Scunthorpe vs Northampton Predictions, Betting Tips and Preview
Northampton are no longer the top dog anymore and the wheels have started to wobble a bit in League One recently, although they're far from off. They'll face their toughest test yet as they travel to face the League leading Iron. Below are our predictions, betting tips and preview.
Game: Scunthorpe United vs Northampton Town
Venue: Glanford Park
Kick-off: Saturday 8th October, 3pm
Northampton have had a fantastic 15 months which has them near the top of the league two table from day one. Once they took hold of first one they never relinquished it and went on a fantastic 31 game unbeaten run that stretched in to this season. They've since been beaten home and away but still find themselves in fifth place.
Scunthorpe's win at Bury was a big statement as they pulled three points and considerable goal difference clear at the top of the League One table. It's only the early stages of a very long season, but they've started as I'm sure they mean to go on.
This will be a good test of Northampton's quality. We know they have the resolve, but it's a lot easier to be picking up results on the back of a promotion season where they barely lost. It will be interesting to see how they react having lost four of their last six in all games and having been thoroughly outclassed by Bristol Rovers last time out.
Match Predictions and Betting Tips
Scunthorpe can be backed at odds of 5/6 with Betfred but those are currently still on the rise. The draw is available to back at best odds 13/5 with Bet Victor whilst visitors Northampton are offered at 10/3 with Sky Bet.
Despite the continuation of last years form, Northampton have only won one away game this season. That was a 3-1 win against struggling Swindon where they only needed three shots on target to score their three goals, and were otherwise second best in terms of possession and chances.
They've been beaten twice, drew three times and have kept just the one clean sheets. Whilst I think Northampton are a good side, I think they're riding a wave of confidence and they're set to fade away. They do have enough to finish around the top half of the table, but I don't think they're a genuine promotion contender. Scunthorpe need to win games this like. Back Scunthorpe to win at 5/6 with Betfred as our free betting tip.
Whilst I expect the home side to come out on top, it won't be completely straight forward. Only Oldham and Wimbledon in dull 0-0 draws have kept Northampton out this season, with the Cobblers even registering against United in a 1-3 loss. Scunthorpe to win 2-1 is available at 7/1 with Unibet .
Josh Morris may not be as striker, but he's scoring goals. Bookmakers continue to offer fantastic odds on the little man to add to his so far unbelieable tally of 11 goals in 11 games, and you can bet on him this week at odds of 21/10 with Paddy Power.
Free Betting Tip
Scunthorpe - 5/6 with Betfred
Correct Score Prediction
Scunthorpe 2-1 - 7/1 with Unibet
Josh Morris - 21/10 with Paddy Power