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Spirerites and Brewers to boost promotion bids in League Two Acca

| 08.03.2014

The battle for automatic promotion and play-off places is heating up in League Two with six teams still in with a realistic chance of going straight up.

Chesterfield and Burton will enhance their credentials with wins over Accrington and Oxford respectively, while Plymouth can play their way into the playoff places with a West Country derby win over Bristol Rovers.

With the odds of this trio landing standing at just over 13/1 a stake of just £10 could promote backers’ wallets to the tune of £141.75.

Chesterfield to beat Accrington Stanley @ 10/11

Paul Cook returns to the Crown Ground looking to cement the Spirerites’ position as league leaders and with Stanley struggling of late the visitors should be backed to do just that.

James Beattie’s men have lost three of their last five in the division and haven’t taken maximum points in front of their own fans in six attempts.

Chesterfield, meanwhile, have lost just two of their last 15 league outings and just one of their last five away from the Proact Stadium.

Accrington have won just one of the last five meetings between the two so expect their fight to remain in the Football League to be put on hold for another week.

Plymouth Argyle to beat Bristol Rovers @ 7/4

A derby atmosphere and Bristol’s solid form of late means the Pilgrims will have their work cut out at the Memorial Stadium.

Rovers are unbeaten in five and have lost just once in five games as hosts, however, Plymouth’s own form and their playoff desires makes them the pick here.

John Sheridan’s side have won four of their last five – including 4-0 and 5-0 victories over Fleetwood and Morecambe in their last two – and have lost just one of seven away from home.

Add in three wins and a draw from five meetings with the Pirates and it’s hard to oppose three points for the visitors.

Burton Albion to beat Oxford United @ 17/10

Fourth and fifth in the league respectively, Oxford and Burton still hold realistic ambitions of gatecrashing the top three but despite the Us solid home form, it is the Brewers who get the nod here.

Oxford may have won three on the bounce at the Kassam Stadium, but Mickey Lewis’ side have been deserted by form at just the wrong time – winning just one of their last five in the division overall.

Gary Rowett’s side, meanwhile, have lost just one of their last five and two of nine away from the Pirelli Stadium and will make the most of Oxford’s dip this weekend.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.