EFL Betting Tips: Sparse League One means Notts County and Bradford City take centre stage

16 November 2023

It’s not often that a League Two ticket is the hottest in town, but this international break sees the fourth tier of English football take centre stage domestically.

With both the Premier League and Championship out of action it means that attention turns to the English Football League’s other two divisions, but the nature of the beast these days sees League One almost entirely depleted as well due to international outings.

We’ve picked two games from each division to zone in on – something that wasn’t difficult in the third tier considering that only four teams are in action anyway.

League One

Blackpool v Shrewsbury Town

Kick off: 3pm Saturday

The Tangerines have been consistently inconsistent of late, with Neil Critchley’s side having not had the same result in almost a month. They’re still within touching distance of the play-off places, but in the league they’ve won just twice since the start of October. Three points at home is at 1.56.

A win over Morecambe in the Bristol Street Motors Trophy will have given them a boost, as will the fact that Salop have been victorious in only one of their last 19 away games – scoring in just three since the start of the season.

Blackpool to win and under 3.5 goals @ 2.22 

Stevenage v Lincoln City

Kick off: 3pm Saturday

It’s fifth v ninth in this one, and a victory for the visitors could see them go within a point of the top six. They’re big outsiders though, coming in at 5.7 for a win, although they have scored in eight of their last 11 matches.

Boro’s results may have been good of late – winning their last four in all competitions – but they’ve struggled to keep it tight at the back. Just three clean sheets in their last 10 sees them at 2.06 to keep the Imps off the scoresheet at Broadhall Way.

Both teams to score @ 1.95

League Two

Notts County v Bradford City

Kick off: 12.30pm Saturday

It’s arguably the biggest EFL game of the weekend as the Magpies look to get back on track after faltering in recent fixtures, and one of the division’s biggest clubs, Bradford, seek to claw back some ground after a rough start.

Three defeats in their last five games has seen County lose some ground on those at the top, however depending on results elsewhere they could go second with a victory over the Bantams. 

You have to go back to November 2022 to find the last goalless draw at Meadow Lane, and since the start of the 2023/24 campaign just three of their home matches have ended without both teams scoring (1.56 for this one).

Bradford have lost four of their last five and haven’t won a League Two game in a month, which is why they’re at 2.26 to win either half.

Notts County to win and over 1.5 goals @ 2.12

Accrington Stanley v Wrexham

Kick off: 3pm Saturday

It’s safe to say that Phil Parkinson’s side have hit their straps of late, winning their last five games across the league, FA Cup and EFL Trophy – and scoring 10 goals along the way.

The Red Dragons haven’t been beaten at all in almost two months now, and they’ll know what a win against eighth-placed Accy will do for their promotion credentials as they seek another promotion. 

Accrington have been relatively strong at home with five league victories out of nine, but just one of them has involved a clean sheet – and Wrexham do like to score. It’s no surprise to see them at 5.5 to win to nil.

Wrexham to win @ 2.04

Recommended Bets

Back Blackpool to beat Shrewsbury and under 3.5 goals @ 2.22
Back BTTS in Stevenage v Lincoln City @ 1.95
Back Notts County to beat Bradford and over 1.5 goals @ 2.12
Back Wrexham to beat Accrington Stanley @ 2.04

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