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League 2 Football Pointers – Saturday 20th March

Newport vs Leyton Orient

Newport Stats and averages

Goals scored – 1.31 goals per game

Goals conceded – 1.02 goals per game

Corners for them – 5.05 per game

Corners for their opponents – 3.57 per game

Yellow cards for them – 0.97 per game

Yellow cards for their opponents – 1.68 per game

Red cards for them – 0.11 per game

Red cards for their opponents – 0.25 per game

Newport have played 35 games this season

They have scored in – 30 games

They have conceded in – 24 games

Games with over 1.5 goals – 26 games

Games with over 2. 5 goals – 16 games

Games where both teams scored – 21 games

Games with 3+ corners for them – 28 games

Games with 3+ corners for their opponents – 22 games

Games with 9+ match corners – 20 games

Games with 10+ booking points for them – 22 games

Games with 10+ booking points for opponents – 31 games

Games with 30+ match booking points – 24 games

Leyton Orient stats and averages

Goals scored – 1.11 goals per game

Goals conceded – 1.14 goals per game

Corners for them – 5.08 per game

Corners for their opponents – 4.58 per game

Yellow cards for them – 2.02 per game

Yellow cards for their opponents – 1.70 per game

Red cards for them – 0.08 per game

Red cards for their opponents – 0 per game

Leyton Orient have played 34 games this season

They have scored in – 25 games

They have conceded in – 21 games

Games with over 1.5 goals – 24 games

Games with over 2. 5 goals – 14 games

Games where both teams scored – 15 games

Games with 3+ corners for them – 31 games

Games with 3+ corners for their opponents – 26 games

Games with 9+ match corners – 20 games

Games with 10+ booking points for them – 27 games

Games with 10+ booking points for opponents – 26 games

Games with 30+ match booking points – 25 games

Newport vs Leyton Orient match preview

Newport lost their last game to break a 3 game winning streak. Leyton Orient have drawn their last 2 and have only won 1 of their last 11 games. Leyton Orient won 2-1 when these sides met for the first time this season with 1 Leyton Orient corner, 2 Newport corners, 2 Leyton Orient yellow cards and 5 Newport yellow cards. Leyton Orient have failed to score in 7 of their last 11 games. Newport have scored 8 goals in their last 4 games. Goals are too risky to back as only 2 of the last 14 Leyton Orient games have gone over 2.5 goals. Corners is also risky as there were only 3 when these sides last met and Newport only average 2.80 corners per game in their last 5 games. Leyton Orient have been given 9 yellow cards in their last 3 games but Newport have finished with no cards in 8 of their last 16 games. So all angles of bets have some kind of doubt from one team or the other, for that reason we would not advise a bet in this game.

