no surprise to see promotion-chasing Peterborough priced up as 3/10 home favourites.
Posh may have a well-worn reputation as swashbuckling attackers but they’ve kept clean sheets in seven of their 12 home league games this season, the highest percentage in the division (58%).
All those blanks came in wins to nil, making the 6/5 about another one for their collection look like fair value against such toothless visitors.
Bouncing Bournemouth can land a blow on Liverpool in home defeat
Bournemouth have won six of their last eight league games and are likely to have their backers at 10/3 to beat a Liverpool side missing defenders Joel Matip, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andrew Robertson and Konstantinos Tsimikas.
However, Liverpool are top of the EPL for a reason and have won four of their last five away games against top-flight opposition. The 4/6 about the win for Jurgen Klopp’s men at the Vitality Stadium looks short but there’s more value in the 9/5 about an away win and both teams to score.
Bournemouth carry a potent goal threat having netted twice or more in all eight games of the aforementioned sequence. However, Liverpool have already beaten them 2-1 on the south coast when both sides played strong teams in an EFL Cup tie back in November.
The Reds were able to overcome a very wasteful Arsenal 2-0 in the FA Cup in their last road game, but they’ve shipped in eight of their 10 away league outings this term.