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Betting Tips: The best data-led bets for the weekend's Football League action

7:31 PM IST 24/01/19
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Our tipster looks away from this weekend's FA Cup action to pick out some of the best statistical-based wagers from the Football League coupon

Although most eyes are on the FA Cup this weekend, there are many good value bets to be found in the Football League.

Using Opta's industry-leading data, we've picked out three selections from the Championship and League One.

Nottingham Forest vs Wigan - Forest to win at 23/20

Martin O'Neill has a great chance of getting his first win as Nottingham Forest manager against Wigan and a price of 23/20 (2.15) with bet365 looks worthy of consideration.

Forest have a good record against this opposition, losing just two of their last 11 league matches against the Latics.

O’Neill himself has a brilliant record against Wigan too, winning each of his last four league games against them.

Forest's tendency to score early could bode well for them in this one, for only Brentford’s Neal Maupay has scored the opening goal more often in the Championship this season than Nottingham Forest striker Lewis Grabban.

If Grabban opens the scoring again it could be curtains for Wigan as they have managed to gain just one point from losing positions in the Championship this season, the lowest such total in the division.

Barnsley vs Rochdale - Barnsley -1 goal handicap at 5/4

Rochdale's terrible away form coupled up with Barnsley's recent form makes this handicap bet seems like good value at 5/4(2.25) at bet365. For this to land, Barnsley would have to win by two goals or more.

Barnsley are unbeaten in seven league games, their best run since March 2015 whereas Rochdale have failed to score in six of their last 10 league encounters with Barnsley, including three of the last five.

The Dale haven’t kept a clean sheet in any of their last seven away league games, conceding 19 goals in total. It isn't just their away form that is concerning either, Rochdale's defence has been terrible as of late, conceding 20 in their last six in all competitions.

In contrast the Tykes have been rampant, scoring seven goals in their last two games.

Fleetwood Town vs Scunthorpe United - Both teams to score at 4/5

Both teams to score in this one seems like a solid pick at odds of 4/5 (1.80).

Fleetwood have only failed to score at home twice in the league so far this season, netting at least twice in their last four matches at Highbury Stadium.

Scunthorpe have scored at least once on each of their five league visits to Fleetwood, as well as conceding two in each of their previous four trips.

If Fleetwood take the lead early they are likely to allow Scunthorpe back into the game, the Fishermen have dropped a league-high 21 points from leading positions in League One this season.

Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.