Stevenage vs Carlisle

Stevenage stats and averages

Goals scored – 0.77 goals per game

Goals conceded – 0.86 goals per game

Corners for them – 4.58 per game

Corners for their opponents – 5.05 per game

Yellow cards for them – 1.38 per game

Yellow cards for their opponents – 1.30 per game

Red cards for them – 0.02 per game

Red cards for their opponents – 0.05 per game

Stevenage have played 36 games this season

They have scored in – 19 games

They have conceded in – 20 games

Games with over 1.5 goals – 17 games

Games with over 2. 5 goals – 11 games

Games where both teams scored – 13 games

Games with 3+ corners for them – 26 games

Games with 3+ corners for their opponents – 33 games

Games with 9+ match corners – 21 games

Games with 10+ booking points for them – 27 games

Games with 10+ booking points for opponents – 29 games

Games with 30+ match booking points – 18 games

Carlisle stats and averages

Goals scored – 1.40 goals per game

Goals conceded – 1.18 goals per game

Corners for them – 6.06 per game

Corners for their opponents – 5.21 per game

Yellow cards for them – 1.75 per game

Yellow cards for their opponents – 1.53 per game

Red cards for them – 0.06 per game

Red cards for their opponents – 0.09 per game

Carlisle have played 32 games this season

They have scored in – 26 games

They have conceded in – 23 games

Games with over 1.5 goals – 22 games

Games with over 2. 5 goals – 15 games

Games where both teams scored – 17 games

Games with 3+ corners for them – 30 games

Games with 3+ corners for their opponents – 30 games

Games with 9+ match corners – 24 games

Games with 10+ booking points for them – 26 games

Games with 10+ booking points for opponents – 28 games

Games with 30+ match booking points – 20 games

Stevenage vs Carlisle match preview

Stevenage are unbeaten in their last 8 games, winning 3 and drawing 5. Carlisle are now unbeaten in their last 3, drawing 2 and winning 1  though before that they had lost 4 games in a row. The reverse fixture ended 4-0 to Carlisle with 7 Carlisle corners, 1 Stevenage corner, 1 Stevenage yellow card and 1 Stevenage red card. On current form with goals this really is a meeting of chalk and cheese. Both teams have scored in the last 8 Carlisle games whilst Stevenage have kept 6 clean sheets in a row, 8 clean sheets in their last 10 games and 4 of the last 6 Stevenage games have finished 0-0. The last 4 head to head meetings have finished 4-0 to Carlisle, 3-2 to Carlisle and 3-0 to Stevenage. So this is  a game that has thrown up goals in recent games. So goals is a real head scratcher as really nothing would be a surprise, though we do feel that the Carlisle goal trend is very strong right now. Carlisle have conceded in all of their last 10 games and have scored in 12 of their last 13 games. So we do feel goals would be the better bet though the smartest move may be to leave the goals market alone. Carlisle have had 3 or more corners in 30 of their 32 league games this season. Stevenage have had just 2 corners or less in 4 of their last 10 games and only had 1 corner when these sides last met. So if backing corners it looks smart to stick to Carlisle as they average 6.14 corners a game in their last 7 games, though this is not a game where we would back Carlisle to have more corners as although Stevenage are inconsistent they have proven they can rack up a decent corner count and the difference in averages is not big enough for us to confidently tip that bet. Carlisle have been given at least 1 card in 13 of their last 15 games and they average 2.13 yellow cards a game in those 15 games. Carlisle opponents have been given at least 1 card in 15 of their last 16 games and average 1.50 yellow cards per game in those 16 games. Stevenage have been given at least 1 card in 7 of their last 8 games and average 2 yellow cards per game in those 8 games. Stevenage opponents have been given at least 1 card in 13 of their last 14 games and average 1.50 yellow cards per game in those 14 games. So bookings looks a good bet with it highly likely both teams see at least 1 card and the game will have at least 3 cards.

Barrow vs Crawley

Barrow stats and averages

Goals scored – 1.15 goals per game

Goals conceded – 1.24 goals per game

Corners for them – 4.60 per game

Corners for their opponents – 4.81 per game

Yellow cards for them – 1.81 per game

Yellow cards for their opponents – 1.93 per game

Red cards for them – 0.09 per game

Red cards for their opponents – 0.21 per game

Barrow have played 33 games this season

They have scored in – 23 games

They have conceded in – 25 games

Games with over 1.5 goals – 20 games

Games with over 2. 5 goals – 11 games

Games where both teams scored – 15 games

Games with 3+ corners for them – 28 games

Games with 3+ corners for their opponents – 28 games

Games with 9+ match corners – 20 games

Games with 10+ booking points for them – 32 games

Games with 10+ booking points for opponents –30 games

Games with 30+ match booking points – 27 games

Crawley stats and averages

Goals scored – 1.32 goals per game

Goals conceded – 1.20 goals per game

Corners for them – 4.79 per game

Corners for their opponents – 5.29 per game

Yellow cards for them – 1.20 per game

Yellow cards for their opponents – 1.41 per game

Red cards for them – 0.08 per game

Red cards for their opponents – 0.17 per game

Crawley have played 34 games this season

They have scored in – 28 games

They have conceded in – 24 games

Games with over 1.5 goals – 25 games

Games with over 2. 5 goals – 15 games

Games where both teams scored – 19 games

Games with 3+ corners for them – 28 games

Games with 3+ corners for their opponents – 29 games

Games with 9+ match corners – 20 games

Games with 10+ booking points for them – 27 games

Games with 10+ booking points for opponents – 24 games

Games with 30+ match booking points – 19 games

Barrow vs Crawley match preview

Crawley are unbeaten in their last 4, winning 3 and drawing 1. Barrow have now won their last 3 games and have kept a clean sheet in all 3 of those wins. Crawley won 4-2 when the sides met earlier this season with 5 Barrow corners, 8 Crawley corners, 1 Barrow yellow card, 3 Crawley yellow cards and 1 Barrow red card. Barrow have really found some form these last 3 games and with games in hand against teams around them they have given their chance of survival a real boost. Goals looks tough to call as Barrow have kept 3 clean sheets in a row and even though they have won their last 3 they have still failed to score in 4 of their last 9 and are not a team that we would be banking on to produce games with goals. Crawley have kept 3 clean sheets in their last 4 games and even though they have scored in all of their last 8 games they have scored just 1 goal in 7 of those games, so are hardly prolific goal scorers themselves. Barrow have finished with 0 corners in 2 of their last 4 games and Crawley only average 3.16 corners per game in their last 6 games, so corners is a bet to avoid. Barrow games all season have produced cards, though it is worth noting that 3 of the last 6 Barrow games have finished with just 2 cards or less. Crawley opponents have been given at least 1 card in 12 of the last 13 Crawley games and their opponents average 2.15 yellow cards per game in those 13 games. Crawley themselves average 1.55 yellow cards per game in their last 9 games. So we do feel this is a game that will produce cards as Barrow will fight and be desperate to keep this winning run going and Crawley will be desperate for a win to get them closer to the playoff spots and also protect their own unbeaten run. 

