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EFL predictions, tips and best bets: Championship, League One, League Two


Sporting Life's football experts share their best bets from across the latest round of EFL action.


Football betting tips: EFL

2.5pts Both teams to score in Morecambe v Bristol Rovers at 4/5 (William Hill)

2pts Kristian Dennis anytime goalscorer in Rochdale v Carlisle at 13/8 (Sky Bet, Betfair Sportsbook, Paddy Power)

1pt Coventry to win to nil v Huddersfield at 2/1 (bet365, Coral)

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Coventry v Huddersfield

Liam Kelly (@LiamKellyTTA)

Coventry were perhaps unfortunate to catch Norwich at the time they did last weekend, beaten 4-2 by David Wagner's side at this very venue.

With that game being over very quickly, Mark Robins is likely to want his Coventry team to be a little more compact at the back.

Although that approach might hinder their attacking threat, they should have enough to beat a side that is a far softer touch than the teams the Sky Blues have been facing recently, even though they are winless across their last six matches in all competitions.

Relegation-threatened Huddersfield may well have recorded some positive results recently, but they've still found it difficult to create chances.

After logging 2.88 expected goals for (xGF) against Sunderland in November, Huddersfield have averaged just 0.73 xGF per game across the nine Championship fixtures since.

Huddersfield's last 10 Championship matches

With that in mind, COVENTRY TO WIN TO NIL makes appeal at a best-priced 2/1.

Saturday's hosts have been performing better than scorelines suggest, despite the tough opposition, so backing Coventry to gain three points with a clean sheet makes sense in this one.

Score Prediction: Coventry 1-0 Huddersfield (Sky Bet odds: 11/2)

Odds correct at 1230 (25/01/23)

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Morecambe v Bristol Rovers

James Cantrill (@JimmythePunt)

Morecambe beat Accrington Stanley, Burton then Cheltenham, scoring nine and only conceding one in the process.

Derek Adams' side were humbled at Portman Road in their last game, thumped 4-0 by one of the division's juggernauts, highlighting the gulf in class in the third tier.

While consistent form has been hard to maintain, goals have been constant for the Shrimps.

BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE would have clicked in seven of their last 11 and, given their opponents here, it looks worth a punt.

Bristol Rovers, the league's entertainers, head to Lancashire.

Only the top three sides in the division have found the net more times than the Pirates (42) and only the bottom three clubs have conceded more (45).

Score Prediction: Morecambe 2-3 Bristol Rovers (Sky Bet odds: 22/1)

Odds correct at 1030 (27/01/23)


Rochdale v Carlisle

James Cantrill (@JimmythePunt)

Rochdale stake a claim to be the worst side in the football league. The table suggests so.

The Dale prop up League Two, averaging 0.74 points a game, 27 in.

No side in the fourth tier has lost more (17), only two have scored fewer (22) and one conceded more (41).

The visit of high-flying Carlisle will certainly fill Jim Bentley with dread.

The free-scoring Cumbrians top the division for goals scored (42) and lead the pack in gunning for Northampton's automatic promotion spot.

United have only failed to find the net in one game since the end of October and will fancy their chances of maintaining this hot streak with two of the hosts centre backs suspended.

In Rochdale's most recent defeat, to relegation rivals Hartlepool, the Dale had both Ethan Ebanks-Landell and Sam Graham sent off.

Dennis

Joint-top goalscorer KRISTIAN DENNIS will be looking to add to his domestic tally of 16 for the campaign against a makeshift backline.

The frontman has hit a real purple patch, finding the net in each of his last four games, which includes a brace in midweek.

At 13/8, backing him to SCORE ANYTIME has got to be the play.

Score Prediction: Rochdale 0-2 Carlisle (Sky Bet odds: 9/1)

Odds correct at 1000 (27/01/23)


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