League Two leaders Gillingham suffered a shock midweek defeat to Exeter but bookmakers expect them to bounce back at Accrington, a result Ladbrokes quote at even money.
However, punters should tread carefully given that Stanley picked up an impressive victory at Fleetwood in midweek and it could be worth avoiding the match result at the Crown Ground and focusing on an individual player.
Counter-intuitively that man isn’t plying his trade for the table-toppers, it’s the hosts’ recent capture James Beattie. The well travelled striker opened his Stanley account from the spot in his first start for the club on Tuesday and despite an injury-hit few seasons the powerful front man has the class to deliver at League Two level.
He’s a tempting 13/5 (Paddy Power) to get on the scoresheet at some stage in this one.
Second-placed Port Vale head to struggling Aldershot and like the Gills they’re favourites, this time at 6/5 via Coral, to pick up a maximum haul. However, just like Accrington, Shots registered a decent away victory in midweek to leave a match bet on the visitors looking risky and we’re keen to get with a player again at the Recreation Ground.
Tom Pope took his tally to a remarkable 19 for the season with a fine hat trick for the Valiants in midweek and BetVictor make him 11/10 to net at some point. The same firm meanwhile price a Pope and Beattie double at 23/4.
Anytime scorer double on James Beattie and Tom Pope – 23/4 (BetVictor)