Bolton vs Walsall

Bolton stats and averages

Goals scored – 1.28 goals per game

Goals conceded – 1.20 goals per game

Corners for them – 4.82 per game

Corners for their opponents – 4.91 per game

Yellow cards for them – 1.25 per game

Yellow cards for their opponents – 1.37 per game

Red cards for them – 0.14 per game

Red cards for their opponents – 0.02 per game

Bolton have played 35 games this season

They have scored in – 28 games

They have conceded in – 22 games

Games with over 1.5 goals – 25 games

Games with over 2. 5 goals – 13 games

Games where both teams scored – 16 games

Games with 3+ corners for them – 29 games

Games with 3+ corners for their opponents – 33 games

Games with 9+ match corners – 26 games

Games with 10+ booking points for them – 26 games

Games with 10+ booking points for opponents – 26 games

Games with 30+ match booking points – 22 games

Walsall stats and averages

Goals scored – 1.08 goals per game

Goals conceded – 1.32 goals per game

Corners for them – 5.44 per game

Corners for their opponents – 4.74 per game

Yellow cards for them – 1.50 per game

Yellow cards for their opponents – 1.64 per game

Red cards for them – 0.08 per game

Red cards for their opponents – 0 per game

Walsall have played 34 games this season

They have scored in – 24 games

They have conceded in – 30 games

Games with over 1.5 goals – 26 games

Games with over 2. 5 goals – 12 games

Games where both teams scored – 22 games

Games with 3+ corners for them – 28 games

Games with 3+ corners for their opponents – 27 games

Games with 9+ match corners – 24 games

Games with 10+ booking points for them – 28 games

Games with 10+ booking points for opponents – 30 games

Games with 30+ match booking points – 25 games

Bolton vs Walsall match profile

Bolton are unbeaten in their last 11, drawing 2 and winning 9. Walsall have failed to win any of their last 9 games, drawing 3 and losing 6. Walsall won 2-1 when the sides met earlier this season with 5 Walsall corners, 4 Bolton corners, 1 Walsall yellow card and 2 Bolton yellow cards. Walsall have failed to score in 4 of their last 6 games and have conceded at least 1 goal in 22 of their last 23 games. Bolton have scored in all of their last 14 games and have kept 7 clean sheets in their last 11 games. Bolton to win is the most obvious bet here. It also looks likely that Bolton will have the most corners as Walsall only average 3 corners per game in their last 4 games and Bolton average 6.83 corners a game in their last 6 games, though it is worth noting that Walsall actually average more corners per game than Bolton when you look at the whole season. Bolton have been given exactly 1 yellow card in all of their last 4 games and Bolton opponents have been given at least 1 card in all of the last 8 Bolton games and they average 1.75 yellow cards per game in those 8 games. Walsall have been given at least 1 card in 12 of their last 13 games and they average 1.69 yellow cards per game in those 13 games. So there looks to be possible bets with cards and corners though this may be a game where its best to play it simple and back Bolton to win. 

