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Our best bets for the latest games in the Sky Bet EFL
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There may be no Sky Bet Championship, but there is still plenty of value on offer in Leagues One and Two on Saturday.


Recommended bets

1pt Harry Cornick to score two or more goals in Luton v Plymouth at 20/1

1pt George Honeyman to score anytime in Sunderland v Wycombe at 7/2

1pt Jamille Matt to score two or more goals in Newport County v Colchester at 16/1

1pt Newport to win and over 3.5 goals in the match at 8/1

1pt Sammie Szmodics to score anytime in Newport County v Colchester at 7/2

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Luton v Plymouth

Sky Bet League One, Kenilworth Road, 1500 GMT

Harry Cornick (right) in action for Luton
Harry Cornick (right) in action for Luton

The best home side in Sky Bet League One meet the one with the worst away record and it should be another victory in front of their own fans for Luton.

They are without Danny Hylton here as he misses out through suspension. That should signal Harry Cornick keeping his place in the starting line-up, partnering James Collins up front.

Cornick found the net in their 2-0 victory over Wycombe in the FA Cup, starting as a striker and playing the full 90 minutes. It was his third goal of the season, which is a decent tally given that the majority of his appearances have come from the bench.

Cornick can adapt to a number of forward roles, comfortable on either wing as well as playing through the middle, and he looks value to strike here with 20/1 about two or more goals worth a speculative bet.

We should expect Luton to find the net on multiple occasions against Argyle. Their last five home games, all of which ended in victory, have seen them score a total of 14.

Plymouth's victory over a poor Scunthorpe side has been one of few occasions where they have picked up points away from home this season.

They've also had little success over teams at the top-end of the division. Granted they did pick up a point against Barnsley, but they have conceded 19 goals in eight games against sides currently in the top-half of the league.

Luton can boost their goal difference while picking up all three points and if Cornick does start, which seems likely, then he could be key to their success.

Best bet: Harry Cornick to score two or more goals at 20/1

Opta facts

  • Luton are winless in six home league games against Plymouth (D3 L3) since a 1-0 win in February 2003.
  • Plymouth and Luton haven’t met in the third tier since March 2004, a 1-1 draw at Kenilworth Road.
  • Luton have picked up 32 points from a possible 36 at home in the league in their last 12 games (W10 D2), with six of those wins coming this season.
  • Plymouth ended a 13 game winless run on the road in the league with a win against Scunthorpe; they haven’t won successive games away from home since a run of three in February.
  • Luton Town striker Danny Hylton has either scored or assisted four of Luton’s last six league goals at Kenilworth Road (3 goals, 1 assist).

Sunderland v Wycombe

Sky Bet League One, Stadium of Light, 1500 GMT

George Honeyman (left) celebrates with Max Power
George Honeyman (left) celebrates with Max Power

Like Luton v Plymouth, this is a game between two sides with contrasting form home and away.

Sunderland can go top with victory here given Portsmouth's week off and they should wrap up all three points on offer. Jack Ross' side currently sit second in the table with just one defeat to their name this season, that's alongside their unbeaten record at the Stadium of Light.

Wycombe's woes on the road are underlined by the fact they have just one win in their eight on their travels. Their last three away games have ended in defeat, conceding six goals in the process.

Josh Maja will be eyeing up this opportunity to add to his goal tally, which stands at 10. The 13/10 on offer for Maja anytime highlights his impact so far, and the Wycombe defence will have to be at the very top of their game to keep him out.

Their likely focus on him could see other attacking players presented with opportunities to strike and George Honeyman represents good value at 7/2 to do just that.

The attacking midfielder has four goals and three assists already this season, including two in his last three.

The Black Cats captain is evidently playing with confidence and this fixture presents him with a great opportunity to continue that run. The 24-year-old has lined up in his favoured attacking midfield role for the majority of the season, and should do the same here as Sunderland aim to be on the front foot throughout the 90 minutes.

Even if that price does drop to around the 3/1 or 5/2 mark, it is still worth backing him to find the net once again against a struggling Wanderers side.

Best bet: George Honeyman to score anytime at 7/2

Opta facts

  • This is the first ever meeting between Sunderland and Wycombe in any competition.
  • Sunderland haven’t lost on their first league meeting against an opponent since November 1992, when they were beaten 2-5 by Peterborough.
  • Sunderland are unbeaten in their opening seven league games at the Stadium of Light (W4 D3) for the first time since 2010-11 – a season in which they went nine games unbeaten before defeat.
  • Wycombe have only managed one victory in eight league away games this season (D3 L4), losing each of their last two on the road.
  • Sunderland have gained 11 points from losing positions so far this season; more than any other League One side.

Newport County v Colchester

Sky Bet League Two, Rodney Parade, 1500 GMT

Michael Flynn ahead of Newport's FA Cup tie
Michael Flynn ahead of Newport's FA Cup tie

Two sides who will be holding promotion aspirations given their current positions meet, with Colchester looking to capitalise on Newport County's poor league form.

Michael Flynn's side have failed to secure maximum points in their last four outings in League Two. That has seen them drop down to sixth, allowing teams like Colchester to capitalise and overtake them in the standings.

What has worked against the visitors here is that they have relied on home comforts for the majority of their points. They sit 14th in the away standings, with just two wins from eight.

The market is quite wide open here, but the fact that the hosts returned to winning ways both the FA Cup and Checkatrade Trophy in the last seven days puts them in a good position to capitalise on the U's away struggles.

This game is a good one to put in the over goals accumulators. They both sit within the top-five of the division for their games having three or more goals, with Newport averaging just under four in each home game this season.

Four of the last five League Two games at Rodney Parade have seen over 2.5 goals, they've also found the net ten times in their last four home outings.

Newport look decent at 7/4 for victory here, but backing that with goals boosts it to a huge 8/1. 50% of County's home games this season have seen four or more goals, while Colchester sit in the top-ten in the division for the same amount away.

Amongst the goalscorers could be Jamille Matt, who has enjoyed a great start to the season following a summer switch from Blackpool.

The 29-year-old has ten on his tally so far, with a further four assists in 20 games in all competitions. He's hit a brace on more than one occasion, while he has had direct involvement in at least two goals in four of those games.

Given how goals are expected here, the 12/5 for anytime goalscorer and a huge 16/1 for two or more both represent good value, depending on what sort of price you are after.

For the visitors, they have scored in all-but-two of their away games even though they aren't picking up points. Sammie Szmodics has been amongst the goals with six and five assists, and he's priced up at 7/2 to strike again.

The attacking midfield scored the winning goal in their home success over Swindon last time out in the league and has three goals in his last four League Two games.

Best bet: Sammie Szmodics to score anytime at 7/2

Best bet: Jamille Matt to score two or more goals at 16/1

Best bet: Newport to win and over 3.5 goals in the match at 8/1

Opta facts

  • Newport have won just one of their last 12 games against Colchester in the Football League (D3 L8) and are winless in their last six against the U’s (D3 L3), a run stretching back to October 1987.
  • Colchester have conceded exactly one goal in each of their last seven trips to Rodney Park in the Football League (W4 D1 L2).
  • Newport have lost just one of their last 11 home League Two games (W8 D2), a 0-6 defeat against Yeovil back in September.
  • Colchester have won four of their last five league games (L1), conceding just two goals in total during this period.
  • Newport’s Jamille Matt has scored three goals as a substitute in League Two so far this season – more than any other player in the division.

Odds correct at 1400 GMT (16/11/18)

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