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Pirates To plunder a point at Bradford

Pirates To plunder a point at Bradford


The first international break of the season allows Leagues One and Two to take centre stage domestically and the pick of Saturday’s games sees Bradford City and Bristol Rovers meeting at the Northern Commercial Stadium.

The Bantams reached the play-off final last term but were beaten by Millwall at Wembley. They will be hoping to go one better this season and have made a solid start to the campaign with the 3-3 draw at Walsall leaving them ninth in the table.

Rovers are 11th after beating Fleetwood Town 3-1 on Saturday and are good enough at 47/20 to come away from West Yorkshire with a draw.

Elsewhere on Saturday, Peterborough United’s 100 per cent winning start to the season could come to an end at Doncaster, who are seeking back-to-back promotions.

Rovers have drawn their first two League One matches at the Keepmoat Stadium this season and we can see this one finishing 1-1, which can be backed at odds of 25/4.

For all their off-pitch problems, Blackpool have started the campaign well following their play-off triumph in May and should have enough quality to defeat an AFC Wimbledon side that finds goals hard to come by.

The Dons have only found the net three times in their first four games and Blackpool are 7/4 to keep a clean sheet against them on Saturday.

Unbeaten Scunthorpe United can grind out a 1-0 victory at Bury at odds of 8/1 while there could be a shock at Gillingham. The Gills have failed to win a match so far but look good value at 7/4 to get off the mark by beating unbeaten Shrewsbury Town.

MK Dons have been poor in their first four matches and Oxford United can add to the gloom at Stadium:mk by winning 2-0 against Robbie Nielson’s side at 14/1.

Oldham Athletic already look set for a battle to avoid relegation this term, while Charlton Athletic finally seem to have got their act together and the Addicks are 29/4 to win the match at Boundary Park from behind.

Mid-table Southend United have the worst defensive record in League One so the chances of there being over 4.5 goals in the match against Rochdale at 17/4 look enticing while the clash between Walsall and Plymouth Argyle seems set to be a draw, which can be backed at 47/20.

On Sunday, there is a match between two sides that were separated by two divisions last season – Portsmouth and Rotherham United.

Pompey are now upwardly mobile while the Millers will be concentrating on stabilising in League One following last term’s relegation. Brett Pitman is in good form for Kenny Jackett’s side and is 15/4 to score the first goal this weekend.

In League Two, the two leading sides meet at St James Park when table-topping Exeter City entertain surprise package Newport County.

The Welsh side narrowly avoided relegation to the National League last season but thrashed Chesterfield 4-1 on Saturday to move up to second.

Exeter, beaten by Blackpool in last season’s play-off final, were involved in a seven-goal thriller at the weekend, coming back from 2-0 down to win 4-3 at Cheltenham Town.

Paul Tisdale’s team are good enough to bring County’s unbeaten start to the campaign to an end and are 19/1 to beat the Exiles 3-0.

Lincoln City’s start to life in League Two has not been straightforward but they did at least get their first victory of the season at the fourth attempt on Saturday when they defeated Carlisle United 4-1 at Sincil Bank.

However, it could be difficult for the Red Imps again this weekend as they entertain free-scoring Luton Town with the Hatters winning this match by a two-goal margin or more good value at 3/1.

Crawley Town got off the mark on Saturday by surprisingly winning at Swindon Town but Harry Kewell has a difficult job at the Broadfield Stadium and the Reds look set for a long nine months battling to avoid relegation.

Yeovil have bounced back well following their 8-2 mauling at Luton on the opening day and can beat Crawley at odds of 37/20 on Saturday.

Forest Green Rovers need to tighten up defensively if they are to avoid making an immediate return to the National League but at least Christian Doidge has started the season well and can be backed at 23/4 to score the first goal at eighth-placed Wycombe Wanderers.

Cambridge have only found the net twice in their first four league games but have conceded just three goals so it may be worth looking at odds of 8/1 on their match against Colchester United ending goalless.

Carlisle United can prolong Mansfield Town’s mediocre start to the season by beating Steve Evans’ side 2-1 at Brunton Park at 37/4, while Stevenage can extend their unbeaten start to the campaign by drawing at Cheltenham Town at odds of 23/10.

Two sides that were plying their trade in League One last term – Chesterfield and Coventry City – meet on Saturday but the Spireites have made an awful start to the 2017/18 campaign and are currently bottom of the table. Chesterfield are 47/20 to eke out a draw with the Sky Blues though.

Unbeaten Crewe Alexandra are a well-organised side this season and can keep a clean sheet at 12/5 at Grimsby Town, while Morecambe have struggled for goals so far this term so Accrington Stanley can clinch a 1-0 win at 7/1 at the Globe Arena.

Port Vale have lost their first two home games but can break that duck by coming from behind to see off Notts County at 21/2, while Swindon Town can bounce back from the shock of losing 3-0 at home to Crawley on Saturday by easing to a routine 2-0 victory against Barnet at odds of 17/2.

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Mark Race Having worked in the media for nearly 30 years, Mark knows his sport inside out and at all levels. An avid football fan, Mark also has serious knowledge of the tennis world and is quick to point out value bets in a number of other sports.