Bradford vs Oldham

Bradford stats and averages

Goals scored – 1.15 goals per game

Goals conceded – 1.15 goals per game

Corners for them – 4.63 per game

Corners for their opponents – 4.75 per game

Yellow cards for them – 1.33 per game

Yellow cards for their opponents – 1.45 per game

Red cards for them – 0.09 per game

Red cards for their opponents – – 0.06 per game

Bradford have played 33 games this season

They have scored in – 23 games

They have conceded in – 24 games

Games with over 1.5 goals – 21 games

Games with over 2. 5 goals – 17 games

Games where both teams scored – 17 games

Games with 3+ corners for them – 26 games

Games with 3+ corners for their opponents – 26 games

Games with 9+ match corners – 19 games

Games with 10+ booking points for them – 26 games

Games with 10+ booking points for opponents – 27 games

Games with 30+ match booking points – 20 games

Oldham stats and averages

Goals scored – 1.48 goals per game

Goals conceded – 1.74 goals per game

Corners for them – 5.08 per game

Corners for their opponents – 5.62 per game

Yellow cards for them – 1.68 per game

Yellow cards for their opponents – 1.62 per game

Red cards for them – 0.08 per game

Red cards for their opponents – 0.02 per game

Oldham have played 35 games this season

They have scored in – 24 games

They have conceded in – 32 games

Games with over 1.5 goals – 29 games

Games with over 2. 5 goals – 22 games

Games where both teams scored – 24 games

Games with 3+ corners for them – 33 games

Games with 3+ corners for their opponents – 26 games

Games with 9+ match corners – 25 games

Games with 10+ booking points for them – 29 games

Games with 10+ booking points for opponents – 32 games

Games with 30+ match booking points – 24 games

Bradford vs Oldham match preview

Bradford are winless in their last 3 games, losing 2 and drawing 1 though before that they had won 5 in a row. Oldham have failed to win in their last 5 games, drawing 3 and losing 2. Oldham won 3-1 when these sides met in the reverse fixture with 7 Oldham corners, 11 Bradford corners, 3 Oldham yellow cards and 2 Bradford yellow cards. Bradford have scored in all of their last 11 games and have conceded 6 goals in their last 3 games. Oldham last 4 games have seen the first 2 both finish 0-0 then they lost 4-2 to Cambridge and played out a 1-1 draw with Scunthorpe. So whilst Oldham add some doubt we do see at least a couple of goals in this one as Oldham have conceded at least 1 goal in 12 of their last 14 games and conceded an average of 1.71 goals per game in those 14 games. Also whilst Oldham can struggle to score goals they average 1.60 goals scored per game in their last 23 games and they scored 2 or more goals in 13 of those games. If backing goals we do feel total match goals is a smarter bet than both teams to score as both teams have proven they can score 2 or 3 goals on their own, though in truth it would be no surprise if one of these teams,  Oldham in particular, failed to score. Oldham games have also been very inconsistent with corners lately. In the last 4 Oldham games the total match corners has been 5 corners, 1 corner, 19 corners and 13 corners. Whilst Bradford have been more consistent they still only average 3.62 corners per game in their last 8 games so if Oldham do have a low day then we don’t have the confidence that Bradford could cover the line on their own. So for that reason corners is a bet to avoid. Bradford have been given at least 1 card in all of their last 10 games and they average 1.80 yellow cards per game in those 10 games. Bradford opponents have been given at least 1 card in all of the last 12 Bradford games and their opponents average 1.75 yellow cards per game in those 12 games. Oldham have been given at least 1 card in 27 out of their last 30 league games and they average 1.90 yellow cards per game in those 30 games. Oldham opponents have been given at least 1 card in all of the last 15 Oldham games, and their opponents average 1.86 yellow cards per game in those 15 games. So whilst total match goals looks an angle to explore the standout bet here as the stats point to a very good chance both teams pick up a card or 2 and the game will have at least 3 or 4 bookings. 

