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EFL football tips: Best bets for Saturday’s matches

22 Sep | BY Tom McGarry | MIN READ TIME |
EFL football tips: Best bets for Saturday’s matches

Tom McGarry's tips for Saturday's EFL action contain games from the Championship, League One and League Two.

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Best bets

Rotherham v Preston: Preston to win to nil @ 12/5

Burton v Fleetwood: Burton to win @ 6/4

Cheltenham v Stevenage: Stevenage to win to nil @ 19/10

Morecambe v Swindon: Jake Young (Swindon) to score anytime @ 6/5

Rotherham v Preston (15:00)

Preston North End are the surprise early leaders in the Championship and are the only side in the division with an unbeaten record, something they hope to extend when visiting struggling Rotherham United.

Ryan Lowe’s pacesetters made it six wins on the spin during the week, edging past Birmingham 2-1 at Deepdale, and they have won back-to-back games on the road without conceding, seeing off both Sheffield Wednesday (1-0) and Stoke (2-0).

By contrast, Rotherham have lost successive matches without scoring, extending a worrying run of form for Matt Taylor’s side, as they have lost five of their last six across all competitions.

Burton v Fleetwood (15:00)

Two of League One’s bottom three meet at the Pirelli Stadium, but while hosts Burton Albion are moving in the right direction after their midweek win at Port Vale, Fleetwood Town remain deep in the mire.

The Cod Army parted ways with boss Scott Brown after taking just one point from their opening six games, appointing Lee Johnson in his place, but the former Hibernian manager began his tenure with a resounding 3-0 home loss to Oxford.

Fleetwood have now lost six league matches on the spin and they will be facing a Burton side that ended their own winless start to the campaign last time out, running in three goals in the process.

Cheltenham v Stevenage (15:00)

The only side worse off than Fleetwood in League One are bottom-of-the-table Cheltenham Town, who parted ways with manager Wade Elliott following their midweek loss at Peterborough United – their seventh defeat in eight league matches.

With just one point, and having not yet scored in the league this season, this has been a disastrous start for the Robins. Things will not get any easier when fifth-placed Stevenage head to the Completely-Suzuki Stadium.

Stevenage have lost just once in the league, successfully picking up where they left off following last season’s promotion.

Manager Steve Evans is an experienced head at this level and, after winning their last away league fixture 3-0 at Leyton Orient, Boro look more than capable of claiming another victory to nil, which is available to back at 19/10.

Morecambe v Swindon (15:00)

Swindon are the leading scorers across the top four divisions of English football with 22 goals from their seven matches, while they also boast the leading marksman in the EFL, with Jake Young having netted nine times already.

Young scored four in the recent 6-0 victory over Crawley Town and two in the remarkable 5-5 draw at Wrexham in August.

The 22-year-old has nearly doubled his tally for career-league goals since joining Swindon and he is 6/5 to add another one when his side visit Morecambe.

Saturday’s hosts had been on a good run of form at home prior to their midweek 3-0 defeat to Liverpool U21s in the EFL Trophy. A result that suggests their defence is vulnerable, something both Swindon and Young can take advantage of.

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