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1pt Southend to beat Leicester in League one, 11/5 B365 or 21/10 Blue Square (Best price Betfair) (Saturday 18th April 3pm ko)

Southend are one of the most in form teams in the country at the moment with four wins from their last five and twelve wins from their last sixteen. This fantastic run has taken them to within touching distance of the play offs. A win against Leicester tomorrow and other results going their way, could see the Shrimpers just two points from a playoff spot by tea time. They had a poor spell mid way through the season but this was the result of a crippling injury list. They have a strong squad to choose from now and have benefited from a couple of useful loan signings. Dorian Dervite has come in from Tottenham and struck up a strong partnership with Peter Clarke at the back. Their first thirteen games together resulted in ten wins and seven clean sheets. At the other end of the pitch, Theo Robinson has had a big impact since arriving on loan from Watford, scoring seven times. With Francis Laurent, Lee Barnard and Dougie Freedman also fighting for places, manager Steve Tilson has a wealth of options in attack.

Leicester can achieve promotion tomorrow with just a draw but they have been far from convincing in recent weeks. They picked up six points over Easter but laboured away at bottom club Hereford and needed a 90th minute winner to beat Leeds. Before that, Leicester had one just two of their last eight failing to beat other promotion hopefuls MK Dons, Peterborough and Tranmere along the way. There is every chance that the weight of expectation could be getting to them.

Southend boss Steve Tilson was in confident mood before the game and keen to spoil the party:

“There is nothing worse than watching another side celebrate on your own patch and hopefully that won’t happen”.
Southend have beaten promotion challengers Peterborough and Scunthorpe during their charge to the play offs, and look a value price at over 2/1 to repeat the trick in front of a bumper home crowd. Failure to take all three points could all but end their play off dream.
Minimum price to take – 9/5
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Leeds V Mk Dons

1pt Leeds to beat Mk Dons in League one, 5/2 Skybet or  (Saturday 20th December 3pm ko)

[ Blog comment 5/2 now gone .. you can get a shade under that price on Betfair betting Exchange ]

Leeds have endured a bad run of results lately with four defeats on the bounce in all competitions. Losing top goalscorer Jermaine Beckford to injury hasn’t helped, but I think Leeds still have a good enough squad to cope without him and should be back to winning ways sooner rather than later. Luciano Becchio has eleven goals in all competitions and is a real threat, whilst Fabien Delph in midfield is one of the brightest young prospects in the lower leagues. They have quality players throughout the squad and are more than capable of turning it around. Boss Gary McAllister is under pressure and so are his under performing players, that’s why playing away from a restless Elland road crowd tomorrow, will probably count as a positive. Mk Dons on the other hand, are in good form at the moment with four wins out of five. However, these wins have all come against  sides struggling in the wrong half of the table. Brighton, Hartlepool, Walsall and Hereford are all teams promotion hopefuls would hope to beat. The one decent side they played in this run was Scunthorpe, who beat them 2-0 at stadium MK. That was their fourth home defeat of the season and Leeds have every chance of making it five. The Dons are missing an important player of their own, as captain and November league one player of the month Dean Lewington, is out injured. Their squad is pretty much the same one that got promoted from league two last season and I think they are overachieving in third place. This one is a price call more than anything. A month ago you would not have got anywhere near 5/2 about a Leeds win. It is an overreaction to the two sides short term form trends and it makes it well worth backing Leeds to end their poor run tomorrow.

Minimum price to take – 2/1

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