Cambridge vs Forest Green

Cambridge stats and averages

Goals scored – 1.50 goals per game

Goals conceded – 0.94 goals per game

Corners for them – 4.47 per game

Corners for their opponents – 5.41 per game

Yellow cards for them – 1.36 per game

Yellow cards for their opponents – 1.36 per game

Red cards for them – 0 per game

Red cards for their opponents – 0.08 per game

Cambridge have played 36 games this season

They have scored in – 26 games

They have conceded in – 25 games

Games with over 1.5 goals – 26 games

Games with over 2. 5 goals – 18 games

Games where both teams scored –18 games

Games with 3+ corners for them – 25 games

Games with 3+ corners for their opponents – 32 games

Games with 9+ match corners – 24 games

Games with 10+ booking points for them – 27 games

Games with 10+ booking points for opponents – 25 games

Games with 30+ match booking points – 21 games

Forest Green stats and averages

Goals scored – 1.44 goals per game

Goals conceded – 1.05 goals per game

Corners for them – 5 per game

Corners for their opponents – 3.67 per game

Yellow cards for them – 1.47 per game

Yellow cards for their opponents – 1.82 per game

Red cards for them – 0.08 per game

Red cards for their opponents – 0.08 per game

Forest Green have played 34 games this season

They have scored in – 30 games

They have conceded in – 22 games

Games with over 1.5 goals – 24 games

Games with over 2. 5 goals – 17 games

Games where both teams scored – 20 games

Games with 3+ corners for them – 29 games

Games with 3+ corners for their opponents – 21 games

Games with 9+ match corners – 14 games

Games with 10+ booking points for them – 30 games

Games with 10+ booking points for opponents – 30 games

Games with 30+ match booking points – 27 games

Cambridge vs Forest Green match preview

Cambridge are on a run of winning then losing and that has seen them win 4 and lose 3 of their last 7 games. Forest Green have won 6, drawn 2 and lost 2 of their last 10 games. The reverse fixture ended 2-0 to Forest Green with 4 Forest Green corners, 1 Cambridge corner and 1 Forest Green yellow card. Forest Green have scored at least 1 goal in 8 of their last 9 games and they scored  18 goals in those 9 games. Forest Green have conceded at least 1 goal in all of their last 4 games and they conceded 7 goals in those 4 games. Cambridge have scored in all of their last 3 games and scored 6 goals in those 3 games. Cambridge have also conceded 2 goals in each of their last 2 games. Goals looks a good bet in this one with a good chance that both teams will score. Though both teams have shown they can score or conceded 2/3 goals so total match goals may be the smarter bet. Both sides have been a bit inconsistent with corners lately with spikes where they hit a double figure corner count on their own and then multiple games where they are around 3/4 corners or lower. So for that reason we feel corners is an angle to avoid. Forest Green have been given 2 cards or more in 9 of their last 12 games and Forest Green’s opponents have been given at least 1 card in all of the last 12 games, and their opponents average 1.83 yellow cards per game in those 12 games. Cambridge are more patchy with bookings, however even though they have failed to receive any cards in 3 of their last 8 games, they still average 1.75 yellow cars per game in those 8 games as they have been given 2 cards or more in the other 5 games. So bookings also looks a good bet in this one with it highly likely the game will have at least 3 cards and both teams will pick up a booking. 

Cheltenham vs Salford

Cheltenham stats and averages

Goals scored – 1.31 goals per game

Goals conceded – 0.94 goals per game

Corners for them – 5.28 per game

Corners for their opponents – 4.02 per game

Yellow cards for them – 1.05 per game

Yellow cards for their opponents – 1.11 per game

Red cards for them – 0 per game

Red cards for their opponents – 0.02 per game

Cheltenham have played 35 games this season

They have scored in – 27 games

They have conceded in – 19 games

Games with over 1.5 goals – 25 games

Games with over 2. 5 goals – 14 games

Games where both teams scored – 15 games

Games with 3+ corners for them – 28 games

Games with 3+ corners for their opponents –  27 games

Games with 9+ match corners – 17 games

Games with 10+ booking points for them – 20 games

Games with 10+ booking points for opponents – 25 games

Games with 30+ match booking points – 14 games

Salford stats and averages

Goals scored – 1.20 goals per game

Goals conceded – 0.79 goals per game

Corners for them – 4.82 per game

Corners for their opponents – 4.32 per game

Yellow cards for them – 1.85 per game

Yellow cards for their opponents – 1.52 per game

Red cards for them – 0 per game

Red cards for their opponents – 0.05 per game

Salford have played 34 games this season

They have scored in – 25 games

They have conceded in – 18 games

Games with over 1.5 goals – 20 games

Games with over 2. 5 goals – 13 games

Games where both teams scored – 14 games

Games with 3+ corners for them – 27 games

Games with 3+ corners for their opponents – 27 games

Games with 9+ match corners – 19 games

Games with 10+ booking points for them – 28 games

Games with 10+ booking points for opponents – 25 games

Games with 30+ match booking points – 24 games

Cheltenham vs Salford match preview

Cheltenham have won 7 and lost 3 of their last 10 games whilst Salford have only won 1 of their last 7 games, drawing 4 and losing 2. It ended 0-0 the first time these sides met this season with 1 Salford corner, 3 Cheltenham corners and 1 Salford yellow card. We can keep the write up short for this game as all angles carry too much doubt. Cheltenham have conceded 2 goals or more in 4 of their last 8 games and in the other 4 they kept clean sheets. Salford have failed to score in 3 of their last 5 games and they scored just 1 goal in each of the other 2 games.  Salford have also kept 3 clean sheets in their last 5 games and conceded just 1 goal in each of the other 2 games. In their last 6 games Cheltenham corner count has been 2,3,7,2,8,9 , so you can see they are very inconsistent with corners. Salford are more consistent but there are consistent around the 5 corners a game mark, which won’t be enough to cover a bet should Cheltenham have a low day. You could back Salford corners on their own but the fact Salford only managed 1 corner when these decides last met is off putting. Salford average 2.37 yellow cards per game in their last 8 games. So Salford look good for cards just the issue is Cheltenham have been given no cards in 4 of their last 5 games and Cheltenham opponents have ended with no cards in 3 of the last 6 Cheltenham games. Add this to the fact that there was only 1 card when the sides last met and we are left with no potential bets in this one. 

