Robins can fly at home

  • By: Craig Chisnall
  • Last Updated: February 23 2014, 17:15 GMT

Craig Chisnall previews the midweek action in the Sky Bet Football League and fancies wins for Swindon and Bury.

Swindon are backed to beat Crawley this week
Swindon are backed to beat Crawley this week

How Swindon fans must wish their form at the County Ground was just as good on the road - if it was anywhere near close they would be safely tucked up in the Sky Bet League 1 play-offs pushing for the top two.

As it is the 10 victories they've accrued in Wiltshire are the major factor in them still being on the coat tails of the top six.

They are also into double figures on the road, unfortunately for manager Mark Cooper and everyone associated with the Robins that's in the losses column.

Town have been one of the most attractive teams in the division to watch on their own patch, scoring 31 goals in 15 games and losing just three of them.

And they really need to turn it on again on Tuesday when Crawley arrive as the hosts will start the game seven points behind sixth-placed Peterborough, the team who beat them in the Johnstone's Paint Southern Area final last week on penalties.

Cooper, who has done a fine job this term after being the surprise choice to replace Kevin MacDonald, has called on his side to use that pain to 'propel' them into the top six.

They didn't start well after that defeat by losing at Leyton Orient at the weekend but a return to home action should get them heading in the right direction once again.

Crawley arrive on the back of a hugely impressive 2-1 win at Walsall but that was just their third away win of the season and Swindon are the price at evens.

The pick of the midweek Football League action is at Deepdale where fourth-placed Preston entertain Rotherham, who are just a position further back.

Both sides, who have been much stronger on their travels with ten wins apiece, are protecting seven-match unbeaten runs as they bid to close the six-point gap on the top three.

North End have won three of those seven matches with four draws and they are now up to 12 stalemates for the season.

The Millers, who have won six of the last seven, have also drawn nine times themselves so a point apiece looks the bet to get on at 23/10.

Those firms also offer an eye-catching price in Sky Bet League 2 with improving Bury available at 8/5 to continue their good form with a win at Mansfield.

After being one of the busiest clubs in the country in the January transfer window, when they added eight new players, David Flitcroft's men have lost just once in nine and are unbeaten in five.

Danny Mayor's injury-time goal secured them a priceless 1-0 win at AFC Wimbledon at the weekend and they are now seven points clear of the bottom two.

The climb up the table has been built on the back of a defence that has now kept four clean sheets in the last five.

The Stags had a fine win themselves by seeing off Fleetwood 1-0 at Field Mill but that was just their fourth home win of a campaign that has been dogged by inconsistency.

Both teams do struggle in front of goal so I can't see this being a thriller but I will be going with Bury to nick it at almost 2/1.

  • Posted at 1720 GMT on 23/02/2014.


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