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Barnsley v Walsall

Oakwell, Saturday, 1500 BST

Barnsley's Kieffer Moore
Barnsley's Kieffer Moore

They're the second-highest scorers in Sky Bet League One season, and Barnsley will aim for more goals when they welcome Walsall to Oakwell.

The Saddlers have had a storming start to the season as they continue to defy expectations, but they should come unstuck when they travel to South Yorkshire.

Both sides have identical records heading into this one, with goal difference being the significant factor which separates the two sides.

Walsall may have ten goals to their name, with summer signing Andy Cook leading the charts with three, but they will face a Barnsley defence who have conceded just three this season, the joint-lowest in the division.

The Tykes will expect to be on the front foot here, which should give Kieffer Moore plenty of opportunities for goal.

The 26-year-old has enjoyed a great spell at the club since making the switch from Ipswich in January, and he has six to his name already this season as he rivals Jason Cummings for first in the top scorer standings.

A best-price of 6/1 is available on Moore netting a brace, which looks good value given his start to the season.

Best bet: Kieffer Moore to score two or more goals at 6/1


Portsmouth v Shrewsbury

Fratton Park, Saturday, 1500 BST

Portsmouth boss Kenny Jackett
Portsmouth boss Kenny Jackett

Pompey come into this one as the 10/11 favourites, and they seem massively overpriced for victory given the contrasting form of these two sides.

Portsmouth are yet to taste defeat this season, with five wins and one draw putting them level on points with Peterborough at the top.

Shrewsbury meanwhile, haven't had a single league win and sit one point clear of last place in the standings, three draws in their last four outings enough to avoid them propping up the table.

The hosts should wrap up another victory here, although they will be without star man Ronan Curtis.

His flying start to the new season has seen him called up to Republic of Ireland's u21s squad, meaning he will have to miss out in this encounter.

Curtis' five goals and three assists this season put him at the top of the Pompey scoring charts, although they have firepower elsewhere that can guide them through this game.

Jamal Lowe is someone who has been pushing Curtis throughout the season, with his four goals showing that he too has an eye for goal.

Kenny Jackett will be relying upon Lowe to produce once again on Saturday, especially given the significant absence on the opposite wing.

Portsmouth have averaged two goals a game in the league this season, and will be confident of adding to their tally when they welcome Shrewsbury.

The best price of 12/5 available on Lowe to score anytime looks too high given the impact he has made and the fact that his side are expected to be on the front foot.

Best bet: Jamal Lowe to score anytime at 12/5


Southend v Peterborough

Roots Hall, Saturday, 1500 BST

Peterborough's Jason Cummings
Jason Cummings has been in great form for Peterborough

Peterborough have been a real force in England's third tier so far this season and sit top of the table after six games.

Not only is their 16 points from a possible 18 impressive, but the fact that they have scored 16 goals in the league so far shows how they are a side who have attacking intent.

They go to Southend as the 2/1 outsiders, but don't let that price put you off.

Posh were 23/10 for victory over Luton and were 3/1 when they travelled to Rochdale. They won both games, scoring seven goals in the process.

They're a side who continue to be overpriced when you take into account the start that they are having. The attacking duo of Jason Cummings and Matt Godden have ten goals between them this season, with Siriki Dembele striking from out wide.

Peterborough's season so far has shown us that they are a team who can win big, and they can capitalise on Southend's inconsistent form so far this season.

Three of Peterborough's last five games have been wins with a two-goal margin or bigger, and I'd expect something similar here.

A best price of 11/2 is available on Peterborough -1, while 16/1 is on offer if you fancy them to win by three or more as they did against Plymouth and Rochdale in recent weeks.

Best bet: Peterborough -1 on the handicap at 11/2


Morecambe v Swindon

Globe Arena, Saturday, 1500 BST

Swindon boss Phil Brown
Swindon boss Phil Brown

Swindon head to the Globe Arena on the back on three draws, but they are equipped to get back to winning ways against Morecambe.

Town are one of Sky Bet League Two's most entertaining sides in terms of goals, with eleven scored and 12 conceded.

Morecambe meanwhile, have just three to their name, with a huge 14 goals against.

This game is one that could be geared towards goals, and there is certainly value in backing and Swindon win with three or more goals.

The Shrimpers may have home advantage, but they have managed to pick up just three points in front of their own fans this season. That win over fellow strugglers Northampton was their first home win since March 17.

I wouldn't back a side who are such lacking in confidence at home, and Swindon will be looking to exploit that on Saturday.

Goalkeeper Lawrence Vigouroux may be missing for the visitors as he has been called up to the Chile squad, but Swindon will still be a strong outfit.

Best bet: Swindon to win and over 2.5 goals at 11/4


Odds correct at 1605 BST (05/09/18)

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