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League Two Predictions and Best Bets for 2/15 – Top Soccer Picks

| February 13, 2020 10:03 am PDT
League Two Matchday 34

League Two’s midweek fixtures didn’t spring too many surprises. Swindon remains at the top of the table following a hard-fought victory at Northampton, while Crewe, Exeter, and Plymouth all won to keep the pressure on the leader. At the other end of the table, six of the bottom seven teams lost.

Plymouth vs. Crewe is undoubtedly the tie of the round this weekend, but there is no shortage of important matchups elsewhere in the fourth tier.

In this post, I will discuss my League Two matchday 34 predictions and best bets for February 15. If you’re interested in betting on any of them, check out our list of the best soccer bookmakers.

Exeter to Beat Macclesfield

Exeter ended a tricky three-game winless run by securing two victories in the space of four days. Matt Taylor’s side now sits third in the table, three points clear of arch-rival Plymouth and three points behind first-place Swindon. Five different players got on the scoresheet in Exeter’s 5-1 hammering of Oldham last time out, and the ability to create goals from all areas of the pitch will stand the team in good stead for the promotion race ahead.

By contrast, Macclesfield is enduring a torrid time in front of goal. The Silkmen have only netted once in their previous four games, and just two sides have scored fewer goals than Macclesfield in the division this season. It’s going to be extremely difficult for the relegation struggler to turn their fortunes around against high-flying Exeter.

Macclesfield has been strong at home this season, picking up the majority of their points at Moss Rose. But Exeter’s quality should shine through against one of the league’s weakest sides.

Swindon to Beat Scunthorpe

Promotion favorite Swindon may have played one game more than second-place Crewe and third-place Exeter, but the Robins are certainly deserving of their place at the top of the table. Swindon has been sitting pretty at the League Two summit since mid-November, and the team has played some very attractive soccer so far this term.

Scunthorpe has been conceding far too many goals recently, and their defensive problems mean Paul Hurt’s side is now only six points clear of the bottom three. With one clean sheet in their previous ten games, Scunthorpe is in danger of becoming involved in a relegation battle. Top scorer Kevin van Veen must continue to find the back of the net consistently if Scunthorpe is to steer clear of trouble.

Swindon’s charge towards promotion isn’t likely to be halted by Scunthorpe. Only Crewe has scored more League Two goals than Swindon in 2019/20, while Scunthorpe has one of the division’s worst defensive records.

Port Vale to Beat Colchester

After a slow start to the season, Port Vale appears to be gathering some momentum. The team has only lost two of their last 13 league games, while three wins in four have kept Port Vale within touching distance of the top seven. Manager John Askey will have one eye on his team’s leaky defense, but he will also be pleased that his side has been able to outscore their opponents in recent games.

A hat-trick from Grimsby’s Charles Vernam condemned Colchester to their second defeat in three games earlier in the week. Colchester remains in the playoff places, but another loss on Saturday could see the Oysters drop out of the top seven. In-form striker Theo Robinson has netted five goals in his last four appearances, so he will be looking to add to his tally at Vale Park.

With one defeat in 16, no team in the division has lost fewer home games than Port Vale this season. Meanwhile, Colchester has claimed a measly four victories on the road this term.

Salford to Beat Stevenage

Admittedly, Salford hasn’t been at their best recently. But a trip to bottom club Stevenage provides the Greater Manchester outfit with the ideal chance to pick up a much-needed win. Following a surprise 4-0 victory over Cambridge last month, Stevenage has since lost five games in a row. The Hertfordshire side is now seven points from safety at the bottom of the table.

Graham Westley — now in his fourth spell as Stevenage boss — has failed to turn things around since being reappointed in December. Westley is Boro’s third manager of the season, and the club will be hoping the 51-year-old can work his magic to prevent Stevenage from dropping out of the fourth tier.

It’s fair to say that Salford’s first season in League Two has been pretty inconsistent, but the newcomer is definitely heading in the right direction. With Manchester United legend David Beckham one of seven part-owners, the club is in safe hands. I expect Salford to beat Stevenage comfortably on Saturday.

