Colchester - Swindon Betting Preview: The Us can earn a draw at home to the troubled Robins

Paolo Di Canio's side are going well in League One this year, but Jamie Dickenson is predicting another draw on the road when they travel to the Colchester Community Stadium
Colchester United take on Swindon Town in League One on Tuesday night, as the Robins look to bounce back after a week of disappointment.

The promotion-chasing away side are the 10/11 (1.91) favourites with William Hill for victory, but that price looks short given the current troubles in which Swindon find themselves.

Manager Paolo Di Canio has publicly stated he is considering his future despite the club narrowly avoiding administration when they were taken over by a local consortium.

The Italian was incensed at the board's decision to sell key player Matt Ritchie to Bournemouth for £500,000, and Di Canio was frustrated further when the Football League blocked three deals he had in place before the transfer deadline passed.

With such chaos surrounding Swindon, it would seem a touch foolhardy to back them to win away from home given they have not taken three points from their last three trips on the road.

They are, however, unbeaten in nine outings and sitting third in the division, facing a team in 19th place and just three points off the relegation zone.

Colchester are available at 3/1 (4.0) to win, and the Us have just recorded back-to-back victories.

Before that Joe Dunne's side went nine league games without a win, but he will be optimistic about his team getting something from this game against Swindon.

With all that in mind, and considering Swindon have drawn their last three away games, backing the draw at the Colchester Community Stadium looks a worthy 5/2 (3.50) bet.

In the goalscorer markets, the favourite to find the net is the away side's 10-goal top-scorer James Collins at 4/1 (5.0) first and evens (2.0) anytime.

However, Collins has not scored in his last four outings and therefore opting for the in-form Freddie Sears to strike may be a more tempting punt.

The former West Ham prodigy has scored in his last three successive matches and at 9/1 (10.0) to break the deadlock and 10/3 (4.33) anytime he looks great value.

Di Canio was Sears' hero growing up as a Hammers fan, and how the 23-year-old would surely love to find the back of the net when he steps out against Swindon.

Draw at 5/2 (3.50) with William Hill
Freddie Sears to score anytime at 10/3 (4.33) with William Hill

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