Colchester vs Port Vale

Colchester stats and averages

Goals scored – 0.94 goals per game

Goals conceded – 1.37 goals per game

Corners for them – 4.05 per game

Corners for their opponents – 6 per game

Yellow cards for them – 1.82 per game

Yellow cards for their opponents – 1.28 per game

Red cards for them – 0.05 per game

Red cards for their opponents – 0.02 per game

Colchester have played 35 games this season

They have scored in – 22 games

They have conceded in – 26 games

Games with over 1.5 goals – 25 games

Games with over 2. 5 goals – 16 games

Games where both teams scored – 19 games

Games with 3+ corners for them – 29 games

Games with 3+ corners for their opponents – 32 games

Games with 9+ match corners – 25 games

Games with 10+ booking points for them – 31 games

Games with 10+ booking points for opponents – 29 games

Games with 30+ match booking points – 22 games

Port Vale stats and averages

Goals scored – 1.25 goals per game

Goals conceded – 1.41 goals per game

Corners for them – 4.72 per game

Corners for their opponents – 4.75 per game

Yellow cards for them – 1.33 per game

Yellow cards for their opponents – 1.13 per game

Red cards for them – 0.08 per game

Red cards for their opponents – 0 per game

Port Vale have played 36 games this season

They have scored in – 22 games

They have conceded in – 27 games

Games with over 1.5 goals – 24 games

Games with over 2. 5 goals – 15 games

Games where both teams scored – 17 games

Games with 3+ corners for them – 31 games

Games with 3+ corners for their opponents – 27 games

Games with 9+ match corners – 21 games

Games with 10+ booking points for them – 27 games

Games with 10+ booking points for opponents – 25 games

Games with 30+ match booking points – 20 games

Colchester vs Port Vale match preview

Port Vale won last time to break a run of 8 games without a win. Colchester have only won 1 of their last 19 games, losing 10 and drawing 8. The last 2 Colchester games have both finished 0-0. It ended 1-1 when the sides met the first time this season with 7 Colchester corners, 8 Port Vale corners, 3 Colchester yellow cards and 1 Port Vale yellow card. Goals and the result are bets to avoid. Colchester have failed to score in their last 4 games in a row and 12 of their last 16 games. Port Vale have failed to score in 5 of their last 7, so goals is too risky to back and neither side win often enough for us to back them to win in this one. 7 of the last 11 Port Vale games have finished with 7 corners or less and whilst Colchester are more consistent they are not high enough on the averages for us to think they can do most of the heavy lifting should Port Vale have a low corner day like they have been lately. Port Vale have been given at least 1 card in all of their last 5 games and average 2 yellow cards a game in those 5 games. Colchester have been given at least 1 card in 31 of their 35 league games this season. Though we don’t think cards is as strong a bet as it looks in this one as 5 of the last 8 Port Vale games have had just 2 cards or less and 7 of the last 10 Colchester games have finished with 2 bookings or less. So whilst both teams have been picking up cards and their averages look good, they are both too close to the betting line for us to confidently say that there will be 3 cards or more in this game. So this is a game where we would not recommend a bet. 

Harrogate vs Morecambe

Harrogate stats and averages

Goals scored – 1.14 goals per game

Goals conceded – 1.14 goals per game

Corners for them – 5.31 per game

Corners for their opponents – 4.74 per game

Yellow cards for them – 1.02 per game

Yellow cards for their opponents – 1.42 per game

Red cards for them – 0.14 per game

Red cards for their opponents – 0.11 per game

Harrogate have played 35 games this season

They have scored in – 25 games

They have conceded in – 23 games

Games with over 1.5 goals – 19 games

Games with over 2. 5 goals – 18 games

Games where both teams scored – 16 games

Games with 3+ corners for them – 30 games

Games with 3+ corners for their opponents – 26 games

Games with 9+ match corners – 24 games

Games with 10+ booking points for them – 23 games

Games with 10+ booking points for opponents – 29 games

Games with 30+ match booking points – 18 games

Morecambe stats and averages

Goals scored – 1.42 goals per game

Goals conceded – 1.40 goals per game

Corners for them – 4.74 per game

Corners for their opponents – 4.77 per game

Yellow cards for them – 1.80 per game

Yellow cards for their opponents – 1.11 per game

Red cards for them – 0.08 per game

Red cards for their opponents – 0.08 per game

Morecambe have played 34 games this season

They have scored in – 30 games

They have conceded in – 29 games

Games with over 1.5 goals – 28 games

Games with over 2. 5 goals – 22 games

Games where both teams scored – 24 games

Games with 3+ corners for them – 27 games

Games with 3+ corners for their opponents – 30 games

Games with 9+ match corners – 20 games

Games with 10+ booking points for them – 30 games

Games with 10+ booking points for opponents – 25 games

Games with 30+ match booking points – 22 games

Harrogate vs Morecambe match preview

Morecambe have won 2, lost 2 and drawn 1 of their last 5 games and Harrogate have won 7 and lost 5 of their last 12 games. Morecambe won 1-0 when the sides met earlier this season with 7 Harrogate corners, 2 Morecambe corners and 2 Morecambe yellow cards. Harrogate have scored in 11 of their last 13 games whilst Morecambe have scored in all of their last 4 games and scored 9 goals in those 4 games. Morecambe have conceded in all of their last 11 games and even though Harrogate have kept 5 clean sheets in their last 8 games, Morecambe have scored in 30 of their 34 league games this season and we fancy them to score at least 1 goal. So goals looks a good bet with a good chance that both teams will score. Both sides have been quite inconsistent in recent games with corners and cards so it looks like sticking to goal markets will be the best bet in this one. 

