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Last Updated May 01 2018, 18:42Football
Graham Carey of Plymouth Argyle
Graham Carey of Plymouth Argyle

Nick Hext goes for the draw when Scunthorpe host Plymouth in a Sky Bet League One promotion tussle on Tuesday night, live on Sky Sports.

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Scunthorpe United v Plymouth Argyle (Sky Sports Main Event, 1945 BST)

A Sky Bet League One play-off place is the target for both Scunthorpe and Plymouth when they meet at Glanford Park on Tuesday night.

Scunthorpe hold a two-point advantage over Plymouth in the final play-off spot so victory for Argyle would move them up to sixth.

Charlton are one point above the Iron in fifth. A draw moves Nick Daws' side up a position courtesy of the superior goal difference they hold over the Addicks.

That puts plenty on the line for both teams and with that in mind, my tip is for this match to end in a draw.

A point apiece gives both sides the chance of a play-off place on the final day of the season when Scunthorpe host Bradford and Plymouth travel to Gillingham.

Charlton are on the road at Rochdale, who need at least a point in their bid to remain in League One.

Plymouth would need either Scunthorpe or Charlton to drop points but that's always possible when the pressure is at its most intense.

Still with me? Good, then you'll understand why it's hard to see either team pushing too hard for the win when a defeat has even bigger consequences.

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Scunthorpe could be without star striker Ivan Toney for the clash against Argyle.

The Newcastle loanee was substituted during Saturday's 2-0 win at MK Dons because of a heavy knock and his absence would be a blow for the hosts.

Toney has netted four goals in his last six appearances and Lee Novak is the most likely forward to take his place.

Plymouth are missing a key striker of their own with Ryan Taylor again ruled out.

The former Oxford forward has played a key role in Argyle's play-off push. It's no surprise that the Devon club have dropped off the pace during his absence because of an ankle injury.

Saturday's 2-1 win at home to Rotherham courtesy of a late penalty from Graham Carey kept Plymouth in the play-off scrap.

Derek Adams' side are winless though in their last four away games and there's no doubt that Scunthorpe are in the better form with three victories to nil claimed in a row.

That run for the Iron follows three 1-1 draws on the spin and I'm going for a return to that scoreline in this vital contest.

None of Scunthorpe's last six games have managed to get over the 2.5 goals mark and I expect the same again here.

Prediction: Scunthorpe 1-1 Plymouth (Sky Bet's odds: 5/1)

Best bet: Scunthorpe to draw with Plymouth at 5/1

Alternative: Under 2.5 goals to be scored at 19/20

Preview posted at 1840 BST on 30/04/18

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