iBet: Scunthorpe v Carlisle promises plenty of action

Gareth Purnell

NPower League One

Scunthorpe v Carlisle, kick off 3pm

Back over 2.5 goals at 4/5 with Betfair, Ladbrokes
Buy goals at 2.9 with Sporting Index

It may pay to look beyond the Premier League for value over the weekend and one game that stands out to me as likely to produce plenty of action on statistics is the League One clash at Glanford Park. These are two teams flirting with relegation and their problems are there for all to see. The Irons have shipped 40 goals in their 22 games and Carlisle’s defensive record is even worse – 43 conceded. Indeed if we made up a table based on defensive capabilities only, Carlisle would be bottom and Scunthorpe only two places higher. The only team in the division with a worse defensive record than Scunthorpe at home is, you guessed it, Carlisle. Both teams can score though – the home team having notched 13 in their last eight and the away team 11. During that period Carlisle’s games average 3.8 goals and Scunthorpe’s 3.6. Scunthorpe’s manager Brian Laws recently told the BBC Humberside: “At home we want to attack teams and play with positivity.” Take the hint and expect goals.


Tough draws for the English teams have seen Manchester United’s odds lengthen from 11/1 to 14/1 and Arsenal’s from 30/1 to 35/1. After drawing Juventus, Celtic’s price has hardened a little from 175/1 to 150/1. Barcelona remain the firm 5/2 favourites with Real Madrid at 5/1, Bayern Munich 7/1 and Borussia Dortmund 8/1. Information courtesy of

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