Mansfield vs Grimsby

Mansfield stats and averages

Goals scored – 1.20 goals per game

Goals conceded – 1.31 goals per game

Corners for them – 5.08 per game

Corners for their opponents – 4.68 per game

Yellow cards for them – 1.25 per game

Yellow cards for their opponents – 1.45 per game

Red cards for them – 0.11 per game

Red cards for their opponents – 0.05 per game

Mansfield have played 35 games this season

They have scored in – 25 games

They have conceded in – 28 games

Games with over 1.5 goals – 24 games

Games with over 2. 5 goals – 15 games

Games where both teams scored – 21 games

Games with 3+ corners for them – 30 games

Games with 3+ corners for their opponents – 27 games

Games with 9+ match corners – 21 games

Games with 10+ booking points for them – 27 games

Games with 10+ booking points for opponents – 25 games

Games with 30+ match booking points – 19 games

Grimsby stats and averages

Goals scored – 0.70 goals per game

Goals conceded – 1.52 goals per game

Corners for them – 3.91 per game

Corners for their opponents – 5.29 per game

Yellow cards for them – 1.55 per game

Yellow cards for their opponents – 1.52 per game

Red cards for them – 0.08 per game

Red cards for their opponents – 0.02 per game

Grimsby have played 34 games this season

They have scored in – 18 games

They have conceded in – 26 games

Games with over 1.5 goals – 21 games

Games with over 2. 5 goals – 17 games

Games where both teams scored – 16 games

Games with 3+ corners for them – 23 games

Games with 3+ corners for their opponents – 29 games

Games with 9+ match corners – 18 games

Games with 10+ booking points for them – 30 games

Games with 10+ booking points for opponents – 30 games

Games with 30+ match booking points – 22 games

Mansfield vs Grimsby match preview

Grimsby have drawn their last 3 after losing 3 games in a row before that. Mansfield have lost 3, drawn 1 and won 1 of their last 5 games. It ended in a 1-1 draw the first time these sides met with 10 Mansfield corners, 4 Grimsby corners, 2 Mansfield yellow cards and 4 Grimsby yellow cards. Mansfield have failed to score in 5 of their last 8 games and Grimsby have failed to score in 8 of their last 12 games, so goals is an angle to avoid. Grimsby average just 3 corners a game in their last 8 games and they had 2 corners or less in 4 of those 8 games. Mansfield have been given no cards in 2 of their last 4 games, Grimsby only average 1.06 yellow cards per game in their last 16 games. So with doubt about all potential angles this is a game where we would not have a bet. 

