Chesterfield v Exeter – Saturday 15:00
Chesterfield have picked up five points from their last four outings, which is a significant upturn on their prior form that saw them lose six on the bounce. However, no other team has conceded more than the 33 goals they’ve shipped this season, and their defence remains as leaky as ever having conceded at least twice in seven of their last eight. Whilst Exeter aren’t the most prolific of scorers – they’ve netted more than once on just a single occasion across their last six – they tend to have higher-scoring encounters with the weaker sides. Indeed, four of their five games against bottom-seven teams this season have seen Over 2.5 Goals, while the same has occurred in seven of their nine road trips to such opposition since the start of last term.
Mansfield v Stevenage – Saturday 15:00
Mansfield are unbeaten in four heading into this clash, managing four points from their last two against top-six teams Coventry and Exeter. They face a Stevenage side that have lost four of their last six, conceding 16 goals across these fixtures, though they’ve only failed to score twice in their 17 games to date. Mansfield have scored in seven of their eight home games this term, but have kept just the solitary clean sheet in their last seven at the One Call Stadium, and so there should be some value backing both teams to score. Indeed, this has occurred in four of both these teams’ last five overall.
Port Vale v Barnet – Saturday 15:00
Third-from-bottom Port Vale host second-from-bottom Barnet and it’s the visitors who’ll be feeling the keener sense of trepidation as they’ve lost seven of 11 winless games heading into this clash. Port Vale, on the other hand, have found some form of late as they’re W3-D1-L1 over their last five, though they’re too short to back at the prices having won just once at Vale Park all season (W1-D1-L6). Instead, since both teams have scored in seven of Barnet’s eight away fixtures so far, while the same has occurred in four of Port Vale’s last five at home, there’s greater value to be found there. Indeed, Vale have kept just two clean sheets from 17 games this season, with both of these coming on their travels.