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League Two Table

  PGDPts
1Portsmouth463987
2Plymouth462587
3Doncaster463085

4Luton462777
5Exeter461971
6Carlisle46171
7Blackpool462370

8Colchester461069
9Wycombe46569
10Stevenage46467
11Cambridge Utd46866
12Mansfield46466
13Accrington Stanley46365
14Grimsby46-462
15Barnet46-757
16Notts County46-2256
17Crewe46-955
18Morecambe46-2052
19Crawley Town46-1851
20Yeovil46-1550
21Cheltenham46-2050
22Newport County46-2248

23Hartlepool46-2146
24Leyton Orient46-4036

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Question of the Week

Will you attend any Checkatrade Trophy games next season?

All of them
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The odd game
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Final only
Total boycott


Time to open it
Time to open it

Beat the Bookies: Week 6

By: Rob Sedgwick
Date: 09/09/2008

LAST week everything went wrong for Beat the Bookies! All our tips failed and we lost everything. Time to dust ourselves down and get back to winning ways.

Home > 2008-2009 Season > Beat the Bookies > Week 6


Accrington Stanley v Notts County Neither team is exactly lighting up the league in recent weeks. Best value: away win 15/8.

Barnet v Morecambe Two poor sides, could go either way. Best value: home win 11/8

Bournemouth v Macclesfield - Hard to see beyond a home win, more because Macclesfield have been doing poorly than because the Cherries are playing well. Best value: home win 7/10.

Bradford v Exeter - Bradford have started like title contenders and they are going to be very hard to beat this season at home, especially to teams from as far away as Exeter. Best value: home win 4/6.

Bury v Lincoln - Bury have probably overachieved this season, and the Imps underachieved. On paper this is a definite home win, but City may take heart from their first win last weekend. This fixture has been a draw for the last three seasons. Best value: draw 9/4

Dag & Red v Chesterfield - Another very hard game to forecast, both teams could be evenly matched. Chesterfield had a good result last weekend against Rotherham, but the Daggers could return to winning ways at home. Best value: home win 11/8

Darlington v Port Vale Darlington have started the season poorly, and Port Vale not much better. However the home side look to have been overpriced by the bookies in what would seem to be a fairly even contest in Darlo's very un-fortress like ground. Best value: away win 12/5

Grimsby v Chester There are two ways of looking at this. 1) Grimsby have had a bad start, but the teams they have played are largely the better ones. Now along come Chester, one of the worse sides in League Two and we have a definite home win. 2) Chester got off to a bad start, have recovered in their last two games, and will be looking for at least a draw against a fellow struggler. The simple fact that Chester are 23/11 and Town 11/10 means the away win has to be the best value, especially given our current lack of striking options. I fancy Chester to score which makes them worth considering for a spread bet buy with our goal scoring record. Best value: away win 23/11

Luton v Aldershot - Aldershot have had some excellent results in recent weeks at some of the most fancied sides and should be good for at least a draw. Best value: away win 5/2

Rotherham v Rochdale - Rotherham were unlucky to lost at Chesterfield last week and should see of the challenge of Dale at home. Best value: home win Evens

Shrewsbury v Gillingham - The Gills have won three league games on the spin, and Shrewsbury are overpriced for a home win at 10/11. Best value: draw 9/4

Wycombe v Brentford - Both sides are on winning streaks, and this fixture is hardly ever a draw. Although Wycombe are more likely to win, Brentford probably have a 30% chance of winning and therefore are the best value at 13.5. Best value: away win 11/4


This season we will be trying out three different betting strategies:

  • Fixed Odds - as per last year
  • Spread Betting on the Mini Performance Index with IG Index (25 points for a win, 10 for a draw, 10 for a goal)
  • The Monkey (betting on Town to win each game 3-1, i.e. the complete absence of any betting strategy).


Recommended Fixed Odds Bets

  • 1. Rotherham to beat Rochdale (Evens, bet365))
  • 2. Port Vale to beat Darlington (11/4, Stan James))

Recommended Spread Bet

  • Grimsby v Chester - Buy Chester (price not available, www.igsport.com)

The Monkey's Bet

  • Grimsby to win 3-1 (28/1, bet365)

Previous Fixed Odds Bets (1 or 2 bets, around £10 per week each of Rob's own money)

DateBetOddsProfit/Loss
04/09Dag & Red to beat Brentford12/5-£10.00
04/09Rotherham to beat Chesterfield21/10-£10.00
28/08Chester to beat Barnet17/10+£17.00
28/08Rotherham to beat Brentford21/10-£10.00
19/08Lincoln to win at Wycombe15/4-£10.00
19/08Port Vale to beat Dag & Red21/10-£10.00
15/08Bradford to win at Macclesfield13/10+£13.00
15/08Rotherham to win at Morecambe21/10+£21.00
06/08Rochdale to beat Grimsby17/10-£10.00
06/08Macclesfield to beat Shrewsbury4/1-£10.00
Total -£19.00

Previous Spread Bets (Around 1 bet per week each of Rob's own money)

DateBetPriceBuy/SellActualProfit/Loss
04/09Chesterfield v Rotherham: Buy Rotherham mini performance23S0-£23.00
28/08Rochdale v Bury: Sell Rochdale mini-performance38B20+£8.00
19/08Rotherham v Chester: Buy Rotherham mini-performance38B55+£17.00
15/08Rochdale v Barnet: Sell Rochdale mini-performance31S55-£24.00
06/08Bury v Brentford: Sell Brentford mini performance20S0+£20.00
Total -£2.00

Previous Monkey Bets (£10 per week of the Monkey's pretend money)

DateBetOddsProfit/Loss
04/09Grimsby to win 3-140/1-£10.00
28/08Grimsby to win 3-133/1-£10.00
19/08Grimsby to win 3-122/1-£10.00
15/08Grimsby to win 3-133/1-£10.00
06/08Grimsby to win 3-118/1-£10.00
Total -£50.00

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