With the top two divisions not playing, League Two can take centre stage.
Carlisle v Exeter – Saturday 15:00
After a winless run of five games, Carlisle have since won two of their last three to steer themselves into mid-table. However, both of these victories came against teams currently residing in the bottom six, and high-flying Exeter should provide a far sterner challenge. Carlisle have lost five of six winless matches against the top 11 so far, and we think the market has over-reacted to recent defeats for Exeter against fellow top-four sides Notts County and Coventry. Exeter are W8-D1-L0 against the rest of the division so far, and at the prices are fantastic value for the win.
Notts County v Forest Green – Saturday 15:00
Notts County retained top spot despite suffering defeat at Mansfield last time out, but they won six on the bounce prior to that result and have won four of five unbeaten matches on home turf so far. Indeed, 3rd placed Accrington are the only side to have escaped Meadow Lane with a point, and rock-bottom Forest Green should be an easy assignment for Kevin Nolan’s side. The visitors are currently on a dire run of seven defeats from eight winless games, and they’ve lost four from five on their travels with their opponents covering the -1 handicap in each of these defeats. The exception came against fellow bottom-three side Port Vale where they managed a draw, and the league leaders should simply have too much firepower for the leakiest defence in the division.
Colchester v Mansfield – Saturday 15:30
Colchester secured their first win in five at Yeovil, keeping their first clean sheet of the season in the process, and only three sides have conceded more in the league at this stage. In fact, both teams have scored in each of their five home fixtures, and with Mansfield only failing to find the net twice all season there should be some value backing both teams to score. The visitors were expected to be competing for the title at the start of the season, but their defence has let them down on their travels as they’ve conceded eight goals in five away games despite only facing one top-10 side so far.