Scunthorpe vs Southend

Scunthorpe stats and averages

Goals scored – 1.02 goals per game

Goals conceded – 1.29 goals per game

Corners for them – 4.32 per game

Corners for their opponents – 5.20 per game

Yellow cards for them – 1.20 per game

Yellow cards for their opponents – 1.41 per game

Red cards for them – 0.05 per game

Red cards for their opponents – 0 per game

Scunthorpe have played 34 games this season

They have scored in – 21 games

They have conceded in – 26 games

Games with over 1.5 goals – 22 games

Games with over 2. 5 goals – 10 games

Games where both teams scored – 13 games

Games with 3+ corners for them – 24 games

Games with 3+ corners for their opponents – 26 games

Games with 9+ match corners – 18 games

Games with 10+ booking points for them – 26 games

Games with 10+ booking points for opponents – 22 games

Games with 30+ match booking points – 17 games

Southend stats and averages

Goals scored – 0.60 goals per game

Goals conceded – 1.40 goals per game

Corners for them – 3.60 per game

Corners for their opponents –5.08 per game

Yellow cards for them – 1.42 per game

Yellow cards for their opponents – 1.20 per game

Red cards for them – 0.05 per game

Red cards for their opponents – 0.05 per game

Southend have played 35 games this season

They have scored in – 15 games

They have conceded in – 24 games

Games with over 1.5 goals – 21 games

Games with over 2. 5 goals – 12 games

Games where both teams scored – 10 games

Games with 3+ corners for them – 23 games

Games with 3+ corners for their opponents – 31 games

Games with 9+ match corners – 17 games

Games with 10+ booking points for them – 25 games

Games with 10+ booking points for opponents – 24 games

Games with 30+ match booking points – 21 games

Scunthorpe vs Southend match preview

Southend have drawn 3 and lost 2 of their last 5 games and Scunthorpe have drawn 3, lost 1 and won 1 of their last 5 games. Southend won 1-0 in the reverse fixture with 5 Scunthorpe corners, 2 Southend corners and no bookings for either side. Scunthorpe have failed to score in 3 of their last 7 games and they only scored 1 goal in each of the other 4 games. Southend have failed to score in their last 5 games and have kept 5 clean sheets in their last 9 games. So goals is definitely an angle to avoid in this one. Southend average just 2.25 corners a game in their last 4 games and Scunthorpe have finished with just 2 corners in 5 of their last 10 games. So there is nothing in corners for us either. Scunthorpe have been given no cards in 3 of their last 6 games and Southend have finished with no cards in 3 of their last 9 games, and Southend opponents have been given no cards in 3 of the last 4 Southend games. The fact 3 of the last 4 Southend games have finished with 2 cards or less is also off putting so this is a game where we believe it is smart to not have a bet as all potential angles have far too much doubt for us to make a confident selection.

Tranmere vs Exeter

Tranmere stats and averages

Goals scored – 1.35 goals per game

Goals conceded – 1.11 goals per game

Corners for them – 5.20 per game

Corners for their opponents – 4.73 per game

Yellow cards for them – 1.38 per game

Yellow cards for their opponents – 1.05 per game

Red cards for them – 0.02 per game

Red cards for their opponents – 0.17 per game

Tranmere have played 34 games this season

They have scored in – 21 games

They have conceded in – 20 games

Games with over 1.5 goals – 19 games

Games with over 2. 5 goals – 15 games

Games where both teams scored – 11 games

Games with 3+ corners for them – 29 games

Games with 3+ corners for their opponents – 25 games

Games with 9+ match corners – 22 games

Games with 10+ booking points for them – 27 games

Games with 10+ booking points for opponents – 22 games

Games with 30+ match booking points – 20 games

Exeter stats and averages

Goals scored – 1.72 goals per game

Goals conceded – 1.15 goals per game

Corners for them – 6 per game

Corners for their opponents – 5.21 per game

Yellow cards for them – 0.78 per game

Yellow cards for their opponents – 1.24 per game

Red cards for them – 0.09 per game

Red cards for their opponents – 0.06 per game

Exeter have played 33 games this season

They have scored in – 25 games

They have conceded in – 24 games

Games with over 1.5 goals – 26 games

Games with over 2. 5 goals – 17 games

Games where both teams scored – 19 games

Games with 3+ corners for them – 28 games

Games with 3+ corners for their opponents – 30 games

Games with 9+ match corners – 25 games

Games with 10+ booking points for them – 21 games

Games with 10+ booking points for opponents – 23 games

Games with 30+ match booking points – 15 games

Tranmere vs Exeter match preview

Tranmere have won 9, drawn 2 and lost 2 of their last 13 games. Exeter have won 6, lost 3 and drawn 3 of their last 12 games. Exeter routed Tranmere 5-0 in the reverse fixture with 1 Exeter corner, 5 Tranmere corners, 1 Exeter yellow card and 3 Tranmere yellow cards. In their last 5 games the goals Exeter have scored has gone 0,0,4,2,0 so they have been inconsistent in recent games. Exeter have kept 3 clean sheets in their last 4 games. Tranmere have also kept 3 clean sheets in their last 4 games. Tranmere have also proven to be quite inconsistent with scoring goals as in their last 18 games they have failed to score 6 times and have scored 3 goals 6 times. So whilst it would be no surprise to see goals in this one, we feel the inconsistency both teams have shown scoring goals adds too much doubt for us to confidently recommend backing goals in this one. Tranmere average 6 corners a game in their last 7 games and Exeter average 5.63 corners a game in their last 11 games. Given that Exeter average 6 corners per game this season and Tranmere average 5.20 corners we feel it is a good bet that this one could reach a double figure corner count. We feel total match corners is a better bet than both teams to contribute with a bet like 3 or more corners each team, as both sides have proven they can hit a high corner count on their own, so should q team have a slower day then there is a chance that the other team could cover most the bet in their own. Exeter have been given no cards in 2 of their last 3 games and they only average 0.78 yellow cards per game this season. Tranmere are consistent but don’t exactly rack up the booking points so we feel cards is an angle to avoid on this game so corners is the best bet with a very good chance that the game will have 8/9 corners and the stats suggest it is a game that will likely be pushing into double figures

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