With the comedown post-Cheltenham at its peak, though a short comedown before focus switches to Aintree and Punchestown, what better time to give our first bit of attention on Racing Pages to another sport?
It’ll be an ever evolving forum but the intention is to give primary focus to racing with football coming in second and the occasional bit of everything else. So today we’re going to give our first bit of attention to football and advise on the best bets available for this weekend’s action.
With it being an international week we do have a reduced programme on offer, but to be honest I prefer to focus on the leagues outside of the Premier League as you’re often able to find a bit more value outside of the massively over-bet big names of the premier division. A little bit of knowledge and analysis can often be very profitable when focusing on the Football League, and that’s what I hope to bring here.
Bolton to Win Away at Shrewsbury
Bolton are currently challenging for automatic promotion to return to the Championship, in second place the top spot looks beyond them but they should be good enough to secure the second automatic spot. They have won four on the bounce, banging in four goals in three of those games, and although they had a tough trip to Oxford midweek they should have had enough time to recover since Tuesday.
Shrewsbury on the other hand are battling against relegation and sit just one place above the drop; they managed to put together a decent run of form recently, losing just three in ten, but the majority of that form was against lower half teams. The Shrews’ home form has also been decent enough this year, with a winning record, but I don’t expect them to be good enough to stop Bolton.
It’s getting to the business end of the season now and with a return to the second tier in sight I expect Bolton to be too good for a struggling Shrewsbury.
Exeter to Win at Home to Yeovil
Our second selection is a south-west match-up with Exeter City hosting Yeovil Town. Exeter made a slow start to the season but have since made steady progress up the table and into the last of the play-off spots, automatic promotion looks beyond them now but a strong finish to the season could still end in promotion via the play-offs. They’ve been a little inconsistent recently, with three wins and four draws in their last ten, whilst their home form is considerably weaker than their away, which could be a concern when getting behind them.
Yeovil, having gone from a high of the Championship a few years back have since gone into freefall and at times looked in danger of slipping out of the Football League, but young manger Darren Way looks to have steadied the ship and they now look safe for another year. The Glovers have only lost two in ten, which is great form for a team in their position but he majority of those games have been against bottom half teams, whilst only two teams have scored fewer goals away from home this year in League Two.
I don’t expect it to be a comfortable victory for Exeter, but given Yeovil’s lack of away goals and the fact that Exeter have goals in them, with two players in the top ten of League Two goal scorers for the season, I think they’ll have enough to at least win by the odd goal at home.
Bolton (EVS) & Exeter (7/10) Win Double @ 12/5 with SkyBet
Bets will be made at a level of 1pt unless specified otherwise