Crewe to Beat Plymouth

Crewe and Plymouth are both enjoying a successful 2019/20 campaign, and the result of their clash this weekend could have a big say in this season’s promotion race. Crewe currently sits second in the standings, while fourth-place Plymouth is four points behind with a game in hand over the Railwaymen.

Crewe manager David Artell has been gradually improving the team over the past few years. Crewe has progressively finished further up the table since his arrival in 2017, and the club’s supporters are starting to dream of a return to the third tier. Artell’s men are the top scorers in League Two this season, with veteran striker Chris Porter leading the way.

Plymouth has also scored plenty of goals this term, but the Pilgrims have stuttered of late. While Crewe comes into this game on the back of four straight victories, Plymouth has only managed one win in four. I’m expecting Crewe to carry their momentum to Home Park and come away with all three points.

More League Two Predictions

I’ve covered most of the noteworthy matchups already, so here are my predictions for the remaining League Two games this Saturday.

Cheltenham to Beat Leyton Orient

No team in League Two has lost fewer games than Cheltenham this season. Michael Duff’s men are very difficult to break down, and Cheltenham’s resilience sees the club sitting just inside the playoff places. Leyton Orient has picked up some decent results lately, but Cheltenham should claim the points here.

Walsall and Northampton to Draw

Despite losing their last two games, Northampton remains on course for a top-seven finish. But the Cobblers have lacked creativity recently, so I can see Walsall snatching a draw at the Bescot Stadium.

Mansfield and Newport to Draw

Mansfield and Newport are both without a win in three, and the poor form of both sides is likely to result in an uneventful matchup. Mansfield is eight places below Newport in the table, but the hosts should be able to take a share of the spoils.

Grimsby to Beat Morecambe

Remarkably, Grimsby has picked up the majority of their points on the road this season. The Mariners have struggled at Blundell Park this term, but the visit of lowly Morecambe should see Grimsby claim a rare home win.

Forest Green to Beat Oldham

Five defeats in six games have sent Forest Green plummeting down the table. However, Oldham has struggled for consistency throughout 2019/20, so I’m backing Forest Green to end their free fall with an overdue victory.

Cambridge to Beat Bradford

Ten points separate eighth-place Bradford and Cambridge in twelfth, but three straight wins make Cambridge one of the in-form teams in League One. It’s also worth pointing out that Bradford has only won three of their 16 away games this term.

Crawley and Carlisle to Draw

Crawley and Carlisle have both been languishing in the bottom half of the table for the majority of the campaign. This is arguably the least glamorous tie of the round, and I think it’s heading straight for a draw.

League Two Best Bets for 2/15

Let’s finish by taking a look at the best bets for Matchday 34. As well as offering some individual value, these bets could also prove to be handy additions to an accumulator.

Swindon vs. Scunthorpe – Eoin Doyle to Score Anytime

The Irish striker is in the form of his life and currently sits nine goals clear of his nearest challenger in the League Two goalscoring charts. Swindon is flying, and so is Doyle, so you’d be foolish to bet against him adding to his tally this weekend.

Port Vale vs. Colchester – Both Teams to Score

There have been goals at both ends of the pitch in three of Port Vale’s previous four games, while both teams have scored in three of Colchester’s last four outings. This is set to be an eventful matchup between two unpredictable teams.

Plymouth vs. Crewe – Over 2.5 Goals

High-profile games at the top of the table often don’t live up to the hype. But Plymouth and Crewe both know where the back of the net is, while neither side has been strong at the back in recent games. I can see this fixture producing plenty of goals.

Final Thoughts

The battle at the top of League Two looks set to go right down to the wire this season. Swindon is currently six points ahead of Plymouth, but the fourth-place side has two games in hand over the league’s top club. Elsewhere, the race for a playoff place is looking tighter than ever.

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Ben Morris

Ben is a sportswriter and tipster who specializes in soccer. Currently based in the UK, he has traveled all around the world watching – and betting on – his beloved sport.

Alongside his regular soccer content, Ben publishes blogs and picks for cricket, Formula 1, Aussie rules, darts, and various other sports.

Ben is a diehard fan of Nottingham Forest and England, so he hasn’t had much to cheer about in recent years!

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